Victorian Gas Planning Report
The National Gas Rules require AEMO to prepare and publish a planning review every second year from 31 March 2015. As AEMO becomes aware of any new information that materially alters the planning review, Rule 323(5) requires AEMO to update the planning review as soon as practicable.
Since the publication of the 2015 VGPR, AEMO has identified the following changes to the Declared Transmission System (DTS) that may materially impact supply and demand:
- A further increase in the Victorian Northern Interconnect transportation capacity to New South Wales that will increase capacity by 25%, to 148 TJ/d for winter 2016.
- A limitation in the South West Pipeline transport capacity from Melbourne to Port Campbell that will limit flows to South Australia via SEA Gas Pipeline and may impact refilling of the Iona Underground Gas Storage (UGS) reservoirs.
- Iona UGS Facility Operator’s expansion plans that may require a further increase to South West Pipeline capacity.
- Increased demand at the Warragul Custody Transfer Meter, which may require augmentation of the DTS to maintain contractual pressure at this connection point.