LNG to drive Australia’s economic recovery


A new report suggests a fast-growing natural gas industry in Australia will be enough to offset the fall in oil production and aid the nation’s economic revival.

The global financial crisis has caused a major fall in oil prices in Australia and this, combined with five years of rapid increases in industry costs, has squeezed margins and industry profitability, therefore reducing oil and gas demand.

A new report, put together by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), suggests liquefied natural gas (LNG) could drastically improve the situation, and states a target LNG production capacity of at least 50m tpy has been set for the decade leading up to 2017 – a huge leap from the 2008 figure of 20m tpy.

In order to meet this target, the report claims a further 26 mtpa of capacity will need to be constructed and commissioned by 2017.

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