RIO Tinto has admitted it is struggling to get QLD gas sellers to the bargaining table in further evidence of a looming east coast gas shortage. The concern expressed by RIO's head of bauxite and alumina was not such much the price that they would have to pay but more specifically if there would be any gas available. We're not asking for preferential prices or that sort of thing, we're just asking for there to be a market in eastern Australia, Mr Fiore said. Right now we're struggling to attract anyone to the table to negotiate. Adding further concern to the situation is persistent chatter that many CSG wells are performing below expectations crimping the supply outlook even further. Rio's situation comes despite assurances from Queensland's biggest suppliers, AGL Energy and Origin Energy that there is available gas. Full article here (VIEW LINK)
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