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  • 14 Oct 2019 12:02 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    KEVIN Gallagher’s Santos will acquire a swathe of assets from ConocoPhillips in Northern Australia under a US$1.4 billion (A$2.05 billion) deal that will see the major gas producer take ConocoPhillips’ interest in the Darwin LNG project and associated fields.

    Under the deal Santos will pick up a 37.5% stake in the Barossa project and Caldita field, a 56.9% interest in the Darwin LNG facility and the declining Bayu-Undan field which feeds it, a 40% stake in the Poseidon field and a 50% stake in the Athena field, for a total of US$1.39 billion plus a further $75 million upon a final investment decision of the Barossa development project.

    Santos believes the acquisition of the assets would be "materially accretive" and would lift earnings per share by around 19% in 2020.

    The company also said the deal would reduce its future breakeven oil price by roughly US$4 per barrel of oil equivalent.

     "This acquisition delivers operatorship and control of strategic LNG infrastructure at Darwin, with approvals in place supporting expansion to 10 million tonnes per annum, and the low cost, long life Barossa gas project," Gallagher said.

    "These assets are well known to Santos. It also continues to strengthen our offshore operating and development expertise and capabilities to drive growth in offshore northern and Western Australia."

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 13 Oct 2019 12:08 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Conoco Phillips Australia Media Centre

    HOUSTON – ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) today announced it has entered into an agreement to sell the subsidiaries that hold its Australia-West assets and operations to Santos for $1.39 billion, plus customary closing adjustments. In addition, the company will also receive a payment of $75 million upon final investment decision of the Barossa development project.

    The subsidiaries hold the company’s 37.5 percent interest in the Barossa project and Caldita Field, its 56.9 percent interest in the Darwin LNG facility and Bayu-Undan Field, its 40 percent interest in the Poseidon Field, and its 50 percent interest in the Athena Field. ConocoPhillips will retain its 37.5 percent interest in the Australia Pacific LNG project and operatorship of that project’s LNG facility. Proceeds from this transaction will be used for general corporate purposes.   

    “We are extremely proud of our work in Australia-West over the last 20 years. We are pleased that Santos recognizes the value of the existing business as well as the opportunity to develop Barossa and thereby continue Darwin LNG’s operations for another 20-plus years,” said Matt Fox, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “While we believe the Darwin LNG backfill project remains among the lower cost of supply options for new global LNG supply, this transaction allows us to allocate capital to other projects that we believe will generate the highest long-term value to ConocoPhillips.”   Production associated with the assets being sold was approximately 50 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBOED) for the first half of 2019 and proved reserves were approximately 39 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) at year-end 2018.   

    The effective date for the transaction will be Jan. 1, 2019. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other specific conditions precedent. The sale is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.   The company has posted an investor table that summarizes the impact of this transaction. The table can be accessed at    

  • 10 Oct 2019 10:14 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Minister Paul Kirby

    Origin Energy has successfully and safely spudded, an industry term for commencing drilling, the Kyalla 117 well as part of its Beetaloo Exploration Program.

    Kyalla 117 is the first of two new appraisal wells to be drilled and fracture stimulated to help determine the potential of the resource in the Beetaloo Basin.

    The operations in the Beetaloo are supported by a number of Territory businesses with more than 50 Territorians employed during this early exploration stage. This will increase as the project progresses and, if successful, moves into production. 

    Origin has regulatory approval for its Environmental Management Plans related to the well and is required to comply with strict regulatory standards as per the recommendations of the Independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing.

    Origin’s exploration permits are located around 600km south-east of Darwin, between Daly Waters and Elliott.

    The Beetaloo Exploration Project is a joint venture between Origin as Operator (70%) and Falcon Oil and Gas (30%).

    Quotes from Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby:

    “The Territory Labor Government’s focus on creating local jobs and supporting local businesses is being delivered from day one of Origin’s new drilling in the Beetaloo.

    “Origin successfully drilling in the Beetaloo is another significant milestone reached off the back of completion of all pre-exploration recommendations from the Pepper Inquiry in July, as part of their exploration program.

    “Our regulatory framework allows for investment in this emerging industry while protecting our environment.”

    Quotes from Origin General Manager for the Beetaloo and Growth Assets, Tracey Boyes:

    “This is an important milestone in realising the opportunity the project could deliver for the Northern Territory.

    “A number of Territory businesses have partnered and have been working hard with us to reach this point.

    “Tens of millions of dollars have been awarded in local contracts and more than 50 Territorians are working with us on this well.

    “And we wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of Native Title holders and the host pastoralist on whose land we are currently exploring.’’

    Quotes from APPEA Director – Northern Territory and Exploration, Keld Knudsen:

    “The NT’s abundant natural gas resources can play a vital role in revitalising the Territory’s economy.

    “The industry remains committed to working with the Territory Government and local businesses to maximise opportunities for employment while making a meaningful low-carbon contribution to future energy needs.”

    Media contact: Hannah West 0436 641 108

  • 10 Oct 2019 10:12 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    WOODSIDE Petroleum chief Peter Coleman attended the annual Australia-Japan Joint Business Conference this week, outlining the importance of continued LNG exports to Japan from Australia for both nations and the transition to a hydrogen economy.

    Coleman stressed the significance of Japanese investment in making large-scale projects including the Pluto LNG plant expansion and future phases in the North West Shelf feasible.

    Around 85% of Woodside's contracted LNG is currently sold to Japan.

    Coleman told the conference that while the global energy market was continuing to evolve, key challenges faced by industry would be solved through our strong partnership with Japan.

    "Our world faces a dual challenge - of providing extra energy, with fewer emissions," Coleman said.

    In recent months the private and public sectors in Japan have committed to investing $10 billion into LNG infrastructure globally. This, according to Coleman underscored a "sign of confidence" in the future LNG market.

    Longer term that LNG market provides the synergies needed to propel Japan's planned hydrogen economy.

    "Just like the genesis of the LNG industry, this (developing hydrogen) is going to require enduring partnerships between buyers and sellers of energy."

    Coleman believes that the hydrogen transition will be across two stages; first, ‘blue' hydrogen made from natural gas "with the emissions managed at that point," he said, but did not elaborate.

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 10 Oct 2019 10:09 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    CONOCOPHILLIPS vice president of operations David Boyle said the company is planning ahead for decommissioning of its huge Bayu Undan gas and light oil field, which has been fully in Timor-Leste’s jurisdiction since August 30 when the maritime boundary between the nation and Australia was signed into place in Dili. 

    Speaking at last week's Timor-Leste Oil and Gas Summit he explained the aquifer-driven reservoirs were already seeing water rates decline across the wells.  

    Bayu Undan provides the lion's share of income to the small nation, but despite the drop in earnings Boyle is hopeful the decommissioning work will provide jobs and local content opportunities.  

    "Working early and jointly (with the government) is critical for maximising opportunities for local content," he said.  

    "We are in the final phase of Bayu Undan we have complex models to predict when production will end."  

    He said the gas and water rates being recorded confirmed ConocoPhillips' predictions.  

    "The most critical piece of data is the volume of water that will be produced from each well… we've seen a decrease in water production these past few years and therefore know it's time to start planning for the next phase. 

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 10 Oct 2019 10:05 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    ORIGIN Energy and Irish joint venture partner Falcon Oil & Gas, have spud the Kyalla 117 N2 onshore appraisal in the Beetaloo Basin in the Northern Territory.

    The big-budget Kyalla 117 N2 is the first of two wells the joint venture plan to have drilled by the end of this year, targeting the Kyalla shale liquids gas play in exploration permits EP117, EP76, and EP98.

    The spudding of the well was met with cheers from both industry and the Northern Territory government, with both noting the symbolism of the well in marking a new era of investment for the Top End.  

    "Origin successfully drilling in the Beetaloo is another significant milestone reached off the back of completion of all pre-exploration recommendations from the Pepper Inquiry in July, as part of their exploration program," NT minister for primary industry and resources Paul Kirby said.

    Meanwhile industry lobby body the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association said the resources being targeting would play a "vital role in revitalising the Territory's economy".

    The horizontal well will be drilled to 1,750 metres depth into the Kyalla and Velkarri Formations before a horizontal section is drilled for approximately 1,000m. Once completed the well will be fracced and production tested.

    In a statement yesterday Falcon said the principle objective of the well was to assess hydrocarbon maturity, saturation and reservoir quality of the formation as well as collect data for future drilling campaigns.

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 03 Oct 2019 10:15 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    SANTOS and Total will have another month to decide whether or not to acquire a 40% interest each in the offshore Beehive prospect in WA-488-P off the coast of Western Australia.

    Melbana Energy, which has a 100% stake in the license currently, has granted Santos and Total until November 4 to elect to acquire their interests.

    In a statement today, Melbana noted that the two much larger operators had completed technical assessments of the Beehive prospect.

    "The additional time requested is needed by the parties to finalise their commercial analysis and seek internal approvals," Melbana said.

    Beehive has been assessed by independent experts McDaniel & Associates as holding a best estimate 388 million barrels of oil equivalent; however future exploration is  needed to determine the existence of a significant quantity of hydrocarbons.

    Should Santos and Total take a combined 80% stake in the permit, a well will be drilled in the second half of next year at an estimated cost of US$40 million - US$60 million.

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 02 Oct 2019 2:53 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    ASX-listed GR Engineering has flagged a hit to annual profits following news that Northern Oil & Gas Australia has gone into voluntary administration.

    Nearly a fortnight ago administrators were appointed to Northern Oil and its associated subsidiaries TOGA Services and Timor Sea Oil & Gas Australia.

    The company's administration came just months after its Northern Endeavour FPSO in the Timor Sea was shut down by the federal regulator over safety and environmental concerns.

    GR's wholly owned subsidiary, Upstream Production Solutions, is the contracted operator of the Northern Endeavour FPSO.

    Yesterday, GR told the market it had conducted "extensive discussions" with the administrators of Northern Oil and assessed its exposure at more than $17 million.

    "GR Engineering's assessment of the group's exposure to the [Northern Oil] contract is circa $17.4 million representing receivables and work in progress ($15.9 million) and the finalisation of commitments to vendors and suppliers ($1.5 million)," GR said in a statement.

    The administrators have agreed to pay GR costs for services from the date Northern Oil was placed into administration, subject to funding from a secured lender.

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 01 Oct 2019 2:55 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Empire also advised it has received ministerial consent for its 2D seismic program in the Northern Territory in permit EP187 and expects acquisition to begin soon. 

    "We have established a solid foundation for growth in the McArthur and Beetaloo Basins," he said.

    It expects final Territory approvals for its work program soon, it said this morning. It will be the first junior to recommence on the ground operations in the area, though unlike Santos and Origin is not close to spudding a well.

    "Government approvals for drilling operations are proceeding well," it said.

    "Empire anticipates it will have all necessary approvals to commence exploration drilling by the commencement of the 2020 dry season, or in the second quarter of next year."

    Empire holds 14.5 million acres in the McArthur and Beetaloo Sub-basins

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 30 Sep 2019 2:57 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    THE South Australian government has approved Australian Gas Infrastructure Group subsidiary  Australian Gas Networks’ development application for the construction and operation of a A$11.4 million renewable hydrogen production facility.  

    he planned facility will be located at the Tonsley Innovation District to the south of capital Adelaide.  

    The planned Hydrogen Park SA (HyP SA) will be producing from the middle of next year.  

    "This is a significant milestone in South Australia's continuing transition to a cleaner energy future. It propels the State's status as a leader in renewable technology and a first mover in hydrogen," AGIG CEO Ben Wilson said.  

    "At HyP SA we will be building a 1.25MW electrolyser as the first Australian demonstration project of its scale and size, with small quantities of renewable hydrogen produced and blended into the local gas distribution network next year."  

    He said by next year residents in Adelaide's Mitchell Park would be using gas with 5% hydrogen added to the mix.  

    The state government has thrown $4.9 million to the project via its Renewable Technology Fund. 

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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