09/07/2008 - 12:48

Liberal's release state energy policy

09/07/2008 - 12:48

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The Liberal party has today released a blueprint for a state energy policy focusing on the gas sector while the Chamber of Commerce and Industry said any such policy needed to be fully costed to ensure the best outcome is achieved.

Liberal's release state energy policy


The Liberal party has today released a blueprint for a state energy policy focusing on the gas sector while the Chamber of Commerce and Industry said any such policy needed to be fully costed to ensure the best outcome is achieved.

Liberal Leader Troy Buswell outlined an energy crisis management system and a commitment to investigate four energy security strategies.

The strategies include the development of strategic natural gas reserves, interconnect or duplicate the pipeline network, diversify the state's gas supply and use LNG tankers to ship gas from the north of WA to Perth.

"Each of these five options would require substantial investment and planning. All of them involve significant changes to the energy infrastructure of the State," Mr Buswell said.

"It is clear from the impact that the Varanus Island explosion has had on our economy, however, that these are precisely the long-term plans we need to consider to secure the energy future of WA."

CCIWA has long advocated the need for the state to develop an comprehensive energy policy to act as a blueprint for future energy needs.
"For a state that is the economic powerhouse of the nation - generating jobs, investment, wealth and opportunities for all Australians - it is essential that local business and industry has certainty and security of energy supply," CCI acting executive director Trevor Lovelle told WA Business News.
"The formulation of such a policy must involve a broad and mature debate about ways to diversify the state's fuel mix.

"Any state energy policy should consider the full range of energy sources available, not just gas.
All suggestions on ways to improve the state's energy system must be carefully considered, fully costed, and submitted to a cost benefit analysis to ensure the best outcome is achieved."

Shadow energy minister John Day added that the government's inaction over the past seven years in relation to an energy policy was inexcusable.

"If there's one thing we can see it's that the Government's arguments based on price for not taking preventative, contingency action, is exceeded by the cost of doing nothing," Mr Day said.

"Given the resources of government, the strategies and options laid out in this key strategic document will be fleshed out, assessed and, where it is viable and in the best interests of the state, implemented."

The release of the Liberal party document follows calls last month by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the state's industries to the government to establish a comprehensive energy policy and encourage the exploration and development of new energy sources including coal, gas and uranium.

Yesterday, a section of the Kwinana power station was brought back to life following a maintanence shut-down while the Pinjar station was shut down due to machinery damage and the re-starting of the Muja A/B power stations in Collie would be delayed until next month.

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