The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Port Kembla Gas Terminal  — considered to be “Critical” State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI) for New South Wales — has released and is ready for public comment.

Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) is proposing to construct a new berth at Port Kembla to accommodate liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, a floating LNG handling facility, wharf infrastructure and a pipeline to connect to the existing NSW east coast gas network nearby.

In June 2018, the NSW Government declared the proposal CSSI because of its importance to the state’s future security and reliability of gas supply.

The terminal has the potential to supply 70 per cent of NSW’s gas demands and put downward pressure on gas prices for families and businesses across NSW.

After the EIS consultation period ends, AIE will address any issues raised through a Response to Submissions report, which will be published on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s website.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment will then assess the proposal, taking into account environmental, social and economic impacts, all community and stakeholder submissions received during exhibition, and advice from government and independent experts.

The Department’s recommendation, including any conditions, will be referred to the NSW Minister for Planning for a final decision.

Submissions on the CSSI application, EIS and accompanying documents close on 14 December 2018. For more information, visit Port Kembla Gas Terminal at the Department’s Major Projects website.

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