The documents tabled by parties during the Inquiry process are public documents. You can find the tabled documents here.
A one day submitter conference for the Golden Beach Gas Project was held on Monday 18 January 2021. The Inquiry and Panel must submit its report to the Minister for Planning and the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change within 30 business days from the last date of the submitter conference, in accordance with the approved Terms of Reference and their Instrument of Appointment.
All documents tabled by Parties during the inquiry process can be found on the Tabled Documents page here.
The Minister for Planning has appointed an Inquiry, known as the Golden Beach Gas Project Inquiry (the Inquiry), to consider and advise on the Environment Effects Statement (EES), EPA Works Approval Application (WAA) and public submissions received on the proposed Golden Beach Gas Project. The Inquiry is also appointed as a Panel to consider and advise the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change on the pipeline licence application.
The work and scope of the Inquiry is guided by the Terms of Reference that have been approved by the Minister for Planning. The Terms of Reference can be found in the Document Library on the right hand side of this page.
As a Panel, it must act in accordance with the requirements of the Pipelines Act and any specification in its instrument of appointment.
The Proponent GB Energy (Vic) Pty Ltd (GB Energy) proposed project encompasses construction and operation of a pipeline and gas plant to produce gas from the Golden Beach gas field (in Victorian waters) for provision to the Victorian Transmission System. The gas pipeline would be designed to be bi-directional, allowing for the Golden Beach gas field, when depleted after 2 - 4 years, to be used as a gas reservoir or storage facility with a 40 year design life.
The proposed Project includes the development of the following components:
The development would occur in two stages. The first stage being the production of gas by extracting a portion (approximately 40 petajoules) of the gas within the reservoir. The second stage being the conversion of the reservoir to a gas storage facility, providing an initial withdrawal capacity of up to 250 terajoules per day.
You may inspect the EES, Works Approval Application and pipeline licence application and any related documents on the GB Energy Golden Beach Gas Projects webpage.
The documents tabled by parties during the Inquiry process are public documents. You can find the tabled documents here.
The Project was on public exhibition for 30 business days between Monday 26 October and 11.59pm on Monday 7 December 2020. You can view the submissions here.
The Directions Hearing was conducted by video conference using Microsoft Teams at 10.00am on Thursday 17 December 2020.
At the Directions Hearing, the Inquiry:
A one day submitter conference was conducted by video conference using Microsoft Teams on Monday 18 January 2021.
The submitter conference was a more informal round table forum to enable the issues raised in submissions to be explored by the Inquiry, together with the submitters who indicated they wanted to participate and the proponent.
The Inquiry and Panel will submit its report to the Minister for Planning and the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change within 30 business days from the last date of the submitter conference, in accordance with the approved Terms of Reference and Instrument of Appointment.
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Hearing of submissions may be held face to face, via telephone conference or via video link or a combination of these. You should be aware the Inquiry may:
The Inquiry will direct that parties do not record online hearing of submissions or use them for any other purpose. However, the Inquiry is unable to guarantee that third parties will not be recording online hearing of submissions, and the use of any such recordings outside the hearing of submissions context cannot be regulated by the Inquiry.
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