For major developments, before approvals are granted a study of the proposed project is performed which examines potential environmental, social and economic impacts, and how those impacts could be avoided or managed.
The study is guided by Terms of Reference set by the Government. The document that is produced as a result of the study is called an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The EIS is used by Government to assess the project and set appropriate conditions on the development.
Santos GLNG has already produced an Environmental Impact Statement for significant initial stages of the project, including 2650 wells and associated infrastructure, a gas transmission pipeline to Gladstone and the LNG facility on Curtis Island.
In November 2012, the Santos GLNG sought approval to begin a new EIS to study the impacts of building additional key infrastructure that is required for the next stages of gas field development for the Santos GLNG Project.
The additional infrastructure that Santos GLNG is now seeking approval for is more well sites and ancillary project components such as flow lines, power lines, water treatment facilities, gas compression facilities, access roads and accommodation camps.
This application ensures that the right plans are in place to deliver gas supply over the long term, and the amount of infrastructure will be consistent with the amount approved for other major CSG projects.
The Santos GLNG Project will deliver around 6000 jobs during construction and 1,000 during ongoing operations.
The Santos GLNG Project has already invested more than $3 billion into Australian businesses and the local economy, and is on track for the first LNG shipment in 2015.
As always, we will work with the community and with landholders about the best locations for our infrastructure to minimise our impacts.
On Friday 17 November 2012, the Queensland Coordinator General declared this application to be ‘significant project’ under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971.
The final terms of reference for the study were published on the 28 March 2013 and the studies have begun.
We will continue to work with the communities and keep them updated as we go through the EIS process.
You can also learn more about this application here.
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