Subsea 7 proposes to construct and operate an onshore pipeline fabrication facility at Lots 233 and 1586 to the east of Minilya-Exmouth Road, Learmonth, approximately 35km south of the Exmouth Townsite.
A pipeline bundle co-locates a number of services within a single pipeline for use in the development of offshore gas fields.
The proposal consists of an onshore pipeline bundle fabrication site and associated infrastructure, two bundle tracks (approximately 10km in length) along which the bundles will be constructed and launched from a bundle launch way which crosses the beach and extends into the subtidal zone at Heron Point in the Exmouth Gulf. Once launched the bundles will be towed offshore along a pre-determined route.
Bundle launch activities are expected to result in 2-days offshore activity per launch in the Heron Point and Exmouth Gulf area with a maximum of 3 launches per annum.
s43A Change to Proposal
Subsea 7 are proposing to change a number of components of their proposal for constructing and operating an onshore pipeline fabrication facility through an application under s43A.
Subsea 7 conducted additional studies and are proposing to:
- Amend the title of the proposal to Learmonth Pipeline Fabrication Facility
- Change the short proposal description to amend terminology to Bundle parking area
- Increase clearing within the onshore development area for the fabrication facility while decreasing the development envelope
- Decrease the development envelope around the bundle launchway within the intertidal/subtidal area
- Introduce changes to the Bundle laydown area including location, alignment, increase in seabed disturbance within an increased development envelope and changing the title of this component to ‘Bundle parking area’
- Change the bundle tow procedure within the Exmouth Gulf section, including an increase in seabed disturbance
- Change the bundle tow procedure within the Exmouth Gulf and Ningaloo Marine Park Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Property/Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Place to recue the risk of seabed disturbance
What happens next
Following the public comment period and consideration of any comments received, the EPA will determine if it consents to the proponent changing the proposal without a revised proposal being referred.
It came to the attention of EPA Services that the consultation hub form for comment on the proposed changes to proposal were not aligned to the process for changing a proposal during assessment.
The correct form has been uploaded for further comment on the proposed changes to proposal.
Please note that all submissions received to date in relation to the proposed changes to proposal are accepted.
- The public comment period has been extended to 15 March 2019.
- The submission of the Proponent’s first draft Environmental Review Document is scheduled for submission towards the end of the first quarter of 2019.
It has come to the EPA’s attention that due to an error, notifications were not sent to notify subscribers that the Environmental Scoping Document for the Learmonth Bundle Site has been approved and is now available on the EPA’s website. Please note that the Environmental Scoping Document is made available for information purposes only.
The next opportunity for public input in the assessment process will occur when the Public Environmental Review Document is released for an 8 week public review period.
The final approved Environmental Scoping Document is available to be viewed on this page below, in: 3.Assessment > Scoping.