Westernport Water has decided to explore options to exit the gas business it currently operates is San Remo.
Why is Westernport Water exploring options to transition out of gas services?
Since 2006, Westernport Water has operated a gas retail business (Westernport Gas) which is a non-prescribed function of Victorian Water Corporations, under the Water Act 1989.
The San Remo network supplies LPG to just over 50 customers and was expected to be connected to a proposed natural gas main to be extended from Lang Lang. However, the proposed extension was not constructed.
Following an economic review, Westernport Water can no longer provide a competitive price to our gas customers due to the limited size of the network and the skills required to maintain it. Other gas companies are able to provide LPG gas services more efficiently and cost effectively and we believe that it is in the best interest of our customers to explore alternatives.
The corporation is looking to transfer the existing reticulated service to another operator to enable a smooth transition for customers at equivalent or better rates.
What are the benefits of this program?
By selling the reticulated gas network and services, Westernport Water will be able to focus resources on core business – water and wastewater. Customers will be able to purchase gas at a cheaper retail rate.
How will this impact the community and Westernport Water’s gas customers?
There are no immediate changes at this time. Westernport Water is committed to ensuring that our gas customers are well supported and that any future arrangements are affordable and accessible. Further information will be provided if an alternative provider has been identified.
What options are WPW exploring?
Westernport Water will first approach potential buyers of the scheme and see if there is interest from the gas sector to purchase the gas business. Further information will be provided if an alternative provider has been found.
A business briefing session for potential buyers will be held outside the Silverwater Resort (opposite 14 Potters Hill Road) San Remo at 2pm Friday 12 March 2021.
Please email email@example.com or call 1300 720 711 if you would like more information about the project.