The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has today announced planning approval to
increase capacity at the $250 million Port Kembla Gas Terminal.
The Department’s Executive Director Energy, Resources and Compliance Mike Young says the
modification will allow the terminal to increase gas supply during the cooler months when demand
for gas from domestic users is high.
“The project as originally proposed assumed a relatively steady demand for gas driven largely by
an industrial customer base. However, the modification means that the terminal will now be better
able to match gas supply with the seasonal demands in both the industrial and retail market,
particularly during the winter time,” said Mr Young.
“The modification also includes an increase to the number of ships that can deliver liquified natural
gas (LNG) to the terminal which will allow for more flexibility in the delivery schedule.
“This terminal will make the state of NSW more self-sufficient when it comes to energy and will
create greater access to the global gas market.
“The project is a major economic boost for the local economy, with the creation of 150 jobs during
construction and up to 50 jobs once the plant is operational.
“It also supports diversification, future growth and employment in Port Kembla and the IllawarraShoalhaven region, in line with the NSW Government’s strategic plans for these areas.”
The approval follows public exhibition of the modification application and consultation with key
NSW government agencies including the Environment Protection Authority, Department of Primary
Industries – Fisheries, the Port Authority of NSW and Wollongong City Council.
The Department approved the modification application subject to strict conditions to manage and
minimise impacts on the marine environment and the amenity of the local community.