Santos is seeking government approval to develop natural gas reserves in the Narrabri area in north west 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 supplied to the NSW market via a dedicated pipeline.
We have lodged the State Significant Development Application, including the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), for the Project with the Government. They will take several months to assess the EIS. Meanwhile we are continuing with exploration and appraisal activities in the Project area.
Click here: EIS factsheet
We are seeking approval from the Government for 850 wells to be located over 425 well-pad sites. These will be developed during the 20-25 year life of the Project.
The wells will be located within the Project area which covers 95,000 hectares in and around the Pilliga.
We anticipate operations on less than one percent of that area. The majority of wells will be in State Forest, in an area designated by the Government for logging, extractive industries (like natural gas extraction) and other commercial activities. The remainder will be on private land subject to agreement with the landholders. We already have some agreements in place with landholders in close proximity to the Pilliga.
Explore further: Map of the Narrabri Gas Project area
A pipeline will be constructed from our Narrabri operations to connect into the Moomba-Sydney pipeline which carries natural gas from the gasfields in South Australia into NSW, and then on to Sydney.
The exact pipeline route has not yet been finalised.
We want the regional communities who host our activities to benefit from working with us. So, as well as benefits such as local jobs, business opportunities and land use payments to landholders, Santos will establish a Regional Community Benefit Fund when the Project reaches production. We estimate the Fund will provide up to $120 million over the life of the Project to fund projects, programs and infrastructure in the Narrabri region.
We expect there will be around 1300 jobs during construction and up to 200 ongoing positions. There will also be jobs created with local contractors and suppliers working on the Project as well as indirect jobs in various sectors that provide local services and cater for workers and their families.
We want to ensure local firms are given every opportunity to be involved with our work. Santos already uses local contractors and suppliers whenever possible and this practice will continue if the project goes ahead. We work with local suppliers and contractors to assist them to put in place appropriate systems, policies and processes so they are compliant with our Contractor and Supplier Management Standards.
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As well as providing a much-needed source of natural gas, the Narrabri Gas Project is expected to contribute around $1.2 billion in royalty payments to the NSW Government to help deliver hospitals, schools, roads, police services, and other state-based infrastructure and public services.