Proponent: Marinus Link Pty. Ltd.
The Marinus Link project proposes a 1500 MW capacity underground and subsea electricity connector between Tasmania and Victoria, comprising 2 x 750 MW cables.
The scope of the EES referral covers the Victorian section of the project from the 3 nautical mile (NM) limit of Victorian coastal waters to the greater Hazelwood area in the Latrobe Valley.
The key project components proposed within Victoria include:
- subsea cables from the 3 NM limit to a shore crossing at Waratah Bay
- a transition station near the coast at Waratah Bay
- underground cables continuing approximately 90 km northwards to the Latrobe Valley
- a converter station in the greater Hazelwood area. Two sites are being investigated for the converter station:
- Driffield (within a forestry plantation), and
- Hazelwood (adjacent to the existing Hazelwood terminal station).
The scoping requirements set out the matters to be investigated and documented in the environment effects statement (EES).
Draft scoping requirements for this EES were prepared by DTP and placed on public exhibition from 24 August to 19 September 2022. After considering public submissions on the draft scoping requirements, the Minister for Planning approved final scoping requirements in February 2023.
Final scoping requirements (PDF, 1.0 MB) or Final scoping requirements (DOCX, 659.4 KB)
Scoping requirements frequently asked questions (FAQs), including issues raised in submissions and revisions made to the scoping requirements in response to submissions, are provided here
Scoping Requirements Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs ) (PDF, 523.8 KB) or Marinus link scoping requirements FAQs (DOCX, 369.8 KB)
The project also requires approval under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the Tasmanian Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994. The three jurisdictions plan to coordinate administration of assessment processes where possible.
To view the Commonwealth EIS Guidelines for Marinus Link, go to: Notice summary · EPBC Act Public Portal (awe.gov.au)
To view the Tasmanian EIS Guidelines for Marinus Link, go to: Marinus Link Pty Ltd, Marinus Link Heybridge Converter Station, Heybridge | EPA Tasmania and Marinus Link Pty Ltd, Marinus Link Heybridge Shore Crossing, Heybridge and Coastal Waters | EPA Tasmania
Marinus Link Pty. Ltd. will prepare a communication and consultation plan for the EES, outlining the opportunities and approaches for its community engagement during the preparation of the EES. The plan will be refined following advice from DTP and the Technical Reference Group and will be published on this web page.
The consultation plan may be adapted or modified to meet changing community needs and requirements throughout the EES process.
Technical Reference Group
DTP has convened an inter-agency Technical Reference Group at the request of the Minister for Planning to advise DTP and the proponent on scoping and adequacy of the EES studies and documentation, as well as co-ordination of the EES process with other statutory processes for the project. The group comprises government agencies, regional authorities, municipal councils and Registered Aboriginal Parties with a statutory or policy interest in the project.
The organisations represented on the Technical Reference Group are:
- Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (Cwlth)
- Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
- Department of Transport and Planning
- Environment Protection Authority Victoria
- Environment Protection Authority Tasmania
- First People-State Relations
- Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation
- Heritage Victoria
- Latrobe City Council
- Maritime Safety Victoria
- Regional Roads Victoria
- South Gippsland Shire Council
- Victorian Fisheries Authority
- West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
Minister's Decision - EES required
On 12 December 2021 the Minister for Planning required Marinus Link Pty. Ltd. to prepare an Environment Effects Statement (EES) under the Environment Effects Act 1978 to assess the potential environmental effects of the project.
If you have any questions or feedback, please get in touch via the contact details below:
Proposed Marinus Link Project queries:
☎ Phone: 1300 765 275
✉ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EES process queries:
Impact Assessment Unit
✉ Email: email@example.com