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To report a serious incident to DPC, as required by Section 85(2) of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000, licensees should contact the serious incident report no: (08) 8463 6666.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Public Comment on Leigh Creek Energy's Statement of Environmental Objectives is being sought. For more information on how to add your submission, please see http://petroleum.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/latest_updates/invitation_for_public_comment_-_seoeir

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Project Summary

Leigh Creek Energy has proposed to construct and operate an in-situ gasification demonstration plant at Leigh Creek, within the old mine site. This proposed demonstration plant will involve the establishment of a single gasifier chamber and associated above-ground infrastructure to produce synthesis gas (commonly referred to as syngas) for a short period of time (approximately 2-3 months), to test the syngas composition and process performance to enable consideration of potential commerciality.

For further information on the ISG process please see our Frequently Asked Questions Brochure on Underground Coal Gasification.

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Draft Statement of Environmental Objectives and Environmental Impact Report

All regulated activities conducted under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 must have an approved Statement of Environmental Objectives in place with which they comply, prepared on the basis of an Environmental Impact Report. Leigh Creek Energy has prepared an Environmental Impact Report and Draft Statement of Environmental Objectives in relation to its In-situ gasification project for assessment by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, in close consultation with relevant co-regulatory agencies.

The Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy is currently seeking public comment, under provisions of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000, on the following Environmental Impact Report and proposed draft Statement of Environmental Objectives relative to the Leigh Creek Energy in-situ gasification proposal, available below:

Environmental Impact Report - Leigh Creek Energy, ISG Demonstration Plant, December 2017 Draft Statement of Environmental Objectives - Leigh Creek Energy, ISG Demonstration Plant, December 2017
 
 
Download the Environmental Impact Report (PDF 15.4MB) Download the Statement of Environmental Objectives (PDF 1.5MB)



For further information on the approvals process, including relevant stages and consultation requirements, please see Activity Approval Process.

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Invitation for Public Comment

All regulated activities conducted under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 must have an approved Statement of Environmental Objectives in place with which they comply, prepared on the basis of an Environmental Impact Report. If an activity is deemed by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, in consultation with relevant co-regulatory agencies, to be of Medium Impact according to the criteria for classifying the level of environmental impact of regulated activities then public comment will be sought on the associated Environmental Impact Report and  draft Statement of Environmental Objectives.

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet invites public comment on the proposed Leigh Creek Energy in-situ gasification Environmental Impact Report and draft Statement of Environmental Objectives, publicly available above.

Please note, physical copies of the Environmental Impact Report and draft Statement of Environmental Objectives relevant to the proposed Leigh Creek Energy in-situ gasification project are available from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet at the Energy Resources Division office, Level 7, 101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000.

Submissions close at 5:00pm on 28 February 2018

Written submissions must be addressed to:

Attention: Jarrod Spencer 
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Energy Resources Division
GPO Box 320, Adelaide 5001

Or via email to DPC.Engineering@sa.gov.au

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following Frequently Asked Questions aims to provide the public with easily accessible and comprehensive responses to a range of questions asked by the public in relation to underground coal gasification. If you have a relevant questions not answered in the following Frequently Asked Questions, please contact the Energy Resources Division.

Underground Coal Gasification in South Australia

Download the brochure about Underground Coal Gasification in South Australia (PDF 351 KB)

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Research Projects

As part of informing the regulatory process, Energy Resources Division commissions independent assessments and reviews, and constantly monitors national and international research to ensure decision-making relies on scientific, professional and appropriate assessment of risk.

Links to key research projects and assessments relevant to in-situ gasification (commonly referred to as underground coal gasification) are provided below:

LLNL Underground Coal Gasification Review (PDF 5.9MB)
LLNL Prevention of Groundwater Contamination from Underground Coal Gasification (PDF 7MB)
LLNL Underground Coal Gasification: An Overview of Groundwater Contamination Hazards and Mitigation Strategies (PDF 7.4MB)
Independent Scientific Panel Report on Underground Coal Gasification Pilot Trials (PDF 359KB)
CSIRO Underground Coal Gasification: Evaluating Environmental Barriers (PDF 3.6MB)

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Presentations

Presentations by the Energy Resources Division in relation to underground coal gasification and/or the proposed Leigh Creek Energy in-situ gasification project are provided below.

Presented atPresented by and title of presentation

Adnyamathanha Traditonal Land Association Representatives

12 February 2018

Update on the Leigh Creek Energy Proposed Project Assessment (PDF 7MB)
Michael Malavazos, Director - Engineering Operations

Adnyamathanha Traditonal Land Association Board Presentation

27 October 2017

Update on the Leigh Creek Energy Statement of Environmental Objective Submission (PDF 5MB)
Michael Malavazos, Director - Engineering Operations


Please note: these presentations are intended to provide general information on the Energy Resources Division, its role and regulatory functions, and proposed or current licensee projects under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 and associated regulations. Presentations should be considered in the context of the relevant legislation.

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