Australia

Australian company launches VLSFO in compliance with IMO 2020

Viva Energy Australia is now in line with IMO’s regulation on sulphur fuel oil, as it launched its new very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), after successful trials by customers which will be available in Melbourne and Geelong from October 2019.

Australia the third largest fossil fuel exporter, report finds

The climate impact of Australia’s fossil fuel exports ranks behind only Russia and Saudi Arabia exports in terms of global emissions, a major new report from the Australia Institute Climate & Energy Program explains. The new research also concludes that in absolute terms Australia is the world’s fifth largest miner of fossil fuels.

Australia seeks to buy emergency oil supplies from the US

In a bid to boost Australia’s alarmingly low domestic fuel stocks, the Australian government is negotiating with the Trump administration to buy millions of barrels of oil from the US’ tightly guarded fuel reserve. This follows a report by MUA raising concerns on the country’s extremely low liquid fuel reserves. 

Australia launches pilot hydrogen project at Port Hastings

Construction has begun on liquefaction facilities linked to the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) project at Port Hastings in Victoria, which will look at the feasibility of turning brown coal from the Latrobe Valley into hydrogen, which would then be liquefied and exported to Japan. The project has the potential to create $2 billion in exports for Australia.

China on path to become world’s top LNG importer

According to a Banchero Costa report, China is on the path of surpassing Japan this year as the world’s top importer of LNG. In 2018, China retained its position as the second largest importer, globally, of the commodity after Japan, surpassing South Korea in 2017. 

Construction contract awarded for Port Kembla LNG terminal

Australian Industrial Energy announced it has granted the contract for construction of its Port Kembla Gas Terminal’s wharf and pipeline to the SCSB joint venture. The construction of the new wharf facilities and pipeline could see subcontracts worth about $76 million awarded to businesses in the Illawarra.

AIE finds foundation customer for Port Kembla gas terminal

Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) has reached a preliminary agreement with EnergyAustralia to supply 15PJs of natural gas per annum from its Port Kembla gas terminal (PKGT). Beginning on 1 January 2021, the five-year contract will provide gas for EnergyAustralia as well as for electricity.

NSW government gives the nod for first gas terminal

Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Government announced it has awarded Development Consent to AIE’s Port Kembla Gas Terminal. The decision by the NSW Minister for Planning comes after a thorough review of the Project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

GEA: Australia should focus on the benefits of marine LNG

In light of the upcoming federal election in Australia, Gas Energy Australia, the country’s downstream gaseous fuels peak industry body, gave a submission to the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities regarding LNG marine bunkering in Australia. The submission aims to inform DoIRC on alternative fuels for Australia’s contribution to the next IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee.

Australia’s Labor Party pledge to create national fuel reserve

Australia’s Labor Party has committed to create a government-owned National Fuel Reserve, describing it as an essential step to protect Australia from natural disasters or global crisis that could disrupt oil supplies. MUA welcomed the commitment, in line with its recently-published report raising concerns over the country’s fuel security.

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