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Why is Australia about to import LNG?

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15 October 2018

Why is Australia about to import LNG?

Report summary

Sending coal to Newcastle or LNG to Australia? As the country ramps up to become the largest LNG exporter, there are also four separate proposals for the construction of LNG import terminals. This apparent contradiction is being driven by a combination of volatile gas demand, pipeline constraints, declining conventional gas fields and competition for domestic gas from LNG exports. This all points to possible gas shortages where gas is consumed most: in the major east coast demand centres near Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Are LNG imports a realistic part of the solution to the issues facing Australia's east coast gas market?

Table of contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Market background
  • The role for LNG imports
  • Project review
  • How many terminals are needed?
  • Are LNG imports competitive?
  • Where will Australian LNG imports come from?
  • Conclusion
  • Further reading

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This report includes 3 images and tables including:

  • East coast supply-demand balance
  • Proposed Australian regas terminals
  • Delivered price range in Melbourne

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