Environmental Impact Assessment
TNG Limited (TNG) commenced the process of seeking environmental approval for the Mount Peake Project in 2013, and this has now progressed.
The Mount Peake Project comprises a mine and processing facility at Mount Peake, approximately 235 km north-northwest of Alice Springs and 50 km northwest of Ti Tree, and the Darwin Process Plant at the Middle Arm Industrial Precinct, some 16 km to the southeast of Darwin. Environmental approval for the mine and process plant is being progressed separately reflecting their geographical separation (1,400 km) and that the environmental and social issues that will need to be addressed are substantially different between the two locations.
The mine and refinery were separately referred to the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA). The NT EPA determined that both required assessment under the Northern Territory Environmental Assessment Act 1982 (EA Act) at the level of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The mine and process plant were also separately referred to the Commonwealth Department of the Environment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Both were determined to be controlled actions with assessment by accredited assessment under the EA Act.
Mine Site EIS
An EIS has been prepared for the Mount Peake mine site and processing facility. Key components of the project include an open-cut pit, waste rock dump, ore processing plant, tailings storage facility, water dams, gas fired power station, accommodation village, site access roads, Stuart Highway underpass, rail loadout facility and borefield.
The EIS identifies and assesses the potential environmental and social impacts of the project and provides management and control measures to reduce potential risks or impacts to as low as reasonably practicable and to an acceptable level, in accordance with legislative requirements, industry standards and TNG’s environment, community, and health and safety policies. Potential impacts have been assessed for water resources (groundwater and surface water), biodiversity (flora, vegetation and fauna), air and greenhouse gasses, noise and vibration, Aboriginal and historic heritage, socio-economics, human health and safety, waste management and rehabilitation and closure.
The EIS is on public display for six weeks between Saturday 13 February and Friday 25 March 2016 and can be viewed at the following locations:
NT Environment Protection Authority webpage at http://www.ntepa.nt.gov.au/envirocomment
» NT Environment Protection Authority, Level 2, Suite 201, The Avenue, 12 Salonika St, Parap
» Mines and Energy Information Centre, Department of Mines and Energy, 3rd Floor, Paspalis Centrepoint, 48 Smith Street Mall, Darwin
» Central Desert Regional Council, Ti Tree Council Office, Ti Tree
» Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment, Floor 1, Alice Plaza Building, Todd Street Mall, Alice Springs
» Central Land Council, 27 Stuart Highway, Alice Springs
» Northern Territory Library, Parliament House, Darwin
» Alice Springs Public Library, Gregory Terrace, Alice Springs
» Tennant Creek Public Library
» Arid Lands Environment Centre, corner Warburton St and Lindsay Ave, Alice Springs.
The EIS can also be accessed in electronic format at the bottom of this page.
Interested persons and organisations wishing to comment on the EIS are invited to make a written submission on or before Friday 25 March 2016 to:
Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority
GPO Box 3675
Darwin NT 0801
Darwin Process Plant EIS
An EIS for the Darwin Process Plant is currently being prepared. Specialist studies are being undertaken to identify and assess potential environmental and social impacts and to identify management and mitigation measures where necessary. As part of this work consultation will be undertaken with local communities and government agencies. The EIS is scheduled to be completed in late 2016.
TNG will provide regular additional information, via this web page, about the environmental impact assessment and consultation process at each of the key milestones.