The NSW government announced today that it has awarded Development Consent to AIE’s Port Kembla Gas Terminal (PKGT).
The decision by the NSW Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes, comes after a thorough review of the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The PKGT could supply more than 70 per cent of NSW’s natural gas needs and now approval has been granted, is on track to deliver first gas to customers in late 2020.
As well as providing a new source of gas for the state, the PKGT is expected to create up to 150 jobs during construction and around 40-50 ongoing roles during operation.
Located within Port Kembla’s industrial precinct and in close proximity to existing gas transmission infrastructure, the arrival of a local source of gas could assist in attracting additional industries and gas users to the region.
The PKGT could also support a major injection to NSW’s power network with AIE proposing an 800MW gas-fired power station as a second phase of work.
The power station, to be located in the Illawarra, would be fuelled by gas from the PKGT. AIE’s power station proposal was recently shortlisted as part of the Commonwealth government’s energy solution, the Underwriting New Generation program.