Jemena touts gas-led recovery

The APGA Interview series returned yesterday with CEO Steve Davies speaking to Jemena General Manager Major Projects Jonathan Spink.

With face-to-face events put on hold due to COVID-19, APGA has been running its new webinar series over Zoom, where Mr Davies discusses pipeline and gas matters with prominent industry figures.

In yesterday’s edition, Mr Spink spoke about the Federal Government’s push for natural gas to lead Australia’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, indicating Jemena would continue to be involved in many major projects.

“The gas-led recovery that the [Federal Government] is talking about is huge for all of us,” he said.

“I think next year we’re going to see a lot more of the [gas] developments start to move and we’re certainly forecasting a pretty big order book over the next few years.”

Mr Spink said import terminals, new pipelines and the development of the Beetaloo Basin were among the new gas projects currently being progressed around the country, but said government support was important to help push out new infrastructure.

“Gas is important because it plays a transition role, but the other reason why gas is really important is because of the economy it stimulates with it, and the fact that we’ve got so much of it here in Australia,” he said.

“Being a bit more self-reliant, having lots of jobs, lots of contracts, lots of work for local people – that’s the ambition of what we need to get to.

“Having the government do these blanket moratoriums and bans on gas when the science doesn’t support that goes against that narrative.

“We need government to help us. They need to stop saying gas is bad and go along with the science and work with us.”

APGA plans to continue its webinar series into the future, with more interviews to be announced in due course.

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