Tell SK E&S:
Cut all ties with the dirty Barossa gas project!
Santos’ proposed Barossa project could be one of the dirtiest gas projects in the world. Despite describing itself as an ‘eco-friendly energy company,’ SK E&S has teamed up with Santos to make the project a reality.
Why do we need to Stop Barossa Gas?
The project contains one of the largest CO2 reservoirs in the world and is projected to release millions of tons of greenhouse gases during its lifespan.
The project could cause two of Australia’s most important tropical fisheries to lose access to important fishing grounds.
The project could harm the incredible marine life in the area, including habitats critical for the threatened Flatback and Olive Ridley turtles.
We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground to ensure that everyone has a liveable future – that includes the gas in Barossa
The Barossa project undermines SK E&S’ green profile
SK E&S is a Korean utility company. The company’s association with Santos’ dirty Barossa project does not stack up with its self-proclaimed green profile and tagline as a ‘Clean Energy & Solution Provider.’
SK E&S justifies its involvement with the project by falsely claiming that it will produce ‘CO2-Free LNG.’ The claim is backed by vague and unreliable plans of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) – an unproven technology that has already cost taxpayers billions of dollars.
This is serious greenwashing. The Barossa gas field has one of the largest CO2 reservoirs in the world. Even if CCS were to work, it would be like bailing water out of a sinking boat with a teaspoon. The project would still be one of the world’s most carbon-intensive projects.
In August 2021, the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility sued Santos for claiming that gas provides "clean energy." SK E&S might face similar legal and reputational risks in the future.
Where is the Barossa gas project located?
In the news
“South Koreans don’t want Australia’s dirty gas:” Call for finance ban on Santos “CO2 factory”, Renew Economy, 3 September 2021
‘No place to hide’: pressure on Australia to end support for new fossil fuel projects after IPCC report, The Guardian, 11 August 2021
Forrest blasts Santos, Woodside as ‘fossils’, Australian Financial Review, 15 June 2021
Santos’ $4.7 billion Barossa gas field could produce more CO2 than LNG, report says, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 24 June 2021
South Korea’s SK accused of greenwashing after LNG U-turn, Financial Times, 16 June 2021
Australian environmental groups tell SK to “stop gas development”, The Hankyoreh, 20 May 2021
JBIC faces climate pressure over Australian LNG plans, The Global Trade Review, 21 April 2021
Webinar: Barossa - what is it and why should you be worried?
The potential negative impacts of the Barossa project go beyond accelerating climate change. The project could also severely harm the incredible biodiversity in the area that the Tiwi people have managed for thousands of years.
Brochure: Why is the Barossa gas project bad news?
In this brochure, the Environment Centre NT And Jubilee Australia provide a visual explanation of the potential climate, environmental and social impacts of the Barossa gas project. It will soon be available in Tiwi.
Report: Santos’ Barossa gas emissions create major risks
A report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis found that the Barossa project would create more carbon dioxide than any gas currently made into LNG, creating both a major financial and climate risk.
Submission: The risks associated with the Barossa gas project
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation is currently considering providing finance to the Barossa project. In this submission, Jubilee Australia, ECNT and TAI outline why they should avoid bankrolling it.
If SK E&S does not cut its ties with the Barossa project, it will cause irreparable damage to our climate and put local communities’ environment and livelihoods at risk.
Photo credit: The Olive Ridley Project