Your gas import terminal plans pay little attention to the potential for catastrophic fire or explosion during the gas transfer process. This could injure or kill people within a 5km radius and there are many homes within that area.
We’d just like to apologise for the delay in addressing your enquiry – we have received a large number of complex and detailed questions that we need to discuss with a few specialists.
This is not the way we want to deal with community concerns and we’re working to be more responsive in the future.
We’ll respond to your question shortly.
Again, my apologies for the delay in getting back to you - we have received a significant number of enquiries.
We agree that safety is very important and we must take the risks seriously.
Like all big industrial and resources projects the gas import jetty will carry some risks. AGL is working with international FSRU risk and safety specialist to identify, minimise and manage the risks to the greatest extent possible and will share this information with the community.
There has been discussion in Crib Point about the FSRU exploding and creating a blast and damage radius that would destroy Crib Point from a BLEVE (boiling liquid expanding vapour explosion). Much of this seems to have come from a report found online from “Thermal Radiation and Impact Assessment of the LNG BLEVE Fireball authored by students or staff of a University in Guangzhou China.
To assist the community to understand the phenomenon of BLEVE explosions AGL engaged international FSRU risk specialists DNV-GL to provide a peer review of the document and its findings and to provide further advice on the probability of BLEVE explosions in LNG shipping.
DNV-GL found that the report contained a number of errors in terms of its assumptions and calculations. It was based on calculations of a pressure tank similar to an LPG gas tank and not on an LNG cryogenic tank, which is structurally different and does not store liquid under pressure. It found that the scenario of an explosion with a 2.3km radius described in this paper cannot occur on a FSRU.
The full review can be viewed here.
That said, we must prepare for worst case scenarios, no matter how unlikely they are to occur.
There are also a range of regulators who will be involved to ensure we meet the highest safety standards. This includes all ships visiting Western Port adhering to the international safety standards required of an LNG tanker. These regulators include:
All have responsibilities to hold AGL and visiting ships to account on safety standards.
The proposed project is still in the feasibility stage. The AGL Board have also yet to decide to fund the proposed project. A final investment decision will not be made until the final EES assessment is complete.