Port Kembla Energy Terminal, NSW

Port Kembla Energy Terminal is located on Dharawal land, in Port Kembla’s Inner Harbour. When completed, the facility will have the capacity to supply 500TJ a day - enough to meet nearly all of NSW’s gas needs on a peak day. The new terminal will support domestic gas supply as we transition to renewable energy.

Key Project Info

Project status

In construction

Expected capacity

130PJ annually


Providing a firming energy solution, right here in Port Kembla.

The Port Kembla Energy Terminal is the best short-term solution to provide energy to NSW, to keep families warm in winter and cool in summer, and provide the baseload power required to keep industry secure. The new terminal will play a crucial role as coal-fired generation retires and will provide firming power to support renewable energy generation assets in NSW.

We see Port Kembla as a region with great potential to support Australia’s transition to green energy and to help decarbonise our economy, while also providing opportunities to local businesses, industry and community.

EnergyCo is also in the early stages of planning for a Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) in the Illawarra The Illawarra region contains unique features that make it an ideal location, already hosting major energy, port and transport infrastructure, and has a skilled workforce.

Project Timeline

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Project identification and site selection

Identification and site selection is based on an analysis of opportunities and constraints. Our team then begins community consultation.

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Step 2/13

Project feasibility and community engagement

Site-specific investigations are undertaken to assess the impacts and opportunities of the project and feedback is sought from the local community.

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Step 3/13

Development Application and Environmental Impact Statement

A Development Application is made and an EIS prepared which involves a wide range of studies to address stakeholder feedback received to date and to consider the potential environmental and social impacts of the project.

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Public exhibition and Submissions Report

The EIS is placed on public exhibition through the NSW Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure. Interested members of the public are invited to have their say during the exhibition period by way of formal submissions. A Submissions Report is then prepared, which aims to respond to the submissions received.

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Step 5/13

Assessment and development consent

The project documents are assessed by the relevant government authorities. If determined, Development Consent is granted alongside a range of conditions specific to the project.

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Step 6/13

Post approval, contracting and financing

A lead contractor(s) to build the project is appointed and all pre-construction approvals and consents are finalised. During this phase, the lead contractor(s) is provided with a list of local businesses that have registered their interest and capabilities through the project website.

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During this phase our lead contractor(s) engages contractors and suppliers to undertake the scope of the works. Orders are then placed for major components.

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Step 8/13

Early works and design

Initial site activities start. Off-site detailed design commences in parallel.

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Step 9/13

Construction - civil works

During this phase of construction, the majority of the civil works takes place. The community is kept informed about temporary impacts during the construction phase.

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Step 10/13

Construction - mechanical and electrical completion

During this phase, the major equipment packages are delivered to site. Electrical cabling, buildings and amenities are then installed and major equipment connections are made to complete construction.

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Step 11/13

Commissioning & handover

Electricity and other external service connections are completed and then equipment undergoes performance testing. During this stage, the project will come to life with equipment starting up for short periods of time, until the commissioning team is satisfied with the performance and operational safety. Operators will be trained during commissioning before commencing operations.

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The project is operated in accordance with relevant approval conditions and management plans. Compliance with conditions of approval and management plans is monitored as required throughout the life of the project.

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At the end of the project’s useful life, the asset and electrical equipment will be either replaced or the project will be decommissioned. The site will then be returned to its original use or re-purposed for other development.

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The wellbeing of the community is a core component of our work. Our approach to engaging with the local community is both genuine and lasting. As part of this commitment, over the last six months we have sponsored community initiatives such as the University of Wollongong's Global Leadership (GoLead) internship program, International Women's Day Illawarra, UCI Wollongong 2022 Community Ride and the Mission to Seafarers Port Kembla bus.

Squadron Energy is new to the Illawarra region, and we recognise that each community is different. We aim to tailor benefits at each firming project and make positive lasting contribution to the Illawarra. We look forward to launching a community grant and sponsorship program for Port Kembla in 2023.

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Publicly Available Documents

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Plans, Strategies & Programs

Monitoring Audit & Compliance


About Squadron Energy

Squadron Energy is Australia’s leading renewable energy company that develops, operates and owns renewable energy assets in Australia. We are 100% Australian owned and have 1.1 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy in operation and 900MW under construction. We are committed to launching 14GW of projects by 2030, powering the equivalent of six million homes.


Energy Terminal 24 hour community hotline for complaints and enquiries:

Tel: 1800 789 177


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