NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Hunter Power Project gas supply secured

  • Date: 27.12.2022
  • Type: Ministerial Media Release
  • Author: NSW Department of Planning and Environment

The NSW Government has granted planning approval for a new pipeline that will deliver natural gas to the future 660 mega-watt gas-fired power station in Kurri Kurri.

Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said the underground pipeline was the crucial link to deliver natural gas from the transmission network to the Hunter Power Project.

“This pipeline will enable the Hunter Power Project to improve energy reliability and security in the National Energy Market, supporting the surge of renewable energy projects,” Mr Roberts said.

“The power station will provide on-demand energy when the grid needs it, and will operate on average two percent over a year.”

Minister Roberts said the Kurri Kurri Lateral Pipeline would inject around $260 million into the economy during construction.

“Millions of dollars will flow into the economy, and construction jobs are estimated to peak at almost 400 workers when construction of the pipeline connection, storage and compressor station overlaps,” Mr Roberts said.

Snowy Hydro Acting CEO Roger Whitby said the project, coupled with the Hunter Power Project, would be a huge win for the region.

“Together, this pipeline and the Hunter Power Project equate to more than $800 million in spending and 650 construction jobs,” Mr Whitby said.

APA CEO Adam Watson welcomed the NSW Government’s approval of the Environmental Impact Statement.

“As coal is withdrawn across the National Electricity Market at ever increasing rates, gas and gas infrastructure will continue to play an important role in our energy mix by complementing renewables and helping to underpin the energy transition,” Mr Watson said.

“The approval follows a thorough review of the EIS which addresses how the pipeline will be built and operated safely, and how APA plans to continue to work collaboratively with landholders and the community.”

The project will now be submitted to the Commonwealth for final approval, which if granted, is expected to allow construction to begin in the following months.

The pipeline will provide natural gas to the Hunter Power Project at Kurri Kurri via a connection to the existing gas transmission network at Lenaghan.

The power station is being built on part of the site of the former Kurri Kurri Aluminium Smelter, which ceased operations in 2012, and has since been demolished.

For more information, visit the NSW Planning Portal.