AusNet Services is on track to complete a second natural gas pipeline from Geelong to Torquay (VIC) via Armstrong Creek in late June, reinforcing the supply capacity for residents and business in the region.

The $2.9million project will significantly eliminate the risk of supply interruptions during peak winter periods and help meet new connection growth in the areas.

AusNet Services Gas Network Manager, Elias Raffoul, said the new pipeline will support the burgeoning areas south of Geelong and Torquay.

“As the natural gas network owner in western Victoria, AusNet Services continues to invest in key infrastructure to provide a safe and reliable gas supply to our customers,” Mr Raffoul said.

“With thousands of new homes being built in Armstrong Creek, Torquay and Jan Juc, there has been a strong up-take of gas for general heating, cooking and hot water systems.

“This new 11km pipeline will help secure the supply of gas to the residents during peak winter periods and provide capacity for up to an expected 5,000 additional homes in Torquay and Jan Juc,” he said.

Directional drilling was utilised throughout the majority of the project to protect existing services within road reserves and minimise impacts to the local flora and fauna.

In additional to the new pipeline to Torquay, AusNet Services is preparing to extend its reticulated natural gas network to Bannockburn and Winchelsea, as part of the State Government’s gas extension program.

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