This project is developing a profile of the gas industry and its role within the regional economy, and developing scenarios for how the local gas industry may evolve.

The study develops knowledge for policy makers and local businesses regarding the socio-economic value of gas activity for local communities, and an improved capacity to forecast outcomes from industry development.



Reports and papers

The value of local gas resources PDF 3 MB

A scenarios-based analysis of the gas industry futures in South East South Australia

Final report, February 2020.

Fuelling regional development or exporting value? The role of the gas industry on the Limestone Coast, South Australia

This paper, published in The Extractive Industries and Society journal (Volume 7, Issue 2, April 2020) draws on evolutionary economic geography, presenting a case study of the Limestone Coast in South Australia, which previously extracted and distributed gas locally to food and fibre manufacturing industries.

Published paper, The Extractive Industries and Society journal, April 2020


CSIRO’s GISERA conducts independent scientific research to help communities, industry and government make decisions about gas development.

GISERA recently completed studies into conventional onshore gas in the Limestone Coast of South Australia.

This region has a diverse local economy supported by livestock, agriculture, wineries, forestry and timber milling, pulp and paper milling, and food manufacturing.

Currently, importing interstate gas increases costs for industries and businesses competing in a global marketplace.

While some can switch energy types, others depend on gas.

This research investigates the benefits of making local gas available to local industries.

The potential economic benefits over the coming decade were explored in four scenarios.

Diversified energy mix – Gas development is slow, while economic diversity grows. By 2030, an additional $132 million in local product, and 429 extra jobs.

Gas and general industrial expansion – Gas development is strong, cheaper gas is available locally, while economic diversity grows. By 2030, an additional $150 million in local product, and 497 extra jobs.

Gas supply chain expansion – Gas development is strong but other industries struggle to secure energy. By 2030, an additional $35 million in local product, and 32 extra jobs.

Business as usual – Gas development is slow, and economic diversity is reduced. By 2030, an additional $24 million in local product, and 13 jobs are lost.

Local manufacturers and other stakeholders preferred scenario 2.

Enabling local businesses to access locally extracted gas through changes to the gas transport infrastructure would help realise regional economic benefits.

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Animation of value of gas research in south east South Australia

Scenarios for the role of conventional gas in south east South Australia PDF 1 MB

This research focuses on the different roles that the conventional onshore gas industry could play in the regional economy of south east South Australia.

Factsheet, March 2020.

Research on conventional gas in South East South Australia PDF 787 KB

This fact sheet summarises the project research to develop a profile of the local onshore conventional gas industry and its role within the regional economy.

Factsheet, February 2019.

Project progress

This project is complete.

Project proposal PDF 411 KB

A detailed description of the project, budget and research milestones.

Project order, July 2018.

Progress report PDF 794 KB

The project outline, any variations and research progress.

Progress report, March 2020.

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