Gas infrastructure for regional Victoria
The benefits of natural gas-powered kitchens and heating systems are already known by many households and businesses across Australia.
Oftentimes a family or enterprise will find that gas prices compared with those of electricity or other power sources works out much better on their expenses.
Now, more regional Australian centres may be able to take advantages of gas, with the Victorian government beginning the next phase of its Energy For The Regions program.
Minister for regional and rural development Peter Ryan said: "Connecting homes and businesses to a more dependable energy source that is cheaper and better for the environment will have many benefits to regional and rural Victorians."
The program's first-stage direct negotiation phase is now complete and Mr Ryan stated that two regional gas projects - in Mildura and Huntly - have reached agreement.
Now the government will be increasing the campaign's scope to engage natural gas suppliers to deliver natural gas to other priority areas as well.
This expanded strategy will begin in the second half of 2012 and will analyse many different options, including strategies for decanting and transporting compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the outskirts of regional towns and industrial estates.
Posted by Callum Fleming