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Gas power shortage sees Australia face blackout threat

March 14, 2017

By Paul Homewood



A shortage of gas-fired power generation and gas supply has seen the Australian gas market operator issue a blackout warning.
The country faces a gas crunch from 2019, as a string of outages and electricity price spikes in
Australia‘s eastern states over the past year highlighted the need for gas-fired generation to shore up power supplies.

Mike Cleary
"We’re going to see security of both systems, gas and electricity, become more challenging," Mike Cleary, chief operating officer of the Australian

Energy Market Operator (AEMO), told Reuters.

Reuters reports that according to the AEMO annual gas outlook, more gas power plants will be needed as they can raise and lower output more quickly than coal-fired plants as a back-up for intermittent wind and solar.
The need has become more acute after three new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plants opened in the northeast, tripling gas demand and drawing supply out of the domestic market

  1. AlecM permalink
    March 14, 2017 12:28 pm

    Ha ha ha ha ha………………

  2. March 14, 2017 12:38 pm

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    The most wonderous part of green Kool-aid saturated SA Premier Jay Weatherill’s “emergency energy package” was that of the total $550 Million spend, $350M has been earmarked for…..gas.

    Fossil fuels to the rescue!

    Talk about market (blackout) forces. A $billion or four later.


  3. Malcolm Bell permalink
    March 14, 2017 12:53 pm

    Perverse really when you remember that Australia is one of the world’s largest suppliers of coal for coal fired power stations, mainly to India and China but to the UK too! It is one of Australia’s main sources of income.

    So they increase CO2 in client cointries but cut off their own noses to reduce it at home. Or have I missed something?

  4. March 14, 2017 1:40 pm

    Gas supply problems, one contributory factor must be the closure of the coal-fired power stations, which continues to drive up wholesale prices:

  5. March 14, 2017 2:10 pm

    ‘tripling gas demand and drawing supply out of the domestic market’

    They’re short of gas because they’re exporting too much gas? Bizarre.

  6. March 14, 2017 3:00 pm

    Really, you couldn’t make it up. Politicians always manage to surprise us with ever more stupidity piled on top of previous stupidity.

  7. March 14, 2017 3:21 pm

    Joe Public March 14, 2017 Over on the other thread
    SA to spend $500m on Australia’s largest battery storage and gas-fired power plant – as it happened
    Sanity prevails, those Aussies realise they need some dependable & spinning generation.”

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      March 14, 2017 6:56 pm

      It is an OCGT which will generate at times of higher demand, assuming it is built before it is needed (i.e. 6 months ago), assuming that it is has enough gas available to run, and assuming that it is in condition to run at that time.
      In practice the announcement is rubbish but designed to look good, esp. to the gullibles at the Guardian, deflect calls for the State government to fix the problem they created, and create the impression that the whole fiasco was the fault of the existing generators for not running at a loss.
      The State hasn’t got $500 million**, nor the $550 million the (vague) figures add up to, nor the final amount which from experience is likely to blow out to $750 million as it enriches various purveyors of batteries by the time the next election comes on March 17, 2018.

      ** The State is $13 billion in debt and has the highest level of unemployment, it has the lowest growth rate (if any) and businesses are shutting down every week to move interstate. But the ‘good news’ is that the new Adelaide hospital will open shortly, about 2 years too late, so over budget that it is the second most expensive building in the World, and very likely to face ‘teething problems’.

  8. Athelstan permalink
    March 14, 2017 4:50 pm

    I weep for Australia but by God it’s been coming. Political stupidity only: begets failure and strife.

    We are not so far down the line – just yet mind.

    Plus that, it also makes me weep tears of frustration – at the sheer effin idiocy of “it” – UK energy policy and the wankerati who swallowed the green agenda but who made others pay for their insanity – the great green scam.

  9. March 14, 2017 5:16 pm

    No worries mate, Elon Musk is going to solve the problem by supplying 4 x AA batteries at a cost of $1trillion.

    • Athelstan permalink
      March 14, 2017 6:41 pm


      If you didn’t laugh………………….

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      March 15, 2017 9:20 am

      This all electric car advert still makes me smile

  10. bea permalink
    March 14, 2017 6:09 pm

    “…more challenging…”

    ‘Cos the loaded gun I stuck in my waistband just went off.”

  11. AndyG55 permalink
    March 14, 2017 8:12 pm

    Just build a couple of HELE coal power stations and fix the problem. !

    No new base load infrastructure for a long long time.. no wonder the supply system is struggling !!

  12. March 14, 2017 8:26 pm

    The effrontery of Weatherill is staggering. Totally wasted millions on wind and solar, closed down coal and then crippled gas. Now the rest of Australia pays for it.
    As an aside just a quick word to the gas exporters that if we get short of gas we will tax the ass off of gas exports so the gas producers can pay for the fix. Domestic prices would fall immediately that proposition was put to the gas exporters.

  13. johnrmcd permalink
    March 16, 2017 12:33 pm

    The Sydney TELEGRAPH had a front page last week with the headline: “Send In The Clowns”, and a picture of most of the significant politicians, all in clown face.

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