This map shows the combined footprint of gas pipelines, coal seam gas PELs, inland rail, renewable energy zones, special activation precincts, proposed gas-fired/hydrogen power stations and floating LNG terminals in NSW. Some of this infrastructure is in the proposal stage.

Mapping of the coal seam gas PELs in NSW is now complete and there has been a 77% reduction available in the area available for coal seam gas mining with four of the twelve PELs renewed.

Narrabri Gas

The project involves the progressive development of a coal seam gas field over 20 years with up to 850 gas wells and ancillary infrastructure, including gas processing and water treatment facilities.

Narrabri Special Activation Precinct

Narrabri was announced as a Special Activation Precinct in November 2020. The investigation area of the Precinct includes the Narrabri Northern NSW Inland Port, which is located 6 km from the town centre on Yarrie Lake Road.

Narrabri Industrial Hub

The Northern NSW Inland Port (N2IP) will accommodate a range of heavy industries including fertiliser and explosives production. This industrial hub is likely to attract industries that rely on the gas industry for feedstock.

The Northern NSW Inland Port will present major investment opportunities for transport and logistics operators, manufacturers, agri-businesses and service providers.

Special Activation Precincts

Special Activation Precincts are a new way of planning and delivering industrial and commercial infrastructure projects in dedicated areas in region NSW, by bringing together planning and investment support services.

Renewable’ Energy Zones

The NSW Government’s Electricity Strategy and Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap set out a plan to deliver the state’s first 5 Renewable Energy Zones (REZs) in the Central-West Orana, New England, South-West, Hunter-Central Coast and Illawarra regions.

Inland Rail

Connecting Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, this 1,700km rail project will complete our national freight network—better connecting producers to markets and creating new opportunities for businesses, industries and regional communities.

Gas-fired/Hydrogen hybrid Power Stations

Kurri Kurri OCTG Gas-fired Power Station near Newcastle

Tallawarra B Power Station, Illawarra (dual fuel hydrogen/gas power plant) 300-450 megawatts (MW)

Dubbo Gas Energy Storage System 60 MW gas fired power station, hydrogen generation plant and 2.5 km and 500 m gas pipelines.

News story:  Dubbo gas, hydrogen development proposal to cut emissions

NSW Hydrogen Strategy

Gas/Hydrogen Pipelines

APA Sydney to Moomba Export Pipeline

Proposed Santos Queensland Hunter Gas Pipeline

Proposed Santos Hunter Gas Pipeline – Narrabri lateral

Jemena Eastern Gas Pipeline

APA South West QLD Export Pipeline


Metals and minerals application, exploration and production licences can be viewed on Common Ground

Changing Assessment Framework

The way SSD projects are assessed in NSW is changing. From 1 July 2022, all environmental impact statements attached to state significant development (SSD) and state significant infrastructure (SSI) applications will need to be reviewed by a registered environmental assessment practitioner (REAP).

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