Santos submits Narrabri EIS

Drilling on the Narrabri Gas Project.

Drilling on the Narrabri Gas Project.

Santos has submitted the State Significant Development Application and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its Narrabri Gas project to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

The proposed Narrabri Gas project, located in North West NSW, could supply up to 50 per cent of NSW gas needs and provide significant benefits to the region and the state more broadly.

Santos will make the gas available to NSW and the east coast domestic market via a pipeline linking into the existing Moomba to Sydney Pipeline.

The pipeline will be constructed by APA Group and will be subject to a separate approval.

Santos’ Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Gallagher, said Santos has spent time producing a comprehensive EIS so the local Narrabri community and stakeholders can be confident the environment and water will be protected as the project is developed.

“The EIS has concluded the project can proceed safely with minimal and manageable risk to the environment,” said Mr Gallagher.

“The Narrabri Gas project has the potential to play a significant role in the domestic energy space.

“Natural gas has a vital role to play in delivering energy security, whilst having the additional benefit of being 50 per cent cleaner than coal resulting in a significant reduction in carbon emissions.”

The NSW Government estimates the top 500 industrial gas users provide more than 300,000 jobs which rely on an affordable, secure supply of natural gas and has recognised the project’s significance, declaring it a Strategic Energy project.

The project could create about 1300 jobs during the initial construction phase and around 200 ongoing jobs, many of which will be locally based.

The EIS includes extensive studies and modelling on the environment in the project area, including on water, flora, fauna, soil, noise, air quality and cultural heritage. Santos has drawn upon more than 13,000 hours of on ground environmental surveys, carried out by environmental scientists.

Santos has also considered potential social impacts and conducted thorough community and stakeholder consultation.

When the EIS is placed on public exhibition by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, submissions will be invited during the exhibition period, where it will be publically available.

You can read up on APA’s plans to develop a pipeline connecting Narrabri to the East Coast Grid here.

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