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Project update

Update on Deakin University's Blue Carbon Lab independent assessment (November 2021)

Deakin University's Blue Carbon Lab has been undertaking an independent assessment into the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of a proposed LNG import terminal in Geelong.

The scope of works includes investigating the marine (open water & coastal), air and amenity and socioeconomic impacts.

A final report is due to be submitted to GeelongPort in early 2022.

GeelongPort commissions Deakin University's Blue Carbon Lab (July 2021)

Since 2020, GeelongPort has been investigating options to upgrade our Refinery Pier to support a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) facility whilst considering Australia’s future long-term transition towards cleaner energy, like green hydrogen.

GeelongPort is committed to better understanding the impacts a gas terminal operation will have on Corio Bay and the ability for existing and future businesses to operate within the port.

As such, GeelongPort has commissioned world-leading research institute, Deakin University’s Blue Carbon Lab, to conduct an independent assessment into the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of a proposed LNG import terminal in Geelong.

GeelongPort is engaging with its Community Liaison Group to determine the final scope of the research and the findings are expected to be delivered to GeelongPort by the end of 2021.

The findings of this research will play a critical role in informing the organisation’s infrastructure investment decisions and GeelongPort’s submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Environmental Effects Statement process in relation to the proposed LNG import terminal by Viva Energy.

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Project Background

GeelongPort provides access to port infrastructure and services that help support the import and export of trades critical for Victorian and Australian businesses. Our trade connections support the agriculture, construction, energy, tourism sectors and many other project-specific trades while delivering economic benefits for Geelong and Victoria.

To help support Victoria’s transition to a low carbon economy, GeelongPort is investing in critical port infrastructure and actively working with key businesses and stakeholders on important energy projects, including LNG and green hydrogen imports and exports.

Many operators are competing to supply the Victorian gas market.

Viva Energy is currently going through an environmental effects process led by the Department for Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) for the development of a gas terminal using a ship known as a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU), which would be continuously moored at Refinery Pier in Corio Bay, Geelong.

GeelongPort is in discussions with energy suppliers interested in operating an LNG facility in the immediate term, with the aim to transition to cleaner fuels in the longer term.

Project Overview

Refinery Pier upgrade options

Refinery Pier is an important GeelongPort asset currently accessed by Viva Energy and Quantem Bulk Storage and Handling (Quantem), supporting the trade of fuels and chemicals with over 300 vessel calls per year.

GeelongPort has been investigating options to upgrade our Refinery Pier, helping to support business and industry growth plans and support the transition to a cleaner energy future.

Two options GeelongPort has been investigating include:

  • Upgrade GeelongPort's Refinery Pier (Berth 1) for an LNG import terminal
    An upgrade to Refinery Pier (Berth 1) ensures the utilisation of existing infrastructure and will result in reduced environmental impacts and lower costs. The pier will be refurbished in time to meet industry demand.
  • An extension of GeelongPort’s Refinery Pier to secure an open market facility for future use
    This option is aimed at supporting an LNG import terminal in the immediate term with the aim of transitioning to cleaner fuels (like hydrogen). GeelongPort is running an open market process to investigate the development of a new berth to secure an open market facility for future energy products aimed at providing flexibility in the transition to more sustainable and cleaner energy sources. An extension of Refinery Pier will require the need to carefully consider and manage the social, environmental, cultural and economic impacts.

Further Information

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) reported in 2020 that gas supply would be sufficient to meet forecast gas demand until at least 2023. This was updated in March 2021 (Refer to links section) with the AEMO Victorian Gas Planning Report showing that the threat of gas supply shortfalls is now expected to happen in 2027 if the forecast gas projects become operational as expected.

LNG is a fuel source used in shipping, road and rail freight. It is a clear, colourless and non-toxic liquid that forms when natural gas is cooled to -162ºC (-260ºF). The cooling process shrinks the volume of the gas 600 times, making it easier and safer to store and ship. LNG will not ignite in its liquid state.