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Victorian Gas Program

Activity Update: From August to November 2018, our airborne gravity survey is taking off across south west Victoria. Learn more about the airborne gravity survey.

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The Victorian Gas Program runs until 2020. It is a comprehensive program of scientific research and related activities to assess the potential for further discoveries of onshore conventional gas and offshore gas in Victoria, and whether the State’s current underground gas storage capacity could be expanded.

The Victorian Gas Program has three scientific components:

Onshore conventional gas

There are currently no proven and probable (ready for imminent development) onshore conventional gas reserves in Victoria. A suite of geoscientific, technical and environmental studies will provide an evidence-based estimate of prospective gas resources and look closely at the risks, benefits and impacts associated with onshore conventional gas to inform future decisions of Government.

The onshore conventional gas studies are being overseen by Victoria’s Lead Scientist and a Stakeholder Advisory Panel made up of farmers, industry, local government and the community.

Note: A moratorium on onshore conventional gas exploration is in place until 30 June 2020. Learn more about the moratorium.

Offshore gas

Victoria relies on offshore gas reserves to heat homes and to provide feedstock for a number of industrial processes. New offshore acreage to encourage commercial gas exploration in state-controlled waters has been released.

Underground gas storage

There is some underground gas storage around Port Campbell in the onshore Otway Basin. Investigations are underway to assess opportunities to expand underground storage in that area. Increased storage may help to secure more reliable gas supplies and mitigate short term price peaks, particularly during any interruptions in the gas supply system.

Unconventional gas (fracking) is not included in the Victorian Gas Program as it was banned in Victoria in 2017. Read more about the current restrictions on onshore gas.

The scientific work is supported by regular engagement with farmers, industry, local government and regional communities. There is also provision for land resource planning and potential regulatory reform in response to the findings.

The studies will be undertaken by scientists from the Geological Survey of Victoria and will focus on the Otway Basin in south west Victoria and the Gippsland Basin in south east Victoria.

All study results will be made publicly available.

This map shows the prospective areas for onshore conventional gas along the coastline of Gippsland and south west Victoria

View larger version of the above map: Areas prospective for onshore gas areas-prospective-for-onshore-gas.pdf (PDF 2544.38 KB)PDF icon

Further information for landowners and occupiers of private land that may be subject to petroleum (oil and gas) exploration or production operations is available, including some frequently asked questions.

Fact sheets

Stay in Touch

Further information about the Victorian Gas Program can be found via the links above.

Also available are regular progress reports about the scientific studies.

To be added to the Victorian Gas Program emailing list, please send a request to vgp@ecodev.vic.gov.au.