The Project area covers around 95,000 hectares in the Pilliga and on private land in north west New South Wales.
Santos has submitted the Narrabri Gas Project Development Application, including the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), to the Government for assessment.
Santos is seeking approval to drill up to 850 natural gas wells on no more than 425 sites over the 95,000 hectare Project area. The majority of the Project area is on state land in a section of the Pilliga state forest set aside by the NSW Government for uses including logging and extractive industries. It is anticipated operational facilities will be located on about 1000 hectares, or around one percent of the Project area. The Project area is covered by the Gomeroi People’s Native Title claim and Santos is working towards an agreement with the registered claimants.
Santos estimates the Project could supply up to 50% of NSW natural gas needs and deliver substantial benefits to the local community and the state.
More than one million NSW homes and 33,000 businesses rely on natural gas as a source of energy. The State 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.
Pipeline company APA Group is seeking approval to construct a pipeline from the Project area to the existing Moomba to Sydney Pipeline so that gas from the Project can be made available to the NSW market.
In addition to the provision of energy to NSW, the Project would create approximately 1,300 jobs during the initial construction phase and around 200 ongoing jobs, many of which will be locally based. Around $1.2 billion in State royalties would be generated over the life of the Project to help provide important services like education, health and transport infrastructure. A community benefit fund totalling up to $120 million would also be established to support local programs and initiatives.
The Narrabri Gas Project EIS concluded the project can be developed safely with minimal and manageable risk to the environment. The document will now be comprehensively assessed by both the NSW and Commonwealth Governments to ensure the Project meets the highest environmental standards.
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