Re: AGL Risk Assessments for the Gas Import Jetty project
We understand your legitimate concern on safety and take it very seriously.
We are currently undertaking a Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) process. A QRA is a formal and systematic approach to estimating the likelihood and consequences of hazardous events, and expressing the results quantitatively as risk to people, the environment or AGL. It also assesses the robustness and validity of quantitative results, by identifying critical assumptions and risk driving elements.
QRA studies are typically required for production and processing facilities, high-pressure pipelines, and storage and importation sites, including liquefied natural gas (LNG). They contribute to improved decision-making by highlighting the accident scenarios that contribute most to overall risk. Focusing on these helps AGL and APA meet acceptability criteria and demonstrate that risks are as low as reasonably practicable.
QRA will form part of hazard and safety section of EES. The EES will be made available to the public during EES exhibition.
In the scoping requirements for the EES, the safety assessment in s4.1 of the EES scoping document requires:
- Characterisation of the human environment near the project relative to safety buffer standards for surrounding current land uses and reasonably foreseeable land uses
- Description of proposed measures to minimise risk and ensure safety for workforce, nearby operations and the public during construction and operation of the project.
- Description of the monitoring program to form part of the EMF to identify any potential hazards in time for corrective action to be taken.
- Description of the framework for emergency response, including contingency planning for foreseeable possible public safety or environmental emergencies.
- Details of project components, including lighting, safety and security requirements during construction and operation
Key issues to be assessed are ‘workforce, nearby operations and public safety risks associated with the construction or operation of the project, including risks associated with or compounded by potential external threats (e.g. bushfire).’
The scoping document can be found here.
We are also hoping to run community workshops on safety as well as part of the EES process. Please let us know if you would like to be involved.