Transferring our products safely from A to B
Viva Energy owns and/or operates a number of high-pressure pipelines within Australia.
These pipelines, developed over many years, are licenced to carry products such as crude oil, petroleum products and LPG.
To ensure the integrity of our pipelines, we carry out maintenance and a range of inspections including daily vehicle patrols and pipeline condition surveys. We also work with regulators, developers, property owners, councils, road and rail authorities to ensure development around our pipelines is planned appropriately and constructed in accordance with Australian Standards.
Living near a high pressure pipeline
High pressure pipelines transport crude oil or petroleum products over long distances at very high pressure.
To ensure the safety of people living or working near pipelines, it is important to know some basic rules before you dig or plan to build.
Warning signs positioned at regular intervals above the ground identify pipeline locations, but not exactly where to find the buried pipeline. You must contact Viva Energy to obtain the exact location of the pipeline.
If a pipeline traverses your property
There are conditions associated with a pipeline easement registered on your property title that determine what you can and cannot do in the vicinity of a pipeline.
This includes the requirement to get written approval from Viva Energy PRIOR to any activities being undertaken, such as:
- Replacing or installing fencing
- Any earthworks, including digging
- Land levelling or contouring
- Landscaping and planting trees
- Storing material or erecting structures
- The use of explosives
- The use of vibrating machinery
- Transporting heavy machinery or loads
- Any development on your property
Download our brochure: Community Information Pipelines and Easements
Download our brochure: Pipeline Maintenance
Information for Planners and Developers
The operation of Australian high-pressure pipelines has an excellent safety record, so we need to work together to maintain this record. Pipelines were designed for the conditions at the time of construction, so the risk to pipelines can increase if the land use around them changes.
Viva Energy’s pipelines are designed, constructed, operated and maintained in accordance with the relevant State Pipelines Act, Pipelines Regulations and Australian Standards (AS 2885 Pipelines − gas and liquid petroleum). This ensures the integrity of the pipeline and community safety.
Planners and developers play a key role in helping us to manage risk by working with us to identify our pipelines early in the planning process. This ensures that the associated requirements, risks and issues around pipeline safety are incorporated in the design phase of any planning scheme or development. This is particularly important when planning for sensitive land uses, such as aged care facilities, hospitals, medical centres, schools, childcare centres and kindergartens.
Download our brochure: Developers and Council
We’re here to help
Please contact us to discuss how we can help in the early stages of planning, to ensure safer developments and communities.
We believe that urban development can be achieved safely in the vicinity of high-pressure pipelines, as long as the associated risks are managed in accordance with the requirements of Australian Standards.
We collaborate with local authorities to ensure safe land use around high-pressure pipelines and we can also provide them with a planning overlay, to help identify our pipelines and other assets.
Please speak to us about:
- Planning land use within or near high-pressure pipeline corridors
- New developments
Before you dig
Dial Before You Dig is a free national community service designed to prevent damage and disruption to the vast pipe and cable networks that provide Australia with the essential services we use every day – including fuel, electricity, gas, communications and water.
Before digging, you have a legal duty of care to take all appropriate steps to identify, locate and protect pipelines and underground services from damage or interference due to your work.
Viva Energy strongly encourages the use of the Dial Before You Dig service.
Plan the work early. The first step is to request plans and information from Dial Before You Dig – this service is fast and free, and operates 24/7.
Visit the Dial Before You Dig website at www.1100.com.au or call 1100 during business hours to request plans.
Download our Conditions for work and land use brochures
Melbourne Jet Pipeline
Viva Energy Australia is proposing to construct and operate a new jet fuel pipeline to Melbourne Airport to support its growing jet fuel needs over the next 20-30 years.
The proposed pipeline would form a direct connection between the jet fuel storage infrastructure at Melbourne Airport and the existing Somerton fuel pipeline that follows the southern boundary of Tullamarine (located south of the Western Ring Road, M80).
The proposal is subject to several regulatory approvals and the pipeline may only be constructed with the consent of the Minister administering the Pipelines Act 2005 (Vic).
As the proposed pipeline is still under consideration, any subsequent commitments to proceed with the project is also subject to Viva Energy Board approvals.
The proposed pipeline route and corridor has been selected following a series of preliminary investigations and analysis and is shown on the map below.
The pipeline would be 350mm in diameter and approximately 7km in length. It is proposed to be mostly buried underground with small above-ground sections at each end of the pipeline to connect into established infrastructure.
Melbourne Airport is Australia’s second busiest passenger airport and the main aviation hub for the southern region of the country. Passenger numbers at Melbourne Airport are estimated to almost double by 2038 – increasing from 35 million to more than 67 million per annum (source: Melbourne Airport Master Plan 2018).
In line with this projected increase in passenger numbers, the requirement for jet fuel is expected to increase significantly, with future demand expected to exceed the capacity of the existing fuel supply infrastructure.
The main benefits of the project include:
- Helping to meet increasing demand for jet fuel and support future growth at Melbourne Airport
- Increasing security of supply of jet fuel which will contribute to the Victorian state economy
- Reducing reliance on road transport for jet fuel supply with fewer trucks required to deliver fuel to the airport.
In the event the project receives relevant statutory and Viva Energy Board approvals, consultation, development, construction and commissioning of the pipeline would take place between 2019 and 2021.
The exact project timeline would depend on the duration, timing and scope associated with regulatory approvals, third party agreements, construction techniques, and project execution.
Viva Energy will proactively consult and communicate with potentially affected stakeholders, landowners and occupiers during all phases of the project.
Engagement and consultation will be key to providing stakeholders with relevant information about the project and how their feedback can be provided. The feedback will help inform management plans, land access agreements (where relevant) and address any potential concerns.
Initial stakeholder engagements and survey works are planned to commence in the latter half of 2019.
The full Project Consultation Plan can be found here:
Further information on the proposed project can also be found in these fact sheets:
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