Western Outer Ring Main (WORM) Project EES. 

APA Group has prepared an Environment Effects Statement (EES) and Pipeline Licence Application for the Western Outer Ring Main Pipeline Project.

For more information and to download the documents, click on the links in the tables below.

The EES submission period has now closed. 

  • Click here to learn about the next steps of the Inquiry process. 
  • Click here to contact us about the Project.

Additional information

The following information was published in addition to the EES and Pipeline Licence Application to support the Inquiry process:

  • Inquiry RFI Response Table - 22 September 2021 - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 01 - EP Act update re Noise and Vibration - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 02 - EP Act update re Waste and Contamination - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 03 - EP Act update re Air Quality - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 04 - EP Act update re Surface Water - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 05 - EP Act update re Groundwater - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 06 - EP Act update re Greenhouse Gas - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 07 - EP Act update re Biodiversity and Habitats - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 08 - Pipeline Alignment design changes - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 08 - Amended Mapbook Part 1 - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 08 - Amended Mapbook Part 2 - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 09 - Mainline Valve site design amendments - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 12 - Sodic Soils investigations - Response to RFI 61, 64 & 65 - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 13 - Safety Management Study - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 14 - Cultural Heritage - Response to RFI 100 & 103 - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 18 - Assessment of pipeline design changes - Response to RFI 3- PDF
  • Technical Note No. 19 - Groundwater - Response to RFI 54-57 - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 20 - Land Stability and Ground Movement - Response to RFI 60, 66-68 & 81 - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 22 - Greenhouse Gas - Response to RFI 85, 86 & 88-90 - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 23 - Air Quality - Response to RFI 92 - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 24 - Noise and Vibration - Response to RFI 94 & 97 - PDF 
  • Technical Note No. 25 - Landscape and Visual - Response to RFI 104 - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 26 - Land Use - Response to RFI 105-108 & 110 - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 28 - Safety - Response to RFI 113-115 - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 29 - Pipeline Design - Response to RFI 4, 7, 8, 16, 17, 35, 38, 47 & 87 - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 30 - Surface Water - Response to RFI 43 - PDF
  • Technical Note No. 32 - Vibration & Land Use - Response to RFI 98, 99 & 109 & to submissions - PDF
  • Supporting Document - Operational Environmental Management Plan - PDF

Environment Effects Statement (EES)

Overview of the EES

  • Fact sheet - How to navigate the EES - PDF
  • Summary brochure - PDF / Word DOCX

Main Report: Volume 1

Main Report: Volume 2

Main Report: Volume 3

  • Chapter 18: Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES) - PDF / Word DOCX
  • Chapter 19: Environmental management framework - PDF / Word DOCX
  • Chapter 20: Conclusion - PDF / Word DOCX

Technical Reports

A. Biodiversity and habitats - PDF
B. Surface water - PDF
C. Groundwater - PDF
D. Land stability and ground movement - PDF
E. Contamination - PDF
F. Noise and vibration - PDF
G. Air quality - PDF
H. Greenhouse gas - PDF
I. Cultural heritage - PDF
J. Landscape and visual - PDF
K. Land use - PDF
L. Social - PDF
M. Safety - PDF

Attachments

i. Pipeline Licence Application - PDF
ii. Ecological Offset Strategy - PDF
iii. Community and stakeholder consultation report - PDF
IV. Map book - PDF

Request a copy

You can request an EES information pack. The pack contains:

  • USB loaded with the complete EES and pipeline licence application.
  • Printed Summary Brochure.
  • Printed guide on How to Navigate the EES.
  • Printed Project Overview Map.

For those who cannot access either the physical or electronic sites to view the EES, hard copies may be requested from the Project team free of charge.

To request an EES information pack, or hard copy documents please contact APA VTS Australia (Operations) by phoning 1800 951 444 or emailing [email protected].

Please note the EES is a long document and we encourage the use of electronic versions.

 

Next steps for the Inquiry Process

The Minister for Planning will appoint an inquiry under the Environment Effects Act to review public submissions, the EES and consider the environmental effects of the project in accordance with terms of reference issued by the Minister for Planning. The Inquiry may also be appointed by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change as a panel under the Pipelines Act to consider the pipeline licence application. If appointed as a panel, it must act in accordance with the requirements of the Pipelines Act and any specifications in its instrument of appointment.

After the exhibition period, the Inquiry will hold a Directions Hearing on Monday 6 September 2021, where the necessary arrangements and timetable for the public hearing will be established.

Further information about the Directions Hearing arrangements (including whether it will be held in person or conducted online by video conference) will be published on www.engage.vic.gov.au/worm-inquiry when determined. The Inquiry will follow the health advice from the Victoria Government and the Chief Health Officer in making this decision.

The public hearing process will commence on Monday 4 October 2021 and will run for 2 – 3 weeks (as required).

Members of the public and any other parties seeking to be heard at the public hearing are required to submit a written submission and indicate on the submission form that they would like to be heard at the hearing.
Information on the hearing process and timetable will be published as it becomes available at: www.engage.vic.gov.au/worm-inquiry

Ask questions

In relation to the Project or EES Documentation

APA VTS Australia (Operations), Licencing and Approvals Lead
Level 14, 60 City Road, Southbank VIC 3006
PO Box 423 Flinders Lane, Vic 8009
Phone: 1800 951 444
Fax: +61 3 8626 8454
Email: [email protected]

In relation to making a submission or the Inquiry

Planning Panels Victoria
Phone: 136 186 (select option 6)
Email: [email protected]

In relation to the EES Process

Impact Assessment Unit, DELWP
Email: [email protected]

In relation to Pipeline Licence Application

Pipelines Regulation, DELWP
Phone: 136 186
Email: [email protected]