Sun Cable Pty Ltd is proposing to establish a large-scale solar farm including energy storage, electrical and ancillary infrastructure (approximately 12,000 ha in area) located near Elliott in the Northern Territory with power exported via a high-voltage direct current overhead transmission line (approximately 750 km via the Adelaide to Darwin rail corridor) to Darwin and then by subsea cable to Singapore (approx. 3,750 km) through Darwin Harbour and NT, National and International waters. A connection to the Darwin-Katherine electricity grid is proposed at Middle Arm peninsula.
The NT EPA invites public comment on a proponent initiated EIS referral submitted by Sun Cable Pty Ltd to develop the Australia-ASEAN Power Link. The referral document and draft Terms of Reference for an EIS are available below, or can be obtained by contacting the NT EPA. Interested persons may make a submission by 27 November 2020. The NT EPA gives this notice in accordance with regulation 52(1) of the Environment Protection Regulations 2020.
Why we are consulting
Your feedback plays an important role and will be considered by the NT EPA in deciding whether the proposed action should be assessed by environmental impact statement (EIS) and, if so, whether the draft terms of reference for the matters to be addressed in the EIS appropriately cover potential environmental impacts that you consider could be significant.
Consultation helps the NT EPA and proponent to identify issues of concern and potential effects, as well as get feedback from stakeholders on project options or potential mitigation measures. The NT EPA has prepared guidance for making a public submission PDF (254.3 KB) that outlines when comments will be sought, how to make an effective comment and what will happen to your comment.