Frequently Asked Questions…

What is an FSRU?

A Floating Storage and Regasification Unit.  FSRU is a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) storage ship that has an onboard regasification plant capable of returning LNG back into a gaseous state and then supplying it directly into the gas network.

It is 300m long x 45m wide and 56m tall from water level.

Are there any FSRUs in Australia?


Are gas tankers and FSRUs safe?

Just like planes, but things do go wrong.

Corporations ALWAYS say best practice. For example:

NASA spaceshuttle Colombia disaster 2003 killed 7 people:

“never did we talk about the RCC (reinforced carbon carbon) panels because we all thought that it was impenetrable … I spent fourteen years in the space program flying, thinking it was incredibly strong but it wasn’t .. the best minds that I know of, in and outside of NASA, never envisioned that as a failure mode.”

Another fatal NASA incident was due to an eroding O-ring.

More recently in West Virginia TransCanada pipeline exploded it was only opened in January of this year:

The CEO of this company stated “This is truly a best-in-class pipeline and we look forward to many years of safe, reliable, and efficient operation on behalf of our customers.”

But won’t I get cheaper gas?

No.  There isn’t any indication that gas prices will go down. In fact, AGL will be subject to global gas prices because they will be importing. Analysts predict that the demand for gas in Asia might go up which will put pressure on the international market. It has also been reported that the introduction of an FSRU could actually push prices up.

How many gas tankers will come into Crib Point to transfer their cargo into the FSRU?

The FSRU has the capability of receiving 40 gas tankers per year.  AGL says it will be contracting 12 per year for the first 5 years. There isn’t anything to stop them changing that number.

But don’t we already have ships coming into Westernport?

Yes.  But why increase risks and problems?   Current incoming vesseles are smaller, only 186m long (a bit over half the size) and are not moored permanently.

We also don’t know what an increase in shipping will do to the visiting and resident marine mammals increases likelihood of striking whale, and believe that AGL has done insufficient planning to address environmental impact properly.

Do we really want to take the chance?

The FSRU will create 40 permanent jobs, but what about during construction?

The FSRU is being built overseas. There will be a few jobs extending the jetty and clearing 50m of habitat onshore (either side of the jetty).

The pipeline will initially employ many but not necessarily locals as they will be APA personnel who may come from interstate.

Save Westernport says there is a concern about marine pests coming in on foreign ships. Won’t regulations stop this?

Yes, there are regulations that mean ships must empty their ballast at sea, but they have to be observed.  It only takes one marine pest to not be discharged and arrive in our healthy, almost pest free environment.   The vessel operator will merely get a fine, but we inherit the permanent damage.