Action item 5.5b



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Government approval for consultation on draft policy, guideline, framework, Bill.

That the absence of any treatment and disposal facilities in the NT for wastewater and brines produced by the gas industry be addressed as a matter of priority.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end December 2022.

Reform area
Planning for industry
Project action
Improving roads and facilities
Lead agency
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

Action item update

Implementation progress

In 2019, the then Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, commissioned a Beetaloo Sub-basin infrastructure and logistics study (in collaboration with Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources) to identify the planning, infrastructure, logistics and service requirements to support the development of the onshore gas industry in the Sub-basin, from the exploration phase through to the production phase. This included a high level investigation of infrastructure required to manage wastewater. Completed in January 2020, the study has identified the potential need for an upgrade in wastewater treatment facilities in the Big Rivers region, specifically to support production in a medium and high development scenario.

With exploration activities continuing to provide greater clarity on the potential Beetaloo Sub-basin development scenarios, in September 2021 the Gas Taskforce, Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, commenced a study to deliver a detailed assessment of the midstream infrastructure required to support the development of the Beetaloo Sub-basin. The study will include a detailed assessment and provide recommendations to deliver the most efficient and cost-effective midstream infrastructure options for managing the developments’ wastewater based on potential development scenarios. The study will be completed in July 2022.

A further complementary study to be commissioned will look at commercial models to fast track the commercial development of Waste Treatment Facilities. This study will be completed in the 2022 Calendar year.