Browse LNG Precinct Reports and Key Documents

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.

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General Information

Notices of Intention to Take (NOITT), Questions and Answers - April 2012

Frequently Asked Questions - August 2011

Public Information Booklet

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.

Browse LNG Precinct - Public Information Booklet (PDF 5.76MB, opens in a new window)

Appendix 2: Example of Industry Policies (Woodside)  (PDF 8.1MB, opens in a new window)

Appendix 3: Review of the World LNG Plants (PDF 14MB, opens in a new window)

Fact Sheets


Overview Brochure (PDF 327KB, opens in a new window)

Factsheet 1: The Government's Role and Precinct Details (PDF 1.6MB, opens in a new window)

Factsheet 2: Site Selection, Approvals Required and Decision Timeline (PDF 3.1MB, opens in a new window)

Factsheet 3: Native Title and Indigenous Heritage (Updated September 2010, PDF 1.0MB, opens in a new window) 

Factsheet 4: Benefits to the Kimberley (PDF 3.7MB, opens in a new window)

Factsheet 5: Strategic Assessment Agreement and consultation process (PDF 5.9MB, opens in a new window)

Factsheet 6: Environmental Impacts (PDF 5.1MB, opens in a new window)

Native Title and Indigenous Heritage Questions and Answers (PDF 2.8mb, opens in a new window)

Kimberley LNG Project Presentation (PPT 8.64MB, opens in a new window)

Native Title and Indigenous Heritage Issues

A "Heads of Agreement" document has been signed by Premier Colin Barnett, Woodside chief Don Voelte and Kimberley Land Council (KLC) CEO Wayne Bergmann.

Heads of Agreement signed for Kimberley LNG Project

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.

Native Title Agreements

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Strategic Assessment Report – Fact Sheets

Scope of the Strategic Assessment

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.

Preface to the Scope of the Strategic Assessment (PDF 355kb, opens in a new window)

Scope of the Strategic Assessment (PDF 4.2mb, opens in a new window)

Appendices to Scope of the Strategic Assessment (PDF 7.05mb, opens in a new window)

Timeline and Presentation

Strategic Assessment and Approval Process and Timelines (as at January 2010) (PDF 55kb, opens in a new window)

Strategic Assessment Agreement Presentation - 17 June 2009 (PPT 4.35MB, opens in a new window)

For more information read the full Strategic Assessment Report

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Master Plan

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. 

The Browse Master Plan is available for download by clicking here (16MB file).

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Environmental Studies

Vegetation and Flora Survey of James Price Point: Wet Season 2009 (PDF 4542kb, opens in a new window)

Supplementary Terrestrial Flora and Vegetation Assessment - James Price Point (released 2010) (PDF 10.5MB, opens in a new window)

James Price Point Terrestrial Fauna Survey: Wet Season 2009 (PDF 6655kb, opens in a new window)

Supplementary Terrestrial Fauna and Habitat Assessment - James Price Point (released 2010) (PDF 9.5MB, opens in a new window)


Previous environmental studies were released by the Northern Development Taskforce and are available under Archived Documents.

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Palaeontology Studies

As part of the Strategic Assessment for the Browse LNG Precinct, the following palaeontology studies have been completed.    Preliminary Report upon the Palaeontology (including Dinosaur Footprints) of the Broome Sandstone in the James Price Point Area, Western Australia (27 January 2010) (PDF 2.8MB, opens in a new window) Report on macro-fossils in intertidal outcrops of the Broome Sandstone (30 April 2010) (PDF 302KB, opens in a new window)

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Social Impact Assessment

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.

Tourism Impact Assessment Report

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.

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Benefits and Impacts

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. 

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Kimberley Projects Map (PDF 2265kb, opens in a new window)

Kimberley Projects Map (including parks, reserves and local government and pastoral boundaries) (PDF 1880kb, opens in a new window)

Browse Basin Distance to Processing Map (PDF 491kb, opens in a new window)

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