AGL Crib Point Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project

AGL and APA Group are jointly proposing a new Gas Import Jetty & Pipeline Project (GIJPP) for Crib Point. The project seeks to import liquefied natural gas at Crib Point and transfer it to the Victorian Transmission System (VTS) east of Pakenham via a new high-pressure pipeline.

The purpose of the project is to secure a new gas supply for industrial, commercial and residential AGL customers in south-eastern Australia to meet a projected domestic shortfall and improve gas supply certainty from 2024 or earlier.

Important: Mornington Peninsula Shire Council does not have any decision-making powers with respect to this project. The decision on whether to go ahead with the proposal rests with the State and Federal Governments.

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Have Your Say - Make a Submission

You can have your say on this project by making a written submission to State Government. Details on how to make a submission are here.

Important: You can make a submission as part of a Residents Group or Community Organisation, however, petitions DO NOT count as a submission and will not be recognised or treated as such by State Government

Community Information Session - 19 August 2020

Council is holding a second community information session about the project on Wednesday 19 August from 5pm to 6pm. Due to Coronavirus restrictions, the session will be held as an online webinar.

During the session, Council officers will:

  • Inform the community of Council’s adopted position on the project (which will be determined at the 17 August Planning Services Committee Meeting), and

  • Provide more information to help residents have their say on the project.

Community members can join the webinar on the night for free and without needing to register via Microsoft Teams link https://bit.ly/2E45FmI.

Community members will have the opportunity to ask questions via the online chat function.

Please note: For those unable to attend the webinar, a recording of the session and copy of the PowerPoint presentation will be uploaded to this webpage as soon as possible.

 AGL Crib Point Gas Project Information Session - 19 August

Connecting to the webinar:

  • Please try connecting to the webinar at least 10 minutes prior to the starting time.

  • Click on the link provided above and follow the prompts to connect.

  • You do not require the Microsoft Teams application to access the webinar – it can be accessed via your internet browser.

  • Connection via a laptop or desktop computer or tablet is advisable to ensure stability.

  • If you can only connect via your phone, downloading the Microsoft Teams application in advance of the session may assist.

  • Questions during the webinar need to be submitted by typing into the Q&A chat function on the right-hand-side of the screen.

  • The webinar does not have the capability to host verbal questions from guests.

Community Information Session - 16 July 2020

AGL & APA Group Gas Import Project - Presentation

 Letters to the Minister for Planning

Community Questions & Answers

Project Overview

The proposal comprises two main components:

Gas Import Jetty Works (AGL)

  • Continuous mooring of a ship known as a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) at Berth 2 of the existing Crib Point Jetty. The FSRU has the capacity to store and convert liquid natural gas (LNG) to a natural gaseous state; and

  • Construction of new infrastructure such as marine loading arms and piping on the existing Crib Point Jetty to transfer the gas from the FSRU to a new above ground receiving facility onshore at Crib Point. The Crib Point Receiving Facility would include facilities to inject odorant and nitrogen (as required) into the gas to meet Victorian Transmission System (VTS) quality specifications.

    Pipeline Works (APA Group)

  • Construction of a 57km high-pressure gas pipeline to transport the gas from the Crib Point Receiving Facility to the VTS east of Pakenham; and

  • Construction of an above ground delivery facility east of Pakenham to monitor, regulate and deliver the gas into the VTS for distribution throughout Victoria and south-east Australia.

AGL is responsible for the Gas Import Jetty Works whilst APA Group is responsible for the Pipeline Works.

Further details about the project can be found here.

Approvals

The project requires a range of State and Commonwealth approvals to proceed as outlined below.

Environmental Effects Statement (EES)

On 8 October 2018, the Minister required AGL and APA Group to prepare an Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the project under the Environmental Effects Act 1978.  The purpose of the EES is to assess the potential environmental, social and economic impacts of the project and identify measures to avoid, mitigate, minimise or offset these impacts.

On 28 November 2018, the Commonwealth Minister for Environment determined that the project also requires assessment and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act) due to the potential for the projects to have significant impacts on the internationally significant Western Port Ramsar site, listed migratory species, and listed threatened species and ecological communities.

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

The proponents have prepared the EES according to requirements set by the Victorian Minister for Planning with oversight from the Impact Assessment Unit within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).  

The Minister appointed a Technical Reference Group (TRG) comprising a range of inter-agency stakeholders to provide technical advice to the proponents and DELWP regarding the scoping and adequacy of the EES studies and documentation, as well as co-ordination of the EES process with other statutory approval processes.

Mornington Peninsula Shire was part of the TRG and engaged a range of technical experts to assist in reviewing draft documentation on the Shire’s behalf. The TRG process concluded in early 2020.

Planning Scheme Amendment C272morn

Unlike the Pipeline Works, the Gas Import Jetty component of the project requires planning approval to proceed.  The project proponents have proposed an amendment to the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme to facilitate this approval. Known as Amendment C272morn, the amendment seeks to create a new site-specific planning control outlining all the planning requirements for the project in one integrated framework. The project would need to be constructed and operated in accordance with an ‘Incorporated Document’ forming part of the new planning framework.

Importantly, planning approvals issued under this new control would be administered by the Minister for Planning – not Council.  Amendment C272morn will only proceed if the Minister approves the overall project.

As both the EES and Amendment C272morn are inter-related, the Minister has decided to determine these approvals concurrently.

Other Approvals

The other major State-based approvals required for project include:

  • a works approval under the Environment Protection Act 1970 to operate the FSRU;

  • a pipeline licence under the Pipelines Act 2005 for construction and operation of the Pipeline Works;

  • consent under the Marine and Coastal Act 2018 for the components of the Gas Import Jetty Works and Pipeline Works to which this Act applies; and

  • Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMPs) under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.

Exhibition

The project is on public exhibition for 40 business days between 2 July and 26 August 2020.

You can inspect all project-related documentation (including the EES, Planning Scheme Amendment, Works Approval Application and Pipeline Licence Application) free of charge on the project website.

For those who may have accessibility issues, or where electronic options are impractical, hard copies may be requested free of charge from here.

Council's Position

Council will determine its position on the project following a detailed review of all publicly exhibited project documentation, including the EES and Planning Scheme Amendment C272morn.

Council has engaged a range of technical experts and legal counsel to assist with this review and help prepare a written submission to the project.

Council will formally adopt a position and associated written submission at the 17 August 2020 Planning Services Committee Meeting.

The meeting will be livestreamed to the public. A link to the livestream will be provided prior to the meeting here. A recording of the meeting will be uploaded to this page.

Meeting minutes – including a copy of Council’s adopted submission – will be published here by Friday 21 August 2020.

Following the meeting, Council will publicise its position and submission to the local community via a media release, email updates to registered stakeholders and social media updates. Council’s position and submission will also be presented at the 19 August Community Information Session (refer to the top of this page for details).

Public Hearing

A joint Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) has been appointed to consider the EES, Planning Scheme Amendment C272morn and Works Approval Application (WAA) prepared for the project and all public submissions received during exhibition to advise the Minister for Planning.

The IAC comprises Kathy Mitchell (Chair), Michael Kirsch (Deputy Chair), Jacquelle Gorski, Chris Harty and Trevor McCullough. See the IAC member biographies here.

The IAC may also be appointed as a Panel by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change to consider and advise on the pipeline license application under the Pipelines Act 2005.

Any person who lodged a submission on the project during exhibition will be given the opportunity to be heard at the IAC Panel hearing.

All details about the IAC and hearing process can be found here.

Directions Hearing

The IAC will hold a Directions Hearing on Thursday 17 September 2020. Further information about the Directions Hearing arrangements, including venue and time, will be published when determined.

The purpose of the Directions Hearing is to:

  • consider any preliminary or procedural issues and give directions about the conduct of the Hearing including the exchange of any expert witness reports
  • make arrangements for the Hearing, including the Timetable and Hearing venue
  • answer any questions people may have about the Hearing.

Public Hearing

The IAC will hold a Public Hearing which will be held in the week commencing Monday 12 October 2020 and run for six to eight weeks (if required).

A timetable for the Public Hearing will be published after the Directions Hearing. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to give people an opportunity to speak in support of their written submission. The Public Hearing is open for anyone to attend.

Following the public hearing, the IAC will prepare a report for the Minister for Planning to inform the Minister’s assessment of the project

Project Decision

After receiving the IAC’s report, the Minister will assess the project, considering all relevant information including the EES documents, Amendment C272morn, all public submissions, the proponent’s response to submissions and the IAC report. The Minister’s written assessment will be released to all decision-makers involved in the project and the proponent within 25 days of receiving the Panel report.

The Minister’s assessment will make recommendations about whether the project:

  • Will have an acceptable level of environmental effects; or

  • Will not have an acceptable level of environmental effects; or

  • Would need major modifications and/or further investigations to establish that acceptable outcomes would be achieved.

In making a final decision on the project, government and statutory decision-makers must consider the Minister’s assessment. While the Minister’s assessment provides recommendations and is authoritative advice, it is not binding on decision-makers.

Timeline

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More Information

For Council updates and to subscribe to email notifications, please contact:

Strategic Planning, Mornington Peninsula Shire

Phone:  (03) 5950 1010

Email:   Strategic.Admin@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Website:   mornpen.vic.gov.au/Building-Planning/Strategic-Planning/AGL-Crib-Point-Gas-Import-Jetty-and-Pipeline-Project

For questions about the Minister's Assessment and EES process, please contact:

Impact Assessment Unit, DELWP

Phone: (03) 8392 5503

Email: environment.assessment@delwp.vic.gov.au

For questions about the Crib Point AGL Gas Import Jetty Project, EES documentation and accessibility requirements and to subscribe to project updates please contact:

AGL Gas Import Jetty Project

Phone: 1800 039 600

Email: AGLcommunity@agl.com.au

Website: gasimportprojectvictoria.com.au/

For questions about the Crib Point-Pakenham Gas Pipeline Project, EES documentation, and accessibility requirements please contact:

APA Crib Point-Pakenham Gas Pipeline Project

Phone:  1800 531 811

Email:  cribpointpakenham@apa.com.au

Website:  gasimportprojectvictoria.com.au/

For questions about the Works Approval Application, please contact

EPA Victora

Phone: 1300 372 842

Website: 

www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/licences-and-approvals

For questions about the Pipeline License Application please contact:

Pipeline Regulator Victoria

Phone: 136 186

Email: pipeline.regulation@delwp.vic.gov.au

For questions about the Inquiry and Advisory Committee process and making a submission please contact:

Planning Panels Victoria

Phone:136 186 Email: cribpoint.IAC@delwp.vic.gov.au

Website: https://engage.vic.gov.au/crib-point-IAC

For questions about the Minister's Assessment and EES process, please contact:

Impact Assessment Unit, DELWP

Phone:  (03) 8392 5503

Email:  environment.assessment@delwp.vic.gov.au

Website:  planning.vic.gov.au/environment-assessment/browse-projects/projects/crib-point

For questions about the Port of Hastings please contact:

Port of Hastings Development Authority

Phone: 5979 5500

Email : enquiries@portofhastings.com

Website: www.portofhastings.com

For questions about catchment management, please contact:

Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority:

Phone: (03) 8781 7900

Fax: (03) 9781 0199

Email: enquiries@ppwcma.vic.gov.au

Website: www.ppwcma.vic.gov.au/