Onslow Solar Salt Project (s46)

Proposal description: 

Inquiry under s46 regarding proposed amendments to the Onslow Solar Salt Project, the subject of  Ministerial Statement 401.

The changes to the project are to allow the start-up production to increase from 1.5 Mtpa to 2.5 Mtpa. Modifications proposed include:

  • expansion of condenser pond area from 70 km2 to 80 km2;
  • expansion of the crystalliser pond area from 7.2 km2 to 8.2 km2;
  • area for storage of bitterns;
  • extension of the jetty structure by 300 m;
  • extension of the dredged approach channel offshore, from 4 km long and -9 m (Chart Datum) deep to 9.6 km long and -10.8 m deep;
  • increased volume of spoil from 600,000 m3 to 3,000,000 m3 and relocation of spoil dumping sites from the east to the west of the proposed shipping channel; and
  • provision of alternate access/service corridors within the project area.
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Last updated: 
February 12, 2013
Current Status: 
Ministerial Statement published
Ministerial Statement published
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