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Australia needs to be assured of sufficient energy resources to meet its requirements in the foreseeable future. What new and emerging changes in the form of types of energy and its production might occur over this period?

Deal Highlights Challenges and Opportunities for Australian LNG

Background In late July, troubled Japanese utility, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) concluded a heads of agreement deal with American oil and gas super-major Chevron. In one of Australia’s largest resource contracts, TEPCO has agreed to purchase Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) worth $70 billion from Chevron’s proposed Wheatstone project in the Pilbara, over the next...

Japan’s Energy Transition Provides Opportunities for Australia

Background In the aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear emergency, the country’s largest electricity company has announced a greater emphasis on liquefied natural gas (LNG), providing joint venture opportunities for Australia and Japan.  Comment The newly appointed president of Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), Toshio Nishizawa, has forecast greater Japanese reliance on LNG, following the continuing...

Korea has Chance for Advanced Bio-Fuel Technology

Background The South Korean Government has funded a new 670 million won (₩) ($587,600) “Waste-to-Energy” plant near Seoul. The first plant of its kind, it is capable of supplying 6,500 cubic metres of bio-gas to the public transport fleet. The plant, opened on 16 June 2011, is the latest in a series of projects that...

Australia to be an Energy Superpower

Background The Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the Wheatstone project will augment Australia’s position as a global liquefied natural gas (LNG) giant. Comment Australia’s attempts to replace Qatar as the world’s largest LNG exporter have been bolstered by last week’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval of the 25 million tonnes per year Wheatstone LNG project,...

Legislation Required in Fracking Debate

Background Hydraulic fracturing has gained prominence in Europe and America in recent weeks, with reports linking the process to earthquakes, environmental damage and illnesses. Co-ordinated State and Federal legislation is required to reconcile community concerns and development of the emerging shale hydrocarbon industry. Comment Australian mining companies and projects are involved in a growing international...

Australia’s Role in the Nuclear Renaissance

Background The announcements, made in late May, by the Swiss and German Governments that they will phase out nuclear power, are premature. Australia has the ability to be the voice of reason in the international nuclear debate and to advocate the merits of atomic energy for developing nations.   Comment Civil nuclear power has, until recently,...

Australia and the New Geopolitics of Energy

12 August 2010 | Other FDI Reports

Download PDF Summary The principal aim of this Strategic Analysis Paper is to discuss what has become known as the “new geopolitics of energy” and to consider Australia’s place within that characterisation. The paper will then describe the geopolitics of Australia’s role as an energy exporter to Asia, with special reference to the export of...

The Global Energy Demand for Australian-Sourced LNG

23 June 2010 | Other FDI Reports

Download PDF Summary Energy is a commodity that continues to have both strategic and economic significance for Australia. Energy, and in particular, gas, will continue to be a central element in Australia’s future prosperity. The nation’s gas resources are sizeable, third only to coal and uranium. Nearly all of Australia’s conventional gas resources, however, are...

Iraqi Oilfield Development Contracts: Implications

11 January 2010 | Other FDI Reports

Download PDF Summary Baghdad’s award of several oil field development contracts augers well for Iraq’s economic future. But there are substantial security, technical and constitutional challenges to be met, to say nothing of the problem that is likely to confront OPEC. Analysis An increase in crude oil production is vital to Iraq’s development. Currently receiving...

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  • Associate papers are primary source assessments written by FDI associates. The assessment topics range from regional bilateral relationships and opportunities and challenges in our neighbouring countries.

  • Feature interviews are interviews conducted by an FDI Research Manager. Interview topics range from the sustainability of our planet to the improved provision of emergency food aid.

  • Normally issued in hardcopy, these represent a comprehensive study of one of FDI’s four research areas.

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  • A number of short articles addressing current intelligence topics, issued each week.

  • A record of discussions resulting from a single, or series of, roundtable conferences.

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