Natural gas in Western Australia
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Natural gas in Western Australia by Energy Advisory Council (Western Australia). Work Party on Natural Gas Production.

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Published by State Energy Commission, Western Australia in [Perth .
Written in English



  • Australia,
  • Western Australia.


  • Natural gas -- Australia -- Western Australia.

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Edition Notes

Statementprepared by the Work Party on Natural Gas Production and subsequently reviewed and approved by the Energy Advisory Council.
SeriesReport / State Energy Commission, Western Australia ;, no. 5, Report (State Energy Commission of Western Australia) ;, no. 5.
LC ClassificationsTN882.A82 W486 1983
The Physical Object
Pagination91 p. :
Number of Pages91
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2423915M
LC Control Number87109289

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Natural gas is now the power source for 60 per cent of Western Australia’s electricity generation, however contracted gas supplies are due to expire in 10 to 15 years time. By ensuring that sufficient supplies of gas continue to be available, the policy underpins Western Australia’s long-term energy security and economic development. Produced by Geological Survey of Western Australia, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE MAP NATURAL GAS TRANSMISSION PIPELINES ELECTRICITY GENERATION STATIONS ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS Western Power South West Interconnected Network (SWIN) Horizon Power Pilbara Network Horizon Power . The gas basins that supply this market contain around one third of Australia’s gas reserves. While traditionally focussed on domestic sales, this market has undergone structural change as the Queensland gas export industry has developed. Western gas region. The gas basins of the western gas market contain over one half of Australia’s gas. These gas fields support Western Australia’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export industry, as well as the major domestic gas market in the South West. Reserving gas for Western Australia use The Western Australian Government promotes long-term supplies of natural gas for WA consumers through its Domestic Gas Reservation Policy.