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Australia faces coal squeeze despite being energy powerhouse

Concern growing that power supply disruptions may trigger blackouts during peak summer demand period

Coal inventories at Australia's three largest electricity providers - AGL Energy, Origin Energy and EnergyAustralia - have shrunk over winter as they use more of the fuel to compensate for natural gas shortages.


AUSTRALIA'S energy crisis keeps getting stranger. The world's second biggest seller of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is already threatening producers with export curbs as it struggles to find enough supply for its own use.

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