South Australia’s new Minister for Energy and Mining has been sworn in following the election of the new Liberal Government on 24 March 2018.

APPEA congratulated Dan van Holst Pellekaan on his appointment.

APPEA Director South Australia, Matthew Doman, said the industry looked forward to working with Mr van Holst Pellekaan to secure SA’s energy future.

“South Australia has a long and proud history of oil and gas development over many decades,” Mr Doman said.

“Mr van Holst Pellekaan is an experienced member of parliament with a deep understanding of the industry and its importance to the South Australian economy. He also understands the vital role natural gas is playing in meeting the state’s ongoing energy needs.

“In his role as Shadow Minister, APPEA members found Mr van Holst Pellekaan to be open and accessible, and willing to support projects that deliver benefits to his state.

“We look forward to working with the Minister, Treasurer Rob Lucas and the new Marshall Government in developing new opportunities and reliable energy for South Australia.”

The Australian Energy Council (AEC) also congratulated Mr van Holst Pellekaan on his appointment.

“Minister van Holst Pellekaan takes control of the energy portfolio at a critical time in the state’s history,” AEC Chief Executive, Matthew Warren, said.

“South Australian energy customers want to see 21st century energy reliability at an affordable price. There have been a wide range of ideas about how to deliver this. The challenge now is to chart the right course.

“South Australia is part of the National Electricity Market. The NEM remains the key enabler of efficient and reliable energy to the east coast of Australia.

“A competitive market combined with effective national climate and energy policy remains the best solution to the energy challenges in South Australia.

“We look forward to working with Minister van Holst Pellekaan to help deliver this.”

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