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 1,262 turbines) and solar panels distributed across a 662,300 ha development envelope, with a transmission cable corridor to the coast. Clearing of 11,754 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
S43A Change to Proposal
NW Interconnected Power Pty Ltd has requested a Change to Proposal through section 43A of the Environmental Protection Act 1987. NW Interconnected Power Pty Ltd proposes the following changes to the Asian Renewable Energy Hub Proposal:
- An increase in native vegetation clearing from 7,370 hectares (ha) at referral to 11, 962 ha (i.e. an increase in native vegetation clearing of 4, 592 ha). This equates to an increase of 0.7 per cent within the development envelope.
- An increase in the number of export cables from two to four which requires an increase in the temporary disturbance to the sea bed from 3 ha to 15.3 ha. The location of the cable corridor is unchanged.
Why We Are Consulting
Proposed changes to this proposal are being advertised to allow public comment before a decision on the requested section 43A change is made.
What Happens Next
Following the public comment period and consideration of any comments received, the EPA will determine if it consents to the proponent changing the proposal without a revised proposal being referred.