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State Significant Infrastructure

Determination

Newcastle Power Station

Port Stephens

Current Status: Determination

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  2. Prepare EIS
  3. Exhibition
  4. Collate Submissions
  5. Response to Submissions
  6. Assessment
  7. Recommendation
  8. Determination

A Critical State Significant Infrastructure application, involving construction and operation of a 250 megawatt (MW) gas fired power station and ancillary infrastructure.

Attachments & Resources

Application (1)

Scoping Report

SEARs (2)

SEARs
Supplementary SEARs - Commonwealth Requirements

EIS (23)

AGL Newcastle Power Station Executive Summary
Newcastle Power Station AGL EIS
Appendix A - SEARs
Appendix B - DoEE Controlled Action
Appendix C - Supplementary SEARs
Appendix D - Biodiversity Development Assessment Report
Appendix E - Surface Water and Hydrology Specialist Study
Appendix F - Groundwater Specialise Study
Appendix G - Air Quality Impact Assessment
Appendix H - Greenhouse Gas Assessment
Appendix I - Soils and Contamination Specialist Study
Appendix J - Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment
Appendix K - Traffic Impact Assessment
Appendix L - Noise and Vibration Assessment
Appendix M - Visual Impact Assessment
Appendix N - Non-Indigenous Heritage Assessment
Appendix O - EMF Assessment
Appendix P - Waste Management Strategy
Appendix Q - Plume Rise Assessment
Appendix R - Bushfire Threat Assessment
Appendix S - Hazard Assessment
Appendix T - Fire Safety Study
Appendix U - Proponent Environmental Record

Response to Submissions (9)

Request RTS_20122019_013256
NPSP Submissions Report - Main Report
Appendix A - Biodiversity Development Assessment Report
Appendix B - Surface Water and Hydrology Specialist Study
Appendix C - Air Quality Impact Assessment
Appendix D - Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment Report
Appendix E - Noise and Vibration Assessment
Appendix F - Preliminary Hazard Assessment
Appendix G - Consolidated Mitigation Measures

Amendments (8)

Amendment Report
NPSP EIS AR A BDAR
NPSP EIS AR B ACHA
NPSP EIS AR C AQIA
NPSP EIS AR D NVIA
NPSP EIS AR E PHA
NPSP EIS AR F PHA Addendum
NPSP EIS AR G Traffic

Additional Information (3)

RFI Request for Additional Information_21102020_044752
2020 May - Request for Additional Information - Attachment 2
2020 May - Request for Additional Information Letter & Attachment 1

Determination (37)

Newcastle Power Station - Assessment Report
E1_A-1 BCD - EIS advice
E1_A-2 BCD - Submissions Report advice
E1_A-3 BCD - Amendment Report advice
E1_A-4 BCD - EPBC advice
E1_A-5 BCD - Offset advice
E1_B-1 CASA - EIS advice
E1_B-2 CASA - Submissions Report advice
E1_C-1 Crown Lands - EIS advice
E1_D-1 Defence - EIS advice
E1_D-2 Defence - Submissions Report advice
E1_E-1 DPI EIS advice
E1_F-1 - WaterGroupNRAR - EIS advice
E1_G-1 EPA - EIS advice
E1_G-2 EPA - Submissions Report advice
E1_G-3 EPA - Amendment Report advice
E1_G-4 EPA - Conditions advice
E1_H-1 Fire&RescueNSW - EIS advice
E1_H-2 Fire&RescueNSW - Submissions Report advice
E1_I-1 Heritage NSW - EIS advice
E1_J-1 NSW Health - EIS advice
E1_J-2 NSW Health - Submissions Report advice
E1_K-1 TfNSW - EIS advice
E1_K-2 TfNSW - Submissions Report advice
E1_K-3 TfNSW - Amendment Report advice
E1_K-4 TfNSW - Conditions advice
E1_L-1 WaterNSW - EIS advice
E1_M-1 DPIE Energy - EIS advice
E1_N-1 DPIE Hazards - EIS advice
E1_N-2 DPIE Hazards - Amendment Report advice
E2_A-1 PSCouncil - EIS advice
E2_A-2 PSCouncil - Submissions Report advice
E2_B-2 Newcastle Council - EIS advice
F1_A-1 AGL - Response to RFI - EPA Conditions
F1_A-2 AGL - RFI Port Stephens Council Conditions
Newcastle Power Station - Instrument of Approval
Newcastle Power Station - Notice of Decision

Approved Documents

There are no post approval documents available

Note: Only documents approved by the Department after November 2019 will be published above. Any documents approved before this time can be viewed on the Applicant's website.

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Enforcements

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Inspections

15/06/2022

Note: Only enforcements and inspections undertaken by the Department from March 2020 will be shown above.

Submissions

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WaterNSW
Comment
PARRAMATTA , New South Wales
Message
Thank you for allowing WaterNSW to comment on SSI-9837.
The proposal is not located near any WaterNSW land, assets or infrastructure, therefore we have no particular comments or requirements regarding the proposal.
WaterNSW requests the Department continues to consult with WaterNSW for any development that may impact on our assets, infrastructure or land, using the email address [email protected]rnsw.com.au
Regards
Justine Clarke - Catchment and Asset Protection Adviser
Department of Primary Industries
Comment
,
Message
The Department of Primary Industries has reviewed this proposal and has nil comment.
Crown Lands
Comment
Newcastle , New South Wales
Message
Hi

DPIE Crown Lands has no comments for this proposal as no Crown land is affected.

Thanks
Name Withheld
Support
ASHTONFIELD , New South Wales
Message
The report states that "The water for the proposed power station would be sourced from the Port Stephens municipal water supply system."

As we are in drought and water supply is limited why is the plant not drawing saline water from the north channel and utilising the saline water for steam generation. The steam should then be condensed and used to supplement Tomago Aluminium's water requirements reducing the overall demand on the Municipal water system.

This technology is widely used on gas fired power stations throughout the Middle East notably at Dubai Aluminium, Emirates Aluminum, Oman Aluminium and Aluminium Bahrain, all of which draw highly saline water into the power station and then produce both industrial and clean municipal quality water.
HERITAGE COUNCIL OF NSW
Comment
,
Message
Please see attached
Attachments
Name Withheld
Comment
wangi , New South Wales
Message
*Has Newcastle port handled large gas vessels *Can it do so safely. *Are permits in place to do so. *Isn't most gas transferred from offshore based unloaders, not port based because of dangers in this phase. *What is the power consumed in refrigerating, transfer, pipeline and storage processes. is this reflected in plant running/idle greenhouse efficiencies quoted. *Plant itself is in bushland and discharging vast heat loads up exhausts. is this bush fire safe especially on code red days.
OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE
Comment
NEWCASTLE , New South Wales
Message
Please find attached comments in relation to - Newcastle Power Station – Environmental Impact Statement. If you require any further information regarding this matter, please contact Brendan Mee, Senior Conservation Planning Officer at [email protected]
Attachments
Richard Peters
Comment
MEDOWIE , New South Wales
Message
Submission attached (PDF) file
Attachments
Norman Sage
Object
LORN , New South Wales
Message
This proposed electricity power station is intended to be powered by gas or diesel, both of which are fossil fuels. The lower Hunter Valley is already heavily polluted from the existing fossil fuelled power stations with considerable ongoing health effects from the pollution. This proposed project will add to the already heavy pollution imposed on the Lower Hunter Valley.
A better option would be a pumped hydro project with an associated solar/wind farm to power it or a big battery. There are already suggestions that there are times when excess renewable energy is available and pumped hydro and batteries would be desirable to soak up this excess.
Department of Defence
Comment
CANBERRA BC ,
Message
Attachments
NEWCASTLE AIRPORT PTY LIMITED
Comment
WILLIAMTOWN , New South Wales
Message
Please find attached the response from Newcastle Airport Pty Limited to AGL Energy Limited application for the Newcastle Power Station (SSI 9837).
Attachments
Jetstar Airways
Comment
WILLIAMTOWN , New South Wales
Message
I am providing comment on behalf of Jetstar Airways, operating Airline services into and from Newcastle Airport, as follows:
The notification document does not state any of the specifics around the proposed construction.
To be able to provide beneficial feedback it would be good to see an impact analysis report showing the surface infringements, relative location to flight paths and procedures.

Also to understand the time frame for development, this will need to be considered in the overall Williamtown Traffic Management Plan (TMP) review that will commence next year, run by AirServices.
This will potentially see new flight path designs, making it even more critical to understand precisely the proposed structure’s impact to the obstacle and PANS OPS surfaces.

In the modern Performance Based Navigation (PBN) world, there is more flexibility now with clever airspace and procedure design. We should be looking at RNAV (RNP1) SIDs and STARs, as well as implementing RNP-AR (smart approaches). Design work for these can be quite costly. It’s important that the design is future proofed to avoid having to re-work.

If the procedures are wholly designed and implemented by AirServices, the cost of design and ongoing maintenance would typically be covered by AirServices. There is possibility for QF Group to assist in design, however not knowing the overall scope of the Williamtown TMP, at this stage we don’t know where this will sit.

Kind Regards

Steve Marion
Aerodromes & Airways Manager
Flying Operations
JETSTAR
Ph: (+61) 3 8628 3164
Mob: (+61) 417 109 249
Fax: (+61) 3 9670 3650
Email: [email protected]

And:
Sean Wallace
Senior Base Pilot
Trust Pilot Sponsor
JETSTAR AIRWAYS
Phone: +61 408 416 875
Email: [email protected]
ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AUTHORITY
Comment
,
Message
Please see attached response.
Attachments
Nature Conservation Council of NSW
Object
NEWTOWN , New South Wales
Message
The Nature Conservation Council of NSW recommends that the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment reject the Newcastle Power Station (SSI 9837) proposal for a 250 megawatt dual-fired power station operating on gas and/or diesel and ancillary infrastructure because it does not align with the NSW Government’s commitment to tackling climate change and locks in emissions for decades.

Please see our attached submission for further comments.
Attachments
Name Withheld
Object
LEMON TREE PASSAGE , New South Wales
Message
I object to AGL energy’s proposal for a 250 megawatt dual-fired gas/Diesel power station (known as the Newcastle Power Station) operating as a peaking plant additionally designed to allow for continuous operation. Both are fossil fuels and thus emit CO2 when burnt as well as fugitive emissions during extraction, storage and transportation of both fuels.
The science tells us we need urgently to reduce CO2 emissions and I believe approving the construction of new fossil fuel generation to be counterproductive to these aims. Renewables with storage and grid management I believe can cover energy requirements with proper planning and implementation.
I consider this proposal contradicts the recently announced NSW government’s plans for the development of renewable energy zones to encourage renewable development in the state with the first proposed centred on Dubbo.
Water Group
Comment
,
Message
attached.
Attachments
Ampcontrol
Support
TOMAGO , New South Wales
Message
please see attached
Attachments
Port Stephens Greens
Object
NELSON BAY , New South Wales
Message
Please see attached submission
Attachments
TransGrid
Comment
Wallgrove ,
Message
Attachments
ROADS AND MARITIME SERVICES DIVISION
Comment
Grafton , New South Wales
Message
Please find attached the Transport for NSW (RMS) response.
Attachments

Pagination

Project Details

Application Number
SSI-9837
Assessment Type
State Significant Infrastructure
Development Type
Electricity generation - Other
Local Government Areas
Port Stephens
Decision
Approved
Determination Date
Decider
Minister

Contact Planner

Name
Mandana Mazaheri