AGL withdraws plans to build a gas terminal in Victoria

Energy giant AGL officially withdrew its plans to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Melbourne just weeks after the Victorian Labor Party’s government rejected the company’s proposal.

“The Victorian Planning Minister has discovered that the project proposed by AGL has unacceptable environmental impacts,” an AGL spokeswoman said in a statement.

“As a result, AGL has taken steps to withdraw the work approval application while considering the option.”

The notice of AGL’s withdrawal came out on April 15, after the company notified the Victorian Environmental Protection Agency of the decision on April 9.

AGL will need to maintain the Crib Point facility in Melbourne’s West Harbor to address potential gas shortages in Victoria by 2024, but Victoria’s Planning Minister Richard Wynne said the project He said it would have an “unacceptable impact” on the area, including the Ramsar Marsh.

“This is a thorough, open and transparent process, which is the right result for the community, the environment, and Victoria as a whole,” Win said on March 30.

AGL has spent $ 130 million on this project so far.

The proposal envisaged the construction of a 300-meter-long floating gas import terminal at Crib Point Pier in West Port, with relevant pipelines extending 57 kilometers from the Mornington Peninsula to Pakenham.

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Details of the gas import pier construction proposed at Crib Point. (Minister of Planning, Victoria, March 2021)

Environmental Victoria analyst Raimund Mirales told AAP that the Victoria State Government “has time to focus on implementing policies to reduce gas consumption and does not need to build terminals to import gas. “.

However, ACCC Chair Rod Sims previously faced an looming gas shortage in Australia from 2026 on the east coast and from 2024 on the southern states, making it the majority of Australians if new projects are not developed. I warned that it would affect me.

Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor said the proposal needs to meet community acceptance and operate responsibly, but gas shortages, especially in Victoria, “will hurt all gas consumers.” Added. Australian Financial Review report.

Currently 5 sites Proposed to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) into Australia: Port Kembla, New South Wales, Outer Harbor, South Australia, Newcastle, New South Wales, Geelong, Victoria, Avalon, Victoria.

According to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Andrew Forrest’s Port Kembla LNG Import Terminal will avoid Australia’s gas shortage in two years until 2026 as the project progresses.

Despite AGL’s setbacks, the company’s CEO Brett Redman says his company was open to trading with other companies to build a gas import terminal in southeastern Australia. ..

AAP contributed to this report.

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