The Perth USAsia Centre, Deloitte, The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA and the University of Western Australia on 22nd November jointly launched the landmark publication "A State of Energy: Strategic, Commercial and Innovation Drivers in Western Australia."
The launch of the publication occured at a sundowner event at Deloitte's skyline offices in Perth.
- The "WA Energy Map" project has been undertaken to show the energy potential for Western Australia and, for the first time, bring together different energy strands which too often work in isolation. The report also gives the historical and strategic backdrop of Western Australia's energy environment, "Prior to the discovery of coal in the 1880s, Western Australia relied on energy imports...It was not until the first shipload of LNG departed for Japan in 1989 that Western Australian resources were first substantially linked to Asian energy users."
- The report lays transparent the sigficiant production levels and proven reserves of Western Australian natural gas, crude oil, condensate, black coal and uranium; as well as current energy extraction from wind, solar, wood, biofuels and hydro renewables. The report also details the total cross-industry levels of energy production and consumption in Western Australia, as compared to the national market.
- As part of the research, the collaborators considered the connection between local and international markets; legacy infrastructure; consumption patterns and future developments. The report is designed to support energy decision makers in a government, academia and business. With the right policies, investment climate and innovation, Western Australia has the potential to become an energy giant.
- This publication was co-authored by Andrew Pickford, Joe Doleschal-Ridnell and Mark Stickells and is part of the Perth USAsia Centre's Deloitte-partnered Indo-Pacific Energy Security Program.
is a Research and Program Assistant at the Perth USAsia Centre