How Energy-Rich Australia Exported Its Way Into an Energy Crisis

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The world’s No. 2 seller abroad of liquefied natural gas holds so little in reserve that it can’t keep the lights on in Adelaide—a cautionary tale for the U.S.

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The LNG carrier Methane Spirit loads the the first LNG cargo from Australia Pacific LNG, January 9, 2016. Photo: Australia Pacific LNG

July 10, 2017 11:34 a.m. ET

On a sweltering night this February, the world’s No. 2 exporter of liquefied natural gas didn’t have enough energy left to keep its own citizens cool.

A nationwide heat wave in Australia drove temperatures above 105 degrees Fahrenheit around the city of Adelaide on the southern coast. As air-conditioning demand soared, regulators called on Pelican Point, a local gas-fueled power station running at half capacity, to crank up.

It couldn’t. The plant’s operator said it wasn’t able to get enough natural gas quickly to run its…

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