“Gas has the potential to smooth the transition to a lower emissions electricity sector. Gas generation provides the synchronous operation that is key to maintaining technical operability with increased renewable generation until new technologies are available and cost-effective. Furthermore, gas is dispatchable when required... The need for greater gas supplies for electricity generation is increasingly urgent.” Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO

The Narrabri Gas Project is currently approved as an 'exploration project'


Santos are currently seeking Government approval to move the project into the extraction phase, after discovering large gas reserves in the Pilliga Scrub, which could provide NSW with up to 50% of its gas needs.


Santos are seeking approval for 850 wells which have a total footprint of 1,000ha - which is 0.01% of the total Pilliga Forest area. The area in which the operations are planned, are within the state's declared zone for mineral exploration and mining as permitted under the NPW Act. In the past, this area of the Pilliga Forest has been renowned for its commercial logging of timbers.


NSW has the toughest CSG regulations in the country to protect our environment, land & water resources and local communities.


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Resources and Energy


The Narrabri Gas Project will be a vital source of local employment opportunities for the life of the project. Up to 1200 construction phase jobs and 200 ongoing employment opportunities will be available in the area. Santos has previously proven its commitment to employing local people and contractors in their local operations.



The royalties to the area from the Government, will be up to $8 million every year for the life of the project. This could mean a Community Benefit Fund of up to $200 million! Money that could be used towards our hospitals, sporting fields, schools and community groups across the entire Shire - Wee Waa, Pilliga, Gwabegar, Bellata, Edgeroi, Narrabri, Baan Baa, Maules Creek & Boggabri


Having considered all the information from these sources and noting the rapid evolution of technological developments applicable to CSG from a wide range of disciplines, the Review concluded that the technical challenges and risks posed by the CSG industry can in general be managed.

NSW Chief Scientist

Professor Mary O’Kane