AEMO: WA gas supply sufficient until 2028

New analysis from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) said Western Australian gas supply and demand is expected to tighten up in 2027 and 2028.

Released this week, AEMO’s 2020 WA Gas Statement of Opportunities (GSOO) provides an assessment of the state’s gas market from 2021-2030, including an overview of gas infrastructure and issues within the industry.

The report predicted an annual decline of potential gas supply of 2.8 per cent through to 2030, in line with reserve depletion at existing production facilities and the delays on LNG projects like Browse and Scarborough.

AEMO Executive General Manager WA Cameron Parrotte said the continued uptake in renewables could cause gas-powered generation to decline at an average annual rate of 0.4 per cent, although overall gas demand would increase at an annual rate of 0.7 per cent due to the growth in minerals and mining processing.

“[Gas] supply is expected to exceed demand until 2026; however, we’re seeing the supply and demand balance tighten in 2027 and 2028, with potential that demand may exceed supply in the outer two years of the outlook period,” he said.

“The WA GSOO notes that there are options to alleviate the gap, including undeveloped gas fields not currently in the forecasts, that may be developed to serve the domestic gas market.”

Click here to read the full report.

For more information visit the AEMO website.

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