5.5b

Progress

25%

25% complete.
Government approval of policy/process development.

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 2021.

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

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.

Further work will commence to validate this finding and identify options for development, including engagement with petroleum operators.