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    Minister for Mines and Energy
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Gas pipeline access laws drive gas growth

    Minister for Mines and Energy
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Friday, May 02, 2008

    Gas pipeline access laws drive gas growth

    Legislation passed this week in the State Parliament will ensure the strong growth in supply and use of gas in Queensland continues, Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson said today.

    Mr Wilson said there were a host of exciting gas projects in Queensland, and greater certainty about gas transportation would help them to proceed.

    “The National Gas Laws being enacted in Queensland will give that certainty, and at the same time provide pipeline companies with greater confidence to invest in new pipelines and to expand existing pipelines,” Mr Wilson said.

    "Over the past 10 years, gas production and demand have grown strongly, and in particular coal seam gas production and use.

    "Gas is now being used in greater and greater volumes for electricity generation as a low-carbon alternative to coal. Coal seam gas from the Surat Basin is the primary driver of this increase in gas use,” he said.

    “Gas was also fuelling the resources boom, particularly in minerals processing.

    “This gas success story has been sparked by the Queensland 13% Gas Scheme, introduced by this Government.

    “We are now turning our attention to the laws that underpin access to gas pipelines, and are making improvements to further encourage the development of the gas industry.

    “The new National Gas Laws being implemented nation-wide will encourage investment in pipelines and provide more options for users and producers to source and send gas.

    “They will also improve the transparency of the market by establishing an electronic bulletin board with information on a daily basis about gas production, transport and use.

    “The Laws also provide for more light-handed regulation of gas pipelines, and consequently lower the costs of regulation.

    “Together with the incentives to build new greenfields pipelines established in 2006, they will encourage pipeline companies to build more pipelines across Australia, including in Queensland,” he said.

    Media inquiries: Caroline Kaurila 3224 7332.