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 […]
AGL is employing the use of a 65-tonne floating excavator, “Arthur”, to improve network operations and safety at the Loy Yang A Power Station. An amalgamation of machinery, the Caterpillar 336 excavator is the result of a four-year problem-solving exercise to find equipment capable of operating on the soft surface of ash ponds. AGL’s Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof, said […]
The Federal Government has given an ultimatum to the private energy sector regarding the replacement of the Liddell coal-fired station, threatening to step in if no solution was found. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said electricity generators must come up with a plan for 1,000MW of new dispatchable energy in time for the end of 2023. If there is no investment […]
Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) 2020 Integrated System Plan (ISP) has been released, outlining opportunities for the National Electricity Market (NEM) to secure grid stability and reliability. The 2020 ISP identified the optimal development path for the NEM that will both maximise consumer benefits and deliver $11 billion in net market benefits to 2040. Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, […]
Improved management of groundwater is behind a new multimillion-dollar initiative supported by BHP and Rio Tinto. Led by the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) at Flinders University and in conjunction with the mining and groundwater industries, the project aims to promote, facilitate and support the improved use of numerical modelling in groundwater management, regulation and decision-making. This […]
Methane concentrations in the Beetaloo Sub-basin in the Northern Territory are now being monitored by CSIRO. The monitoring comes as part of the Northern Territory Government’s promise to accept the recommendations put forward in the independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory. CSIRO Research Director Onshore Gas and GISERA Director, Dr Damian Barrett, said CSIRO was looking […]
The Northern Territory Government has released a plan to implement the recommendations of the independent scientific inquiry into unconventional hydraulic fracturing. The framework outlines the need for collaboration and transparency between government, industry, local business and the broader community in ensuring the safe and sustainable development of the Territory’s onshore shale gas resources. NT Chief Minister, Michael Gunner, said the […]
$4.8 million in funding through the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Initiative will fund eight projects that will boost cross-industry innovation, collaboration and sustainability in the resources sector. Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator Michaelia Cash, said the projects funded through National Energy Resources Australia’s (NERA) Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Growth Centre, will leverage a further $5.7 […]
Three Queensland LNG projects have signed an industry-government agreement, committing to the Commonwealth that they will ensure eastern Australia has sufficient gas supply for 2018 and 2019. The agreement was signed by LNG operators Shell, GLNG Operations and Australia Pacific and Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. APPEA Chief Executive, Dr Malcolm Roberts, said Queensland LNG producers would ensure eastern Australia would […]
One Nation has released a statement that it wants to ban drilling in the Cooper Basin until it is proven that it does no damage to the Great Artesian Basin which could see the in increase gas prices in Queensland. One Nation is expected to announce its policy on 26 September to hold an inquiry into CSG and impose a […]
Santos has announced that the Gladstone LNG project will supply 30 petajoules of gas, which would otherwise have been exported as LNG, to the east coast domestic market over 2018 and 2019. APPEA Chief Executive, Dr Malcolm Roberts, said this deal was just the latest in a series of announcements that prove the market is working. “While the supply-demand balance […]
The Queensland Gas Company (QGC) will soon begin drilling up to 161 new wells, benefiting both gas supply and regional jobs. APPEA Queensland Director, Rhys Turner, said the start of “Project Ruby” was an important milestone for QGC and the Queensland gas industry. “The only way to meet growing demand for gas for our export and domestic markets is to […]
by Aleks Zids, Conference Director, ADGO 2017 The uncertainty over the future of the oil price is creating an increasingly complex environment for all three of Queensland’s liquefied natural gas plants and the entire East Coast gas market. Last November, Santos confirmed they are not running their $US18.5 billion GLNG venture at full production. If prices remain low, Origin Energy’s […]
A new report has warned Victoria will need access to more gas to meet the state’s long-term electricity needs. EnergyQuest’s new EnergyQuarterly report said Victoria has less than ten years to find a reliable source of gas, a prospect it says is hindered by the recent decision to limit new onshore gas exploration. The report found that the natural gas […]
A report released by the Office of the Chief Economist has found that gas accounted for 24 per cent of energy consumption in Australia in 2014-15, highlighting the importance of gas in energy generation. The Australian Energy Update 2016 found that energy consumption, after declining for two years – increased by one per cent in 2014-15. The report is updated […]
Gas organisations have slammed the Victorian Government’s decision to introduce legislation banning fraccing in the state, saying it will impact future gas supply. The Victorian Government announced plans to ban fraccing, effectively prohibiting any onshore unconventional development in the state. The permanent legislative ban, to be introduced to Parliament later in 2016, is part of the government response to the […]
APA Group has entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding with a CSG explorer for the delivery of gas from the Galilee Basin to the east coast. APA Group has agreed to work with Comet Ridge to facilitate options for the delivery of gas from Comet Ridge’s gas resources in the Galilee Basin in north eastern Queensland to the east […]
A Queensland water treatment plant that processes water from its connected coal seam gas development has been named the Industrial Water Project of the Year at the 2016 Global Water Awards. The 100,000m³/d Northern Water Treatment Plant (WTP) won the award for its work treating produced water piped from Queensland Gas Corporation’s (QGC) coal seam gas extraction operation near Wandoan. […]
The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) has published a fact sheet about gas seeps and bubbles in Queensland’s Condamine River, following the release of a video by a NSW Greens MP who lit the river on fire. The video shows New South Wales Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham lighting the surface of the river which bursts into flames. Mr […]
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released its recommendations from the East Coast Gas Inquiry which include improved market transparency, changes to pipeline regulation and new approaches to gas development. The Federal Government has released the East Coast Gas inquiry 2015 report, which examines the competitiveness of wholesale gas prices in eastern and southern Australia. The report has […]
AGL Energy has announced it will no longer explore coal seam gas assets and will not proceed with the Gloucester Gas CSG Project. AGL said the decision to no longer focus on coal seam gas exploration or production is due to a fall in global oil and gas prices as well as long development lead times. AGL said that this […]
The Northern Territory Government has recently announced a new process for land access agreements between the oil and gas, and agriculture industries. Northern Territory Chief Minister, Adam Giles, said the new process to establish land access agreements strikes a balance between the rights of resource companies to explore and the rights of landowners to be advised, informed and consulted before […]
A report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) confirms that natural gas will be essential to the world’s energy supply in the future. The annual World Energy Outlook report forecasts that production of natural gas could increase by 47 per cent by 2040. Most of this growth will come from developing unconventional sources such as coal seam gas and shale […]
Santos has appointed their new CEO, who will lead the company as they focus on delivering strong operational results in the low oil price environment. Energy and resources executive, Mr Kevin Gallagher, who is the current CEO of engineering services group, Clough Limited, has been appointed as the new Managing Director and CEO of Santos. Mr Gallagher will aim to […]
A farming family north-west of Brisbane have spoken out about CSG extraction on their land, telling the ABC that despite initial hardships, it has provided them with significant financial support and opportunities. Origin Energy currently operate forty CSG wells and two water stations scattered across Peter and Nikki Thompson’s agricultural land. The recent death of anti-CSG campaigner and farmer George […]
An Australian Government report has highlighted that the direct economic impacts of CSG lead to increases in employment, output, income, government revenue and regional populations. The Australian Government’s “Review of the socioeconomic impacts of coal seam gas in Queensland“, found that the economic impact of CSG development is akin to other natural resource developments, but the socioeconomic impacts differ as a […]
It’s been a bountiful decade in the gas pipeline construction game, as the CSG-LNG industry in Queensland provided contractors with a steady stream of geographically concentrated work. Now that these projects are up and running, we ask: where to now for pipeliners? After an unprecedented construction boom in recent years, now that the Queensland LNG industry is effectively up and running, many […]
The Australian Senate’s Environment and Communications Committee has rejected the Greens’ bill to ban hydraulic fracturing and Commonwealth intervention into State regulation of land access. APPEA CEO, Malcolm Roberts, has welcomed the decision stating that, “The gas industry understands that access to private land is a sensitive issue. The industry operates under rigorous State regulation which requires agreements to be […]
Santos’ GLNG project has started producing its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) on Curtis Island, Queensland, on schedule and within budget. LNG is currently being produced from Train 1 ahead of the first cargo, which is expected to be shipped to Asian markets in the coming weeks. Work on the second train is continuing to progress well, with Train 2 […]
In a recent speech, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chairman, Rod Sims, shared some early insights from the ACCC’s inquiry into the east coast gas market. “While we are not quite at the halfway mark in our 12-month Inquiry, and we are still some way off drawing conclusions, there are some preliminary observations I would like to make.” “First, […]
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