LNG Ltd gets nod to start dredging

LNG Limited has received dredging approval for their liquefied natural gas (LNG) project at Fisherman’s Landing.

The Department of Environment and Resource Management has provided approval for the Stage 1 shipping channel dredging associated with the company’s Gladstone LNG Project.

LNG Ltd managing director Maurice Brand said the approval completes all major marine and Gladstone Port conditions.

“Our development team has done a superb job in concluding this scope of the project, which allows us to immediately proceed to final investment decision and recommencement of construction, as soon as it has secured gas supply and LNG off-take arrangements with a credible LNG buyer.”

The Fisherman’s Landing project is currently on hold due to the takeover of prospective buyer Arrow Energy by Shell and PetroChina for $3.5 billion earlier this year.

The dredging includes widening the Targinie Channel and widening and deepening the Fisherman’s Landing Wharf No. 5 berth pocket and turning basin, to accommodate LNG vessels up to 152,000cu m capacity.

Gladstone environmental campaigner Paul Tooker said the EIS process is fast becoming a farce.

“The proposed Western Basin dredging spoil dump is the cheap option that will reduce marine habitat and harbour amenity for Gladstone,” he said.

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