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The Australia Pacific LNG Project is a CSG to LNG joint venture partnership between Origin, ConocoPhillips and Sinopec, and is the largest producer of coal seam gas (CSG) in Australia.
In order to obtain State Government project development approvals, Australia Pacific LNG was required to develop an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), including a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and Social Impact Management Plan (SIMP).
As public documents, the SIA and SIMP needed to demonstrate that Australia Pacific LNG could reasonably manage all potential impacts, and maximize on the opportunities, arising as a result of the development, to contribute to increasing local skills and boosting regional economies.
A key challenge that was overcome during the stakeholder engagement process was community consultation fatigue from working in an environment of four major CSG/LNG projects. The project received positive feedback for engagement efforts from government, lobby groups and community stakeholders.
Commended by Queensland Deputy Premier for delivering one of the first SIMP’s under draft QLD Legislations:
‘This APLNG Social Impact Management Plan is a very good example of where project proponents can develop and implement best practice approaches to manage the impacts of major projects.” – Jeff Seeney, Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure & Planning.