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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1315 asked in the Legislative Council on 31 October 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on


1315. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to the North West Gas Development (Woodside) Agreement Amendment Bill 2019.

(1) Will the minister please explain how extending the state agreement over the North West Shelf gas project by 25 years to December 2059 is compatible with its greenhouse gas policy of net zero emissions by 2050?

(2) How will the government ensure that the North West Shelf project will meet the requirements of net zero emissions by 2050?

(3) What action will the state government take if the North West Shelf project fails to meet the net zero emissions requirements stated in its greenhouse gas policy?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(3) The proposal to extend the life of the North West Shelf LNG plant is being assessed by the Environmental Protection Authority. The EPA's assessment will consider the proponent's greenhouse gas management plan as required under the environmental scoping document. When the EPA has completed its assessment, I will consider the particular characteristics of the project and the EPA's advice and recommendations. In accordance with the government's greenhouse gas emissions policy for major projects, I may then consider whether it is appropriate to apply a condition that sets out the requirements for a plan detailing the proponent's contribution towards achieving the government's aspiration of net zero emissions by 2050. Given the proposal has not been approved, the form and nature of conditions have not yet been determined.