The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER) has invited the public to have a say on two key measures under the commonwealth’s gas-fired recovery plan.
The government announced the plan in September, several months after leaked advice provided to the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission had called for Australia to create a globally competitive domestic gas market.
DISER has this week opened consultation on two key gas-fired recovery measures — the National Gas Infrastructure Plan (NGIP), and the Future Gas Infrastructure Investment Framework.
The government released an interim NGIP in May, which identified the priority infrastructure developments needed to alleviate forecast southern gas supply shortfalls in the near-term. The full NGIP — which is expected to be completed later this year — will consider broader gas supply and infrastructure needs out to 2040, DISER noted.
Earlier this year Sydney’s former sustainability commissioner Peter Newman told The Mandarin the interim NGIP was a ‘waste of money’.
Meanwhile, the Future Gas Infrastructure Investment Framework — which was also announced in May — will support the commonwealth’s consideration of medium to long-term critical gas projects identified by future NGIPs.
The framework will, according to the government, set out a process and provide certainty for industry on potential future project support; establish criteria for when government support for a gas infrastructure project could be provided; and set guidelines for establishing the types of support that would be available and the delivery of that support.
The public can have a say on both measures until August 2.
The government noted that it has planned to open separate consultation opportunities for other measures in the future, including for the development of Wallumbilla as Australia’s ‘gas hub’.