GDF Suez and Santos Energy have received conditional Environmental approval from the Australian Government to proceed with its proposed Bonaparte floating LNG project which will be based 250 km offshore Darwin. The venture is 60% owned by GDF Suez and 40% by Santos, and is aiming to make a final investment decision in 2014 and ship its first LNG cargos in 2018.
This is the second floating liquefied natural gas facility in Australia to be approved.
The Australian government has set 15 strict conditions to manage the potential impacts to migratory and threatened species, and the marine environment.
A number of management plans will need to be implemented throughout the development phases and submitted for my approval.
This includes an Operational Phase Environment Plan, which must be submitted for government approval, which will cover the management of discharges and minimise impacts on the marine environment.
The joint venture will also need to implement procedures minimising impacts on whales and dolphins including applying a 500 m caution zone between whales and vessels to reduce potential impacts such as vessel strike.
Importantly, the joint venture will be required to adhere to all relevant measures to address the risk of a spill, including capacity to respond to a spill to protect the matters of National Environmental Significance.
The companies will be further required to submit an Operational Scientific Monitoring Program to enable an assessment of any impacts and implement an agreed monitoring program in the event of a spill.
Adapted from press release by Peter Farrell.
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