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Gas pipeline and infrastructure safety

ESV audits, monitors and reviews safety framework and construction and operation activities undertaken by industry.

Overview

Energy Safe Victoria regulates the safety of gas infrastructure and licensed pipelines in Victoria. We are responsible for ensuring the public is protected from environmental, health and safety risks resulting from gas infrastructure and licensed pipelines, and for ensuring the safe conveyance, sale, supply, and use of gas.

Regulation is conducted in accordance with the Gas Safety Act 1997, Pipelines Act 2005 and Gas Industry Act 2001 (the Acts).

ESV audits, monitors and reviews safety framework and construction and operation activities undertaken by the industry participants. In doing so, compliance is assessed in accordance with the applicable Australian and International Standards.

Gas and pipeline industry

The gas infrastructure and pipelines sector comprises:

  • Licensed pipelines, which includes:
    • natural gas transmission pipelines
    • petroleum, oxygen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, nitrogen, compressed air, sulphuric acid and methanol pipelines
    • the market operator – the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).
  • Gas infrastructure, which includes:
    • natural gas distribution
    • reticulated Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
    • Liquefied Petroleum Gas retailers
    • Landfill biogas
    • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
    • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
  • Natural gas retailers.

Gas pipeline information bulletins

  1. Illegal repairs to damaged live gas infrastructure:
    GPIS_Bulletin_Illegal_repairs_gas_infrastructure
    PDF 32.13 KB
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  2. Building Near Pipelines
    1. Building Near Pipelines: Restrictions and Responsibilities:
      Building Near Pipelines - Restrictions and Responsibilities
      PDF 146.23 KB
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    2. Application for Ministerial Consent:
      Application for Ministerial Consent
      PDF 31.21 KB
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  3. Transmission Pipeline Encroachment Enforcement Strategy:
    Transmission_Pipeline_Encroachment_Enforcement_Strategy
    PDF 91.74 KB
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  4. Gas Asset Damage Enforcement Strategy:
    Gas_Asset_Damage_Enforcement_Strategy
    PDF 92.08 KB
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  5. Cathodic Protection
    1. Cathodic Protection Report by Exception Guidelines:
      CathodicProtectionReport_ByException
      PDF 118.63 KB
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    2. Cathodic Protection Report Templates:
      Cathodic Protection Report - Templates
      Excel 31.81 KB
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  6. Classification of Audit Findings:
    Classification of Audit Findings - January 2021
    PDF 120.96 KB
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Key performance indicators

Natural Gas Transmission

Non-Natural Gas Transmission

Specifications for Victorian Licensed Pipelines Industry Group – reporting requirements

These reporting requirements came into effect on 1 July 2018.

Annual reporting

Contact us

If you have any queries in relation to gas infrastructure and pipeline safety, please contact our Gas Technical Helpline directly on 1800 652 563 or by email on gastechnicalenquiry@energysafe.vic.gov.au.

Gas Infrastructure Safety Cases

As at 22 October 2018, two sets of gas safety regulations under the Gas Safety Act 1997 came into effect.

Most of the provisions from the Gas Safety (Gas Quality) Regulations 2017 have been included in the new Gas Safety (Safety Case) Regulations 2018 as they are largely of interest to the same stakeholders. One provision relating to the supply of LPG has been included in the Gas Safety (Gas Installation) Regulations 2018 given it has broader application across the gas supply industry.

Gas Safety (Gas Installation) Regulations 2018

The primary objective of the Regulations is to reduce the risks associated with the use of gas appliances and gasfitting work, and to ensure that controls on gas appliances and complex gas installations operate efficiently.

Gas Safety (Safety Case) Regulations 2018

The regulations require gas companies – including natural gas transmission and distribution companies, gas retailers and LP Gas businesses – to submit a safety case to ESV and to comply with an accepted safety case. The Gas Safety Act 1997 also allows submission of safety cases for complex gas installations on a voluntary basis and permits complex gas installation operators and Type B gas appliance manufacturers to seek exemption from prescriptive compliance requirements.

The primary objective of the Regulations is to prescribe content requirements for safety cases and safety management systems, standards of gas quality and requirements for testing of gas conveyed through pipelines, and requirements for reporting of gas incidents to ESV.

Safety case policy and guidelines

In addition to the regulations, ESV has published three key documents which support the application of the safety management regime.

Date: 19/06/2024 23:14

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