LNG Strikes Could Begin Early September Amid Australia Disputes
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August 21 2023

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

LNG Strikes Could Begin Early September Amid Australia Disputes

This article from Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

Strike action in Australia’s LNG sector could begin as early as Sept. 2 if new talks between Woodside Energy Group Ltd. and union officials on pay and conditions fail to resolve disputes. Ballots are also taking place on potential walkouts by workers at Chevron Corp. facilities.

Any outages would threaten about 10% of global supply and a local export sector that generated an estimated A$92 billion ($59 billion) in earnings in the year to June 30.

Eoin Treacy's view

European storage is 90% full. Australian strike action is not going to spark a repeat of the price-insensitive buying seen last year. Eventually LNG workers will be placated and gas will flow in plenty of time for the Northern hemisphere winter. 

Nevertheless, this episode helps to highlight the fact that without Russia exports, European and Asia natural gas markets are settling into a higher plateau. That low is a multiple of where prices ranged for the preceding decades. It’s only a matter of time before energy becomes a pressing political question for European countries.
The Global X Uranium ETF continues to firm from the recent lows. Enthusiasm around the need for carbon free, abundant energy continues to build and the regulatory framework for rapid rollout of modular designs continues to improve. 

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