Viva Energy Gas Terminal Project

In June 2020 Viva Energy announced its vision to create the Geelong Energy Hub at the site of its Geelong refinery located in Corio Bay. Key to this vision is the Viva Energy Gas Terminal (the Project), which would include:

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  • A gas terminal using a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) to supply a new source of gas for the South-East Australian gas market in response to projected gas shortages
  • An extension of the existing Refinery Pier and localised dredging to accommodate the new berth and ship turning
  • A new Pipeline, approximately 6.5km in length (the Pipeline), to take the gas from the terminal to the existing Victorian Transmission System (VTS).

The Pipeline would consist of two sections being an aboveground section (~2.5km) from the FSRU to new treatment facilities within the refinery boundary and an underground section (~ 4km) from the treatment facilities to the VTS.

The Project is still subject to relevant regulatory and Viva Energy Board approvals.

Overall Project benefits

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Gas Terminal Project Information

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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.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) would be sourced from local and worldwide suppliers and be transported by LNG carriers to Geelong. The LNG would be offloaded into the FSRU where it will be stored and regasified as required, before being transported via Pipeline to the Victorian Transmission System (VTS).

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Extension of the existing Refinery Pier Localised dredging to accommodate new berth and ship turning Gas terminal using a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) Aboveground section (~2.5km) of new pipeline from FSRU to new treatment facilities within refinery boundary Underground section (~4km) of new pipeline to the VTS

Information about the Gas Pipeline

The gas Pipeline, would take the gas from the FSRU to the VTS. The total distance of the Pipeline would be approximately 6.5km, in two sections:

  • an aboveground section (~2.5km) from the FSRU to new treatment facilities within the refinery boundary; and
  • an underground section (~4km) to the VTS.

The exact Pipeline alignment is not finalised and will be further developed through consultation with landowners, occupiers and other stakeholders who may be impacted by the Pipeline.

The gas Pipeline consultation plan can be found here: Pipeline Consultation Plan

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The Pipeline may only be constructed with the consent of the Minister administering the Pipelines Act 2005 (Vic).

Project Timeline

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The Project timeline is dependant on the regulatory approvals process, third party agreements, construction techniques, and Project execution.

Following regulatory approvals and any Final Investment Decision, we are targeting construction commencing in 2023, with the facility operational in 2024.

 

Environmental Assessment

On 31 December 2020, the Victorian Minister for Planning determined that the Gas Terminal Project will require an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) under the Environment Effects Act 1978, the most rigorous and integrated environmental impact assessment process in Victoria.

Read the Minister’s Reasons for Decision here: www.planning.vic.gov.au/environment-assessment/referrals-and-decisions#Ref-2020-R18-Resources

The EES process also provides the community with an opportunity to provide feedback on the Project as the EES develops and throughout the EES process.

More information about the EES process is on the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) website: www.planning.vic.gov.au/environment-assessment/what-is-the-ees-process-in-victoria

On 21 January the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment determined that the Project will require assessment and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) due to the potential for significant impact on the Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline) Ramsar site, listed migratory species, and listed threatened species and ecological communities.

The EES will be the accredited assessment process for the purpose of the EPBC Act under a Bilateral Assessment Agreement between the Commonwealth and Victorian governments. 

Consultation and Feedback

Initial consultations have commenced and we will continue to engage with the community and other stakeholders throughout the Project.

Community Information Session: Project Overview 
Wednesday 10 February 2021, 5.00-6.00pm * 
To register email energyhub@vivaenergy.com.au
*details will be confirmed and subject to Covid-19 regulations.

Viva Energy will adhere to any Government imposed restrictions on public gatherings and consultation may be conducted virtually or via other COVID-safe methods such as, newsletters, letterbox drops, website updates etc.

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How to Contact Us

Email: energyhub@vivaenergy.com.au

Phone: 1800 515 093