Skip to main content
  • The Legislative Assembly meets on 04/12/2020 (02:00 PM)
    Assembly sit 04/12/2020

Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1312 asked in the Legislative Council on 5 December 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon B.S. Wyatt
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 5 December 2018


1312. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing Minister for Energy:

I refer to gas contracts on Maitland Industrial Estate.

(1) What is the length of the contracts for the provision of gas supplied out of Karratha from Maitland Industrial Estate?

(2) Will fracked gas from the Canning Basin be allowed to compete in the market with the gas supplied out of Karratha from Maitland Industrial Estate?

(3) If yes to (2), how will it be allowed to compete?

(4) If yes to (2), will it impact any long-term contracts; and, if so, how?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. I think the question was redirected, honourable member, because it says ''to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade''. I will read the answer.

The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation advises the following.

(1)–(4) One private company supplies gas from Maitland Industrial Estate to Horizon Power's West Kimberley Power Project, including power stations in Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek. The duration of these gas supply contracts are commercial-in-confidence. This domestic LNG plant has a capacity of eight terajoules a day. This is less than one per cent of the state's domestic gas market of approximately 1 110 terajoules a day. Supplying domestic gas from fracking operations in the Canning Basin will require significant private investment to develop the infrastructure required to bring gas to market. There is currently no liquefaction facility or gas project under development in the Canning Basin.