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  • 23 Oct 2020 1:02 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    AUSTRALIAN oil and gas company Central Petroleum has varied its sales agreement for 3.5 petajoules of gas per annum with Macqurie and secured  a 12 month extension to its finance facility with the bank. 

    The agreement changes a prior arrangement for the bank to hold an option to take gas between 2022-23 to it making a firm payment by December 15, giving the Northern Territory and Queensland-focussed company immediate funds for development work at the Mereenie gas field. 

    Central will supply the gas to the bank or its nominee over 2022-23.  

    It plans the recompletion of four existing wells and the drilling of two new production wells in the Top End.  

    The project will add 5 terajoules of gas per day bringing the total to 45TJ/d with 20TJ/d net to Central.  

    The company was given the all clear by the Top End regulator this week for the field work.  

    The new close date for the $70 million facility is the end of September 2022.  

    Central and Macquarie first struck a gas sales and prepayment agreement in May 2016 for 5.2PJ of gas for delivery this and next year.  

    "The new deal will essentially continue gas deliveries to Macquaries at the same rate for a further two years," Central said.  

    This brings its contracted gas sales to 7.5PJ for 2022 and 5.2PJ in 2023.  

    It also preserves firm contracting capacity for delivery through the proposed Amadeus to Moomba gas pipeline, which could be online by 2024. 

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 22 Oct 2020 1:12 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    INPEX contractor Kawasaki Heavy Industries has been found not guilty of causing the death of a subcontractor who died in horrific circumstances at the ichthys LNG project in 2017.

    Northern Territory WorkSafe laid charges against contractors Kawasaki Heavy Industries and sub-contractor Whittens Group after they allegedly "failed in their health and safety" duties resulting in the death of employee Carl Delaney in November 2017 at the Ichthys onshore LNG plant. 

    According to court documents, Kawasaki has been found not guilty of negligence and causing the death of the employee. 

    On November 29, 2017, Delaney was working for subcontractor Whittens conducting insulation works on one of the LNG tanks.

    According to NTWorkSafe the tasks being performed were "high risk".

    Delaney was working in a confined space when he fell from a height into the tank and was engulfed in an insulation called Perlite. He died of suffocation, according to a coroner's report.

    He was working alone when he fell.

    The report found that while workers were required to connect to safety harnesses, there was a culture of ignoring this requirement.

    NTWorkSafe alleged both contractors did not provide and maintain a safe system of work and provide supervision as required under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

    Northern Territory Local Court judge Tanya Fong Lim quashed the charges against Kawasaki, however said the complaint against subcontractor Whittens remained. 

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 19 Oct 2020 1:05 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    EMPIRE Energy hosted energy and emissions reduction minister Angus Taylor at its Carpentaria-1 well Friday, as well as Senator Sam McMahon and the Northern Territory leader of the opposition Lia Finocchiaro and the Darwin representative of Australia’s peak oil and gas lobby body. 

    The well is in Empire's EP187 in the Northern Territory's Beetaloo Sub-basin, which is first cab off the rank for the government's $28.3 million Strategic Basin Plans, to develop five of Australia's gas basins, announced as part of the federal budget.  

    A second trip tomorrow will involve members of the sitting Territory government which was returned to power last month.  

    "We've met with him (Taylor) before earlier this year but this is the first well (drilled) in the basin since the gas-fired recovery was announced and on the back of that we invited him to join us on site," managing director Alex Underwood told Energy News. 

    It's an unusual trip in some ways given the Empire is nowhere near the size of other Beetaloo players Origin Energy, which shares the Kyalla-189 well with Irish Falcon Oil & Gas, or Santos  but perfect timing given the well results of last week.  

    Last Monday Empire announced the well, being drilled with Schlumberger Land Rig 183, had intersected an "extensive" interval of liquids rich gas in the Velkerri Shale based on mud gas liquids readings and the proportion of liquids "dramatically" exceeds analogue wells previously drilled in the area and also exceeds its own pre-drill estimates.  

    The well will be cased and then after data is analysed a forward drilling program for next year's dry season will be developed.  

    "It's very encouraging for the company that we now have strong support at the Territory and federal level for development of this basin, the government here has shown leadership with respect to development and Darwin is already a major LNG hub," Underwood said.  

    "The government here recognises that that gas development will bring broader economic benefits and that gas will be part of the energy mix as renewables have a larger share of power generation to stablise the grid. 

    "I just think it was important for a senior member of the federal government to see the results of this basin."  

    "The Beetaloo Basin is a world-class resource that has the potential to drive significant development in the Top End to create local jobs and help Australia remain a world leader in gas," a statement from Taylor's office  said. 

    "The government's Strategic Basin Plans will accelerate this development, driving investment and job creation in our regional and Indigenous communities as we recover from COVID-19." 

    The same day anti-fraccing group Lock the Gate posted protest photos on its Twitter account but Underwood said there had been no protests at the site and was caught off guard when first asked about protests by Energy News Friday. 

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 12 Oct 2020 12:18 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    The last few months have created a new focus across Australia Supply Chains, especially the reliance on imported goods and extended supply chains. For many products the case for ‘making it here’ is being re-assessed. This is a trend that has been underway for at least five years in North America and Europe, but COVID 19 is finally prompting a re-evaluation of Australia’s over-reliance on international supply chains.

    This interactive webinar will discuss and review the following:

    What are the considerations about where to source?

    • What are the hidden costs (total) of extended Supply Chains?
    • What has changed that necessitates a re-evaluation of past sourcing decisions
    • What are the six steps required to successfully bring production home?
    • Learning Outcomes:

      Guidelines to help decide which inputs to source locally and which to import.

    • The six steps that businesses need to take to successfully re-establish local production
    • How local suppliers can position themselves to benefit from the move to local sourcing. 

    Attendee numbers will be limited to 30 as this will be a fully interactive workshop.

    REGISTER NOW

    Presenter: Tim McLean

    Tim has 32 years’ experience in the manufacturing industry in management and consulting roles. Tim is the author of two books focused on the manufacturing and supply chain challenges faced by SMEs. As the MD of TXM Lean Solutions Tim has worked in around 20 countries and 1000 factories over the past 15 years, providing him with unique insight into the current state of manufacturing and how technology and Lean is shaping businesses across a range of industries.

     

    TUESDAY 18 NOVEMBER

    WEBINAR


    12:30PM-2:30PM AEST

    PRESENTER

    Tim McLean
    TXM

     

     



  • 05 Oct 2020 4:15 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    AUSTRALIAN LNG giant Origin Energy and its venture partner Falcon Oil & Gas have completed 11 stages of fraccing at the highly anticipated Kyalla-117 well in the Beetaloo Basin of the Northern Territory.

    Late Friday, Falcon Oil & Gas, which holds a 22.5% stake in the Beetaloo project, told shareholders operator Origin Energy (77.5%) had completed an 11-stage fraccing program across the high-profile, high-cost, Kyalla-117 well. 

    The fraccing program aimed to stimulate 11 sections across a 1579-metre horizontal section of the well targeting the Lower Kyalla Formation. 

    With the fraccing activities now complete, the venture is preparing for flowback and an extended production test. According to Falcon, early stage gas flow rates are expected in the coming weeks. 

    "We look forward to the next phase of operations with the production testing of the Kyalla-117 well and will update the market as results become available," Falcon chief Philip O'Quigley said in a short statement. 

    Initial results from the flow test are expected in the coming weeks, and full results from the production test should be available within the first quarter of next year. 

    Kyalla-117 was drilled to a total depth of 3809 metres with a 1579 lateral section in February this year. Total costs of drilling and completing the well are expected to be in the range of $50 million. 

    During drilling, elevated gas shows with relatively high liquids were observed across all three of the target reservoirs. 

    Origin is paying the full amount of the current operations, up to A$25 million, as part of its farm-in agreement with Falcon. 

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 02 Oct 2020 4:30 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    THE MORRISON government is seeking to “turbo charge” investment in resources by broadening the scope of projects eligible for funding under the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.

    Feds to "turbo charge" oil and gas investment in Northern Australia

    The government NAIF fund has already provided $2.4 billion in financing for major projects across the Top End. Projects include Kalium Lakes' gas plant and lateral gas pipeline, and $37 million for Merricks Capital's Hudson Creek P12 MW gas power Station in Darwin. 

    It has also helped finance Genex Energy's pumped hydro project in northern Queensland and some solar and wind renewables projects. Its largest single finance in the energy sector is worth $500 million.

    Under new plans announced on Wednesday, the NAIF will be expanded to encourage new investment in oil and gas, among other industries. 

    "The reforms to NAIF will ensure the $5 billion facility will have more flexibility to bankroll investment in a wider range of projects across Northern Australia," minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt said in a statement. 

    "We have listened to stakeholders in the north, and are making changes to the NAIF, more flexibility will help drive economic recovery and population growth."

    Eligibility was previously restricted to funding for physical construction works only. This will now be scrapped to allow proponents to apply for funds including equipment purchases, training, and general expansion of existing business operations. 

    The government said it would ensure the NAIF could "take a more holistic approach" to supporting economic growth. 

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 02 Oct 2020 4:28 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    FRANCE’s Total will become Total Energies as part of its outline to change its business model and lower emissions in the next decade and predicts gas will feature heavily in its portfolio. 

    The company plans to be selling 50 million tonnes of LNG per year by 2025, with cash flow from its LNG business to rise by 40% to US$4 billion per year by then, assuming a $50 per barrel oil price. It plans to decarbonise gas with biogas and hydrogen, while reducing fugitive emissions.  

    It already has two hydrogen projects in Europe under development, trialling both methane-sourced hydrogen and renewable-sourced hydrogen  

    Overnight the French supermajor, which holds a share in the Ichthys LNG project in Australia and Gladstone LNG in Queensland as well exploration permits in the Browse Basin, released its new energy strategy. 

    It plans to increase production by a third or to 3-4 million barrels of oil equivalent per day by 2030, with half of that from LNG and the other half from electricity from renewables.  

    It plans to spend 20% of capital investment on renewables in the coming decade, or $2-$3 billion per year. It already has a renewable footprint in Australia holding 55.66% of solar panel company SunPower and has a 33.86% interest in the Kiamal solar farm in Victoria, which will have 250 megawatt capacity when built.  

    This production rise is in stark contrast to European peer BP which plans to cut 40% of production in the same time and Shell may yet follow down the same path, according to unnamed sources speaking to Reuters. 

    Shell will furnish more details at its investor day, later this year. However both Shell and BP plan on huge scale ups in their investments in renewables.

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 25 Sep 2020 4:43 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    INPEX has sent its 200th LNG cargo from its Ichthys LNG project 11 months after sending cargo 100 from its Darwin facility on Bladin Point. Inpex made the announcement via LinkedIn yesterday. 

    It said the cargo is bound for Chiba, Japan.  

    "The Energy Advance vessel loaded with 145,000 cubic metres of chilled LNG and is on its way,"  it said.  

    Inpex has delivered 345 cargoes, with the remainder made up of LPG and condensate cargoes.  

    Condensate sales in Western Australia for the 2019-20 year were worth  $5.7 billion, with much driven by the Japanese-led project. 

    Though LNG departs Darwin, condensate is loaded from the Ichthys vessel moored offshore Western Australia in Commonwealth waters.  

    Ichthys, the first LNG project the company has ever operated, is a cornerstone of its business and the largest single investment by a Japanese company in Australia, though was dogged by cost blowouts and a late start up date.  

    Monday it submitted its plans to conduct an extensive drilling program as part of the next phase of the Ichthys development program to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA).  

    It will drill between 12 and 15 new development wells within production license WA-50-L in the Browse Basin. The wells will be tied back to the existing processing facility, the Ichthys Explorer. 

    The drilling program is expected to get underway in the first half of 2020 and take around five years to complete.

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 23 Sep 2020 11:46 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    EMPIRE Energy confirmed this morning it will spud its Carpentaria-1 well in the Beetaloo Sub-basin with the Schlumberger Land Rig 183 rig now onsite at EP187. 

     Speaking to Energy News, drilling managing director Alex Underwod said "I'm proud we're an Aussie company playing a key role in the development of the basin".  

    It plans to drill the well to 2900 metres then log, case and suspend it. The team will evaluate unconventional targets the Velkerri and Kyalla shales, which have been independently certified by unconventional specialists Netherland, Sewell and Associates with a best estimate prospective resources of 2.4 trillion cubic feet of gas.  

    Drilling and formation evaluation will take 40 days, and the well design allows for suspension and future re-entry for fraccing and flow testing, which the company plans for the second quarter of next year.  

    Among other work the drilling will ‘high-grade' the target shales for either vertical or horizontal fraccing and flow testing planning and execution, and to refine existing seismic data to further determine resource estimates.  

    The evaluation program will include mudlogging, measurement while drilling, cuttings sampling and continuous gas analysis, isotube and isojar sampling programs, wireline logging, large diameter rotary sidewall coring and diagnostic fracture injection testing. 

    It comes just as Origin Energy and partner the Irish Falcon Oil & Gas begin fraccing the big budget Kyalla well earlier this week and after a period of quiet through a fraccing moratorium work begins again in the highly prospective, frontier area.  

    "I note Origin Energy is back in the field now, things are ramping up," Underwood said.  

    "We're on Aborginal land so the approvals are from Traditional Owners and we've worked very hard over a number of years to seek their support," he  said.  

    "What we found is that the vast majority of local people are supportive as they want to see economic development in their local area and we understand that there are some members of the broader community concerned over the environmental impact and we take that seriously." 


    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 23 Sep 2020 11:43 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    WOODSIDE Petroleum CEO Peter Coleman declared yesterday that the market needed to start preparing for the future hydrogen economy, noting the cost competitiveness of green hydrogen was likely to be reached within the next decade.

    Speaking about the future of energy at Business News's leadership breakfast at the Perth Convention Centre, Coleman noted despite the buzz around hydrogen, there was still no market for it yet, and even when it comes there will still be challenges in transporting it. 

    However he said the company's trade partners, including Japan and Korea were rapidly creating the market for the gas, similarly to how the Japanese established the LNG market. 

    He noted hydrogen produced using steam-methane reforming was well known and could be done at scale, while the potential for green hydrogen, produced via electrolysis, was great. 

    "This is nirvana, it's making it from water," he said. 

    "It's great but there's nothing at scale, everything is bespoke, every electrolyser is made for the application that it's put into, so there's no massive scale and so there's no cost reduction," he said. 

    He referred to the EU's plans to build 6GW of green hydrogen electrolysers by 2024 which would help bring costs down, but said the true tipping point for electrolysers to be competitive would be when China starts to produce them at scale. 

    "It's going to be ten years in the coming, and we need to start now," he said.

    "The technology is there, we know what the cost curves are like, we know what we need to do in the market, and there's a solution there, but you've got to manage the energy input with the production, and then you've got to distribute the darn stuff" he said. 

    Woodside has signed a memorandum of understanding with Korea Gas Corporation to study the feasibility of a green hydrogen export project, and is also on the Hydrogen Council's steering committee. 

    The Korean government aims to build 100 hydrogen refuelling stations in the country over the next four years. 

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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