At their recent 2014 Investor Seminar, Santos revealed plans for further progress in its Narrabri Gas Project, which would see the development of coal seam gas fields in northern New South Wales. The initial appraisal focuses on a “material reserve sweet spot” which ranges from Goondiwindi on the NSW-Queensland border to Murrurundi in the Upper Hunter. Santos plans to drill […]
AGL has installed two additional groundwater monitoring bores at Gloucester, NSW, to learn more about the shallow groundwater beneath the Avon River floodplain and within underground geological faults. The extra bores were drilled last week in the Waukivory Pilot area, with one bore targeting the geological fault zone at 60 metres below ground level and the other targeting the alluvium […]
The NSW Government has released the NSW Gas Plan, which outlines the state’s plan to secure gas supplies through the development of the coal seam gas industry. The plan is based on the recommendations of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane, in the report Final Report of the Independent Review of Coal Seam Gas Activities in NSW. This report […]
After three and a half years of construction work, Santos GLNG has installed the final module on its two LNG processing trains, key components of its gas liquefaction plant on Curtis Island near Gladstone, QLD. The last of the 111 modules used to build the two trains was installed recently. Train 1 comprises 82 modules while Train 2 comprises 29. […]
According to APPEA, legislation recently passed in the Senate includes several amendments that improve the operation of the Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), but further detail and significant consultation is needed on some key aspects of the scheme. The organisation states that amendments extending the crediting period and carbon abatement contract period will encourage participation and improve the ERF’s operation. […]
Santos GLNG has continued to make strong progress towards first LNG in 2015, completing the first of its three major gas processing hubs in its Queensland gas fields. The hub, located in the Fairview field north of Roma, is now fully operational. Commissioning is also progressing well at Santos GLNG’s two other major processing hubs. The milestone follows delivery of […]
NSW Premier, Mike Baird, and NT Chief Minister, Adam Giles, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work closely on the development of a pipeline connecting the Northern and Eastern Gas Markets. Under the MOU, the NSW and NT Governments will cooperate to accelerate and promote development of a national and competitive domestic gas market. Mr Baird said: “The NSW […]
Origin Energy Limited has released the Quarterly Production Report for its Exploration and Production business for the quarter to 30 September 2014, reporting production of 34.9 petajoules equivalent (PJe) and sales revenue of $251.1 million. Production of 34.9 PJe in the September Quarter 2014 was in line with the June Quarter 2014, reflecting Origin’s lower call on production at Otway […]
While the boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing has been welcomed as a solution for global energy needs, until now there has been no means of dealing with its unfortunate by-product: millions of gallons of water left much saltier than seawater after leaching salts from rocks deep below the surface. Now researchers at MIT and in Saudi […]
State Minister for Energy and Resources, Russell Northe, has announced that the Victorian Coalition Government has granted a petroleum production licence for Origin Energy’s Halladale offshore natural gas project. Origin Energy will produce recoverable natural gas resources in reservoirs located five kilometres off Victoria’s south western coast, approximately 30 kilometres east of Warrnambool. “The Napthine Government is delighted to support […]
In its latest annual report tabled in State Parliament, the EPA of Western Australia has set out its priorities in assessing the environmental impacts associated with hydraulic fracturing of onshore gas reserves. It also reaffirms the EPA’s view that WA’s regulatory framework is sufficient to manage any risks associated with current onshore gas exploration activities. The report says six “low-level, proof of […]
A new Grattan Institute report, Gas at the crossroads: Australia’s hard choice, shows that Australia’s developing gas export industry will deliver significant economic benefits to the economy. However the emergence of an Australian gas export industry, projected to be worth $60 billion a year by 2018, will drive price increases in the domestic market, since domestic consumers will have to pay gas suppliers […]
The Victorian Government’s Energy Statement represents another missed opportunity to address Australia’s gas supply problem, according to Australian Pipeline Industry Association (APIA). National Policy Manager, Mr Steve Davies, said: “The Energy Statement identifies issues with infrastructure expansion and risk management in the Victorian gas market, yet completely ignores the effects of the Victorian Government’s moratorium on onshore drilling of gas […]
Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre Chief Executive Officer, Professor Valerie Linton, provides an update on the establishment of the National Facility for Pipeline Coating Assessment. Pipeline infrastructure is essential for Australia’s long term economic stability and growth. It is important however that the key challenges which face our ageing industry and infrastructure are addressed through effective management and supported by […]
The Giles Government, NT, has granted Major Project Status to the proposed gas pipeline linking the Territory and East Coast gas grids and will now begin a formal search for investors. “The construction of this gas pipeline is an infrastructure project of national significance. It’s also a matter of urgency for the eastern states which are fast approaching an energy […]
Australia is increasingly dependent on the gas pipelines that deliver this vital energy source around the nation. The construction of gas pipelines has experienced a boom in the past decade, but equally important is the ongoing maintenance work required to ensure the integrity of this critical infrastructure. As we become increasingly dependent on energy pipelines, the potential impacts of pipeline […]
By John Cotter, Chairman of the GasFields Commission Queensland The rapid expansion of the Queensland onshore gas industry in recent years, and the scale of the projects involved, has been staggering. In order for these developments to have a positive legacy in the years to come, effort must be made to adequately inform and engage those affected. The expansion of […]
Santos GLNG has fed natural gas into its 420km gas transmission pipeline for the first time via its primary compressor station in the Fairview field in south-west Queensland. Santos Vice President Downstream GLNG Rod Duke said he was pleased to take another important step towards Santos GLNG’s first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Gladstone Harbour next year. “Commissioning […]
The Federal Government has approved the Arrow Bowen Pipeline environmental impact assessment. The proposed central Queensland pipeline, expected to be about 500km in length, will take coal seam gas (CSG) from Moranbah in the Bowen Basin to Gladstone. Arrow CEO Andrew Faulkner said the environmental approval followed last month’s Queensland Government approval of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for Arrow’s Bowen Basin […]
The report released by the New South Wales Chief Scientist should give the green light to the responsible development of the state’s natural gas resources. Having considered all the information available and noting the rapid evolution of technological developments applicable to CSG from a wide range of disciplines, the Review concluded that the technical challenges and risks posed by the CSG industry […]
Jim McDonald has been one of the key figures in the development of the Australian gas pipeline industry as we now know it. Founding Managing Director of the Australian Pipeline Trust, founding Chairman of the Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre and three-time APIA President, Jim has now turned his attention to a new technology which has the potential to revolutionise […]
The Australia Pacific LNG Pipeline story The recently completed 530 km APLNG gas transmission pipeline has occupied much of the Australian gas pipeline industry for several years. We take a look at each stage in the construction of this world-leading gas pipeline project. The Australia Pacific Liquefied Natural Gas (APLNG) project is one of three mega coal seam gas (CSG) to […]
Calls by Dow Chemical Australia and other manufacturers to remove regulatory impediments currently restricting the production of natural gas for eastern Australia’s domestic supply are supported by gas producers, says industry body APPEA. The gas industry has long argued that the solution to rising east coast prices lies in increased gas supply in New South Wales and Victoria; not in market […]
The Australian Government has announced the release of the Energy White Paper – Green Paper 2014. The Green Paper outlines the Federal Government’s policy approaches to the reform and regulation of the Australian energy market. The goals outlined in the paper include: Increasing Australia’s attractiveness for energy resources investment. Reforms to electricity pricing, including electricity network tariff reform to limit […]
The 46th Annual Convention of the Australian Pipeline Industry Association (APIA), titled Safe and Efficient Energy – It’s in the Pipeline, will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 18 to 21 October 2014. The convention will address a range of issues including natural gas policies, the use of gas in Australia, environmental challenges and safety issues. Technical papers covering pipeline […]
The QLD State Government has approved the environmental impact statement (EIS) for Arrow’s Bowen Gas Project (BGP), in central Queensland. The decision supports Arrow’s recent announcement that it was commencing front-end engineering and design (FEED) work for the proposed Bowen upstream gas project. Arrow Energy CEO Andrew Faulkner said both decisions were critical milestones in progressing the development of Arrow’s […]
Arrow Energy has announced it will proceed with the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase for its proposed Bowen Gas Project. Arrow Energy CEO, Andrew Faulkner, said the decision was a critical milestone in progressing the development of the company’s significant Bowen Basin gas reserves. “This design stage represents an important step forward for Arrow’s Bowen Gas Project and I […]
The Victorian Government is undertaking a major program of studies to examine the potential impacts of possible onshore natural gas development on Victoria’s water resources. The Department of Environment and Primary Industries seeks qualified to contractors to conduct regional risk assessments of the potential risks from onshore gas developments to groundwater and water related assets in the Gippsland and Otway […]
Plans to develop a greater understanding of underground water resources in NSW have been welcomed by gas industry body APPEA. The association states that while NSW onshore gas projects use a relatively small amount of groundwater resources, monitoring of all water users, including agriculture and mining, is a significant step towards building on the body of science already accumulated about […]
APA Group has released its results for the 2014 financial year. Strong growth was driven by the performance of the company’s extensive portfolio, including newly commissioned assets and other recent investments. The company announced a 14.0 per cent increase in net profit after tax and non-controlling interests before significant items to $199.6 million, and a 12.9 per cent increase in […]
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