Asian Renewable Energy Hub

Closed 6 Dec 2017

Opened 30 Nov 2017

Overview

NW Interconnected Power Pty Ltd is seeking to develop the Asian Renewable Energy Hub. The proposal is to construct and operate a large-scale wind and solar hybrid renewable energy project, approximately 220 km east of Port Hedland, WA. The renewable energy will be exported via a subsea power cable to Indonesia and Singapore.

Onshore components comprise a series of linear arrays of wind turbines (up to 1,200 turbines) and solar panels distributed across a 644,600 ha development envelope, with a transmission cable corridor to the coast. Clearing of 7,280 ha of native vegetation is proposed.

The offshore component comprises two inert subsea power cables extending to the limit of State Waters (Commonwealth Waters and international permitting will require separate assessments). The cable route passes through State Waters vested as the Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park

Why We Are Consulting

At this initial stage of the EIA process, comment is simply sought on whether or not the EPA should assess a proposal and, if so, what level of assessment is considered appropriate.

What Happens Next

Following the seven day public comment period and consideration of any comments received, the EPA will decide whether or not this proposal requires environmental impact assessment and, if so, what level of assessment will be applied.

The EPA's decisions on level of assessment are released each Monday on the EPA's website.

Areas

  • All of Western Australia

Audiences

  • Public

Interests

  • Seven-day comment on referrals