Refinery rescue will cost $2.35bn

Original article by Ben Packham
The Australian – Page: 4 : 17-May-21

The federal government’s rescue package for the nation’s oil refineries was designed in consultation with Ampol and Viva Energy. The two companies will receive up to $2bn in direct taxpayer funding over the next decade. The variable payments system means that Ampol and Viva will receive greater taxpayer support during periods when their refineries’ margins are low. The government will also provide $302m for the refineries to shift to higher standards three years ahead of schedule. Australia’s two remaining oil refineries employ more than 1,200 people.

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AMPOL LIMITED – ALD, VIVA ENERGY GROUP LIMITED – ASX VEA

PM pushes jobs on road to net zero

Original article by Geoff Chambers, Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 21-Apr-21

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the federal government will adopt a ‘technology-first’ approach to reducing carbon emissions. He will reveal plans for the government to invest in four clean hydrogen hubs in regional Australia, as well as carbon capture and storage technology. These initiatives will cost some $540m, while Morrison says they will create 2,500 jobs. Morrison has also committed to ensuring that the government’s climate policies will not penalise industries that have high carbon emissions, such as mining and agriculture.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Diesel storage contracts up for grabs in fuel-security move

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 14 : 8-Jan-21

Oil refiners and fuel storage providers will be able to apply for grants of up to $33 million to build diesel storage facilities as part of the federal government’s fuel security package. Applications for the grants will open on 11 January and will close on 22 February, with companies that are likely to be interested in applying including Viva Energy, Ampol and ExxonMobil. The grants aim to support the construction of an additional 780 million litres of diesel storage.

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VIVA ENERGY GROUP LIMITED – ASX VEA, AMPOL LIMITED – ALD, EXXONMOBIL AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Gas intervention could backfire: Santos

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 17 : 16-Oct-20

Andrew Liveris, an adviser to the federal government, contends a gas price of $4 a kilojoule is an achievable target for the east coast market. However, gas producers believe such a target is not realistic, and Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher has told the annual Citi Annual Investment Conference that the $4 target is too ambitious. Gallagher says "meddling on price settings" by the federal government would put at risk new supply and investment, while he says that increasing gas supply will help to bring about lower prices.

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SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO

Future of refinery hangs in balance

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 15-Oct-20

Viva Energy’s Geelong refinery in Victoria has posted a loss of $30m for the September quarter, following a loss of nearly $50m in the first half of 2020. Viva will seek to boost cash flow at the refinery by reducing or deferring non-essential spending at the plant. The federal government’s $2.5 billion fuel security package may be crucial to the future of the refinery. Viva will provide an update on the outlook for the plant in December.

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VIVA ENERGY GROUP LIMITED – ASX VEA

Anthony Albanese vows to set new medium-term emissions reduction target

Original article by Katharine Murphy, Adam Morton
The Guardian Australia – Page: Online : 25-Jun-20

Labor leader Anthony Albanese has used a National Press Club speech to call for a bipartisan approach to energy policy. He has also indicated that Labor will set a new medium-term carbon emissions reduction target prior to the next federal election. Labor has a long-term target of achieving net zero emissions by 2050, and Albanese says the medium-term target will be based on scientific advice. Employers’ groups such as the Business Council of Australia have expressed support for Labor’s stance.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA

Energy key to recovery, says Rio

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 13 & 16 : 8-May-20

Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques has told the resources group’s Australian annual meeting that its local aluminium assets are "very well run" and high power costs is their main problem. He emphasised the need for a "viable and sustainable solution" to this problem; he added that high energy prices will also be a key issue for the federal government in restarting the domestic economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Jacques also said it now appears to be ‘business as usual’ in China, which is Australia’s key iron ore export market.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, PACIFIC ALUMINIUM PTY LTD

PM strikes $2b gas deal with NSW

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 31-Jan-20

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian will release details of a $2 billion energy deal on 31 January. Under the agreement, NSW must find an extra 70 petajoules of gas per year for the east coast market, in return for the federal government underwriting new non-coal power generation, constructing new interconnectors and making funding available for carbon emissions reduction projects. The most likely way in which the NSW government will make available the extra 70 petajoules of gas is by approving Santos’s Narrabri coal seam gas project.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, NEW SOUTH WALES. DEPT OF PREMIER AND CABINET, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO

No more carbon cuts, PM warned

Original article by Rosie Lewis
The Australian – Page: 1 & 5 : 16-Jan-20

Some Coalition MPs say that the federal government must not make significant changes to its carbon emission reduction targets in response to the bushfires crisis. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has indicated that the nation will exceed its 2030 target of reducing emissions by 26-28 per cent; he has also emphasised that a range of measures in response to climate change are needed, rather than simply reducing emissions. Former National Party leader Barnaby has called for the construction of nuclear power plants in Australia, as well as clean-coal power stations. Sources within the government have suggested that reviving the national energy guarantee policy is unlikely.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Power cut plan no long-term energy fix

Original article by Mark Ludlow
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 2 : 3-Jan-20

The Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (RERT) scheme is not the solution to Australia’s power supply problems during the summer months. This is according to Audrey Zibelman, the CEO of the Australian Energy Market Operator, which manages the RERT. Under the RERT, which costs power costumers as much as $40 million a summer, AEMO pays large power users to cut their production in an effort to avoid blackouts. The Energy Security Board is investigating a longer-term solution to the RERT as part of its 2025 market design review.

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AUSTRALIAN ENERGY MARKET OPERATOR LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. ENERGY SECURITY BOARD