Provaris Energy Ltd has lodged its EPBC Referral with the Australian Federal Government’s Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) for its proposed Tiwi H2 on the Tiwi Islands.
Tiwi H2 project comprises the proposed development of a 100,000 tonnes/year of green hydrogen production facility for export into the Asia-Pacific region.
Provaris advancing a partner process to seek interested groups in investment, offtake, construction and operational support to jointly develop the project.
The EPBC Referral addressed any potential impacts on Matters of National Environmental Significance, including threatened flora and fauna and migratory and marine species.
Now that the EPBC Referral has been submitted, Provaris expects a decision within 20 business days on whether the action will require assessment and approval. During such time, a 10-day public comment period is anticipated, and the Commonwealth will liaise with the Northern Territory EPA (NT EPA) to ensure their decision-making processes are aligned.
Provaris’ Executive Director and Chief Development Officer, Garry Triglavcanin, said, “The EPBC Referral has been prepared to demonstrate that the Tiwi H2 Project will be developed in a safe, sustainable and efficient manner, pursuing a minimal environmental and social impact.”
Martin Carolan, Provaris’ Managing Director and CEO, said, “Provaris continues to advance the Tiwi H2 from concept design through to the phases of detailed design, engineering and approvals to ensure the project maintains its position as an early mover in the export of green hydrogen from Australia.”