Federal Court rules on Santos’ Barossa Gas Project

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The Federal Court of Australia has ruled that pipelay activities can commence on an 86km section of the Santos’ Barossa Gas Export Pipeline (GEP).

The ruling states no activity will be conducted south of kilometre point 86 (KP86).

Additionally, Santos noted that the Court has set 4 December 2023 as the start date of hearing of application brought by Simon Munkara and others to restrain the company’s pipeline project until it revises its environmental plan and NOPSEMA accepts the revised plan.

With the Barossa Project slated to supply the Darwin LNG plant for years to come, Santos said it is critical that this project continues for local jobs and prospects for Traditional Owners, exports, and relationships with investors and gas customers in Asia.


The Australian Energy Producers commented on the court decision, noting it underscores the urgent need for the Australian Government to ensure business certainty and rectify the flawed offshore regulatory approvals system.

Australia faces a threat to its economic benefits and jobs, as the availability of reliable and affordable energy for households and businesses is at risk, according to the Australian Energy Producers.

“Courts continue to overturn or block approvals already awarded by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA). Companies which consult with stakeholders in good faith are watching approvals granted by the regulator be overturned or blocked in court,” the industry body said.

The industry body has called on the Federal Government to urgently fix the matter, citing the need for regulations ensuring industry clarity and certainty while fostering comprehensive and meaningful stakeholder consultation.