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Energy for the Regions - Provision of Natural Gas to Murray River Communities

  • Year: 2012
  • Author: GHD
  • Publisher: Regional Development Victoria
  • Published Location: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Victoria

This project is the first step in determining the feasibility of providing natural gas to Murray River communities. It provides a 'base case assessment', using existing connection points to determine costs and revenue. Its aim is to better understand the project economics and develop a business case.

It does not consider alternative technical solutions that could improve the economic feasibility of providing natural gas to the study area. 

The objectives of this project are:

  • To identify gas network options available to connect communities along the Murray River to existing gas networks in Victoria or New South Wales/
  • To cost each of the available network options to connect Murray River communities to the existing gas networks in Victoria or New South Wales
  • To understand the constraints of each of the available network options in Victoria in New South Wales as natural gas connection points
  • To advise on the most economic option to connect Murray river communities to the existing natural gas network inclusing
    • Likely route to maximise community and industrial uptake
    • Towns to be connected
    • Gas load forecast
    • Revenue forecast
    • Capital operating costs
  • To understand the amount of additional gas usage required to underpin the economics of the preferred connection.

The focus of this stage 1 study is to supply communities along the Murray that do not have the opportunity to easily access gas networks.

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