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Viva Energy’s strong plan for Geelong

Senator Sarah Henderson today welcomed Viva Energy’s Geelong Gas Terminal Project announcement saying it was a vote of confidence in the city and the Morrison Government’s policies.

Viva has entered into Memorandums of Understanding with two partners, ENGIE Australia and New Zealand and Mitsui & Co Ltd in one consortium along with Vitol and VTTI in the second.

“Viva’s strategy to transform Geelong into a leading energy hub will see Geelong at the cutting edge of Australia’s cleaner energy future,” Senator Henderson said.

“Showing great vision, Viva’s plans for a gas terminal and possible energy hub, subject to it meeting all environmental approvals, has the potential to include solar, gas powered generation, hydrogen manufacturing and other renewable and lower carbon energy developments. If it proceeds, the import terminal will deliver an anticipated 50 to 60 permanent jobs.”

“While the Morrison Government works alongside Viva to plan our energy future, Labor has ignored Viva and ignored the Geelong Refinery’s 700 workers.

In contrast to our government’s 2020 Budget Fuel Security Package which would deliver an estimated $70 million a year in a fuel production payment based on Viva’s ordinary production levels, we saw no action from Federal Labor to secure fuel supply when in government. The state Labor government failed to deliver any support for the Geelong Refinery in its 2020 Budget.

“Labor is all show and no substance when it comes to standing up for Geelong Refinery jobs,” Senator Henderson concluded.

7 December 2020

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