 Major industrials need certainty over gas contracts
 Minister Groom should come out of COAG meeting with a way forward
 Groom’s attempts to sell the Tamar Valley Power Station created the contract crisis

Energy Minister Matthew Groom needs to emerge from next week’s COAG Energy Council meeting with a way to resolve the gas contract crisis threatening our major industrials.

“Time is running out for Matthew Groom to make sure our biggest employers have certainty when it comes to gas,” Shadow Energy Minister Scott Bacon said.

“Next week’s COAG Energy Council meeting should be a deadline for the Minister to find a way forward.

“Our biggest employers, like Bell Bay Aluminium and TEMCO, deserve certainty.

“Matthew Groom needs to come out of next week’s meeting with a clear plan to resolve the stalled contract negotiations between Hydro and the Tasmanian Gas Pipeline.

“It was the Minister’s reckless decision to sell the gas fired Tamar Valley Power Station that got Tasmania into this mess in the first place.

“Now the Minister has the responsibility to find a solution that doesn’t leave our major industrials vulnerable to massive price increases.

“Enormous cost increases for gas would put hundreds of jobs at risk.

“The clock is ticking for Matthew Groom.”
Scott Bacon MP Shadow Minister for Energy