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, east of 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 future 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 offtake valves along the route of the pipeline.

The proposed project comprises the gas import jetty works, which include upgrade/modification works to the existing jetty at Crib Point, to provide for continuous mooring of the FSRU – a vessel with LNG storage and regasification capacity. The APA pipeline works include treatment of gas to meet Australian standards and subsequent transfer via a new pipeline to a location east of Pakenham where it would be connected to the existing gas transmission network for commercial supply to customers.

APA has developed a preliminary activity summary brochure for landowners and other relevant stakeholders.

Environmental assessment process

Environment Effects Statement (EES)

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.

The pipeline referral for the EES can be found here.

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.

Approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act

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 of Environment and Energy (DoEE)’s website. '

Pipeline approvals

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. 

Videos

Construction methodology

How Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) construction works:

Landholder engagement video 

Further information

Landholder 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 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

More information

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us on:

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

The EES website is 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.