Pipelines an easy target: APGA

APGA Chief Executive Peter Greenwood.

APGA Chief Executive Peter Greenwood.

The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) is dismayed that Energy Ministers have brought forward reforms to pipeline operations and foreshadowed even more regulation in what is a small part of the energy sector without sufficient consideration of the consequences.

Without the coherent national energy policy Australia so desperately needs, the gas transmission pipeline sector remains vulnerable to the ad hoc decision making that continues to undermine the certainty needed for investment, according to APGA Chief Executive Peter Greenwood.

“Federal, State and Territory energy ministers meeting in Brisbane have agreed to implement information disclosure and commercial arbitration reforms on 1 August, a month ahead of what was already a very short development phase,” Mr Greenwood said.

“Consultation on the reforms doesn’t close until 20 July which leaves hardly any time for proper consideration of stakeholder views.

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