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  • 03 Feb 2021 10:48 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    BEETALOO Basin trailblazer Empire Energy has received the core results from its Carpentaria-1 well, confirming Middle Velkerri Shale targets in its EP187 have world-class rock characteristics, possibly even better than some US shale basins.

    The frontier Northern Territory shale play has attracted international attention, which the Territory government hopes will turn into investment in the vast gas and liquids-rich Beetaloo and McArthur basins. 

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 02 Feb 2021 10:45 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    AUSTRALIAN prime minister Scott Morrison gave a special mention of the Beetaloo Sub-basin in his speech to the National Press Club yesterday.

    The Morrison government released its strategic plan for development of the Beetaloo Sub-basin just last month, outlining federal commitments to bolster investment in the Northern Territory's newest gas and liquids play. 

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 01 Feb 2021 11:09 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    THE federal government has established 13 regional hydrogen clusters across Australia, investing A$1.85 million in an effort to create a nationwide virtual cluster to foster a globally competitive hydrogen industry.

    The clusters will act as a collaborative hub for companies to share expertise and skills in order to ramp up the burgeoning industry which could increase Australia's GDP by up to A$26 billion, according to a 2019 Deloitte report. 

    Spearheaded by National Energy Resources Australia, the national, virtual cluster is designed to create a unique brand for Australian hydrogen and expertise and kickstart the development of hydrogen supply chains and identify gaps in development, deployment and commercialisation of new hydrogen technologies. 

    The regional hydrogen technology clusters, spanning across all states and territories, have been created following a seed funding selection program NERA started in September last year. NERA has also been able to leverage a range of funding commitments from state and territory governments around the country as well as funding from industry. 

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 30 Jan 2021 3:06 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Electricity Market Priority Reforms Program Papers Released

    In another significant step towards 50 per cent renewables by 2030, the Northern Territory Government has today released policy position and consultation papers on priority electricity market reforms.

    Addressing system security, reliability and efficiency; encouraging private investment and maximising the amount of renewable power in our network are the main focus points of the final position paper on dispatch and settlement, and consultation papers on essential system services and reliability reforms.

    The Northern Territory Electricity Market Priority Reform Program has been designed to promote competition by facilitating private sector investment in lower cost and cleaner technologies.

    Territory households and businesses will benefit from the anticipated downward pressure on electricity costs as a result of a more competitive and lower-cost industry.

    The Territory’s power systems are evolving as we transition to solar.

    The Priority Reform Program will assist government in delivering cleaner and cheaper power for Territorians by implementing reforms to:

    • Dispatch – ensuring that the most cost-effective combination of generation (including thermal and renewable generators) is dispatched in the Darwin-Katherine system. This will be achieved by allocating the System Controller responsibility for scheduling generators based on up-to-date information about generator costs and availability.
    • Settlement – facilitating private sector investment by making it easier for retailers and generators, including new renewables generators, to buy and sell electricity in the Darwin-Katherine system. This will be achieved by introducing financial settlement by the Market Operator.
    • Essential System Services – ensuring the changing technical requirements for system security are met in the most cost-effective way by enabling their provision by the full range of capable technologies, including batteries and renewables generators.
    • Reliability – ensuring system reliability meets customer expectations while also keeping costs are as low as possible.

    Electricity industry stakeholders are being fully consulted on the details of the priority reforms.

    Stakeholders are invited to participate in further stakeholder working group consultation on the essential system services and reliability consultation papers by making written submissions and attending stakeholder workshops.

    Final position papers on the essential system services and reliability reforms are expected to be released by mid-2021.

    The announcement of the Government’s priority electricity market reforms follows the Government’s announcement of a large scale battery energy storage system (BESS) for the Darwin-Katherine system at a project cost of $30M.

    Procurement of the BESS is progressing on track for delivery in the second half of 2022.

    The Northern Territory Electricity Market Priority Reform Program position and consultation papers can be found at 

    Quotes from Minister for Renewables and Energy, Eva Lawler:

    “Territory Labor is delivering more renewables because we know it means cheaper, cleaner power and more local jobs.

    “These market reforms will encourage private investment in the new and innovative technology that will allow more renewables in our electricity system while ensuring reliable and secure power.

    “Electricity market reform is complex. Government has been carefully working through stakeholder feedback and design considerations to inform its priority electricity market reforms.”


  • 28 Jan 2021 10:36 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Sun Cable and the Northern Territory Government (NTG) today signed a milestone agreement to facilitate the Australia-ASEAN Power Link (AAPL), that will see the Territory host one of the world’s largest renewable energy systems.

    The project includes a solar and storage precinct near Elliott, in the Barkly Region, high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission connecting the precinct to the Darwin-Katherine Interconnected System (DKIS) and proposed Middle Arm Battery and a HVDC submarine link to Singapore.

    The 70-year, $22B project will create about 1500 jobs during construction and 350 jobs during operations, as well as $1B in exports.

    Signing on behalf of the Northern Territory Government, Chief Minister Michael Gunner said:

    “Today’s announcement is a big step forward for the Territory – for our energy security and our job security.

    “This project will put the NT on the international map when it comes to renewables.

    “It will also see hundreds of Territorians find work in the Barkly and Darwin regions during the construction and operational phases.

    “This project will transform the Territory into a renewable energy powerhouse, and cement our position as Australia’s comeback capital,” the Chief Minister said.

    Sun Cable CEO David Griffin said the AAPL project would generate and transmit dispatchable, competitively priced, renewable energy at scale.

    “This will provide affordable, reliable energy to support industrial growth in Darwin, as well as supplying up to 20% of Singapore’s electricity needs,” he said.

    “The Australia-ASEAN Power Link project will help the Northern Territory make deep cuts to its emissions intensity by decoupling economic growth from carbon pollution,” he said.

    Benefits of the project include:

    • a world-leading renewable energy transmission system;
    • economic diversification for the Northern Territory;
    • reliable, affordable dispatchable power;
    • providing cost effective electricity supply to facilitate new manufacturing, minerals processing and data centre projects;
    • a major boost to the Territory’s construction sector and a range of other services and suppliers;
    • a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the Northern Territory, Australia and the Indo-Pacific, helping the Territory achieve its goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050;
    • Sun Cable will establish a Renewable Energy Centre of Excellence in the Territory, drawing on existing local solar, electricity and infrastructure expertise to grow research and development of renewables.

    Sun Cable today signed a Project Development Agreement with the Northern Territory Government that recognises the AAPL’s Major Project Status.

    Sun Cable will prepare a Territory Benefits Plan, including an Aboriginal workforce development plan and local participation strategy to maximise local jobs and procurement.

    The company has engaged Darwin company EcOz to prepare its Environmental Impact Statement for the project.

    The project has drawn on the services of another dozen Territory companies, covering environmental services, ecological and geotechnical surveys, architecture, legal, strategic communication and maintenance.

    The company expects AAPL’s financial close to be in late 2023, with first electricity to Darwin by 2026 and Singapore from 2027.

    Media inquiries

    Jane Munday, True North Strategic Communication on 08 8981 6445 or 0427 880 083

  • 22 Jan 2021 11:14 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    FORTESCUE Metals chairman Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest has proclaimed the answer to the world’s warming climate and mounting energy needs is renewable hydrogen, which he believes could turn Australia into a green steel industrial power house. 

    In a speech set to be delivered on Saturday as part of the Boyer Lecture series on the ABC, Forrest said the green hydrogen market could generate revenues at the very least of US$12 trillion by 2050 - bigger than any industry currently working.  

    "And Australia with characteristic luck, is sitting on everything it needs to be the world leader - but only if it acts fast," he said.  

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 19 Jan 2021 11:51 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Origin has submitted a notification and initial report to the Northern Territory Government confirming the discovery of hydrocarbons at the Kyalla 117 N2-1H ST2 exploration well near Daly Waters, in the Beetaloo Sub-basin.

    The notification of discovery is supported by preliminary production test data and petrophysical data. It follows recent work to introduce nitrogen to lift the fluids in the well, allowing it to flow unassisted for a measurable period.

    The initial report, based on early well flow data, is positive and shows:

    • Unassisted gas flow rates ranging between 0.4 and 0.6 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d) over a seventeen-hour period.
    • Flow back of hydraulic fracture stimulation water to surface with an average rate of between 400 – 600 barrels per day (bbl/d) over the same period.
    • Initial observations indicate a liquid-rich gas composition with CO2 estimated at less than 1%. Condensate shows were also present.

    Origin Executive General Manager Integrated Gas, Mark Schubert said, “We are encouraged by the early results from the well, which has met our primary objective to flow liquids rich gas from the Kyalla formation.

    “To support the well to flow continually without assistance we will now put in place longer term measures to flow back sufficient hydraulic fracture stimulation water, enabling production testing to commence in the coming months during the dry season.

    “This is the first well to be successfully drilled into the Kyalla formation and we continue to gather important knowledge and data that will inform and refine our ongoing exploration activity in the Beetaloo,” Mr Schubert said.

    The notification of discovery and initial report are a requirement under s64(1) of the Petroleum Act 1984 (Northern Territory) and satisfies the requirements of the NT Guidelines for reporting a petroleum discovery.

    A further update will be provided when production testing has concluded, and detailed evaluation has been undertaken, expected to be in Q2 2021.

    The Beetaloo Exploration Project is a joint venture with Falcon Oil & Gas Limited. For more about the project visit

  • 14 Jan 2021 11:03 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    THE FEDERAL government has announced a new A$217 million package to upgrade roads to make the Beetaloo Sub-basin more accessible for the oil and gas industry.

    On Thursday, deputy prime minister Mick McCormack and minister for resources Keith Pitt unveiled the government's Northern Territory Gas Industry Roads Upgrades program. 

    The program allocates $217 million of taxpayer funds to upgrade a corridor of roads including the Gorrie Dry Creek Road, Buchanan Highway, Western Creek Road, and other key paths to the Beetaloo region. 

    The government said the infrastructure would create crucial supply chains to attract gas development. 

    "The Basin has the potential to transform the Northern Territory's economy. The government's investment in roads and other supporting infrastructure will help unlock these benefits as well as supporting job opportunities for locals," Pitt said.

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 12 Jan 2021 2:06 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    JUST a day after it was revealed Neoen plans to build a 500MW battery in NSW, Origin has one-upped them, announcing plans to build a 700MW battery at its Eraring Power Station.

    In a press release Tuesday, Origin said it had issued an Expression of Interest to suitably qualified firms to supply and install the battery and had lodged a Connection Enquiry to grid operator Transgrid to connect the battery to the grid. 

    "We recognise we have an important role to play in positioning Origin's electricity generation portfolio to support Australia's rapid transition to renewables," Origin executive general manager Greg Jarvis said. 

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 11 Jan 2021 2:22 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    SHELL chief Ben van Beurden has outlined some of the company’s plans to reduce its carbon emissions ahead of the company unveiling its new strategy next month.

    In an interview posted on Shell's website last week, Van Beurden noted the personal and financial pain caused by last year's COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent oil price crash, forcing the company to cut its dividend

    "I had a knot in my stomach on the day we had to announce it, even though, at a senior level, we all agreed that this was the right thing to do," he said. 


    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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