The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended approval for the State component of a liquid natural gas (LNG) pipeline, part of the Scarborough Gas Field Project.
EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said the proposal would see the installation of a gas trunkline 32.7 km long, located adjacent to the existing Pluto LNG Facility 8 km north east of Dampier in the Pilbara, Western Australia.
“The EPA has completed its assessment of Woodside Energy’s State waters component of a 434 km long pipeline which will link the Scarborough Gas Field Project with the Pluto LNG Facility on the Burrup Peninsula,” Dr Hatton said.
“During our consideration, the EPA looked carefully at environmental impacts particularly around coral communities; water quality; social and cultural values; and marine species within the development envelope.
“As a precautionary measure, the EPA has recommended management plans to avoid and minimise the direct and indirect environmental impacts.”
The portion of the Scarborough project within State waters – and therefore the proposal under assessment by the EPA – is expected to have minimal greenhouse gas emissions as it is a short-term trunkline construction project.
The remaining portion of the Scarborough project that is within Commonwealth waters will be assessed by the Australian Government, under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, which includes the consideration of greenhouse gas emissions.
The proposal is one of a number of proposals in the Burrup Peninsula referred to the EPA for assessment in recent years.
In December 2019, the EPA released Woodside Energy’s Browse to North West Shelf Development and North West Shelf Project Extension environmental review documents for eight weeks’ public comment, closing on 12 February 2020.
The proposals are operated by Woodside Energy Ltd on behalf of their Joint Venture Partners.
The EPA’s report on the Scarborough Project Nearshore Component to the Minister for Environment is now open for a two week public appeal period, closing 20 January 2020. Appeals can be made at www.appealsconvenor.wa.gov.au
The Minister for Environment will make the final decision on the proposal.
EPA Report 1664 on the Scarborough proposal is available here.
EPA Media Contact: Jayne Rickard on 0466 534 008