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Question Without Notice No. 1474 asked in the Legislative Council on 28 November 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon M. McGowan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS — DEMAND

1474. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade:

I refer to the WAtoday article about Climate Analytics' report ''A 1.5�C Compatible Carbon Budget for Western Australia'', specifically comments by Professor Bill Hare that it is unwise and risky for the state government to rely on liquefied natural gas demand scenarios promoted by industry.

(1) Has the state government sought guidance on LNG demand scenarios outside of information provided by the LNG sector; and, if so, which organisations or individuals have been consulted?

(2) What guidance has the minister, or a representative of the minister, sought regarding the likelihood of a decline in the LNG market, particularly in Asia, as the Paris Agreement is implemented globally?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade.

(1) LNG demand scenarios are considered within government to inform analysis and advice on supply from current LNG projects in Western Australia, the prospects of future LNG projects in Western Australia and the associated domestic gas supply from these projects. Such analysis and advice takes into account forecasts of global LNG demand from a number of different organisations both inside and outside the LNG sector, in Australia and internationally, many of which are publicly available.

(2) The LNG demand forecasts referred to above take into account a range of factors, including commitments to reduce carbon emissions. The effect of these commitments on LNG demand will be different for individual countries.