EPA has a regulatory role in part of the Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project (the project).
The Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations schedule the proposed floating storage regassification unit (FSRU). This means that the project needs a works approval to install the FSRU and an EPA licence to operate it.
We received the works approval application for the FSRU on 25 June 2020, and accepted it on 26 June 2020. You can read more about the proposal on Engage Victoria.
We don’t have a role in approving:
- the pipeline
- the jetty works
- the receiving facility.
The environment effects statement considers these parts of the project.
A section 22 notice has been issued requiring AGL to provide further information. This includes:
- demonstrating compliance with State Environment Protection Policy (Waters)
- analysis of options to optimise operations
- best practice justification
- revised environmental impact assessments.
AGL has been asked to provide EPA with additional details about how they will protect the environment, operate efficiently and meet best practice standards. AGL has provided a partial response to the section 22 notice to EPA:
- response to questions 1-4, dated 5 February 2021 (PDF 2.1MB)
- response to questions 8 and 12, dated 5 March 2021 (PDF 2.1MB)
- response to questions 7 dated 12 March 2021 (PDF 1MB)
- response to question 16 dated 12 March 2021 (PDF 1.3MB)
- response to question 13 dated 16 March 2021 (PDF 1MB)
- response to question 5, 6, 9 and 11 dated 19 March 2021 (PDF 630KB)
EPA invited interested parties who wished to comment to complete a feedback survey. Submissions were closed on 31 March 2021. We will publish submissions (without personal details) on this web page.
EPA received Minister for Planning Richard Wynne’s assessment report on 30 March 2021. We will consider the assessment within our decision on whether to approve or refuse AGL’s works approval application. This decision is due one month from 30 March 2021.
AGL withdraws its works approval application
On 9 April 2021, EPA received notification that AGL has withdrawn its works approval application. As a result, EPA will no longer be making a decision under section 19B of the Environment Protection Act 1970 in relation to this project.
Reviewed 13 April 2021