Santos is seeking government approval to develop its natural gas reserves in the Narrabri area in northwest New South Wales.
Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project could supply NSW homes, small businesses, major industries and electricity generators with up to half the state’s natural gas needs and bring substantial economic benefits to Narrabri and the region.
The gas from the project will be made available to the NSW market via a pipeline linking in to the existing Moomba to Sydney pipeline. The pipeline will be constructed and owned by APA Group and be subject to a separate approvals process. The pipeline route has not been finalised. For more information on the pipeline visit www.apa.com.au.
The Environmental Impact Statement for the Narrabri Gas Project is currently being assessed by both the State and Commonwealth Governments, with extensive community consultation throughout the assessment process. Should approval be granted, Santos is committed to developing the project safely and sustainably.
Operations will be located on around 1000ha of the 95,000 hectare Project area. The Project area is mostly located on state land in a section of the Pilliga set aside by the NSW Government for uses including logging and extractive industries. The Project area does not includes areas of National Park or Nature Reserves. The Project area does not contain land mapped by the Government as Biophysical Strategic Agricultural Land (BSAL) and Santos will only drill wells on the private land within the Project area if the landholder agrees to grant access.
For more detail on the Project:
The Government will make the full EIS available to view in the next few weeks.