Sun Cable has achieved a significant development milestone for the Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink), having recently lodged the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority. This is a significant step towards supporting decarbonisation and realising opportunities for the Northern Territory’s economy and communities.
This will be assessed under the Northern Territory’s Environment Protection Act 2019 and an Accredited Assessment Process under the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.
The EIS details environmental, economic, social and cultural outcomes that may result from the AAPowerLink, both directly and indirectly. This includes the following areas.
- culture and heritage (cultural values, heritage sites)
- biodiversity (plants and animals, threatened species)
- surface and groundwater (creeks, waterholes, billabongs)
- soils (waste, contamination, erosion)
- people’s health and quality of life from traffic, noise, dust, visual impact
- marine environment
- social and economic impacts (accommodation, housing, community cohesion, jobs, economic benefits)
Sun Cable has prepared an Environmental Impact Statement Summary with the key EIS impacts and mitigations for the AAPowerLink available here: AAPowerLink Environmental Impact Statement Summary
Sun Cable respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Australia and pays respect to their elders past and present.
The EIS is on public exhibition from 20 April to 15 July 2022. The full EIS report is now available at Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority website: https://ntepa.nt.gov.au/consultation/open-consultations
Sun Cable invites NT stakeholders and communities to provide feedback and engage with our Darwin-based team. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org