Projected Manager: Port Waratah Coal Services
Project Owner: Department of Planning and Environment – NSW Government
Phase: Planning Assessment Review
Jobs Created: 1500 Upon Approval
The Kooragang Island T4 Project is the development of a coal management facility with the capability of handling an additional capacity of 70mtpa. Originally blueprinted for 120 mtpa, the executive team in collaboration with the State Government reduced the operational size to achieve short term objectives of environmental responsibility, and to provide innovative site management practices to transform the history of the T4 site from an industrial waste management site in the 1970s to become a leading world class coal handling and management site with a 30 year capacity future.
In recent updates, the final Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) meetings to hear final submissions for support or opposition for the T4 project was held in July this year, and contained no new oppositions that hadn’t already been contingency planned for.
The PAC has been in the process of reviewing the submissions, and will advise of the approvals outcome, along with any conditions it imposes to permit the project to go ahead. Recent discussions between the PAC representatives and Port Waratah Coal Services indicate a preliminary final decision by September 2015.
If approved by the PAC, then the final objective for approval will be to have the Commonwealth government conduct a final review, with an expectation of an hopeful outcome of a green light by the end of the year. Provided this occurs, the budgeted AUS$5 billion is expected to be invested throughout the life of the project, attracting in excess of 1500 jobs to the project.