Jet fuel supply services at Sydney Airport escape access regulation

The Australian Treasurer decided today that jet fuel supply infrastructure services at Sydney Airport should not be subject to a third party access regime. The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia Inc had applied to the National Competition Council (NCC) seeking an obligation on the current owners of infrastructure and facilities required for jet fuel supply services to provide access to other parties. The infrastructure and facilities are owned and operated by an unincorporated joint venture comprising the Shell Company of Australia Limited; BP Australia Limited; Mobil Oil Australia Pty Ltd; Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Limited; and Qantas Airways Limited (together the JUHI JV).

The JUHI JV argued against the access obligation, which would also have created the possibility for regulation of the terms and conditions of such access by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. After a six month inquiry, the NCC recommended that there should be no obligation and this recommendation was accepted by the Government.

Frontier Economics (Australia) advised JUHI JV.

For more information, please contact Marita O’Keeffe at m.okeeffe@frontier-economics.com or call on +61 (0)3 9620 4488.

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