Senators demand gas surplus for tax cuts

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith, Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 27-Jun-19

Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick has presented the federal government with a number of policy demands in return for supporting its income tax cuts package. Amongst other things, Patrick wants the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism to be strengthened to ensure that the east coast has a surplus of gas. At present, the ADGSM only requires that there is no shortfall of gas in the domestic market. The tax package is scheduled to be debated in the Senate on 4 July.

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CENTRE ALLIANCE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE, ORICA LIMITED – ASX ORI, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, ONE NATION PARTY, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

Gas price cut needed to save Gibson Island

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 14 & 18 : 21-May-19

Incitec Pivot has posted a 2018-19 underlying net profit of $41.9m, compared with $147.1m previously. The company has warned that its fertiliser plant at Gibson Island in Queensland will close by the end of 2019 unless action is taken to address the issue of high gas prices. CEO Jeanne Johns says it will not be viable to keep the plant open until 2022 unless gas prices fall. She has declined to comment on whether the federal government should use the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism to restrict gas export volumes in 2019 and 2020.

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INCITEC PIVOT LIMITED – ASX IPL, ENERGYQUEST PTY LTD

Gas shortage to hit within three years

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 19 & 22 : 27-Feb-19

EnergyQuest has forecast that states on the east coast of Australia will experience a shortage of gas by 2022, and they will have insufficient gas to meet peak demand by 2026. The consultancy has also warned that while Queensland will be able to increase supply to the east coast in the near-term, the state’s own production will begin to decline from 2025. EnergyQuest CEO Graeme Bethune says the expected shortfall means importing LNG is likely to be the best option. The looming gas shortage is also forecast to result in gas prices remaining high over the long-term.

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ENERGYQUEST PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, AUSTRALIAN ENERGY MARKET OPERATOR LIMITED, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED

Gas prices are resilient to LNG softness

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 12-Feb-19

Cooper Energy is seeking to market around 21 petajoules of gas in 2019-20, while its $355 million Sole gas project off the coast of Victoria is nearing completion. CEO David Cooper says talk of gas prices of between $13 and $15 per gigajoule has eased due to the weaker LNG export market, but buyers are still seeking to buy gas at prices between $9 and $11 per gigajoule. He says Cooper Energy does not tell users what they must pay.

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COOPER ENERGY LIMITED – ASX COE, O-I AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, SENEX ENERGY LIMITED – ASX SXY

Gas prices send Remapak to the wall

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 : 21-Jan-19

Soaring gas prices have led to polystyrene coffee cup maker Remapak placing itself in administration. Remapak general manager Adam Hope noted that its gas costs had risen by around 400 per cent over the last three years, and that it was spending as much as $120,000 every fortnight on gas. The Sydney-based Remapak has been making foam products for over 40 years, with as many as 60 jobs at risk because of its collapse. Weston Energy MD Garbis Simonian says there will be more business collapses in the future if east coast gas prices are not pushed down to more affordable levels.

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REMAPAK PTY LTD, WESTON ENERGY, WORRELLS SOLVENCY AND FORENSIC ACCOUNTANTS, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY, INCITEC PIVOT LIMITED – ASX IPL

Record LNG exports, but prices falling

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 13 : 9-Jan-19

The Gladstone LNG, Australia Pacific LNG and Queensland Curtis LNG projects’ export volumes rose to a record 5.4 million tonnes during the December quarter. Queensland Resources Council CEO Ian Macfarlane says the oil and gas industry contributed $8.2bn to the economy in 2017-18. Meanwhile, Saul Kavonic of Credit Suisse says declining gas production in Bass Strait has been the key contributor to rising gas prices on the east coast, and that prices would have risen much more if the three Queensland LNG projects did not sell gas into the domestic market.

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GLADSTONE LNG PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA PACIFIC LNG LIMITED, QUEENSLAND CURTIS LNG PTY LTD, QUEENSLAND RESOURCES COUNCIL LIMITED, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, ORIGIN ENERGY LIMITED – ASX ORG, CONOCOPHILLIPS, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, ENERGYAUSTRALIA PTY LTD, WOOD MACKENZIE

Woodside boss rejects west-east gas pipeline

Original article by David Swan
The Australian – Page: 22 : 14-Nov-18

The economic viability of a gas pipeline linking Australia’s east and west coasts has been questioned by Woodside Petroleum CEO Peter Coleman. He argues that a "virtual pipeline" linked to LNG import terminals would be a more sensible solution to the east coast gas crisis than the construction of a west-east pipeline, which would cost around $5bn. Coleman has also advocated an increase in Australia’s hydrogen exports.

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WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, THE MELBOURNE MINING CLUB

Big gas buyers welcome Labor’s tough new stick on LNG exports

Original article by Mark Ludlow, Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 4-Sep-18

Opposition leader Bill Shorten said on 3 September that Labor would introduce a permanent gas export control trigger if it wins the next election. He said the trigger would be used if gas prices were getting too high, rather than just when shortages were being predicted. Saul Kavonic from Credit Suisse says such controls are a "blunt and ineffective tool" in terms of lowering gas prices, although Energy Users Association of Australia head Andrew Richards said Labor’s federal gas plan was "worth serious consideration".

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED, ENERGY USERS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY, AUSTRALIAN PETROLEUM PRODUCTION AND EXPLORATION ASSOCIATION LIMITED, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION

Gas cost killing industry, Dow says

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 17 & 28 : 14-Aug-18

Dow Chemical’s Australian head Louis Vega has urged support for the National Energy Guarantee, while calling on states and territories to allow new gas developments. He hopes both initiatives will put downward pressure on gas prices, warning that some heavy industries may have to shut down if gas prices remain high. Tomago Aluminium, which is the biggest user of energy in Australia, says the life of the nation’s coal-fired power plants need to be extended to help maintain the stability of the national grid.

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DOW CHEMICAL AUSTRALIA LIMITED, TOMAGO ALUMINIUM COMPANY PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

Imports the only cure for gas headache

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 : 25-Jul-18

Mark Samter of MST Marquee says industrial gas users on Australia’s east coast should support plans to build LNG import terminals, as gas prices will keep rising. Samter has downplayed a recent report from the Australian Energy Market Operator which suggested that the gas crisis on the east coast is likely to ease due to higher production in coming years. He argues that gas prices are unlikely to fall without the proposed import terminals.

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MST MARQUEE, AUSTRALIAN ENERGY MARKET OPERATOR LIMITED, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED