LPG Supply and Demand Study 2016 now available

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Dear Members and Associates

In 2009, the Association commissioned ACIL Tasman (now ACIL Allen Consulting) to prepare an annual study of the supply and demand for LPG using a methodology that addressed concerns about the consistency and coverage of past studies. A suitable methodology was developed and has been used to compile supply and demand studies for the years 2008 to 2016.

This year’s Study reports LPG produced and consumed in the Australian autogas and stationary energy (or traditional) markets in 2016. The Study covers LPG trade, sources of supply, including producers and marketers, and demand on a national and state by state basis. It is backed up by a comprehensive range of tables and data analysis, and includes data from 2008 onwards for comparison purposes.

The Study shows domestic production of LPG from oil and gas fields and from petroleum refineries was 1,981 kilotonnes (kT) in 2016. This represented a 9 per cent increase on 2015 and was mainly caused by increased production from the offshore fields in the Gippsland Basin adjacent to Victoria. It reversed declines in recent years mainly associated with the closure of some domestic refineries.

In 2016, Australia exported 1,218 kT of LPG and imported 494 kT of LPG. Exports of LPG increased by 14 per cent between 2015 and 2016. Imports increased by 6 per cent over the same period.

Over the period from 2008 to 2016, total sales of LPG declined from 1,815 kT in 2008 to 1,276 kT in 2016. The traditional market barely changed from 728 kT to 744 kT while the Autogas market declined markedly from 1,087 kT to 532 kT.

Total demand for LPG declined by 5 per cent between 2015 and 2016. Autogas sales declined by 13 per cent and the traditional market increased by 2 per cent over this period. This contraction highlights the importance of the Association’s initiatives to increase awareness of the benefits of the fuel and support initiatives to encourage the use of autogas.

The complete Study is in PDF format and is available for members on the Industry Statistics page on the Gas Energy Australia Members and Associates website.

For non-members, the hard copy price is $500.00 plus GST. Back copies 2008-2015 can be purchased for $100.00 each plus GST.

For further enquiries, please contact Ms Claudia Radvanyi, Coordinator Communications and Administration via email at cradvanyi@gasenergyaustralia.asn.au.

I trust the information in this year’s Study will be of assistance to you.

John Griffiths
Chief Executive Officer