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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: What Australia can learn from Texas’ embrace of clean energy

IEEFA: What Australia can learn from Texas’ embrace of clean energy

In the home of U.S. oil and gas, private investors are pouring money into renewables

19 October 2020 (IEEFA Australia): The Australian government’s plan for a gas-fired economic recovery from COVID-19 ignores the market’s clear preference for renewables over fossil fuels. That’s the conclusion of a new note from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) that argues Australia could learn from the experience of U.S. oil and […]

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’s gas industry was already failing before COVID-19

A gas-led recovery is a short-term recovery and only for the gas industry

4 June 2020 (IEEFA Australia) ‒ Instituting a structurally broken U.S. business model as Australia enters the first recession in 30 years will cause the country even more pain as lockdown eases, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), Gas Cannot Stimulate the Economy, Reduce Emissions, or Provide […]

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 →

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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: What Australia can learn from Texas’ embrace of clean energy
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IEEFA: What Australia can learn from Texas’ embrace of clean energy

In the home of U.S. oil and gas, private investors are pouring money into renewables

19 October 2020 (IEEFA Australia): The Australian government’s plan for a gas-fired economic recovery from COVID-19 ignores the market’s clear preference for renewables over fossil fuels. That’s the conclusion of a new note from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) that argues Australia could learn from the experience of U.S. oil and […]

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 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 →
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 update: Australia sponsors a failing gas industry

The story of the Narrabri gas project

The controversial Narrabri gas project for New South Wales, Australia enters the final stages of approval with over 400 people presenting to the Independent Planning Commission who will determine its fate. The project is the most hotly contested resource project in the history of the state with over 23,000 submissions, 98% of which objected to […]

IEEFA Australia: Renewables or gas – which will we choose?

It’s crunch time for the future of the north west of New South Wales, Australia. Will the region choose gas, or a renewable future? Jobs and investment are needed in the North West now, not in a decade’s time. Let’s look at what’s on the table. We’ve just seen the New South Wales government announce […]

Santos takes A$1.13 billion writedown as pandemic oil and gas crisis hits

Australian Financial Review: Write-downs by Santos of up to $US800 million (A$1.13 billion) have axed $US7 billion of asset value from ASX-listed oil and gas producers in nine days, underlining the heavy toll the COVID-19 pandemic is taking on one of the country’s biggest export industries. The damage includes a fourth impairment on the value […]

July 21, 2020 Read More →

IEEFA Update: The markets won’t respond to Australia’s proposed “gas-fired recovery”

The NCCC’s gas-based agenda is bound for failure

Australia’s National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) has outlined its plans for a gas-fired recovery in a leaked report. Essentially it is looking to lower the domestic price of gas to $4/gigajoule by following the U.S. model of gas production and build a gas intensive manufacturing base off the back of this cheap resource. There are […]