Refineries, smelters again Labor’s fuel plan to curb hovering costs

In an e-mail to clients on Monday evening, Shell stated its onshore fuel enterprise QGC wouldn’t be accepting any new affords to produce the 50 petajoules of fuel it had been providing underneath the settlement because it assessed the influence of the Albanese authorities’s proposed reforms.

On Tuesday, Woodside, which provides about 20 per cent of east-coast fuel demand from the Gippsland Basin fuel operations it owns with ExxonMobil, confirmed it had suspended a gross sales course of for 50 petajoules of fuel in 2023 and 2024, which had attracted greater than 20 consumers, and paused different home advertising and marketing actions.

‘Sadly, the proposed market intervention will make it very tough for trade to economically make investments to extend provide.’

Woodside chief Meg O’Neill

Woodside chief govt Meg O’Neill referred to as on Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to rethink the proposed reforms completely.

“We have to unlock fuel provide now,” O’Neill stated. “Sadly, the proposed market intervention will make it very tough for trade to economically make investments to extend provide.”

Ongoing east-coast investments could be essential to making sure gas-fired mills might present the on-demand electrical energy to assist the rollout of renewable vitality and meet decarbonisation targets “with out the lights going out”, she stated.

The fuel trade is pushing again strongly in opposition to the federal government’s plan to set the $12 cap on uncontracted fuel subsequent yr, in addition to a controversial, longer-term proposal to repair the worth of gas-supply agreements from 2024 based mostly on the price of manufacturing plus a “cheap” revenue margin.


Shell is because of meet Assets Minister Madeleine King and the opposite LNG exporters – Origin’s APLNG and Santos’s GLNG – on Thursday and can focus on whether or not a landmark “heads of settlement” struck in September to spice up home provides subsequent yr nonetheless stands.

Though a clause within the deal allowed signatories to reopen negotiations within the occasion of a “materials change in circumstances”, King stated it was her expectation producers would uphold their commitments made in September.

Business Minister Ed Husic on Tuesday cautioned the businesses to “think about their steps very fastidiously”.

“These firms have made huge earnings when fuel costs have been method decrease, they usually can proceed to make earnings … however we now have a duty as a authorities for the broader neighborhood as effectively,” he instructed the ABC.

“There are broader Australian firms that want a fairer deal to allow them to make a revenue, they will safe jobs, and once more we’ll do what is true within the nationwide financial curiosity, and we might anticipate that others recognise that and act accordingly.”

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