The NSW Government approved the Port Kembla Gas Terminal in April 2019, about a year after the formal assessment process began.
In June 2018, Port Kembla was announced by AIE as the preferred location for its proposed LNG import terminal.
Later that month the Project was declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI) by the NSW Government, meaning it was deemed to be essential for NSW’s economic, social and/or environmental benefit. The CSSI designation clearly set out the approval pathway the Project needed to follow and delivered the clearest possible planning assessment pathway and timeframe.
Documents from each step of the assessment process can be viewed at the NSW Government’s Major Projects website and also via the links below:
July 2018 – AIE submitted its Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) to the NSW Government, outlining the scope of the proposed Project. View the PEA here.
August 2018 – The NSW Government issued its Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) following its review of the PEA. The SEARs detailed the studies and assessments required to be included in the Project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). View the SEARs here.
November 2018 – AIE lodged the EIS for the Project with the NSW Government. The EIS is over 2000 pages long. It contains scientific assessments on areas including: hazard and risk; air quality; noise; traffic; marine ecology; water resources; waste management; heritage; soils and contamination; landscape and visual and social and economic impacts. It also includes a series of management measures to help minimise any impacts of the Project. View the EIS here.
November 14 through to December 14, 2018 – The EIS was placed on public exhibition. A total of twenty-three submissions were received from Government agencies, interest groups, businesses and individuals.
February 2019 – AIE lodged its Response to Submissions document with the NSW Government. View the Response to Submissions here.
April 2019 – Development Consent approving the Project was issued by the NSW Government, following a thorough review of the EIS and Response to Submissions. View the approval here.