Vopak LNG has spent considerable effort reviewing sites in Victoria that would be suitable for an import terminal, before settling on Port Phillip Bay. The concept of a marine based mooring off Avalon North has been arrived at through prefeasibility site studies. The proposed mooring is 19km offshore from Avalon North, adjacent to existing shipping anchorage sites.
The location and concept seeks to strike a balance on the environment, marine life and social amenity and to cause minimal disruption to normal bay activities, including shipping movements. The subsea pipeline will meet the shore near Beach Road and continue to run underground for nine kilometres through Melbourne Water farmland, edge a private property and Avalon airport before connecting to the current gas pipeline infrastructure.