PERTH (miningweekly.com) – The Mahalo gas project, in Queensland, has been granted environmental approval by the state government.
Project developer Comet Ridge on Tuesday said that the latest environmental report was the second of two environmental steps required to allow the Mahalo project to move forward, and followed on from the Commonwealth approval granted in May.
Comet Ridge MD Tor McCaul said that the third and final approval step, the issue of a petroleum lease by the Queensland government, could now proceed.
The Mahalo project is 40% held by Comet Ridge, with major Santos holding a 30% share and Australian Pacific Liquefied Natural Gas (APLNG) holding the remaining 30%.
APLNG is working on formalising a development and startup scope for the Mahalo asset, and is progressing engineering studies in gas and water handling facilities, as well as progressing field layout.