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Natural gas infrastructure investment, regulation and ownership: the Australian case

Author/s (editor/s):

Jose Alberto Hernández Ibarzábal

Publication year:

2011

Publication type:

Journal article

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http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01442872.2011.561690

This case study looks at the natural gas industry, with particular reference to recent Australian developments. It connects with the issues of ownership and regulation within the global financial system, using the Australian experience to show how these issues are playing out in this industry. Whether the interaction of independent regulation and competition has attracted more non-government investment in natural gas infrastructure is considered, with conclusions that may have relevance for other utility industries and infrastructure projects.

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José Alberto Hernández Ibarzábal (2011) Natural gas infrastructure investment, regulation and ownership: the Australian case, Policy Studies, 32:3, 231-242, DOI: 10.1080/01442872.2011.561690

Examining governability of Mexico’s natural gas transmission pipelines

Author/s (editor/s):

Jose Alberto Hernández Ibarzábal

Publication year:

2017

Publication type:

Journal article

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http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02646811.2017.1279400

Mexico’s energy reform reshaped the governing system of the natural gas sector with the objective to attract substantial private investment in infrastructure and to guarantee security of supply. This article examines governability of gas transmission pipelines under interactive governance theory. The analysis demonstrates that Mexico’s transmission pipelines system is especially difficult to govern due to its high complexity and can be expected to be less governable after the energy reform. Governability can be improved by implementing the steering mechanisms available to the governing system to prevent the risk of capture of the regulatory agencies, by fostering consistency among institutions, by strengthening judicial independence and by creating collaborative capacity at a regional level.

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José Alberto Hernández Ibarzábal (2017) Examining governability of Mexico’s natural gas transmission pipelines under the energy reform, Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, 35:3, 271-291, DOI: 10.1080/02646811.2017.1279400

Gas security in the land of insecurity

Author/s (editor/s):

Jose Alberto Hernandez Ibarzabal

Publication year:

2017

Publication type:

Journal article

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http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02646811.2017.1358001

This article identifies the governance challenges of shale gas development. Mexico has vast shale gas reserves and production and exploration of natural gas were liberalised after the energy reform was adopted into law in 2014. This reform established the governing system that will rule the upstream oil and gas sectors. This governing system consists of a regulatory setting composed of federal institutions that lack human resources specialising in shale development. In early 2018, the first competitive bidding process for shale fields will be conducted. The local communities have not yet been consulted and cannot fully oppose shale development in their land. The production of shale gas on a commercial scale could help Mexico achieve security of gas supply under increasing demand for gas in oil and electricity production and increasing gas imported from the United States. However, some of the largest shale reserves are located within states characterised by high levels of violent crime and increasing returns of criminal practices of state governments. These conditions make environmental impacts more likely and commercially viable shale gas development less likely.

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Dr José Alberto Hernández Ibarzábal (2017) Gas security in the land of insecurity: governance challenges of shale gas development in Mexico, Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, 35:4, 363-376, DOI: 10.1080/02646811.2017.1358001

Beyond Prescription: Strategies for Transitioning the Major Coal Industry Stakeholders (Regulators, producers and unions) to Risk Based Regulation, 2013-2014

Author/s (editor/s):

Gunningham, Neil

Publication year:

2013

Publication type:

Government and community sector reports

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Gunningham, Neil. 2013. ‘Beyond Prescription: Strategies for Transitioning the Major Coal Industry Stakeholders (Regulators, producers and unions) to Risk Based Regulation, 2013-2014’. Australian Coal Association Research Program.

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