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APA VTS Australia (Operations) Pty Limited (APA)
is proposing to construct and operate a buried,
600 millimetre nominal diameter high pressure gas
transmission pipeline between APA’s
existing Plumpton Regulating Station and Wollert
The pipeline provides a high-pressure connection between the eastern and western pipeline networks of the Victorian Transmission System. The proposed pipeline will provide the ‘missing link’ in Victoria’s high-pressure gas transmission network. To ensure Victoria’s gas transmission network can service current peak demand, the project proposes to connect the South West Pipeline to the Victorian Northern Interconnect, allowing gas to be circulated across Victoria with greater efficiency by increasing transfer capacity from one side of the State to the other.
On 22 December 2019, the Victorian Minister for Planning determined that an EES is required for the Project under the Environment Effects Act 1978. A pipeline licence is required under the Pipelines Act 2005 for the construction and operation of the pipeline.
The Minister for Planning appointed the inquiry under the Environment Effects Act 1978 on 28 July 2021 to review public submissions, the EES and consider the environmental effects of the project in accordance with Terms of Reference issued by the Minister for Planning on 6 June 2021. The Terms of Reference can be viewed in the document library. The Inquiry will conduct a public hearing to hear from submitters and consider and advise the Minister for Planning on the environmental effects of the Project.
Inquiry Members are Michael Kirsch (Chair), Elissa Bell (Deputy Chair) and Sandra Brizga. The Inquiry Member biographies can be viewed in the document library.
is also appointed by the Minister for Energy,
Environment and Climate Change as a panel under the
Pipelines Act 2005 to consider the pipeline licence application.
The Inquiry process comprises a Directions Hearing and a Hearing.
The Directions Hearing was held on Monday, 6 September 2021.
The public hearing process commenced on Monday 4 October and concluded on Thursday 14 October 2021.
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