SANTOS upgrades Wilga Park Power Station / Tintsfield Ponds
Santos have upgraded the Wilga Park Power Station with 2 new 3MW generators to increase capacity at the power station from 16MW to 22MW, these are due to be commissioned in early December 2019. This finalises the community-named “Production by Stealth” modification to licence status that enables SANTOS to use exploration gas for production whilst paying no royalties | Image courtesy of Wando Conservation & Cultural Centre
In total there are 6 modifications to the original approval. This is a good example of the piecemeal approach to acquiring approval for projects that community might reject if not proposed in pieces.
majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_jo… | Image courtesy of Wando Conservation & Cultural Centre
There are over 20 groundwater monitoring bores around the Tintsfield Ponds. Monitoring Point 54 (WPKMW07) has not been reported on for several years | Image courtesy of Wando Conservation & Cultural Centre
An Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment of the was site carried out by Mark Grist of Grist Enterprises. The site investigation identified seven Aboriginal cultural heritage objects (five lithic artefacts, one glass artefact and one scar tree) within the TWMF.
Documents can be found here: search.geoscience.nsw.gov.au/report/R00066384
Tintsfield Water Management Facility and Wilga Park Power Station in the far distance | Image courtesy of Wando Conservation & Cultural Centre
Pond 1 is being upgraded and Pond 2 is being decommissioned. This activity must be completed by 15 December 2019 | Image courtesy of Wando Conservation & Cultural Centre
Aerial image of earthworks occurring onsite at Wilga park Power Station | Image courtesy of Wando Conservation & Cultural Centre

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