Heathcote to cook with natural gas by the end of 2016
01 October 2014
Residents and businesses in Heathcote will be connected to reticulated natural gas by the end of 2016.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan visited Heathcote today to discuss the roll-out of natural gas with local businesses and community groups.
Mr Ryan said Heathcote would be connected using a compressed natural gas delivery solution, an Australian first.
He said Brookfield Infrastructure Group had been selected to deliver the connection, following an $85 million Request for Tender as part of the Coalition Government’s Energy for the Regions Program.
Nationals Candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan joined the Deputy Premier for the announcement and welcomed the news.
“Today is a great day for residents and businesses in Heathcote,” Ms Ryan said.
“Having a reliable natural gas connection will transform how business is done in Heathcote and no longer is this community behind the larger regional centres such as Bendigo when it comes to having affordable natural gas.
“Many Heathcote residents have told me over the past six months that access to natural gas is a key priority.
“Many people raised this at my recent Putting Locals First forum with the Deputy Premier and I’m pleased to announce today that The Nationals, working as part of a Coalition Government, have been able to deliver.
Ms Ryan said Heathcote would now be able to compete with other regional towns to secure business and investment, which will create new local jobs and boost the local economy.
“As The Nationals candidate for Euroa I will be a strong voice for this community to secure new investments and attract new businesses to Heathcote, with this natural gas connection making that job a lot easier,” Ms Ryan said.
“For locals, today’s announcement comes as a relief and they can feel confident they won’t have to wait too much longer for gas to be connected.
“Having a gas connection will change the way we heat our homes and cook our food.
“No longer will locals have to spend hours collecting and chopping wood to heat their homes, it can all be done with a flick of the switch.”
The Deputy Premier said the project would involve the installation of a Daughter Station on the outskirts of Heathcote that would store compressed natural gas which would then be piped to homes and businesses.
Mr Ryan said gas would be trucked from a central Mother Station to Heathcote’s Daughter Station, with the gas to be delivered at a price comparable to natural gas supplied through conventional pipelines.
He said connecting Heathcote to natural gas using a compressed natural gas (CNG) delivery solution was an Australian first that could change how gas was delivered right across Australia.
“The beauty of this system is the community will receive the same level of service as those connected to the broader gas pipeline grid, with this system also having the potential to be connected to the wider gas grid at a later stage.”
Mr Ryan said Brookfield would begin constructing the required infrastructure to begin the roll-out of natural gas to regional Victoria before the end of the year.
He told local businesses and community groups that works are expected to begin in Heathcote in early 2016 and at this stage would be completed by the end of 2016.
“The local community can be confident that if everything proceeds as planned they will be connected to reticulated natural gas in around two years.”