Gas

14 Nov Gas Market Update

Domestic gas prices have increased again as Queensland continues to export most domestic gas overseas in the form of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Outages in early 2018 had limited output from the LNG facilities, however all trains are now available. The increase in total gas extracted on the East Coast of Australia is the largest contributor to the increase in gas prices. Before LNG demand, domestic gas could be extracted from cheap resources. However, as more gas is extracted from Roma, Queensland, the price of extraction has increased, which is then passed onto consumers. With the ability to sell gas overseas, producers are also looking to obtain a similar price domestically...

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31 Aug CleanCo moving ahead

In a media statement released 30 August, the Queensland Government confirmed their intention to establish CleanCo, Queensland’s third publicly owned electricity generator. CleanCo will have a strategic portfolio of low and no emission power generations assets, and will build, own and operate new renewable generation. It is understood that CleanCo will take control of assets including Wivenhoe, Barron Gorge and Kareeya hydro power stations and the Swanbank E gas power station, courtesy of a restructure of the two current publicly-owned electricity generators – CS Energy and Stanwell Corporation. CleanCo is expected to be trading by mid-2019....

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05 Jul Gas Market Update

Domestic gas prices on the east coast of Australia have been through a huge transitional period as a result of the introduction of the LNG export market from Curtis Island. Whilst there have been a broad range of changes, one of the key factors increasingly influencing price that domestic consumers pay is the price of oil. Domestic contracts are now being offered at oil linked pricing which effectively means that if the price of oil increases so will the price of your gas (and vice versa). For large gas producers this is nothing new as hedging commodity prices is part of their core business. For consumers however this may be...

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21 May Edge attends Gas Energy Australia 2018 National Forum

Edge attended the Gas Energy Australia 2018 National Forum held at the Gold Coast on 17 and 18 May 2018. There were a number of prominent speakers at the forum including Senator Canavan, the Commonwealth Minister for Resources and Northern Australia; Tony Wood, Energy Policy Director at the Grattan Institute as well as Ian Macfarlane from the Queensland Resources Council. Senator Canavan highlighted the improvement in the gas prices during the first four months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. He attributed part of the 24% reduction in prices at the Wallumbilla gas hub to the conversations the Federal Government had with key gas producers last year and the...

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21 May Edge presents firming options at the Gas Energy Australia 2018 National Forum

Edge presented at the Gas Energy Australia 2018 National Forum which was held on the Gold Coast on 17 and 18 May 2018. The presentation was aimed at showing the opportunities the changes in the current electricity market held for gas producers. As the electricity market continues to adopt more renewable energy, there is an opportunity to firm this energy by supplying power when the relevant renewable source is not operating. With an increasing demand for firmed renewable products this is a perfect time for gas producers to consider power generation in support of the renewable industry. It is possible to partner up and deliver the types of products that consumers...

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17 Apr Northern Territory Government lifts moratorium on fracking

The Chief Minister of the Northern Terriroty (NT) Michael Gunner has announced that the 135 recommendations made in the recent inquiry into fracking in the NT would be implemented, allowing on-shore fracking to take place in the territory. The 135 recommendations made in the inquiry mitigate the risks associated with onshore gas development to acceptable levels, and in some cases claim to eliminate the risks completely. New gas developments will require environmental management plans which will be assessed by the NT Environment Protection Authority and signed off by the environment minister. There will also be area’s where fracking will not be allowed. These include indigenous protected areas, special environmental areas, cultural and...

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29 Mar Nearly 30 million certificates to be surrendered to meet small scale renewable energy scheme obligations

The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) announced earlier today, the 2018 small-scale technology percentage (STP) as 17.08%. This means that liable entities (mainly electricity retailers) are required to surrender to the CER approximately 29.3 million STCs to meet their small scale renewable energy scheme obligations for 2018. This figure is derived by adding 7.2 million STCs to the estimated 22.1 million supply of STCs in 2018 (see below for how this is determined). The 7.2 million STC adjustment is the difference between previous years’ STC creations and the actual number of STCs surrendered in those years. Last year the STP was 7.01%, therefore this year is an increase of 10.07%. The uplift...

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28 Mar Northern Territory Hydraulic Fracturing

  After 15 months, 151 public hearings, 31 community updates and 1,257 submissions, Justice Rachel Pepper has presented the independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore Unconventional Reservoirs to the Northern Territory Government. The inquiry makes 135 recommendations which mitigate the risks associated with onshore shale gas development to acceptable levels, and in some cases, eliminate the risks completely. The report clearly states that it is necessary for all the recommendations to be actioned in order for the risks to be reduced to acceptable levels. The final report builds on the recommendations made in the Draft Final Report by including: an implementation Chapter, which states clearly that all of the recommendations...

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07 Mar Gas Market Update

ACCC GAS INQUIRY – INTERIM REPORT The ACCC released the second interim report into gas supply arrangements in December 2017. In the initial report (released September 2017) it was reported that there would be shortages in gas supply available to east coast consumers in 2018. The report found that buyers of gas were receiving offers from a reduced number of suppliers and that prices offered were above the ACCC’s benchmark prices. It was also noted in the report the lack of participation from the QLD LNG producers in the domestic market. This reported lack of participation from the LNG producers prompted the Federal Government to act. The result was the creation...

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10 Nov Delays to Northern Territory Hydraulic Fracturing Final Report

The Northern Territory Government announced on 7th November that the Final Report for the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory (Inquiry) will not be published until March 2018.  This has been caused by delays in community consultation activities that have set back the release of the draft Final Report to mid-December. The Federal Government continues to put pressure on the States to lift their moratoriums on fracking, and this may very well be a set-back to the Government’s plan to free up more gas for the domestic market in the short to medium term.  The delay in releasing this report will make it virtually impossible for any significant...

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