The Hunter Power Project has been declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure by the NSW Government and it is going through a rigorous and transparent planning and environmental approvals process.
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been developed for the Hunter Power Project, addressing the project’s environmental, social and economic impacts. The EIS is assessed by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) as part of the approvals process.
Environmental Impact Statement
The EIS details Snowy Hydro’s proposal to construct an open cycle, gas-fired power station near Kurri Kurri, NSW. The Hunter Power Project proposal involves developing and operating a power station with a capacity of up to 750 megawatts, an electrical switchyard and associated supporting infrastructure.
The station would operate as a “peak load” generation facility, able to supply electricity at short notice when there is a requirement in the National Electricity Market.
For gas operation, a new gas lateral pipeline and gas receiving station would be required. These would be developed, constructed and operated separately by a third party, and they will be subject to a separate environmental assessment and planning approval.
The Hunter Power Project has a capital cost of approximately $610 million, and is anticipated to be operational by the end of 2023.
You can read the full Hunter Power Project EIS here. Supporting documents including appendices are available on the DPIE Major Projects portal.
Snowy Hydro has sought engagement with a wide range of community and stakeholders as part of the planning and environmental assessment for the Hunter Power Project. Our stakeholders include different government agencies, utility and council stakeholders engaged with during the EIS studies. Community engagement during the EIS preparation has included:
- The establishment of a dedicated email address and 1-800 information line.
- Letterbox drops and door knocking to local residences and businesses.
- Three Community Working Group meetings.
- One-on-one meetings with nearby residents as requested.
Snowy Hydro is committed to ongoing engagement with the local community and stakeholder groups for the duration of the approvals phase of the Proposal and during project development. During the public exhibition of the EIS, the community engagement will be undertaken to ensure a good understanding of the EIS by interested community members.
If you have questions please do not hesitate to call the community information line: 1800 570 529.
Making a submission
The community can review the EIS and make submissions during the four-week public exhibition period. You can make an EIS submission on DPIE’s website .
You have until Wednesday 9 June 2021 to make a submission.
Snowy Hydro will review submissions and prepare a report that responds to the issues raised.
The EIS and final reports are considered by the Department when making an assessment and recommendation to the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces. Approval from the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces is required for Snowy Hydro to begin construction.
The Hunter Power Project will also require approval from the Commonwealth Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.