We understand your concerns around the selection of Crib Point, particularly with its environmental significance. It was not a decision we undertook lightly.
There were several potential sites identified, including Crib Point in Victoria, Port Adelaide in South Australia and Port Kembla in New South Wales. The evaluation process considered several factors including access to key gas markets, cost of incremental pipeline transmission, availability of suitable land for onshore facilities, cost of existing or new build pipelines, existing investments within AGL’s wholesale gas portfolio and marine and port suitability.
Crib Point was selected due to its proximity to our largest gas market, existing jetty already importing liquid fuels and only requires bed levelling to shave off some high points at the berth.
Through the EES process we will investigate the potential impacts of the project and if these cannot be acceptably addressed the project would not go ahead.
AGL have an obligation to provide energy to our 1.4m gas customers. As an energy company, people rely on us to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of gas to their homes and businesses.
Does that help to answer your question?
Thank you for your reply, but no it does not help answer my question as the AEMO states they do not for see any gas supply gaps before 2030, so you will have no problem supplying your 1.4m Gas customers with Gas.
Yes, the 2018 AEMO Gas Statement of Opportunities (GSOO) did state that there would be no supply gaps before 2030.
The latest AEMO 2019, released on 28 March 2019, said the east coast gas market faces tight supply from 2021 and shortfalls from winter 2024 if more is not done to replace rapidly declining output from Bass Strait and supplies from Queensland limited by pipeline capacity.
If you are interested, we are discussing this with others on the thread here.