Manish Agarwal


Manish is an industrial organisation economist with experience in access regulation and competition economics matters.
Prior to joining Synergies in March 2019, Manish worked as a Principal Analyst at the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) where he worked on a range of regulatory matters associated with third party access to rail and port infrastructure in Queensland. This work included competition analysis of markets dependent on infrastructure services, analysis of infrastructure expansion pricing framework and user funding option for infrastructure expansion, reference tariff analysis based on building blocks method, analysis of access negotiation arrangements, and assessment of operating and capital costs.
Manish also has prior experience of competition analysis in harbour towage and accounting services markets.
Manish has published peer review articles on issues relating to competition policy and economic regulation.

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Phone: +61 7 3227 9576


Manish Agarwal's Recent Projects

Case study

Arbitrating for more efficient shipping channel services at Newcastle Port

In 2018, the Australia’s competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) arbitrated a dispute between Glencore Coal Pty Ltd and Port of Newcastle (PNO) over the charges set by PNO for Glencore’s use of the channel assets at the Port of Newcastle.

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Promoting efficient pricing for shipping channel services at Newcastle Port

Synergies, acting on behalf of Glencore prepared a series of submissions in 2018 and 2019 setting out the economic rationale for continued declaration of Newcastle Port’s shipping channel. Glencore, is a major user of shipping channel services at Newcastle as a major coal producer and exporter in the Hunter Valley. As such Glencore depends on access to the shipping channel based on reasonable terms and conditions.

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