Ms Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, I rise to speak very briefly on a
matter that has come to my attention today that I would like to bring to
the notice of the House. It is to do with the Tamar Valley Power Station.
You probably will have noticed in the media yesterday, as time runs out
for a renegotiation of Tasmania's gas supply contract, the threat by the
Energy minister that parties may be forced to arbitration if contract
deadlines are not met. I have been advised today Hydro Tasmania may be
considering using liquefied natural gas, LNG, in the Tamar Valley Power
Station and the LNG would be supplied by ship as per the gas shipped
I understand the reason behind this is it is cheaper and the power station
only has to be run in extreme cases. If this is true, there is the
possibility of both domestic and commercial natural gas users in Tasmania
being negatively affected. I question whether this requires the
construction of any new infrastructure, such as new tanks and, if so, what
are the estimated costs of these upgrades?
I shall put it on the Notice Paper. Unfortunately it was too late to ask
a question without notice and hence the reason I bring it to the notice of
the House today. I will be asking the minister whether it is true and how
he believes it will affect the domestic and commercial natural gas users,
should the contract not be renegotiated.