LNG Tipping Points and Geopolitical Implications
By Kelly Bailey from Perth USAsia Centre | 10 Apr 2017
Perth USAsia Research Fellows Andrew Pickford and Mark Stickells led a roundtable discussion centred on the launch and publication of the Perth USAsia Centre’s publication Indo-Pacific Insights – Smooth Sailing? LNG Tipping points in the Zone and Geopolitical Implications.
- The major themes discussed were resource nationalism and domestic gas policies.
- The authors discussed the risks for LNG, highlighting the capacity for issues in the technological sphere, as well as intra-state developments.
- Stressed by both authors was the increasing power of WA as an energy exporting nation.
- Australia has the potential to be an energy superpower, but it requires a set of consistent, bipartisan, durable policies.
- In addition to this, a sound understanding of customs in energy consuming nations is critical to Australia’s development as a leading energy export. This is well addressed by Australia’s involvement with Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan – but Australia is looking increasingly towards Indonesia and other states in the Indo Pacific basin (who are switching from exporters to importers).
Kelly Bailey is an intern at the Perth USAsia Centre
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