Santos has submitted its application to the NSW Government seeking approval to construct a water treatment facility at the Leewood property south of Narrabri.

The facility will allow the salty water produced during exploration and appraisal program to be treated and reused to irrigate a section of Leewood and for operational activities including construction and dust suppression. The submission will also consider opportunities for beneficial reuse of the treated water for third party irrigation or fire-fighting purposes.

Assessment of the proposed facility will be through a Review of Environmental Factors process (REF) under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The Office of Coal Seam Gas is the determining authority for the proposed activity.

The REF document provides details of proposed plans, assesses any potential impacts and details how these impacts will be mitigated.

The REF is available to view by clicking here, and will be posted on the NSW Division of Resources and Energy website (

For an overview of Santos’ plans for Leewood, click here to download the Leewood Phase 2 factsheet.