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Australia’s Northwest Shelf and a Pan-Asian Gas Pipeline

Australia's controversial James Price Point Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) plant could mark a turning point in Asia’s energy future.
Liquid Natural Gas (LNG)
    A Pan-Asian Gas Pipeline
    
Asia's planned hodge-podge of LNG projects.     
A Pan-Asian Gas Pipeline.
 
If environmental opposition scuttles the proposed land-based LNG plant, alternatives must be found. One is floating LNG. But that's opposed by the Western Australian government.
 
A third option is a gas pipeline from Broome to Darwin. There's much to recommend this.
 
From there the pipeline could cross the Timor Sea. There, it could pass through the Sunrise Gas Field. Development of Sunrise is similarly stalled due to pipeline/LNG/floating LNG development controversy.  
 
From Sunrise, a pipeline could cross East Timor to Indonesia en route to interconnections in Southeast Asia, the South China Sea, southern China, Japan and South Korea.

Development of James Price Point could shape the future course Australia and Asia takes in developing a regional natural gas delivery infrastructure.

That, in turn, will dramatically impact Asia's ability to reduce regional carbon emissions.
 
The stakes are high. Asia must think long-term.
 
A Pan-Asian Gas Pipeline network represents a much more far-sighted, flexible, cheaper infrastructure than single-generation, single-purpose LNG.
 
Gas pipelines can carry hydrogen, biofuels and waste carbon. LNG can’t.
 
This flexibility will be crucial. So will be the ability to leverage networks.
 
That's because a Pan-Asian Gas Pipeline can create the crucial routes that high-capacity High-Voltage Direct Current electricity power lines and fiber optics can later follow.

The end result will be a regional, open-access, common-carrier energy and data network. The Internet is the template.
 
‘Bits and pieces’ of a Pan-Asian Gas Pipeline are already taking shape. The challenge is to recgonise the pattern and reap the gains.
 
Australia’s Northwest Shelf has the Dampier-Bunbury pipeline. Australia's Bayu Undan pipeline extends halfway across the Timor Sea. Indonesia’s Palapa Ring fiber optic cable project will soon reach West Timor.
 
The Association of Southeast Asian Nation States has plans to exapnd cross-border energy links through the Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline and Trans-ASEAN Electricity Grid projects.
Meanwhile, China is building dozens of large-scale, domestic long-distance power line projects.

China also is deepening cross-border electricity and natural gas pipeline interconnections with the Mekong States and central Asia.  
 
Asia needs trillions of dollars of energy infrastructure as it emerges as the world's largest economic bloc.
 
Environmental opposition to Australia's proposed land-based James Price Point LNG plant could start of a regional shiift toward flexible, future-proof multilateral energy networks rather than expensive, high-cost, single-technology bespoke bilateral infrastructure.

To learn more, read Grenatec’s reports ‘Pan-Asian Gas Pipeline’ and ‘Pan-Asian Energy Infrastructure,.’
 
Or view our 17-minute video ‘Pan-Asian Energy Infrastructure.’
 
Or visit our website at www.grenatec.com.

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