More GAS needed – New Report

The latest expert report shows there’s a need for more gas supply across Australia.

The Gas Price Trends Review 2017 shows that Queensland had the lowest wholesale gas prices in Australia last year, but more gas is needed to drive down prices.

Gas Price Trends
The report released today shows prices for Queensland industrial customers fell 11 per cent from 2015 to 2017, while prices rose in most other states.

Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Minister Anthony Lynham says it’s time the Federal Government and other states stepped up.

He says the Queensland trend is a positive for industrial gas users, including manufacturers, but more supply was needed.

“Queensland has been doing the heavy lifting on boosting gas supply since 2016. Gas is a feedstock as well as an energy supply, and those costs impact on employers’ ability to create jobs.”

“We have Jemena’s $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline bringing Northern Territory gas to Mount Isa, and potentially to the east coast market. Tenders are being assessed for almost 400 square kilometres of highly prospective land in the Surat and Bowen Basin, restricted to supply the Australian market.”

“Senex is already at work preparing to produce gas for the Australian domestic market on the 58 square kilometres of coal seam gas acreage near Miles in the Surat Basin.”

THE Minister says while Queensland continues with these releases, it’s time for the Turnbull government to take some of the expert advice.

“Invest in some infrastructure and encourage gas exploration and
development.”

The report, prepared for the COAG Energy Council, says:
• the average gas price delivered to Brisbane/South East Queensland large industrial customers was $9.69/GJ , compared to the east coast average of $10.08/GJ
• “price drivers are heavily related to the supply of gas” – p28
• more exploration for domestic gas supply would help cut gas costs and curb future rises (p29)
• “new transmission pipelines that may haul gas at lower costs (e.g. Wallumbilla to Sydney)” would also help reduce costs. (p29)