Gas distribution network owner SP AusNet has begun initial works to extend its underground natural gas network to Huntly in Western Victoria.
Under the project, approximately 580 Huntly residents and businesses will be able to access the network by winter 2014.
SP AusNet’s Program Manager, Geoff Thorn, said the company is committed to delivering the underground gas network on time, safely and with minimal disruption to locals.
“I’m pleased to announce that work has started to supply natural gas to Huntly,” Mr Thorn said.
“Crews are preparing to begin extending the underground pipeline from Bendigo along the Midland Highway to Huntly. Once we reach Huntly, we’ll then lay more than 13 kilometres of pipeline to homes and businesses throughout the town.
“During this construction phase, we’re committed to minimising any disruptions to residents and safely delivering natural gas to their properties,” he said.
SP AusNet is sending out invitations for a community information session 6pm Thursday November 7 at the
Huntly Memorial Hall for residents and business owners to hear details on the project and answer questions.
SP AusNet has detailed information on its website – www.sp-ausnet.com.au – for each of the towns approved for connection through the Energy for the Regions program.
“Importantly, SP AusNet thanks the State Government for its support in bringing natural gas to Huntly through the Energy for the Regions program and we look forward to connecting more Victorian’s to our natural gas network,” he said.
In the last five years, SP AusNet has carried out works costing more than $580m in operating, maintaining and extending our natural gas network in western Victoria to more than 92,000 homes and businesses.
Under the previous State Government’s natural gas extension program, SP AusNet connected gas to 12 Victorians towns: Barwon Heads, Camperdown, Creswick, Gisborne, Lancefield, Macedon, Maiden Gully, New Gisborne, Port Fairy, Riddells Creek, Romsey and Woodend.
About SP AusNet
SP AusNet is the largest diversified energy network business in Victoria, owning and operating more than $10 billion of electricity and gas distribution assets, including the state-wide electricity transmission network. The company also has a non-regulated division, Select Solutions, providing utility services.