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Prime Minister states the case for gas

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomed delegates from all over the world to the LNG 18 Conference in Perth yesterday. In the opening address, the Prime Minister said that slowing resource construction activity was “always going to happen” but pointed out that “the production phase will continue as long as the world needs energy and steel.” …

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomed delegates from all over the world to the LNG 18 Conference in Perth yesterday.

In the opening address, the Prime Minister said that slowing resource construction activity was “always going to happen” but pointed out that “the production phase will continue as long as the world needs energy and steel.”

Touching on topics from the jobs that the LNG boom created across Australia to the role the Trans Pacific Partnership will play in the global energy market, Mr Turnbull made sure to point out the important role gas has to play in a clean energy future.

“Gas, which can produce 50 per cent less emissions than a typical coal-fired power plant, has a pivotal role to play in delivering energy with lower carbon emissions, making it a key contributor to global carbon abatement. It is also critical fuel stock for peak energy demand,” said the Prime Minister.

“We need to support the transition to renewables by providing peaking power and fill the gap from intermittent renewables when the sun is not shining or the wind is not blowing.

“It is all part of our broader aim to ensure our energy security into the future.

“Gas is a critical part of the environmental agenda for the future to a cleaner, greener planet.”

Mr Turnbull also visited Chevron’s Gorgon Project on Barrow Island as well as the Karratha Gas Plant.

Also speaking at the conference opening, Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett suggested gas development on the east coast of Australia would be in a better place if the eastern states had a domestic gas reservation policy similar to Western Australia’s.

“Perhaps the environmental protests there would be more tempered if these projects also supplied gas to the local economy rather than being fully exported,” said Mr Barnett.

“In fact, public opposition has been exacerbated by the projects having to purchase additional gas to meet export contracts, thereby causing local supply shortages and higher domestic prices.

“The industry need supporters, not opponents.”

The LNG 18 Conference is currently underway in Perth until Friday 15 April.

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