Update – 30 March 2021

The IAC provided its final report to the Minister for Planning on 22 February 2021.

The Minister has made his assessment of the environmental effects of the project under the Environment Effects Act 1978. The Minister’s Assessment can be found on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) website website on the ‘Overview’ and 'Documents' tabs.

The Minister has released the IAC’s report which can also be found on the same DELWP website on the 'Overview' and 'Documents' tabs.


Overview

The joint Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) was appointed to consider the Environment Effects Statement (EES), draft Planning Scheme Amendments (PSA), and Works Approval Application (WAA) prepared for the project to advise the Minister for Planning. The IAC was also appointed as a Panel to consider and advise the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change on the pipeline license application. The IAC comprised of Kathy Mitchell (Chair), Michael Kirsch (Deputy Chair), Jacquelle Gorski, Chris Harty and Trevor McCullough. See the IAC member biographies here.


The proposal included two components:

  • Gas Import Jetty Works comprising a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) at Crib Point Jetty, jetty infrastructure including marine loading arms and gas piping on the jetty, and the Crib Point Receiving Facility on land adjacent to the jetty.
  • Pipeline Works consisting of an underground gas transmission pipeline approximately 57 kilometres long to transport gas from the Crib Point Receiving Facility to the Victorian Transmission System east of Pakenham, and associated infrastructure such as the Pakenham Delivery Facility to monitor and regulate the gas, two above-ground mainline valves to enable isolation of the pipeline in an emergency and a facility to enable in-line inspections of the pipeline.

The project was on public exhibition between 2 July and 26 August 2020.

You may inspect the EES, draft Planning Scheme Amendments, Works Approval Application, Pipeline Licence and any related documents free of charge on the joint AGL and APA Gas Import Jetty and Gas Pipeline Project webpage.


Inquiry and Committee Process

The IAC has issued the following documents which can be viewed below:

  • Notification Letter, issued on Friday 4 September outlining the arrangements for the hearing process.
  • Request for Further Information, issued on Wednesday 16 September, outlining matters for response by the Proponent.
  • Preliminary Directions, issued on Friday, 18 September, outlining preliminary Directions for the hearing process
  • Directions and Timetable Version 1, issued on Wednesday 23 September, outlining Directions and Timetable before the Hearing commencing on 12 October
  • Timetable Version 2, Issued on Thursday 8 October, outlining the Timetable for the first seven weeks of the Hearing
  • Further Directions, Issued on Thursday 8 October, outlining expert witness instructions
  • Timetable Version 3, Issued on Friday 16 October, outlining to the Version 2 Timetable
  • Timetable Version 4, Issued on 29 October, outlining changes to the Version 3 Timetable
  • Timetable Version 5, Issued on 4 November, outlining the presentation times of individual, community and industry submitters
  • Timetable Version 6, Issued on 12 November, outlining changes to the Version 5 Timetable

Please note that your submission will be treated as a public document in accordance with the Privacy Collection Statement (which can be accessed through Document Library) which may include provisions to other parties and display in the Hearing. You should not include any other personal information in the submission, such as email and phone details, unless that information can be made publicly available. You can request access to your personal information held by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning by contacting the Freedom of Information Unit on (03) 9637 8186 or FOI.unit@delwp.vic.gov.au


Contact

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

Name Planning Panels Victoria
Phone 136 186
Email cribpoint.IAC@delwp.vic.gov.au

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

Name 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 please contact:

Name 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:

Name 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:

Name EPA Victoria
Phone 1300 372 842
Website www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/licences-and-approvals

For questions about the Pipeline License Application please contact:

Name Pipeline Regulator Victoria
Phone 136 186
Email pipeline.regulation@delwp.vic.gov.au
Website gasimportprojectvictoria.com.au/