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IEEFA update: Australia’s gas-led recovery is flogging a dead horse

With LNG worse for the climate than coal, Australia must adjust to our export markets shrinking

With polluting emissions from LNG 13% higher than gas, and Australia’s primary export destinations targeting net zero emissions and therefore less dirty LNG, Australia’s gas-led recovery is looking increasingly like the Australian government is ‘flogging a dead horse’. Australia’s core export markets for LNG, coal and iron ore – Japan, South Korea and China – […]

November 3, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA Australia: Gas and electricity prices will rise if Narrabri gas fields approved

IEEFA Australia: Gas and electricity prices will rise if Narrabri gas fields approved

29 September 2020 (IEEFA): Australian gas consumers will likely see higher, rather than lower gas prices if Santos’ Narrabri gas fields are approved due to the distance the gas must travel to reach consumers on infrastructure that will need to be built. Gas/LNG financial analyst Bruce Robertson concludes the proposed Narrabri gas fields are uneconomic […]

IEEFA Australia: The state of NSW should not sponsor a loss-making, wealth destroying industry

IEEFA Australia: The state of NSW should not sponsor a loss-making, wealth destroying industry

The Narrabri gas project must be rejected

26 August 2020 (IEEFA Australia): The NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC) will have no other avenue but to reject the proposed coal seam gas project in Narrabri, New South Wales after assessing the clear and unequivocal evidence surrounding the many economic and environmental, social and governance issues related to the proposal, notes the Institute for […]

IEEFA Australia: Auditors take note – Santos’ accounts misleading since 2014

Oil price assumptions contained in the annual accounts have been consistently over optimistic

The oil price assumptions on which Australia’s second-largest independent oil and gas producer Santos bases its accounts have been overly optimistic every year since 2014, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) In IEEFA’s opinion, Santos’ latest accounts to be voted upon on 3 April 2020 and […]

IEEFA: Volkswagen lied about emissions from their vehicles, and the gas industry is also lying about their emissions

5 March 2020 (IEEFA Australia): The gas industry is misleading government, investors, customers and the broader population about the amount of carbon dioxide and methane emissions being released during production, supply and distribution of both conventional or ‘natural’ gas and its product for export – liquefied natural gas (LNG), finds a new report out today […]

IEEFA update: Santos loses $7 billion in write-offs in 5 years

IEEFA update: Santos loses $7 billion in write-offs in 5 years

Government backs a losing company, and a losing industry

19 February 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Australian energy company Santos which owns the yet to approved government-backed Narrabri gas fields in New South Wales has suffered $6.9 billion in write-offs on Australian coal seam gas (CSG), shale gas and its ill-fated CSG to LNG project at Gladstone in just five years and a further $58 million […]

Briefing note: The Narrabri Coal Seam Gas Project

Briefing note: The Narrabri Coal Seam Gas Project

Briefing note: The Narrabri Coal Seam Gas Project (pdf) By Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia

December 9, 2014 Read More →
Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition, and risk

Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition, and risk

Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition, and risk (pdf) By Tim Buckley,  Director of Energy Resource Studies, Australasia, IEEFA

April 18, 2014 Read More →

More News and Commentary

IEEFA Australia: Narrabri gas project’s lack of social licence will make pipeline approval problematic

IEEFA Australia: Narrabri gas project’s lack of social licence will make pipeline approval problematic

Embedding gas infrastructure for the next 30 years remains a poor investment decision

Santos’ controversial Narrabri gas project in northern New South Wales received final federal government approval yesterday, despite a record number of objections to the project. In investment there are three factors bankers and investors assess before making an investment. They look at environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and this project clearly fails the social […]

November 25, 2020 Read More →

IEEFA update: Australia’s gas-led recovery is flogging a dead horse

With LNG worse for the climate than coal, Australia must adjust to our export markets shrinking

With polluting emissions from LNG 13% higher than gas, and Australia’s primary export destinations targeting net zero emissions and therefore less dirty LNG, Australia’s gas-led recovery is looking increasingly like the Australian government is ‘flogging a dead horse’. Australia’s core export markets for LNG, coal and iron ore – Japan, South Korea and China – […]

November 3, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA Australia: As our export partners pull out, Origin and Inpex keep kicking the gas can down the road

IEEFA Australia: As our export partners pull out, Origin and Inpex keep kicking the gas can down the road

Japan will cease to be a major buyer of Northern Territory gas

Ask anyone in business what the first rule of thumb is and they’ll tell you straight: you have to listen to what your customers want. Simple, right? But that’s exactly what two of the biggest names in the Northern Territory gas industry, Origin and Inpex, are failing to do. They’re pushing to open up huge […]

October 28, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA Australia: Origin Energy is not facing the past nor the future

IEEFA Australia: Origin Energy is not facing the past nor the future

Origins AGM highlights the troubled past and uncertain future of Australia’s LNG industry

Origin Energy’s annual general meeting last week (20 October 2020) highlights the appalling share price performance of the Australian energy company over the last decade. Investors have lost 69% in shareholder value at a time when the market was rising. Well may Gordon Cairns, the outgoing chairman, lament that Origin’s share price does not reflect […]

October 26, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA Australia: Gas and electricity prices will rise if Narrabri gas fields approved
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IEEFA Australia: Gas and electricity prices will rise if Narrabri gas fields approved

29 September 2020 (IEEFA): Australian gas consumers will likely see higher, rather than lower gas prices if Santos’ Narrabri gas fields are approved due to the distance the gas must travel to reach consumers on infrastructure that will need to be built. Gas/LNG financial analyst Bruce Robertson concludes the proposed Narrabri gas fields are uneconomic […]

IEEFA podcast Australia: Why Gas?

The Australian government’s new gas announcements are flogging a dead horse

This podcast was produced by ABC Signal. Listen here. The Australian government is pitching gas as the economic and energy solution, but not everyone is on board. Last week Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave the energy sector an ultimatum: if the sector can’t come up with a plan for an extra 1000 megawatts of energy […]

September 22, 2020 Read More →

IEEFA op-ed: When investors won’t back gas, why should taxpayers?

Overproduction has led to higher prices and lower consumption in Australia

With their announcement this week of subsidies for a major new gas plant in the Hunter Valley, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Energy Minister Angus Taylor have made it clear: whatever the roadmap, there’s only one destination – gas. It is dressed up as a measure for job creation, cheaper gas for consumers and energy […]

September 16, 2020 Read More →

Leading investor group pushes major emitters to back net zero emissions goal

The Guardian: A group representing investors that collectively manage more than US$47 [trillion] in assets has demanded the world’s biggest corporate polluters back strategies to reach net-zero emissions and promised to hold them to public account. Climate Action 100+, an initiative supported by 518 institutional investor organisations across the globe, has written to 161 fossil […]

September 14, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA Australia: The state of NSW should not sponsor a loss-making, wealth destroying industry
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IEEFA Australia: The state of NSW should not sponsor a loss-making, wealth destroying industry

The Narrabri gas project must be rejected

26 August 2020 (IEEFA Australia): The NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC) will have no other avenue but to reject the proposed coal seam gas project in Narrabri, New South Wales after assessing the clear and unequivocal evidence surrounding the many economic and environmental, social and governance issues related to the proposal, notes the Institute for […]

IEEFA Energy Finance Conference 2020: Coal, LNG, petrochemical sectors face poor outlook and uphill battle for investors

Fossil fuel industries were becoming less financially attractive even before the global coronavirus pandemic

Three major fossil fuel-based industries—coal, liquefied natural gas, and plastics—were becoming less financially attractive even before the global coronavirus pandemic, according to experts who spoke during the second week of IEEFA’s 2020 Energy Finance Conference. The annual meeting of international energy, finance and policy experts, which was offered online this year because of COVID-related restrictions, […]

July 24, 2020 Read More →