Origin Energy manages one of the largest gas supply networks in Australia, and controls and monitors thousands of gas assets as part of Australia Pacific LNG’s coal seam gas to liquefied natural gas project in Queensland. Here we take a look behind the scenes at the technology and operations used in the utility’s Brisbane Central Control Room (BCCR). In a […]
The latest project news, developments and opinion pieces from industry experts in Australia’s gas industry.
The Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) has announced that Hydrogen Park (HyP) Gladstone in Queensland, Australia’s first city-wide renewable hydrogen blending project has commenced construction. HyP Gladstone is a small demonstration facility in Queensland designed to produce renewable hydrogen to start to decarbonise gas supply in Gladstone, and is supported by the Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy 2019–2024, as well as […]
Boundary Power has developed a first-of-its-kind, relocatable, hydrogen integrated stand-alone power system (HiSAPS) in Victoria, aided by funding from the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA). On 9 October 2023, the Victorian Minister for Climate Action, Energy and Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio, visited the Ampcontrol manufacturing site in Ringwood to see the demonstration unit in action, powering the internal […]
The Australian Government has opened consultations and released a paper on a national Future Gas Strategy, which aims to help industries, households and the government make decisions about the future role of gas. Federal Minister for Resources, Madeleine King, said Australia’s gas policy settings were important for Australia’s energy security, for business and industry, for the environment and for local […]
Local and specialist crews from Western Power will be on standby as essential planned maintenance is undertaken on Synergy’s two gas turbine generators at Mungarra between 2–24 October 2023. The gas turbine generators act as a backup power supply for Geraldton and surrounds and can be used for significant planned or unplanned outages on Western Power’s network by ‘islanding’ the […]
The CSIRO is among six of the county’s leading research institutions that are collaborating with international researchers to tackle challenges in clean energy production and storage, with two multilateral research programs announced. In a joint effort between Australia, the US, Canada, and the UK, two multilateral research projects have been announced today as part of the National Science Foundation Global […]
AGL has appointed a demolition services company to engage in the first phase of demolition for its Torrens Island ‘A’ power station in Adelaide, expected to begin in October 2023. The McMahon Group has been granted the demolition contract with AGL for the first phase, with the contract involving the removal of turbine hall equipment and demolition works to flue […]
The close control of toxic and/or combustible gases requires specialised technology for the continuous monitoring of analysers to ensure their safe and effective use, protecting employees and ensuring end-product quality. Validation of uninterrupted flow to the analsyer is necessary to alert system operators should the analyser fail to measure or operate for a range of reasons, including blocked sample tubes, […]
The City of Sydney council has passed a motion that looks to introduce a new policy that will require new homes and businesses in the area to be gas free. The motion, moved by Councillor (Waskam) Emelda Davis, and seconded by Deputy Lord Mayor, Sylvie Ellsmore, will insert new clauses into the council’s planning rules to require new homes and […]
The Victorian Government is implementing an increase to penalties for gas and electricity distributors, with companies that commit serious breaches facing penalties of up to $10 million. The new penalty amounts will apply to Victorian gas and electricity distribution businesses for breaches of the Electricity Distribution and Gas Distribution System Codes of Practice that result in severe consumer harm or […]
The Western Australian Government has updated the WA Domestic Gas Policy for Perth and Canning Basin, and exemptions will not be considered in an effort to secure the state’s gas supply and support long-term economic and industrial development. The update follows the August 2020 update to the WA Domestic Gas Policy, which prevents the export of onshore gas through the […]
A new report has said that Australia’s transition to renewable energy sources may actually see an increase in emissions in the short term, unless it is supported by gas infrastructure. The report – The role of Gas Infrastructure in Australias’ Energy Transition – was commissioned by AGIG, APA Group, and Jemena and was authored by by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), […]
AGL has hosted its inaugural Latrobe Valley Energy Hub Day at the Loy Yang Power Station in Gippsland, Victoria. The event is designed to share future plans for the site and was attended by the Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio, as well as local community and business groups. AGL Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof, said AGL was […]
APA Group (APA) has launched its Northern Goldfields Interconnect (NGI) pipeline, with the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas pipeline now connected to Goldfields Gas pipeline. Western Australia Minister for Energy, Bill Johnston, officially opened the pipeline, which is set to provide greater energy security for Western Australia’s resources sector. The Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas pipeline is a 580km buried […]
The Victorian Government has announced that gas connections will be phased out from all new builds from 2024, transitioning houses to all-electric. From 1 January 2024, planning permits for new homes and residential subdivisions will only connect to all-electric networks, with houses taking advantage of more efficient, cheaper and cleaner electric appliances. These changes will apply to all new homes […]
The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) has announced its newest state director, who will ensure that Queensland continues to move towards the path to net zero. Keld Knudsen has joinedAPPEA’s Brisbane office as the new Queensland Director, after he previously served a decade with the organisation from 2011–2021. APPEA said that Mr Knudsen has extensive experience in energy […]
Industrial gas supplier, APA Group, has appointed a new APA Board Director, effective from September 2023. Nino Ficca will serve as an Independent Non-executive Director to the Board of APA Group Limited and APA Infrastructure Limited, effective from 1 September 2023. Mr Ficca’s previous experience includes AusNet Services Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, which he held for more than […]
The Federal Government’s Mandatory Gas Code of Conduct has now become law – coming into effect as of 11 July – and is expected to secure more reasonable gas prices for Australians. The Gas Code is intended to ensure that Australian gas is available for Australian users at reasonable prices, give producers the certainty they need to invest in supply, […]
APA Group has announced that construction is complete on the first stage of its East Coast Grid expansion, a project that is set to boost gas supply across the east coast providing energy security and supporting Australia’s energy transition. Stage one works included the construction of a single site of compression on both the South West Queensland Pipeline and Moomba […]
A construction company has been prosecuted after an investigation by Energy Safe Victoria found that it ignored safety requirements and dug within three metres of a gas transmission pipeline in Frankston South. Scott Civil Construction Pty Ltd was found guilty and fined $1,700 under the Gas Safety Act 1997 in the Frankston Magistrates’ Court on 22 June 2023. The construction […]
The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has issued infringement notices totaling $630,200 to two companies after their gas demand forecasting allegedly breached the National Gas Rules. EnergyAustralia has paid $406,800 in penalties arising from six infringement notices, and Incitec has paid $223,400 across four infringement notices. It’s alleged that both companies breached section 410(1) of the National Gas Rules, which contains […]
Jemena has announced that its Malabar Biomethane Injection Plant is operational, and is injecting biomethane produced from Sydney’s wastewater directly into the New South Wales gas network, as part of an Australian-first project. The Malabar Biomethane Demonstration Project, co-funded by energy infrastructure company Jemena and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), is creating biomethane by upgrading biogas produced from organic […]
Australia’s east coast has found itself in the midst of an energy crisis. With soaring energy prices putting increasing pressure on households, businesses and manufacturers, governments are increasingly looking to projects that can ease the pressure for residents and achieve greater energy security into the future. East coast energy in crisis New South Wales currently produces just five per cent […]
Safety is vital when working near gas pipelines, which in the worst case can result in death or injury. Here, Australia’s largest pipeline operator APA outlines some common mistakes people make when working near its 15,000km of transmission pipelines. APA owns and operates networks that deliver half of the natural gas used in Australia. Work conducted by other utilities is […]
Australian Gas Networks’s (AGN) Hydrogen Park Gladstone (HyP Gladstone) project has received development approval from the Gladstone Ports Corporation, and is a key step in decarbonising existing natural gas supply and transitioning to a renewable energy future. HyP Gladstone – located on the corner of Morgan and Rooksby Street, Gladstone – will produce renewable gas in the form of hydrogen […]
Jemena’s Gas Networks 2050 Advisory Board concluded a program of formal collaboration sessions, as part of ongoing work by Jemena to develop its 2025–2030 pricing and services plan for the New South Wales gas distribution network. Jemena’s engagement program will hear directly from customers over the next 18 months, as a new plan is prepared for consideration by the Australian […]
The Federal Government has released its new Gas Code – a mandatory code of conduct that proposes to establish a price anchor, or mechanism to drag gas prices down – for final consultation from stakeholders. Following significant consultation with gas producers and users since the beginning of 2023, the Gas Code improves upon the approach to implementing reasonable pricing outlined […]
The ACCC has released its Gas inquiry March 2023 interim report, which found that a previously forecasted shortfall in the east coast gas market could be avoided if LNG producers contract another three petajoules (PJ) of gas in 2023. It represents an improvement of 27PJ since the previous forecast in January. In August 2022, the ACCC forecasted a shortfall of […]
The Federal Government has secured additional parliamentary support for reforms to the Safeguard Mechanism, which will reduce 205 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions to 2030. The reduction is equivalent to taking two-thirds of the nation’s cars off the road over the same period. The government says the reforms ensure that Australia’s largest emitters are competitive in a decarbonising global […]
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