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Australian Gas Industry and Markets Study

Industry Commission research report

This report was released on 9 March 1995. The report resulted from an Industry Commission study to assist the Trade Practices Commission in its review of an authorisation granted to the Australian Gas Light Company in 1986 covering gas marketing arrangements between that company and the South Australian Cooper Basin gas producers.

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Contents

Preliminaries
Cover, Copyright, Contents, Glossary, Overview and major conclusions

1   The Study
1.1   Introduction and the Commission's approach
1.2   Study procedure
1.3   Relationship with the Trade Practices Commission's review
1.4   Factors underlying the Trade Practices Commission's authorisation
1.5   Structure of the report

2   Structural and performance characteristics of the gas industry and markets
2.1   Introduction
2.2   Exploration, reserves and production
2.3   Processing and transmission
2.4   Gas consumption
2.5   Gas prices
2.6   Profitability and performance indicators

3   Technical change
3.1   Introduction
3.2   Exploration, development and production
3.3   Processing
3.4   Transportation
3.5   Other methane sources

4   Regulatory and policy environment
4.1   Introduction
4.2   COAG gas reforms
4.3   Interstate trade and security of supply
4.4   Transmission and distribution
4.5   Exploration and production
4.6   Gas industry authorisations under the Trade Practices Act

5   End-user developments
5.1   Introduction
5.2   Substitutes for gas
5.3   Changes since 1986

6   Industry structure and contractual arrangements
6.1   Introduction
6.2   Capital raising and strategies of managing risk
6.3   Co-operative arrangements
6.4   Allocation and retention of exploration permits
6.5   Incentives to co-operate
6.6   Marketing arrangements

7   Competition between gas sellers
7.1   Introduction
7.2   Developments in competition

APPENDICES

A   Consultation

B   Study participants

C   Statistics

D   The development of the natural gas industry in Australia

E   Estimating the benefits of gas and electricity interconnection

F   Free and fair trade

G   Long-term contracts

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