western slopes pipeline
Read the latest update on APA's community consultation activities, below.
On 31 January 2017, APA announced it had entered into a Project Development Agreement with a subsidiary of Santos Limited to commence work with regulators and the community towards the development of a new 450km (approximate) pipeline - the Western Slopes Pipeline. The purpose of the Project is to connect a new source of gas from Santos' proposed Narrabri Gas Project to the NSW gas transmission network, via the Moomba Sydney Pipeline.
We commenced a formal planning approval process for the Project in February with the submission of a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) in support of an application to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to carry out State Significant Infrastructure. The Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) to guide the preparation of a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement are now available. Copies of both documents can be accessed at http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=8272 .
A range of factors were taken into account in selecting the preliminary pipeline alignment (see map above). These included environmental values, complexity of terrain, the number of land parcels and landowners, and current land use considerations. Its design will be further refined during the planning phase through landowner and community consultation, detailed environmental studies and consideration of public comment. The Project is ultimately subject to various statutory and other approvals or arrangements being obtained, including Ministerial approval.
Santos estimates the proposed Narrabri Gas Project has the potential to supply up to 50 per cent of the natural gas needs of more than 1.1 million homes and 30,000 business and industrial customers in NSW. It further estimates about 300,000 jobs rely on a safe and secure supply of natural gas. Accordingly, the Western Slopes Pipeline has the potential to significantly increase the supply of natural gas to the NSW market and play a key role in helping the State achieve greater energy security and economic sustainability.
Information for Landowners
Please click here to view information for landowners, including maps of the preliminary alignment.
Community Consultative Committee
Please click here to view information regarding the Western Slopes Pipeline Community Consultative Committee.
Project Activity Updates
Please click the links below to view previous activity updates issued by APA
For more information, including how the consultation and approvals process works and frequently asked questions, please see our Western Slopes Pipeline Project Factsheet.
How do I have a say?
Landowners, communities and other stakeholders will be consulted throughout the assessment process to ensure that the potential impacts of the project are properly understood and appropriately addressed in the project Environmental Impact Assessment. If you wish to register any comments, find out more information or provide feedback about the project, please contact us by:
Telephoning 1800 941 145 (free call 24 hours/7 days)
Emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any media-related questions on this project, please email us at email@example.com
APA is committed to providing directly affected landowners and interested community members with more opportunities to ask questions and access information about the Western Slopes Pipeline Project. A large number of landowners have already had the benefit of one-on-one briefings with an APA representative, whilst others have indicated a preference to meet in a group setting. We are also aware there are a range of community members who want more information about the project. To accommodate all parties, APA has coordinated the following community consultation opportunities in February 2018:
Two open public meetings will be held to give community members the chance to receive an update on project activities and put their questions to APA. Our commitment is to provide an answer to every question asked. If we can't answer a question at either meeting, a follow-up response will be published on our website soon after. If anyone would like to submit questions in advance of the meetings, they are invited to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The public meetings will be facilitated by an independent moderator to ensure everyone has a fair go. The sessions have been scheduled to avoid conflict with school holidays and to provide the best opportunity for all interested people to attend. Dates and venues follow:
- Wednesday 7 February: Tottenham, War Memorial Hall, 5-7pm
- Thursday 8 February: Coonamble, Coonamble Bowls Club, 5-7pm
Directly affected landowners will be invited to discuss matters specifically relevant to them in a group setting. Four meetings will be scheduled between February 19-23 at various locations along the proposed pipeline route. Invitations to these forums will be sent directly to landowners in coming weeks.
The latest edition of the Western Slopes Pipeline project update newsletter will be distributed at both the community meetings and landowner forums. It will also be available on the project webpage from Monday February 5. Further community information sessions will also be scheduled during 2018 to coincide with project milestones, including the release of the project Environmental Impact Assessment.