LODDON MALLEE

REGIONAL PRIORITIES

Gas

The Victorian Government, through Regional Development Victoria, has reached agreement with Brookfield Infrastructure Group (Australia) (Brookfield) to supply natural gas to Heathcote, Maldon, Marong, Swan Hill, Robinvale and Kerang.

Brookfield will supply natural gas to these towns via a compressed natural gas (CNG) delivery solution, which involves compressing natural gas in compressor or ‘mother stations’ in regional and metro locations, trucking the compressed gas to the outskirts of each town to ‘Daughter Stations’, where gas is stored, depressurised and in turn reticulated via pipes to homes and businesses within each town.

Brookfield will commence this project shortly and expects all towns to have access to reticulated natural gas by 2018.

In addition Envestra Limited has been engaged to expand the natural gas capacity in Mildura. The Project will increase the capacity of the Mildura Transmission Pipeline by 50 per cent and enable the connection of new domestic and industrial customers to the network. The Project is expected to be completed by the early 2015.