The East Gippsland System (EGS) was a natural gas distribution system proposed for the east Gippsland region of Victoria. In 1997, EastCoast Gas Pty Ltd was selected as the preferred tenderer to supply natural gas to towns in the east Gippsland region from the then proposed Eastern Gas Pipeline. The proposed EGS was not constructed at this time.
However, from 2005 to 2008 as part of the program of extending the supply of gas into regional Victoria, Envestra rolled out gas distribution systems in the towns of Bairnsdale and Paynesville in the east Gippsland region. It is intended that other towns in the east Gippsland region (namely, Lakes Entrance and Orbost) will be supplied with natural gas under the Victorian government’s Regional Gas Infrastructure program that was announced in 2011.
In 1998, EastCoast Gas submitted an access arrangement proposal for the proposed EGS to the Office of the Regulator General of Victoria (ORG) under the Victorian Third Party Access Code. The access arrangement was approved by the ORG in May 1999. The Victorian Code was an interim instrument until the National Access code came into effect. The proposed EGS was not a covered pipeline under the National Gas Code.