Major Projects

Shaw River Power Station Project

Detailed Terrestrial and Aquatic Flora and Fauna Investigations (Environment Effects Statement)

Our Senior Botanists and Zoologists undertook detailed ecological investigations including flora, fauna and aquatic fauna surveys, as part of the Shaw River Power Station Project. The environmental approvals for the project were managed by our client Coffey Natural Systems. 

Santos Ltd proposed to develop a nominal 1,500 MW natural-gas-fired, combined cycle gas turbine power station in western Victoria near the town of Orford, approximately 30 km north of Port Fairy.  The proposed power station is a baseload generator and is be developed as demand for electricity grows and gas becomes available (nominally over a 10 year period).

Gas will be supplied to the power station from Santos’ equity gas reserves in the Gippsland and Otway basins, via a new high pressure gas pipeline.  The new pipeline will run from its connection with the South West Pipeline northeast of the Otway gas plant, for approximately 100 km to the proposed power station. 

A referral under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 was submitted to the Commonwealth Government for consideration, while an Environmental Effects Statement was prepared for consideration by the State Environment Minister.  Aaron Organ, Director of Ecology and Heritage Partners represented the client at the Panel hearing held in Port Fairy, South West Victoria.

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Relevant Links:
Santos website - EES Information - Planning Panels Report

Several significant flora species recorded during the field surveys include Curly Sedge, Large-flower Cranesbill, Basalt Leek-orchid, Slender Tick-trefoil, Swamp Flax-lily, Arching Flax-lily and Westcoast Peppermint.  In addition, significant fauna species recorded include Long-nosed Potoroo, Rufous Bristlebird, Eastern Great Egret, Royal Spoonbill, Grey Goshawk, Black Falcon and Swamp Skink.

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