A multinational oil and gas producer has received the ultimate nod to proceed with its $3.6 billion natural gas development in New South Wales’ North West Slopes region.
Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley recently approved Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project, 500km northwest of Sydney.
Since the border between NSW and Queensland will reopen at the beginning of December, this means workers will freely move across both states without having to quarantine for two weeks.
Early work underway
The company has already started the 20-year process to establish more than 850 new gas wells across 95,000 hectares of the Pilliga National Park and nearby grazing land.
The operation is promised to feed the existing Wilga Park Power Station and power the equivalent of 32,000 households. There is future potential to meet up to half of the Premier State’s natural gas needs and supply 500,000 family homes and 16,500 businesses.
The proponent is appraising the project for a final investment decision, which is expected to be made sometime between late 2021 and mid-2022.
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Santos has already hired 16 locals and procured goods and services from the region worth $2 million. The company will eventually need to fill 1600 construction jobs.
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“Santos already has appraisal wells feeding the Wilga Park Power Station powering the equivalent of 32,000 households in northwest NSW, there are 16 Santos people and their families living and working locally and we are buying goods and services locally,” Santos managing director Kevin Gallagher said in a public statement.
“Now all we want to do is to get on with creating jobs in New South Wales and Narrabri, and making a real difference to people’s lives in rural and regional communities.”