Changes to Refinery Pier
The proposed Gas Terminal Project includes an extension to the existing Refinery Pier. The pier extension will be approximately 570 metres long (similar to existing pier arms) located to the north-east of Refinery Pier No. 1 berth.
New infrastructure on the pier will include marine loading arms and control systems, fire-fighting equipment, a walkway and a separate gangway tower for access to the Floating Gas Terminal.
While the works would take place in a heavily developed port and industrial area with no residential areas within at least 1.5 km, we are committed to identifying and mitigating any potential impacts to the marine environment, port operations and the local community.
Localised dredging would be carried out to accommodate the new berth and safe ship turning for the LNG ships. An existing dredged area close to Refinery Pier would be extended and sediment removed from the seabed and taken by barge to an approved disposal site.
Dredging is a routine part of port operations and maintenance, and would be carefully planned and executed in conjunction with Geelong-Port and Ports Victoria.
Detailed technical studies have already begun to inform the plans for the dredging program, so we can minimise the impacts from dredging and sediment disposal on the local marine environment.
The area to be dredged is a small part of the total area of Corio Bay. Our proposal would not require any dredging of the shipping channel, and LNG ships would travel along the existing Port of Geelong shipping channel.
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Refinery Pier works
A proposed extension to the existing Refinery Pier and some localised dredging would be required to allow the LNG ships to safely berth and turn into position. The proposed dredge volume is about 490,000m³. The area to be dredged is about one percent of the Corio Bay Channel or five percent of the refinery footprint. This is relatively small in comparison to some other dredging projects.