Apache Energy’s Devil Creek Development project has been granted environmental approval by Western Australian Environment Minister Donna Faragher.
Apache proposes to develop a greenfield gas development in order to recover and process the gas reserves from the Reindeer Gas Field, providing an additional domestic gas supply of up to 220 TJ/d to the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (DBNGP).
The onshore component of the proposal is located approximately 45 km southwest of Karratha, on the Pilbara coast. It will comprise of gas treatment/dehydration, condensate liquid stablisation, storage and road loadout facilities, gas compression and metering. An onshore single 3-phase 16 inch raw sales gas pipeline will link to the shore crossing and tie-in to the DBNGP.
Gas and liquids will be exported from the Reindeer platform to the Devil Creek Gas Plant via a single 105 km pipeline.
Mrs Faragher said there were several key environmental issues assessed during the environmental approval process.
“These issues related terrestrial flora and vegetation, terrestrial fauna, marine fauna, marine environments and greenhouse gas emissions,”? she said.
Approval is subject to a comprehensive and enforceable set of conditions, aimed at rehabilitating areas of native vegetation and animals that are disturbed during construction.