The State Government is developing a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Precinct in the Kimberley to enable processing of natural gas from the offshore Browse Basin.
Feedback from the community has indicated that there has been some difficulty in finding documents relating to the Browse LNG Precinct on the Department of State Development website. As a result, this page has been created to include links to all publicly available Browse LNG Precinct reports and key documents.
To obtain copies of any of the Browse LNG Precinct reports or key documents (shown below) or for more information, please contact the Department of State Development on 9222 0555.
Information about the site and the selection process for the Browse LNG Precinct is available in the Public Information Booklet and appendices and summarised in fact sheets.
The Native Title Agreements that were signed by the State Government, the Goolarabooloo Jabirr Jabirr native title claimant group and Woodside on 30 June 2011.
The State Government entered into an agreement with the Commonwealth Government to undertake a strategic assessment of a preferred Precinct site and an assessment of the national heritage values of the West Kimberley region. The Scope of the Strategic Assessment outlines the scope of the Strategic Assessment for the assessment of impacts from the LNG Precinct and associated activities and is in line with the final Terms of Reference. For more information read the full Strategic Assessment Report
Scope of the Strategic Assessment
Timeline and Presentation
The State Government entered into an agreement with the Commonwealth Government to undertake a strategic assessment of a preferred Precinct site and an assessment of the national heritage values of the West Kimberley region. The Scope of the Strategic Assessment outlines the scope of the Strategic Assessment for the assessment of impacts from the LNG Precinct and associated activities and is in line with the final Terms of Reference.
For more information read the full Strategic Assessment Report
The State Government commissioned WorleyParsons to prepare a Master Plan for the Browse LNG Precinct and related areas.
The Master Plan takes into account future requirements for processing facilities, construction and maintenance contractors and workforce accommodation, as well as shipping facilities, pipelines and roads. It also considered existing uses and the specific geographic, environmental, Aboriginal Heritage and technical considerations in developing a preliminary layout for the Precinct. The Master Plan shows that these facilities can be accommodated within a 2,500 ha fenced land area, with a further 1,000 ha over the sea, for the construction of a port.
Maintaining public access to James Price Point, the coast and the ocean was an important consideration in selecting the site and its future design. Restrictions around any marine installations, jetties or channels will be kept to the minimum required for operational and safety reasons.
Previous environmental studies were released by the Northern Development Taskforce and are available under Archived Documents.
As part of the Strategic Assessment for the Browse LNG Precinct, the following palaeontology studies have been completed.
Social Impact Assessment (SIA) is a process aimed at anticipating the impacts of the development of the precinct and then recommending strategies for mitigating and managing those impacts and maximising opportunities for the local community to benefit. Further to its obligations under the Scope of Assessment agreed with the Commonwealth, the State conducted a strategic level social impact assessment that considered the potential benefits and impacts on population, employment, housing and cost of living, industry, community infrastructure and services and recreation. A report taken from the three volumes of the Social Impact Assessment and the specialist studies is included in the Strategic Assesment Report.
The Final Report of the Social Impact Assessment was released in December 2010:
The State commissioned specialist assessment of Infrastructure, Tourism and the Fishing Industry.
Infrastructure for water, waste water, solid waste, power, telecommunications, gas and transport are reviewed in the document. The study identifies infrastructure requirements over the operational life of the LNG precinct (including port and ancillary infrastructure) and additional infrastructure required to integrate future development of the Browse Basin gas field with the precinct. The implications for infrastructure in Broome both directly (such as precinct workers and their families living in Broome, and indirectly (such as Browse Basin exploration works and employees) have been also been considered.
The study looked at a variety of accommodation, land-based tours, aerial scenic flights, tourist-focused retail, indigenous cultural experiences and marine based tourism and how these might be impacted by the development of an LNG precinct. It also looked at the potential impacts and benefits to the tourism and hospitality workforce and accommodation, tourism products, including flights, tours and experiences and the ‘sense of place’ of Broome and the Kimberley.
This study provides baseline information on issues and trends in recreational, charter, and commercial fisheries, pearling and aquaculture that may be affected by the development of the precinct. A related economic analysis is an annex to this report.
Providing real long term benefits to Aboriginal people, as well as the wider community, in the Shires of Broome and Derby West Kimberley was a State Government priority in planning the Browse LNG Precinct. The State has ensured that economic benefits will flow to the Traditional Owners of the Kimberley through the benefits and obligations contained within the three native title agreements.
In order to understand potential impacts of the Precinct on local Indigenous communities, the State commissioned an Aboriginal Social Impact Assessment. This assessment formed part of the six volume Indigenous Impacts Report included below which The findings of this report are included in the Strategic Assessment Report published in 2010.
The potential impacts of the Precinct will be managed through a number of social and environmental management plans and monitored through a precinct governance structure.