28 Mar 2024

Media Release: Strong exports show why Future Gas Strategy must include LNG opportunity

The critical importance of Australia’s gas exports has been highlighted, with a new report showing tens of billions of dollars of economic benefits flowing for Australians.

Australian Energy Producers today said the latest Resources and Energy Quarterly showed the Australia Government should not miss the opportunity of continuing to be a leading gas supplier in the Asia-Pacific when it finalises its Future Gas Strategy.

Australian Energy Producers Chief Executive Samantha McCulloch said LNG was still delivering substantial benefits, despite resources returns broadly declining after the recent peak of the cycle.

LNG exports hit a record $92 billion last financial year, helping deliver over $16 billion of taxation to governments while the industry spent another $45 billion directly with Australian businesses.

In today’s report, REQ found LNG exports were forecast to total $72 billion this financial year.

Ms McCulloch said: “Australia’s oil and gas industry is committed to ensuring that our LNG exports deliver substantial returns to Australia while underpinning our domestic energy security.

“Our exports help governments build hospitals and schools and fund policies such as cost-of-living relief.”

REQ noted there may be pressure on production in future because gas exploration was low for the past five years – with a risk the current pipeline of gas projects becomes insufficient.

“The Future Gas Strategy must recognise the critical roles of Australian gas in the decades to come –both domestically and in our region,” Ms McCulloch said.

“New gas supply is critical for domestic and international markets where our valued customers rely on our energy and help support thousands of jobs and pay for public services and infrastructure in Australia.

“Export returns like these show Australia must secure the opportunity of LNG, with Southeast Asia alone expected to increase LNG demand by a factor of 10 by 2050 under some IEA scenarios.

“Our exports also have the potential to reduce emissions by up to 166 million tones of carbon dioxide annually by helping importing nations switch away from higher-emitting fuels such as coal.”

According to a recent EY study, The future role of natural gas in Australia and the region, Australia will need substantial gas production in 2050 under all net zero scenarios – with as much as 130 percent of today’s output needed depending on the rate of renewables roll-out.

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