Rival plans for Victorian gas import terminal

Fuel supplier Viva Energy is pushing its Geelong oil refinery site as the optimal location to build Victoria's first gas import terminal, arguing it is less environmentally sensitive than Western Port where AGL's rival plans have unleashed a bitter community backlash.

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that Viva Energy chief executive Scott Wyatt had moved swiftly to begin talks with potential partners in the project and wanted to start initial design and engineering work by the year's end.

Mr Wyatt talked up the natural advantages of the Geelong site, which he said made Viva's project more cost-effective and less environmentally contentious than power giant AGL's proposal to construct a terminal at Crib Point and a 55-kilometre pipeline from the Mornington Peninsula to Pakenham.

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