Crib Point Pakenham Pipeline
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Crib Point Pakenham Pipeline is a proposed gas pipeline in Australia.
The pipeline will run from Crib Point to Pakenham, Victoria, Australia.
- Owner: AGL and APA
- Proposed capacity: 98.2 billion cubic meters per year
- Length: 37 miles / 59.5 kilometers
- Status: Proposed
- Start Year: 2023
AGL has plans to construct a high pressure gas pipeline which will connect AGL's proposed Crib Point LNG Terminal to the Victorian Transmission System, east of Pakenham. The pipeline will be bi-directional to allow gas to flow from Pakenham. The design of the pipeline will allow for offtake valves along the route of the pipeline. The proposed project comprises the gas import jetty works, which includes upgrade/modification works to the existing jetty at Crib Point, to provide for continuous mooring of the FSRU – a vessel with LNG storage and regasification capacity. The pipeline works include treatment of gas to meet Australian standards and subsequent transfer via a new pipeline to a location east of Pakenham where it would be connected to the existing gas transmission network for commercial supply to customers.
As of February 2020, APA reported the following expected project timeline:
- Ongoing: Stakeholder engagement
- Q2 2020: Agreement of pipeline corridor, including easements with third-parties
- Q1 2021: Finish obtaining all necessary state and federal permits
- 2021-2022: Pipeline construction
- 2022: Begin pipeline operations
Local residents and environmental groups are opposing the project on the grounds that it will negatively affect marine life, Ramsar-listed wetlands, the tourism and fishing industries, and drive up greenhouse gas emissions. In August 2020 the Victorian government refused to delay the environmental assessment process for the Crib Point LNG Terminal, which would feed the pipeline, despite protests that Victoria's Covid-19 lockdown was preventing citizens from participating in the assessment process.
Articles and resources
- crib point pakenham pipeline APA, accessed August 23, 2019
- Planned Projects Pipelines and Gas Journal, accessed August 23, 2019
- Pressure heats up against AGL's floating gas terminal bid, Sydney Morning Herald, Jul. 2, 2020
- Our Projects APA, accessed February 28, 2020
- Anger as state rejects calls to pause controversial gas project, Sydney Morning Herald, Aug. 11, 2020