Senex broke new ground for the natural gas industry, securing environmental approvals for Project Atlas and Roma North ahead of schedule.
Federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) approvals secured for the Western Surat Gas Project in August 2018 were a first for a greenfield onshore development by a non-LNG coal seam gas producer.
Confirmation in January 2019 that Senex had satisfied all EPBC requirements for Project Atlas was a first for a standalone coal seam gas project of this scale. By March 2019, Senex received all 12 key environmental approvals to enable full field development of its Surat Basin developments.
To pass these stringent state and federal assessment processes, Senex used prior learnings, did impact assessments and mitigated risks early. The approvals came after Senex demonstrated that any potential adverse environmental impacts would be appropriately avoided, managed or mitigated.
Our robust Environmental Management System will help ensure all approval commitments are successfully met over the life of the projects. This includes an active environmental assurance program and updating the Plan of Operations for Roma North as development stages are completed.
WSGP Environmental Approvals
Senex will be operating in the Maranoa region for the longer term through its Western Surat Gas Project. The environmental impact of our operations is an important consideration in delivering gas from the project to market.
A number of baseline studies and site surveys have been completed to identify the current environmental characteristics of the project area and to support future field development.
In December 2017, Senex received environmental approval from the Queensland State to develop up to 425 wells with gas and water gathering networks, compression facilities, and water management infrastructure. Commonwealth approval was also granted in August 2018.
As part of the approval process, a number of Management Plans were prepared and approved. These are listed below:
- Western Surat Gas Project – 2020 Annual EPBC Report
- Western Surat Gas Project – 2019 Annual EPBC Report
- Western Surat Gas Project Coal Seam Gas Water Management Plan
- Western Surat Gas Project Water Monitoring and Management Plan
- Western Surat Gas Project Environmental Management Plan
- Western Surat Gas Project Significant Species Management Plan