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  1. Exhibition open

    28 February 2022

  2. Exhibition closed

    11 April 2022

  3. Directions hearing

    5 May 2022

  4. Public hearing

    20 June – 8 August 2022

  5. Report submitted

    5 October 2022


The Viva Energy Gas Terminal Inquiry and Advisory Committee was appointed by the Minister for Planning 19 April 2022.

The project proposed the development of a gas terminal using a ship known as a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) at Refinery Pier in Corio Bay.

The proposal included:

  • extension of the existing Refinery Pier
  • localised dredging for the new berth and ship turning basin
  • deposition of dredged sediment at the existing Point Wilson dredged material ground
  • the FSRU to be continuously moored at the new berth
  • the FSRU to receive liquefied natural gas (LNG) from visiting LNG carriers, and store and convert the LNG into natural gas when needed
  • a treatment facility located within the Geelong Refinery site to check that the gas meets transmission system standards
  • a 7 km pipeline to transfer the gas from the FSRU to the South West Pipeline connection point at Lara, including 3 km aboveground and 4 km underground.

The committee was asked to advise on the Environmental Effects Statement, submissions, and the environmental effects of the Viva Energy Gas Terminal project.

The committee was also asked to advise the Minister for Energy on the pipeline licence application and any submissions.

Inquiry and advisory committee members


Terms of reference

Completed reports

Make a submission

Submissions are now closed.

More information

For information about the EES process and ministers directions
Impact Assessment
Department of Transport and Planning


For information about the proposed Viva Energy Gas Terminal project
Viva Energy Gas Australia Pty Ltd
1800 515 093

For information about EPA development licence applications
Permissioning, Environment Protection Authority Victoria
1300 372 842

For information about pipeline licence applications
Pipelines Regulation
Department of Transport and Planning
136 186

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Page last updated: 29/11/23