A $589 million mine infrastructure development has been commended for its contribution to society.
New South Wales Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes has declared Energy Projects and Infrastructure Korea’s (EPIK’s) Newcastle GasDock Project to be critical state significant infrastructure.
The announcement means the project is recognised as a “high priority” infrastructure projects that is “essential to the state for economic, social or environmental reasons” according to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
If approved, Watpac will design, engineer and construct a new pipeline between the existing gas supply network and a new liquified natural gas (LNG) import terminal on Kooragang Island at the Port of Newcastle.
Express interest in work
None of the jobs are advertised on Watpac’s careers website but expressions of interest are being accepted for when the project is ready to hire staff.
Reliable supply promised
Once operational in the years 2022 or 2023 the terminal is promised to be able to handle up to 80 per cent of the Premier State’s gas needs. The project will also help manage energy security during the Liddell Power Station, which is expected to happen around this time.
“This LNG terminal would significantly address this risk and help secure a reliable and affordable future for NSW’s gas supply,” State Acting Premier John Barilaro said in a public statement.
Next step underway
The Newcastle GasDock Company will now prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project, which will open to public feedback before the department reaches a decision on whether to recommend the EIS to Stokes for a final decision.