Viva Energy is seeking approval to develop a gas terminal at the Geelong Refinery. The Gas Terminal would bring natural gas from various locations in Australia and overseas, to meet the projected gas shortage in south-east Australia.
The Gas Terminal would require a Floating Gas Terminal, an extension to Refinery Pier, a Treatment Facility and a new pipeline.
Having the Gas Terminal adjacent to the Geelong Refinery would leverage our capability as an existing Major Hazard Facility (MHF) operator and offer potential synergies between the two facilities, including the re-use of seawater.
Over the two year construction period, the project would provide 150-200+ jobs and around 70 ongoing local jobs once the terminal is in full operations.
The project is working towards delivering first gas in 2024. This is subject to the relevant regulatory and Board approvals.
Artist's depiction of the proposed Gas Terminal showing the various elements of the facility
Artist's depiction showing the proposed Gas Terminal
To get the gas from our terminal to homes and businesses across Victoria we will need to construct about 7kms of pipeline to transport the gas to the Victorian Transmission System (VTS). About half of the pipeline will be on Viva Energy’s land and will be in two sections:
- an above ground section (~3km) from the floating gas terminal to new treatment facilities
within the refinery boundary; and
- an underground section (~4km) to take the gas to the VTS.
The exact pipeline route is not finalised and will be further developed through consultation with landowners and occupiers and other stakeholders who may be impacted by the Pipeline.
The Pipeline may only be constructed and operated with the consent of the Minister administering the Pipelines Act 2005 (Vic).
Download further information about the pipeline component of the project
Viva Energy Gas Terminal Pipeline Fact Sheet
Pipeline Construction Fact Sheet
Pipeline Regulatory Approvals Fact Sheet
Why we need a gas terminal
Victorian manufacturing, businesses and households currently consume approximately 30 percent of gas demand in South-Eastern Australia. Having a secure and competitive supply of gas is critical to our economy and our livelihoods.
Several market experts (AEMO and ACCC) have advised that a gas shortfall could emerge in the South-East of Australia by 2023, and that a range of measures such as the development of LNG terminals will be needed to fill this gap.
The Gas Terminal would allow us to bring gas from where it is produced in Australia or further afield to where it is needed.
Download The Case for Gas
Overall Project Benefits
- New source of gas for south-east Australia to fill projected gas shortages
- Secure supply of gas for households and industry
- Short total new pipeline required (~7km) from gas terminal to Victorian Transmission System at Lara
- Majority of the pipeline (~4km) will be underground in existing easements
- Proposed pipeline corridor impacts a small number of landholders
- Strategic location in major bulk port
- Access to Port of Geelong shipping channel
- LNG carrier visits represent a small increase (~5%) in total ship traffic to Port of Geelong
- Proximity to the Victorian Gas Transmission System at Lara
- Proposed reuse of floating gas terminal seawater discharge in existing refinery operations could minimise environment impacts.
- Located outside of sensitive Ramsar wetlands site
- Long history working with our neighbours and investing in our local community
- Existing industrial complex operated by an experienced MHF operator
- Potential for floating gas terminal seawater discharge to be managed within existing refinery licence
To meet the projected gas shortage, we are working to have our Gas Terminal operational by 2024.
Technical Reference Group Established
Viva Energy’s final financial decision on project
Timeline Key: Environmental Effects Statement (EES) Process Project Milestone
Formal Community Involvement
Mid to late 2021 – Feedback on our project and plans.
As we develop the EES we will share with you findings and project plans, seeking your views, feedback and comments.
Early 2022 – EES exhibition and lodgement of submissions.
Opportunities to make formal submission on the project over 30 days.
Mid 2022 – Decision makers consider Minister’s Assessment in deciding whether to approve the project.
*These are target dates, creating an indicative timeline. Dates are subject to change and dependent on relevant regulatory and Board approvals.