NSW will need Narrabri gas, says Resources Minister Madeleine King

King stressed that she wanted to “decarbonise” the economy by switching to renewable energy, but that she had to deal with demand from households and industry “and accept some of the realities of our current energy mix”.

She said gas demand would decline over time and she wanted Australia to reach net zero emissions by 2050 with Labor policies to switch to renewables and invest in the electricity grid, but she said gas was part of the transition as it would replace the dirtier emissions of coal power.

Santos has faced resistance over its Narrabri gas project.Credit:Getty

“I understand people’s concerns about the lack of commitment to net zero emissions and the lack of an energy plan and that’s because of the climate wars in this country over the last 10 or 15 years,” he said. she declared.

“I have a lot of sympathy for that and am as angry as anyone at the inaction that has allowed the current crisis to befall us.

“But everyone needs to understand, especially I think in some southern states, that right now when you turn on your light switch or your dishwasher is running or your TV on, most of the time it’s moving a turbine in a coal-fired generator.

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“So you’re using more coal, which produces a lot of emissions.

“While the government is today presenting an energy plan that will be based on renewable energies, and this is our very proactive ambition, gas is the transition fuel capable of reducing emissions in the short term.

“So it’s not a perfect answer. We would all like to go straight from coal to renewables. But that’s just not possible,” she said.

“So I guess for good people in NSW they have to think about what they really want. And I imagine they always want to be able to turn on their TV and keep their fridge running.

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“What are the current means to be able to do this and be on a downward trajectory with emissions? Well, it’s via gas on the way to a proper, strong, and reliable transmission system that allows renewables and renewables storage to operate long term.

“We’ve got a long way to go, actually, because of the lack of investment over the last 10 or 15 years and you can’t turn on the investment like we turn on the lights.

“And for the people who are going to get mad at me for what I said, I just want to let them know that I also want to clean up and decarbonize the world. And that’s what we’re working towards. It can’t be -not be on the same timeline as the others. But we all go through the same goal.

Santos has promised in the past that all gas from Narrabri would serve the domestic market if the project is approved, which is part of his formal submission to the Independent Planning Commission.

“Santos is committed to supplying all of this gas to the domestic market and has accepted a condition to that effect on any oil production lease granted for the project under the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991,” wrote the society.

Santos chief executive Kevin Gallagher confirmed the engagement in an interview with Sky News on June 8.

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