Approvals Process and Documentation
Our expertise in developing practical environmental approval documents is informed by our experience implementing construction plans, ensuring that we focus on practical, risk-based outcomes. Through our environmental performance management for the project design and construction, we have also gained extensive experience in developing secondary approval documentation.
Our experience in Australia and New Zealand spans a diverse range of sectors, such as mining and mineral processing, industry, oil and gas exploration and production, commercial and residential real estate, urban and regional planning, infrastructure, waste, power generation and renewables. We assist our clients through local and national environmental approvals processes, from strategy and stakeholder consultation to preparation of approvals documentation on to construction management, operational management and closure.
We have extensive experience in managing approval processes for large projects in the region, both as a ‘stand-alone’ approvals consultant and as the Environmental and Approvals management team for the delivery of major projects. We also have significant experience delivering projects to international standards.
Impact Assessment Services in Australia and New Zealand
Our team offers the following services:
- Strategic project planning
- Environmental assessment
- Advice on environmental regulatory requirements
- Risk assessment
- Impact assessment and management (avoidance, reduction, minimisation, mitigation and offset strategies)
- Preparation of approvals documentation including those for public release (e.g. Public Environmental Review)
- Environmental management plans for all stages of projects from approvals, construction, operation and closure, and peer review
We are recognized in the international project finance (IF) community for meeting the demands of international agencies and lending institutions. International, regional and local clients in the public and private sectors rely on our ability to draw on expertise across a broad range of environmental, social, economic and technical disciplines throughout the firm as a key factor in delivering success in this demanding area.
Ramboll contributes to the environmental and social consulting services provided globally to financial institutions and project developers. Whether working on behalf of major financial institutions, investment funds, or project sponsors and developers who are seeking international financing, we help clients to successfully conclude project financing by meeting environmental and social challenges, and then ensuring continuing compliance with international environmental and social standards.
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Kintyre Uranium Project Environmental Review and Management Programme (ERMP) for Cameco Australia
We coordinated and conducted an environmental impact assessment of the Kintyre Uranium Project in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia, with provision of specialist air quality, greenhouse gas and mine closure services. This project involved preparation of State and Commonwealth approval documents, including Environmental Referrals, Environmental Scoping Document and ERMP, including a number of environmental management plans.
Roy Hill Iron Ore Project Environmental Approvals for Hancock Prospecting
We conducted a peer review of Hancock Prospecting’s Roy Hill 1 Iron Ore Project (Pilbara, Western Australia) Stage 1 PER and preparation of an Assessment on Referral Information document for Stage 2 of the Roy Hill 1 Project. The scope of work included environmental impact assessment and preparation of approvals documentation for submission under Section 45C of the WA EP Act for the Railways Sandy Creek Rail Crossing Option and Northern Rail project.
Fimiston Gold Mine Operations Extension (Stage 3) PER for Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM)
We provided environmental impact assessment and approvals for the Superpit expansion, Kalgoorlie, including Public Environmental Review and specialist advice on management of air quality impacts. We continue to provide ongoing environmental support and approvals to KCGM’s operations.
Pilbara Iron Ore and Infrastructure Project, Environmental Impact Assessments and Approvals for Fortescue Metals Group
We provided environmental impact assessment and approvals documentation, including preparation of Environmental Referrals, Environmental Scoping Documents and three PER’s. This included assessment of the Herb Elliott Port (Port Hedland) north-south and east-west railways and five mine sites in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Wagerup Alumina Refinery Unit Three Expansion Environmental Review and Management Programme for Alcoa of Australia
We provided environmental impact assessment and preparation of ERMP for Alcoa’s Wagerup Refinery Unit Three Expansion, Western Australia.
The Sarulla Project
Ramboll Environ is engaged as Lenders’ IESC for the world’s largest ‘greenfield’ geothermal power generation project of approximately 320 MW net output in Sumatra Province, Indonesia. A key Lender was National Australia Bank, and applicable lender standards include the Asian Development Bank Safeguard Policy Statement, Japanese Bank for International Cooperation Guidelines for Confirmation of Environmental and Social Considerations, the Equator Principles and the IFC Performance Standards.
Oyu Tolgoi Mine Project, Mongolia
Ramboll was contracted to provide a variety of services associated with the development of an ESIA of a world-class copper and gold mining project in Mongolia. We rel="noopener noreferrer" provided assistance in upgrading an existing draft ESIA to satisfy the requirements of international lenders, including the Equator Principles, IFC Performance Standards and the Performance Requirements of the EBRD. EFIC, the Australian Export Credit Agency is a lender to the project.
Lynas Advanced Materials Plant
Ramboll rel="noopener noreferrer" conducted an Equator Principles Gap Analysis for a lanthanides (rare earths) processing plant in Malaysia for the Australian project developer Lynas Corporation. The lanthanides ore is extracted from a mine in Western Australia and imported to Malaysia for processing. We have also worked on the EIA and the monitoring and management plan, which was subsequently reviewed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the request of the Malaysian rel="noopener noreferrer" government as part of its public consultation.
Yamal LNG Project
Ramboll participated in all aspects of the ESIA and environmental and social management process (ESMP/ESMS) to comply with international standards and good practice requirements for the Yamal LNG project within the Arctic Circle. The project comprises the construction of a large scale integrated LNG complex for the liquefaction of natural gas and the production of gas condensate as well as offloading and export facilities. The ESIA includes the assessment of impact on and engagement with indigenous communities.