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  • 10 Mar 2020 4:02 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    AUSTRALIAN explorer Empire Energy has received approval from the Northern Territory government to drill its Carpentaria-1 exploration well in the Beetaloo Basin.

    The company is now finalising a well design and looking to contract a drill rig and service providers for the project located in onshore exploration permit EP187.

    Carpentaria-1 is a vertical well scheduled to spud in the dry season this year. It will be drilled to a depth of approximately 2900 metres.

    While Empire is yet to make a final investment decision on the big budget well, the company is optimistic about its future plans and is working closely with Brisbane-based engineering consultant InGuage Energy on well design.

    InGuage and Empire have designed the well to include an extensive evaluation program consisting of coring which with give valuable insight into the geology of the target formations.

    This data would then form the basis of the next phase work program and recoverable volumes of oil, gas and liquids.

    Just over a month ago, Empire confirmed an extension of its permit in the Beetaloo Sub-basin giving the explorer confidence of a future oil and gas discovery.

    Empire shot 2D seismic data across its acreage which confirmed two major shale targets, Velkerri and Kyalla, extending to the north of Santos' big budget Tamburini-1 appraisal well.

    The Velkerri Shale sits around 2200m below surface and is estimated to be around 600m thick.

    The shallower Kyalla shale is located at a depth of 1200m.

    Both the Velkerri and Kyalla shales have attracted the attention of big plays including Origin Energy and Santos, which consider the underexplored region to be extremely commercial. In total Empire holds 14.5 million acres across the McArthur and Beetaloo Sub-basins.

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 03 Mar 2020 1:45 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Thanks to Liz Wilsen from Halikos Hospitality group who would also like to extend an offer to our Energy Club NT Members.

    H on Mitchell Apartments

    Offer one:

    1 Bedroom Apartment- Full facilities + Balcony

    Rate: $149.00 per night- inclusions Hot breakfast for two people/Undercover secure carparking/WIFI/Late checkout until 2 pm .

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    To redeem these rates the bookings must be made directly using the contact details below: 


    PH 1300 6888 72

    All offers are valid from 1 March to 1 May 2020. Please ensure you provide proof of membership to access these offers
  • 03 Mar 2020 1:43 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    2020 Energy Club NT Member Benefits

    Throughout 2020, Energy Club NT will seek to work with local businesses to promote opportunities and member benefits to our extensive network.

    It's exciting to announce our new local business partnership with Wharf One Food & Wine down at the Darwin Waterfront. Wharf One will be providing a significant contribution of prizes and vouchers to our very popular social events through out the year and also monthly specials for our members to use for business and pleasure.

    Wharf One team have been working hard to transform their venue to provide a great spot for casual drinks, various dining options to share or a la carte and corporate events with an unbeatable view on the water providing a fantastic atmosphere to relax.

    Thanks to Wharf One for supporting Energy Club NT and our members throughout 2020 with our first member benefit offers below and plenty more to come! 

    Download the Energy Club NT Member App via WildApricot from the app store for iphone or android now!

    On the membership app you can log in to the members vault using your email and also:

    • Access a member card to receive member benefits - show this when using the member benefits provided by our partners
    • View upcoming events
    • View you registration history
    • Find other members and contact them
    • Update your details 

    If you don't have the app on your device, show your members badge to access the member benefits from our partners.

    Wharf One Offer One:

    Not Hungry? just come down and relax by the water and enjoy an icy cold beer, wine or cocktail.  Enjoy our air conditioned bar area or on the Terrace overlooking Stokes Hill Wharf, it’s the perfect location to bring your work colleagues, family or friends for a drink or two. Share plates and platters available.

    Energy Club NT members receive 10% discount on beverages.

    Must mention Energy Club when booking to redeem. 

    Wharf One Offer Two:

    Look no further, we have the perfect function space for your next Event. Wharf One Food & Wine blends contemporary indoor and alfresco function spaces with culinary excellence and friendly service. 

    From groups of ten up to 1000, we have spaces suitable for all types of functions, meetings, seminars, networking, breakfast, lunch and dinner functions.

    No venue hire fees, internal PA system and Big Screen Television complementary. 

    Energy Club NT members receive a corporate booking special: $50pp

    Canapes and 2 hour beverage package, plus a $50 door prize to give away at the event.

    All offers are valid from 1 March to 1 May 2020. Please ensure you provide proof of membership to access these offers

    Get on down and support Wharf One Food & Wine and take advantage of our exclusive new member benefits from our new local business partner.

  • 03 Mar 2020 10:57 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Oil major joins a feasibility study that could lead to gigawatts of Dutch offshore wind being built purely for the manufacture of green hydrogen.

    Oil major Shell has started feasibility work on what would be the largest green hydrogen project in the world.

    The plans would see 3 to 4 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity established in the North Sea by 2030 purely for the manufacture of green hydrogen. Electrolyzers will be based in Eemshaven, along the northern coast of the Netherlands, and potentially offshore as well. 

    The project could be expanded to 10 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2040 dedicated to green hydrogen production.

    Shell Netherlands, Dutch gas grid operator Gasunie and the port of Groningen are the founding partners of the NortH2 project, with the trio looking for others to join the consortium during the one-year feasibility study. They hope to develop a “European Hydrogen Valley” cluster.

    Gasunie will develop the network infrastructure required for the storage and distribution of hydrogen.

    “This project offers opportunities throughout the entire hydrogen chain,” said Marjan van Loon, president-director of Shell Netherlands, in a statement.

    “In order to realize this project, we will need several new partners," van Loon said. "Together we will have to pioneer and innovate to bring together all the available knowledge and skills that are required. The energy transition calls for guts, boldness and action."

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  • 02 Mar 2020 12:38 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    AUSTRALIA’s second-largest gas producer, Santos (52.5%), and joint venture partner Inpex (47.5%) have made a final investment decision on the Van Gogh Phase Two project.

    Santos said this morning its decision to go ahead with the second phase would involve extensive infill drilling to maximise field production, access additional reserves and lower unit production costs.

    The Van Gogh field is one of three subsea oil field developments located in the Exmouth Basin, offshore Western Australia, which tie into the Ningaloo Vision FPSO.

    Santos hit first oil from the Van Gogh infill project in January last year.

    Under its phase two development plans Santos will drill three new horizontal production wells which will then be tied back to the Ningaloo Vision.

    First oil from the second phase is targeted for late 2021.

    Santos contracted the Valaris MS1 drilling rig for the project from early next year.

    "It's little more than a year since the start-up of the Phase One, so I'm delighted to see FID being advanced on Phase Two in such a short timeframe," Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher said.

    "Phase One proved to be a very successful project, with higher reserves delivered for lower cost, the value of which was enhanced by a strong premium to Brent realised for this crude."

    Earlier this month the Santos noted it had been earning up to $30 above the Brent benchmark price for oil from the Van Gogh project. This was due to high demand from Asian refiners as the International Maritime Organisation implemented new laws enforcing a drop in sulfur content in shipping fuel.

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 27 Feb 2020 12:40 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    QUEENSLAND’s Gladstone hasn’t been left entirely out in the cold after Labor’s May federal election loss, with the announcement today that a $4.2 million gas injection facility will be built to send hydrogen into the city’s gas network as part of the state’s $15 million Hydrogen Industry Development Fund. 

    Labor had promised a total of $1.14 billion on hydrogen development with the Queensland town to become a hub based on its LNG experience with an initial investment of $3 million 

     "Due to existing LNG infrastructure and a proof of concept Hydrogen Plant, Gladstone has enormous potential as an export hub for hydrogen," it said.  

    Today Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the town will become the first entire city in Australia to use a blend of natural gas and hydrogen. Build will begin in November and the park will produce 20 kilos of hydrogen a day using certified green power from the local power grid and will be blended into the gas network at a level of 10%.   

    Australia's chief scientist Dr Alan Finkel has suggested 10% is a fair rate for initial blending but after when practicable the networks should scale straight up to 100% rather than incrementally.  

    The facility will include a 175 kilowatt Polymer Electrolyte Membrane electrolyser, water demineralisation system and process cooling equipment. As the facility modular it can be re scaled-up in the future to produce volumes beyond Gladstone's needs, for potential wider domestic and even export markets. 

    "Using renewable hydrogen, Australian Gas Networks (AGN) will trial the blended hydrogen gas with a view to converting Gladstone's network to hydrogen in the future," the premier said.  

    The Australian Gas Infrastructure Group's subsidiary Australian Gas Networks received $1.7 million via the fund to build the blending facility.   

    "This project will be the first in Australia to blend renewable hydrogen into a gas network with residential, commercial and industrial customers," state development minister Cameron Dick said. 

    "This project supports Gladstone's vision to be a key hub for Queensland's domestic and hydrogen export industry, just as it is for natural gas today," AGN CEO Ben Wilson said. 

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 24 Feb 2020 5:20 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    FALCON Oil & Gas has reported successful drilling of the Kyalla 117 N2-1H ST2 well in the Northern Territory’s Beetaloo Sub-basin.

    The Irish company shares the well with operator Origin Energy (70%) and said late last week it had been drilled to total measured depth of 3,809 metres including a 1579m lateral section in the Lower Kyalla Formation.  

    It said preparation work, which will include drilling water impact monitoring bores as required by the Territory's Code of Practice, will begin next month ahead of the next stage of operations.  

    The JV will continue its in-depth shale evaluation of the technical data gathered from the conventional cores, sidewall cores and extensive wireline logging to build an understanding of the Kyalla Formation.  

    "We are delighted to have successfully completed the Kyalla horizontal well section and we now look forward to the next phase of operations with the fracture stimulation of Kyalla 117 N2-1H ST2," CEO Phillip O'Quigley said. 

    "We will continue to update the market as results become available."  

    In early December Falcon said vertical drilling was completed to a depth of 1800m. 

    Initial evaluation of the vertical section found three source rock reservoir sections identified within the Kyalla Shale Formation, with a thickness measuring almost 900m.

    The three sections are known as the Lower, Middle and Upper Kyalla reservoirs. Gross thickness of each interval is between 75m-125m. 

     According Origin all three sections exhibited "elevated gas shows with relatively high C3, C4, and C5".

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 21 Feb 2020 5:18 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    THE Australian Renewable Energy Agency has committed just under A$1 million to Yara Pilbara Fertlisers to support a feasibility study to produce renewable hydrogen and ammonia.

    The study, conducted by Yara in collaboration with Engie, will look into creating hydrogen using electrolysis via solar PV at an industrial scale at Yara's existing ammonia facility in the Pilbara.  

    The renewable hydrogen produced is expected to displace 30,000 tonners per year of hydrogen currently created from fossil fuels, according to ARENA.  

    The blended hydrogen will then be converted to ammonia with a lower carbon footprint and sold for further processing into domestic and international markets.  

    The study will also investigate using seawater for electrolysis. 

    Yara hopes in the long term it will be able to produce all of its hydrogen and ammonia with renewables and hopes the study will be the first step on achieving commercial-scale production for export.  

    "Yara's project will offer great insight into how Australia's current ammonia producers can transition away from the use of fossil fuels towards renewable alternatives for producing hydrogen while continuing to leverage the substantial export capabilities that those companies have already established," ARENA CEO Darren Miller said.  

    "ARENA's support will assist in completing the feasibility study so that we can fully understand the opportunity for generating renewable hydrogen for use in our Pilbara facilities," Yara International executive vice president Production Tove Andersaid said.  

    ARENA has committed roughly $50 million toward hydrogen initiatives so far, spread between research and development projects and feasibility and pilot projects. 

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 21 Feb 2020 5:07 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    UPSTREAM Production Services has seen its maintenance service contract with Italy’s Eni for its Blacktip gas field and Yelcherr gas plant extended by two years. 

    UPS has held the contract for three years for the platform in the Bonaparte Basin in the Timor Sea and gas plant near Darwin.  

    The scope of services includes the administration and execution of maintenance activities and associated support in relation to the unmanned Blacktip wellhead platform and onshore Yelcherr gas plant for domestic use.  

    "Upstream  has a well-established track record in the supply of safe and efficient operations and maintenance services in Australia," managing director Geoff Jones aid.  

    "We are excited to have been given the opportunity to continue to support Eni Australia on this regionally significant project in the Northern Territory." 

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 20 Feb 2020 5:14 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    TIMOR Resources has secured a US$30 million finance facility via a convertible note structure from Lakehouse Group to progress its onshore drilling plans for  Timor-Leste’s  first onshore well in 44 years. 

    Timor Resources, whose parent company is engineering firm Nepean, plans a 10 well campaign to run for 426 days, with five wells this year in one permit it operates under a production sharing contract arrangement with the Dili government and five more in its other permit in early 2021.  

    The first spuds on the first of May.  

    Wells Karau, Kumbilli, Laisaipi, Lafaek and Raiketin will be drilled in Permit A.  

    Eastern Drilling has the drill contract and will use a 1000 Loadcraft rig, made in the US.  

    Weatherford is providing the wireline, and explosives, along with other subcontractors from Indonesia coming onshore Timor-Leste for the first time 

    The company will free carry national oiler Timor Gap for its 50% share of the full exploration costs over four years valued at US$55 million, and if successful will be seeking field development finance after the drill campaign, possibly again looking to Lakehouse which has over US$1 billion in funds under management.  

    The company has two onshore permits in the south close to Suai where the nation plans to eventually develop an LNG export terminal to commercialise gas from its Greater Sunrise fields. 

    The unnamed drill rig is currently en-route from the US with an expected arrival date of March. Once onshore, rig training for the 45-strong Timorese workforce will begin. 

    "Timor Resources is very optimistic of an oil discovery. Any drilling in the new democratic nation of Timor-Leste will be a country-first," it said today.  

    "All historical drilling was completed before any seismic was undertaken. There are two historical wells that had oil discoveries in the permit but were not developed for geopolitical reasons."

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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