Householders’ bills tipped to soar as gas exports begin

Original article by Esther Han
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: 3 : 20-Oct-14

Tony Wood, director of the energy program at the Grattan Institute, says households along the eastern seaboard will pay as much as $A435 per annum more for gas, once feedstock is diverted to the emerging LNG exporting industry in Queensland. Wholesale prices are tipped to grow 100% to $A9 a gigajoule. Australian Council of Social Service CEO Cassandra Goldie warns that the increases will affect those users the most who have the lowest incomes. However Wood argues that job creation and other benefits mean governments should not intervene, and should instead compensate low-wage earners

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GRATTAN INSTITUTE, AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE, AUSTRALIAN WORKERS’ UNION-FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING EMPLOYEES, BIS SHRAPNEL PTY LTD, ENERGY AND WATER OMBUDSMAN (NSW) LIMITED

Cheap gas flows in as prices slump to record lows

Original article by Matt Chambers
The Australian – Page: 15 : 1-Sep-14

Origin Energy, Santos and others are building three major LNG processing plants for the export market, in the Gladstone region of Queensland. The projects are forecast to cause higher domestic gas prices as the supply is diverted offshore. However in late August 2014, gas prices for local users have actually declined. In Queensland they have fallen to as little as $A1 per gigajoule, compared with the usual range of $A3 to $A4. From 2015 on they are estimated to reach up to $A10

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ORIGIN ENERGY LIMITED – ASX ORG, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGK, AUSTRALIAN ENERGY REGULATOR, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED, QUEENSLAND CURTIS LNG PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA PACIFIC LNG LIMITED, GLADSTONE LNG PTY LTD

Strike threat to Qld $70b LNG debut

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 : 4-Aug-14

Three separate LNG exporting plant projects worth a combined $A70bn are being pursued in the Gladstone region of Queensland by consortia led respectively by Santos, Origin Energy and BG Group. The latter has made the most progress, but is now also likely to be the most affected by potential strikes as the Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union has applied for protected industrial action. Workers may down tools from 7 August 2014 over talks on a new enterprise bargaining agreement. They seek a "four weeks on, one week off" roster instead of the current "three weeks on, one week off’

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BG GROUP PLC, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, ORIGIN ENERGY LIMITED – ASX ORG, QUEENSLAND CURTIS LNG PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA PACIFIC LNG LIMITED, GLADSTONE LNG PTY LTD, CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MINING AND ENERGY UNION OF AUSTRALIA, BECHTEL PTY LTD, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED