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    Aussie LNG export revenue up 86% in 2022: EnergyQuest


Australia exported record volumes of LNG last year.

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Aussie LNG export revenue up 86% in 2022: EnergyQuest

Australia’s LNG export revenue in 2022 was A$92.8bn ($63.2bn), up 86% year/year owing to higher oil and LNG prices, energy consultant EnergyQuest said on January 5.

Based on vessel tracking data, EnergyQuest estimates that Australian LNG exports reached a new record of 81.4mn metric tons in 2022, up slightly from 81.1mn mt the previous calendar year.

“The huge growth in export revenue in 2022 is set to drive strong growth in taxation and royalties paid by Australian LNG projects, as well as helping pay for Australia’s imports,” said EnergyQuest CEO Graeme Bethune.

The bulk of Australia’s LNG exports continues to come from Western Australia and the Northern Territory, comprising 71% of exports in 2022 and up by 2.1% on the previous year. Exports from Queensland (29% of exports) were down by 3.3%.

“Australian exports are likely to fall in 2023 while exports continue to grow from Qatar and the United States. Following the depletion of reserves from the Bayu-Undan gas field, the Santos-operated Darwin LNG project will be out of action until the Barossa field comes online, hopefully in 2025,” Bethune said.

He said that any decision to trigger the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism (ADGSM) would also cut exports. In 2022 Australia’s biggest LNG export market was Japan (39% of exports), followed by China (28%) and South Korea (15%).

“Japan and Korea have already publicly expressed concern about any cut to exports and Australia is currently trying to encourage China to allow increased imports of Australian coal,” Bethune said.

Australia continues to be one of the world’s largest LNG exporters

Bethune said that the record for the world’s biggest LNG exporter in 2022 appears to have been a photo finish between Australia, Qatar and the United States.

“The rapid growth in US exports since 2016 shows the flexibility of the US energy market, particularly its ability to respond quickly to global crises such as the cuts in Russian gas supplies to Europe. Ironically US LNG exports are based on fracture-stimulated shale gas, the development of which is widely banned in Europe and is politically controversial in Australia,” he said.

“The challenges of gas development in Australia are shown by the fact that in the seven years in which the US has gone from being a net LNG importer to a world-leading exporter, Santos has been unsuccessfully trying to develop the Narrabri gas field in NSW. The debacle over approval for drilling wells in the Barossa gas field is another example of challenges in Australia,” Bethune added.