Victoria’s natural gas network to include Huntly

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Image credit: flickr User: Marcus Wong from Geelong

A $4.5 million natural gas project will connect over 580 households and businesses to reticulated natural gas, as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $100 million Energy for the Regions Program.

Image credit: flickr User:  Marcus Wong from Geelong
Image credit: flickr User: Marcus Wong from Geelong

According to the media release, Acting Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said the project will be one of the first to be completed under the Energy for the Regions Programs, funded through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

“Huntly residents will soon have access to cheaper and cleaner energy,” Mr Ryan said.

“Cheaper energy makes life easier for everyday people and makes Huntly a more attractive place to run a business.”

SP AusNet is the gas network owner that has installed over 3.8 km of supply down the Midland Highway. The company will also build a 13 km natural gas reticulation pipeline that is to supply homes and businesses throughout Huntly.

SP AusNet’s General Manager Asset Management Alistair Parker said the company is set on delivering the underground gas network in a safe manner, with minimal disruption to locals and on time.

Mr Ryan and Mr Parker both visited Huntly yesterday to inspect the progress and meet with locals that have already been connected to the natural gas network.

“The Coalition Government is committed to delivering natural gas to more communities in regional Victoria and has already reached agreements to deliver gas to Huntly, Bannockburn, Avoca, Winchelsea and Wandong-Heathcote Junction, and to expand the current supply to Mildura. We’ve also announced an $85 million tender to connect the remaining priority towns, as well as Murray River communities, to natural gas using compressed or liquefied natural gas,” said Mr Ryan.

“Energy for the Regions is a key component of our flagship $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, which invests in community-led projects to strategically drive jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria. In three short years, the Regional Growth Fund has invested more than $350 million into more than 1200 projects worth a whopping $1.5 billion across regional and rural Victoria.”

Mr Ryan also pointed out that the Victorian Government has made excellent progress in delivering natural gas throughout the Energy for the Regions Program to 14 priority towns.

Over the course of five years, SP AusNet has extended its natural gas network to over 92, 000 homes and businesses.

Gas pipes for Huntly will be ready by mid-2014.