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Time to focus on the tough issues in energy policy

Thu, 03 August 2017

The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association today called for the end to ad hoc decision-making in the energy sector following the introduction of new regulatory measures without appropriate consultation and scrutiny. APGA Chief Executive Peter Greenwood said the new measures, which came into effect on 1 August but which were not even made available until the afternoon of that day,…

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Pipelines an easy target amid policy vacuum

Fri, 14 July 2017

The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association is dismayed that Energy Ministers have brought forward reforms to pipeline operations and foreshadowed even more regulation in what is a small part of the energy sector without sufficient consideration of the consequences. Without the coherent national energy policy Australia so desperately needs, the gas transmission pipeline sector remains vulnerable to the ad hoc…

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Northern Gas Pipeline construction begins

Wed, 12 July 2017

The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association congratulates Jemena on reaching a major milestone in building the Northern Gas Pipeline with today’s official commencement of construction. APGA Chief Executive Peter Greenwood said the 622km pipeline linking the Northern Territory with Australia’s east coast gas transmission network would be a significant enhancement of Australia’s national energy infrastructure. “Jemena won the contract to…

Staff portrait, Australian Pipelines and Gas Association, Barton, ACT, 26th May, 2017, photo Geoff Comfort 02 6286 1688

Unilateral action increases uncertainty in energy markets

Wed, 21 June 2017

The Federal Government’s announcement that it will abolish a key mechanism for ensuring that judgments made by regulators are held up to independent scrutiny is a grave concern, the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association said today. Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull yesterday announced that his government would abolish the limited merits review which is the mechanism that enables judgments made by…

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Finkel report deserves deep consideration

Fri, 09 June 2017

The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association today welcomed the report from Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel and called for the blueprint to be given the deep and careful consideration it deserved. APGA Chief executive Peter Greenwood said the report, Blueprint for the Future: Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market, highlights the key role that…

Staff portrait, Australian Pipelines and Gas Association, Barton, ACT, 26th May, 2017, photo Geoff Comfort 02 6286 1688

Victoria’s gas policy seriously flawed

Wed, 07 June 2017

The Victorian Government’s push today for a temporary cap on gas exports and announcement that it wants to explore the possibility of building an LNG import facility demonstrate there is something seriously wrong with energy policy in that State, APGA Chief Executive Peter Greenwood said today. The Federal Government is already in the process of implementing a mechanism to restrict…

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CSG code of practice now available

Fri, 26 May 2017

A code of practice outlining the safety standards for design, installation and operation of polyethylene piping in the coal seam gas industry has today been made freely available. The APGA Code of Practice for Upstream PE Gathering Networks in the CSG Industry is a unique contribution to the safe performance of the gathering systems used in the coal seam gas…

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Budget gas measures welcome

Wed, 10 May 2017

The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association welcomes the measures announced in the 2017 Federal Budget to address gas supply and affordability. APGA Chief Executive Peter Greenwood said the Budget set out measure totalling $86.3 million over four years from 2017–18 to increase gas production and support affordable electricity prices for households and industry. “These measures recognise the critical need to…

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Increasing gas supply is the only real solution

Thu, 27 April 2017

APGA welcomes today’s announcement that the Federal Government will act to remove State and Territory restrictions on gas availability, but warned that further solutions will be required to ensure long-term supply. Chief Executive Peter Greenwood said the gas export controls to ensure adequate domestic supply announced today by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull must be restricted to the short term only….

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Time to focus on hard issues in gas supply

Fri, 21 April 2017

The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association today called for an end to the mud-slinging and myth-peddling that is distracting policy-makers from finding a resolution to the very real problem confronting the nation of a likely shortage of affordable gas in the future. An article in today’s Australian Financial Review adds to the confusion surrounding this important debate by repeating discredited…

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