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.