East Australia May Face Gas Supply Deficit, Market Operator Says

Australia’s east coast may face a natural gas supply shortfall amid growing local and Asian demand should companies in the area fail to develop reserves in time, according to the Australian Energy Market Operator.

A large quantity of the reserves in eastern Australia is committed to the liquefied natural gas export projects being built in Queensland state by BG Group Plc (BG/), Santos Ltd. (STO) and ConocoPhillips (COP), the operator said in an e-mailed report.

Australia also will need to invest A$4 billion ($4.2 billion) in electricity transmission networks over 20 years, less than an earlier forecast of A$7 billion, because of slower energy demand growth, the market operator said in a separate statement.

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