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Narrabri Gas Project

Santos proposes to develop its natural gas reserves in the Narrabri area  in north west New South Wales to provide a much needed source of natural gas for the State.

Natural gas from coal seams now accounts for around 90 per cent of Queensland’s gas supply and 30 per cent of the east coast gas demand.

NSW currently receives more than 95 per cent of its natural gas from interstate.

The long term gas contracts which have supplied gas to NSW in the past will expire over the next two to three years. This coincides with the commencement of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from Queensland which will see annual gas demand triple and the other states look to use their gas for their own economic benefit.

Unless NSW can develop an alternate source of natural gas, the State is likely to face much higher prices than if there was plentiful and certain supply for all domestic, commercial and industrial gas users.

Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project could supply NSW homes, small businesses, major industries and electricity generators with almost half the State's natural gas needs and bring substantial economic benefits to Narrabri and the region.

Key Project details:

  • The Project area covers around 98,000 hectares
  • The proposed field operations will take up less than one per cent of the Project area and those located in the Pilliga will be focused in an area specifically zoned by the Government for natural gas development
  • The Project could produce 200 terajoules of natural gas per day, equivalent to about half of NSW’s current gas demand
  • This gas will supply the NSW market via a new pipeline connection running south from Narrabri
  • The Project could have substantial long term benefits for the local Narrabri area, as well as the regional and NSW economy, employing 1,200 people during the construction phase, 200 people during the operational phase and contributing more than $1.6 billion in royalty payments to the State

The Project will be subject to a rigorous State and Commonwealth Governments assessment and approvals process to ensure impact has been assessed and mitigated.

There will be a number of opportunities for members of the public and stakeholders to have their say on the Project as extensive community consultation will occur at various stages throughout the assessment process.

We are committed to delivering this project safely, sustainably and with minimal impact on the local communities and environment, ensuring the north west continues to prosper through further investment and job creation, without impact on the agricultural productivity of the region.

Download: Narrabri Gas Project Overview factsheet

For more information go to the Narrabri Gas Project website.