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ACCC’s pipelines regulation fails to address gas supply issues

Fri, 22 April 2016

The ACCC East Coast Gas Inquiry final report shows there is no easy way for the domestic gas market to adjust to the development of three LNG export projects in Queensland, APGA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said. “Some of the recommendations of the report issued today demonstrate the ACCC’s inclination to regulate infrastructure even though that will do little to…

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World first in pipeline engineering competency standards

Thu, 21 April 2016

For the first time, Australia’s pipeline industry will be covered by a single engineering competency system that brings the onshore and offshore sectors together in what appears to be a world first. Once again, Australia has found an innovative solution to a large and complex problem that has stymied the industry both here and overseas, APGA President Shaun Reardon said…

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Natural gas is key to lower carbon emissions

Mon, 11 April 2016

A new report outlining a possible way to achieve emissions reduction is a welcome contribution to policy debate, the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) said today. APGA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said the emission intensity scheme proposed for the electricity generation sector in the Grattan Institute report, Climate phoenix: a sustainable Australian climate policy, was worthy of further consideration….

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Investment funds confused about emissions

Fri, 18 March 2016

Investment funds that are reportedly reducing their investment in gas transmission pipelines because of climate change concerns are misguided, the industry association said today. “Natural gas used directly has around a quarter of the carbon emissions of electricity taken from the grid today,” Australian Pipelines and Gas Association Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said. “To cut our emissions as soon as…

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Natural gas: unheralded, but efficient and clean says industry leader

Thu, 17 March 2016

Natural gas is less expensive per petajoule and is less carbon intensive than mains electricity, but a level playing field in government policy is needed so Australians can achieve benefits from using gas, Australian Gas Networks Chief Executive Officer Ben Wilson said today. Speaking at APGA’s Adelaide dinner, Mr Wilson said that for many years government policies had disadvantaged natural…

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Another warning on gas supply

Thu, 10 March 2016

Governments today received another warning that unless they quickly introduce policies to increase investment in natural gas, eastern Australia risks supply shortages in just a few years. The Gas Statement of Opportunities 2016, published by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), forecasts that proven and probable reserves of gas will begin to deplete in 2019. “AEMO says that unless reserves…

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Natural gas benefits should be more widely known

Thu, 10 March 2016

Natural gas costs households less than electricity for the same amount of energy, and its direct use in the home means fewer carbon emissions, APGA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said today. “It’s a great story, but a generally untold story,” Ms Cartwright said. “A further advantage of using natural gas is that it is transported in safe and reliable pipelines,…

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Supply should be focus of ACCC East Coast gas report

Wed, 09 March 2016

The gas transmission industry is concerned that Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chair Rod Sims has suggested there is ineffective regulation of gas transmission pipelines. At the Australian Domestic Gas Outlook Conference in Sydney today, Mr Sims said that the current National Gas Law provides insufficient constraint on potential pipeline monopoly power. “The existing regime has been highly effective…

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Safe, clean and low cost transmission for natural gas

Tue, 08 March 2016

Privately owned transmission infrastructure is delivering cleaner natural gas to households in Australia at less than half the cost of electricity, saving on emissions and on energy bills. APGA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said Australian households consume almost equal amounts of gas and electricity, but the cost of gas per energy unit (petajoule) is considerably lower. “This is partly due…

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Challenges to domestic natural gas supply must be overcome

Fri, 04 March 2016

APGA agrees with Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg that the challenges facing domestic natural gas supply must be overcome. The Gas Market Report 2015 issued today by the Office of the Chief Economist in the Department of Industry noted that while in theory there are sufficient reserves to supply both the domestic and export markets in eastern Australia for the…

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