crib-point to pakenham pipeline route

APA has entered into a development agreement with AGL to undertake investigations into the construction of a high pressure gas pipeline which will connect AGL's proposed Gas Import Jetty at Crib Point to the Victorian Transmission System, near Pakenham. The proposed AGL Gas Import Jetty Project will increase energy security and supply for AGL's customers in south eastern Australia. In addition, the pipeline will present other opportunities for the supply of gas to new and existing developments along the proposed pipeline route, with the pipeline being bi-directional to allow gas to flow from Pakenham and the design of the pipeline including an allowance for future offtake valves along the route of the pipeline.

The project will involve the construction of a buried pipeline approximately 55-60km in length with associated above-ground facilities at each terminal point and along the route of the pipeline. The pipeline is subject to a comprehensive program of regulatory approvals and landowner and community consultation, which will assist APA in finalising the pipeline alignment and managing the potential impacts of the construction and operation of the pipeline.

APA has a project information sheet relevant to the pipeline project and has developed a preliminary activity summary brochure for landowners and other relevant stakeholders.

Environmental assessment process

On 9 October 2018, the Victorian Minister for Planning announced that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) would be required for the Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project. Further information on the EES process is available on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

On 28 November 2018, the Australian Department of the Environment & Energy advised the Minister had decided under Section 75 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) the proposal to construct the pipeline is a ‘controlled action’. As such, the project requires environmental assessment and a decision about whether approval for it should be given under the EPBC Act. The project will be assessed under the bilateral agreement with Victoria.  Further information about the assessment can be found on the Department’s website

APA has been engaging with directly affected landowners and other key stakeholders along the proposed pipeline route since late 2017 and will continue to consult with interested parties through the EES process.

APA and AGL have established an EES website, which will provide further information and updates through the assessment process.

On 10 September 2018, APA made an application for a pipeline licence under the Pipelines Act 2005 (Vic). The public submission period for the pipeline licence will be timed to occur with the submission period for the EES. Any regulatory approval decisions regarding the pipeline, including a pipeline licence under the Pipelines Act 2005, will occur following the Ministerial assessment of the EES. 

Landholder engagement video 

Further information

A range of frequently asked questions are addressed in our landowner reference guide.

Landowners and other stakeholders will be consulted throughout the assessment process to ensure the potential impacts of the project are properly understood and appropriately addressed in the project's development. If you wish to register any comments, find out more information or provide feedback about the project, please contact us by:

Further information on the AGL Gas Import Jetty Project is available from the AGL website.

If you have any media-related questions on this project, please email us at media@apa.com.au

Technical reports

These reports will be superseded by the information being prepared as part of the EES process and will be replaced by further technical assessment reports, which will be made available on the EES website

Upcoming events

Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project Community Drop-in Sessions

Saturday 23 February to Saturday 2 March 2019

Come along to learn more about our technical studies, speak to our specialists and provide feedback on the project.

AGL and APA are preparing an Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project, for examination under Victoria’s strongest environment assessment process.

Over the last few months we’ve begun 18 technical studies as part of our work for the EES.

We want to share our work so far and get your feedback on our technical studies.

We’ll have specialists available to answer your questions about key study areas, such as marine and terrestrial biodiversity, Aboriginal heritage, traffic and noise. Representatives from AGL and APA will let you know how you can provide input and stay informed about the Project.

Your input is an important part of the EES process. Community feedback will help inform the project design and our ongoing studies as we prepare the EES throughout the first half of 2019.

The details of the information sessions are as follows:

Cowes

 

When: Saturday 23 February, 12pm – 2pm 

Where: Cowes Cultural Centre

91-97 Thompson Avenue, Cowes 3922

Crib Point

 

When: Tuesday 26 February, 7pm – 9pm 

Where: Crib Point Community House

7 Park Road, Crib Point 3919

Officer

 

When: Wednesday 27 February, 7pm – 9pm

Where: Officer Public Hall

16-18 Tivendale Road, Officer 3809

Pearcedale

 

When: Thursday 28 February, 7pm – 9pm

Where: Pearcedale Community Centre

710 Baxter-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale 3912

Hastings

 

When: Saturday 2 March, 12pm – 2pm

Where: Hastings Community Hub

1973 Frankston - Flinders Road, Hastings 3915

 

More information

If you have any questions regarding the drop-in sessions or are unable to attend and would like more information, please contact us on:

phone: 1800 531 811
email: cribpointpakenham@apa.com.au 

APA has completed a number of community information sessions regarding the Project. The presentation from APA’s community information sessions held in July and August 2018 is available for download.

The EES website will be updated with planned events for consultation that forms part of this process. APA and AGL will undertake joint consultation through the EES process for both components of the Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project.