Warming up: The big three gas retailers have faced intense competition from small retailers

The Gas Supply industry consists of gas retailers that buy and sell gas, and gas distributors that operate the distribution networks carrying gas to end users. The retail and distribution functions are separated by regulation, with different firms performing these activities. Gas retailing accounts for most industry revenue. Gas retailing is dominated by three major players, AGL Energy Limited, Origin Energy Limited, and EnergyAustralia Holdings Limited. SGSP (Australia) Assets Pty Ltd, which operates under the Jemena brand, is the only distribution firm with greater than 5.0% market share.The industry is expected to grow at an annualised 2.7% over the five years through 2018-19, to reach $11.5 billion...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rising gas prices over the two years through 2017-18 have driven industry revenue growth
  • Increasing domestic gas prices have underpinned industry growth over the past five years
  • Industry profit is projected to rise as firms pass on a greater share of costs to customers
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Entry barriers to the industry for new companies are high, and this trend has remained steady over the past five years. The main entry barrier to the Gas Supply industry is the requirement for state government regulatory approval. Enterprises are issued with franchises, licences and other authorisations, which generally provide a gas distributor with the exclusive right to supply a defined area. Prospective gas retailers must also be licensed. Most gas retailers also retail electricity, reflecting the economies of scope available through selling two products to a customer.Economies of scale can be an entry barrier for a new firm as existing companies that have a large client base can reduce marginal operating costs and increase profit margins. Fur...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Gas Supply Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Gas Supply are:

  • Effective cost controls
  • Provision of a related range of goods/services (one-stop shop)
  • Having contracts which are favourable to purchasers
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Domestic price of natural gas and Electricity service price in the Gas Supply industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Gas Supply Industry?

    Industry firms retail gas to consumers and businesses. Industry participants also distribute natural gas to end users via a system of pipes, known as gas distribution mains. However, regulation prevents firms from both retailing and distributing gas. The industry excludes the operation of gas transmission pipelines, which transport gas from gas production facilities to gas distribution mains.

    Industry Products
  • Gas retailing
  • Gas distribution
  • Industry Activities
  • Fuel gas distribution through main systems
  • Coal seam gas (CSG) distribution through mains systems
  • Liquefied petroleum gas distribution through mains systems
  • Natural gas distribution through mains systems
  • Gas retailing through mains systems
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Domestic price of natural gas
  • Electricity service price
  • Demand from manufacturing
  • Population

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and demand
  • Pricing trends
  • Supply shortage
  • Import terminal development
  • Competition and assistance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Gas prices
  • Gas demand
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Gas Supply Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Gas Supply Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Education and Training
  • Consumer Goods Retailing
  • Professional Services
  • Health Services
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Oil and Gas Extraction
  • Pipeline Transport

  • Products & Services
  • Gas retailing
  • Gas distribution
  • Chart: Gas Supply Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Households
  • Other sectors
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Gas Supply Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Gas Supply

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Gas Supply Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    AGL Energy Limited, Origin Energy Limited, EnergyAustralia Holdings Limited, SGSP (Australia) Assets Pty Ltd,
  • Table: AGL Energy Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Origin Energy Limited - financial performance
  • Table: EnergyAustralia Holdings Limited - financial performance
  • Table: SGSP (Australia) Assets Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Gas Supply Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Gas Supply Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Distribution Network
  • A system of pipes used to transport natural gas from the city gate measuring station to customers.
  • Lng
  • Liquefied natural gas, which can be transported via ship.
  • Natural Gas
  • Naturally occurring gases consisting of 50.0% to 90.0% methane and small amounts of heavier hydrocarbons, such as propane and butane.
  • Transmission Pipelines
  • High-volume gas pipelines that transport gas from the producing field or processing plant to the distribution network.
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