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  • 17 Nov 2017 10:45 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Source: EnergyNewsBulletin

    SANTOS has confirmed that it quietly knocked back an $11 billion takeover bid at $4.55/share from private equity-backed Harbour Energy on August 14 believing it was too cheap and it wasn’t sure about the sources of the funds.

    Santos swiftly moved to say it was not currently engaged in discussions with, and had not receive a current proposal from, Harbour Energy after Fairfax reported this morning that former Shell CEO hopeful Linda Cook had approached the Adelaide oiler's board with an invitation to support a takeover from her private equity-backed Harbour. 

    Santos said Harbour offered a confidential, non-binding conditional and indicative proposal to acquire all the Gladstone LNG operator's shares by way of a scheme of arrangement in August. 

    "The board rejected the approach on the basis that the indicative price [of $4.55/share] was inadequate and the sources of funds were uncertain," Santos said this morning. 

    "Santos receives a range of proposals from time to time and is at all times in compliance with its continuous disclosure obligations."

    Read more here.

  • 15 Nov 2017 10:40 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Source AFR

    Woodside Petroleum chairman Michael Chaney has declared "the end of an era" as the oil and gas player emerged as a fully independent company for the first time in more than 30 years thanks to a $3.5 billion sellout by Royal Dutch Shell.

    The outright sale of Shell's 13.28 per cent interest – which was upgraded in size only hours after an initial agreement after Monday's market close to sell 64 per cent of the holding – leaves Woodside without a stake that could block a full takeover.

    The move was sudden but not unexpected, given the oil major – which had its own $10 billion bid for control of Woodside blocked under the Howard government in 2001 – had been gradually selling down since 2010. Shell had made it clear a full withdrawal was on the cards.

    Mr Chaney described Shell's exit as "a natural evolution" given the development of Woodside's expertise since Shell first invested alongside its North West Shelf investment in the mid-1980s, and Shell's $US30 billion target for divestments of non-core assets in 2016-18.

    But he acknowledged the path is more open now to potential takeover action.

    "It's a possibility; whether it's a probability is another question," he said.

    "Woodside stands on its own merits and I think for the board and management we just have to make sure that it's fairly valued in the market."

    Investors said they didn't expect any impact on Woodside's strategy.

    "Management has always steered Woodside as an independent company and we expect that to continue even after the sell-down," said Suhas Nayak at Allan Gray.

    As reported in Street Talk, the shares were priced at $31.10 each, a 3.5 per cent discount to Monday's close in a block trade managed by UBS and Morgan Stanley. The timing took advantage of a circa 15 per cent surge in Woodside's stock price since early October on rising crude prices.

    Chief executive Peter Coleman said the scaling up of the sale was positive on two fronts, showing strong support for the stock even at the "very tight discount", and eliminating uncertainty that would have lingered had Shell retained shares.

    "There's been a perception of an overhang in the market since I joined Woodside," Mr Coleman said. "This takes the uncertainty and speculation away every time we report."

    He said the share sale had been roughly evenly split across Australia, Asia and the UK investors, and was oversubscribed before the US market opened. The sale should spur further buying in coming weeks as Woodside's weighting in indices would increase.

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  • 10 Nov 2017 10:13 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Perth, Australia: The INPEX–operated Ichthys LNG Project is a step closer to becoming the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant to use combined cycle technology, having successfully initiated the start-up of its gas turbine generators at its onshore power plant near Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. 

    The milestone is a significant step towards power generation at the Project’s onshore combined cycle power plant (CCPP). Ichthys Project Managing Director, Mr Louis Bon paid tribute to the ongoing focus of the team working on the delivery of the power plant. 

    “Initiating the safe start-up of the gas turbine generators (GTG) illustrates the strong commitment of the onshore team to overcome challenges and achieve our targets,” Mr Bon announced. 

    “The combined cycle power plant uses gas and steam turbines together to produce up to 50 per cent more electricity from the same amount of fuel compared with a traditional simple-cycle plant,” he advised. 

    The waste heat from the gas turbines will be used to create steam for the nearby steam turbine system, which generates extra power. Power and Water Corporation in the Northern Territory provided the initial gas to fuel the GTG start-up process. 

    Ultimately powered by natural gas from the Ichthys Field, the CCPP will use a mix of five gas and three steam turbine generators to supply all the electricity requirements for onshore processing of LNG. 

    The power plant has capacity for up to 490 megawatts of electricity, which allows LNG processing trains to cool and liquefy natural gas. 

    Read the full media release here.

  • 09 Nov 2017 11:05 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    The Northern Territory is unlikely to see any significant investment in onshore gas projects next year following a decision by the independent inquiry into hydraulic fracturing to delay its final report by three months.

    APPEA NT Director Matthew Doman said the gas industry was surprised and disappointed by yesterday’s announcement that the Pepper Inquiry’s final report would not be completed until March.

    “What was supposed to be a 12-month inquiry is now entering its second year,” Mr Doman said.

    “The final report was promised by the end of this year. We now won’t see it until at least March next year. Even if the fracking moratorium is lifted after that, it is very hard to see any significant investment occurring in 2018.

    “That means another year of lost opportunity for traditional owners and local businesses who stand to benefit as soon as this unnecessary moratorium ends.

    “These further delays are damaging to the NT’s economic interests.

    “It must be remembered that we have already had one independent inquiry into fracking in the NT which took nine months to conclude that any risks could be safely managed through robust regulation.

    “Numerous other inquiries here in Australia and overseas have reached the same conclusion – fracking is safe when properly regulated.”

    Media Contact:

    Kieran Murphy
    Mobile: 0408 151 922

  • 08 Nov 2017 11:26 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Diversified Communications, the organiser of the 2018 Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG 2018), is pleased to announce that registrations for Australia’s largest oil and gas industry event are now open.

    With strong support from government and industry groups from around the globe and Principal Sponsors Woodside Energy, National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), the City of Perth and the Western Australian Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, Diversified is anticipating another world class event.

    The three-day AOG 2018 gathering will be staged for the 37th time from the 14th to the 16th of March, almost a month later than normal, to provide for a smoother fit within the international oil and gas industry event calendar.

    AOG 2018 will again feature a series of “free-to-attend” Industry Forums over the three days covering the topics of Collaboration, Subsea, and Knowledge, which will be staged on the Exhibition floor.

    The 2018 event will also feature a full program of networking events that will fit the needs of all attendees.

    AOG 2018 Event Director, Bill Hare, said with the Exhibition and Conference just over five months away, there was a strong “buzz” of anticipation building.

    “We again expect to have the participation of large government and industry groups from the leading oil and gas producing countries participating in the exhibition, while the interest in providing content for our Industry Forums has been tremendous,” Mr Hare said.

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  • 03 Nov 2017 11:43 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    The Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory (Inquiry) has released ACIL Allen Consulting Pty Ltd’s (ACIL Allen) independent economic impact assessment of a potential onshore unconventional shale gas industry in the Northern Territory (NT), The Economic Impacts of a Potential Shale Gas Development in the Northern Territory (report).

    The report focuses on the potential direct and indirect economic benefits, impacts and risks of onshore shale gas development in the NT under the current regulatory regime, if the Northern Territory Government were to lift the moratorium.

    The report consists of five scenarios over a 25-year time frame, namely:  

    1. Baseline: the moratorium remains and nothing changes.
    2. Shale calm: the moratorium is lifted, but only exploration and appraisal activity occur for a period of three years and development is found to be not commercially viable.  This requires two well pads and 16 wells to be built in the 2019 financial year with market testing to take place in 2020.
    3.Shale breeze: the moratorium is lifted, exploration and appraisal activity occurs, and a small scale development 100 Terajoules per day (TJ/day) takes place resulting in 13 pads and 103 wells.
    4. Shale wind: the moratorium is lifted and a moderate scale (400TJ/day) development occurs, with 34 pads and 267 wells.
    5. Shale Gale: the moratorium is lifted and a larger scale (1000TJ/day) development occurs, with 84 pads and 670 wells.

    To download the full report go to: NT Government Fracking Inquiry website

  • 01 Nov 2017 11:39 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Shale gas development in the Northern Territory would deliver new jobs, local contracts and increased government revenue, an independent economic analysis has confirmed.

    The report by ACIL Allen Consulting Services was commissioned by the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore Unconventional Reservoirs in the Northern Territory.

    The analysis finds that shale gas development could create more than 500 new jobs sustained over 25 years, boost the NT economy by $5.8 billion and generate up to $3.7 billion in taxes and royalties for the Territory over the same period.

    APPEA NT Director Matthew Doman the report was further evidence that the Territory stood to benefit significantly by lifting its moratorium on shale gas.

    “The ACIL Allen analysis is a very conservative model which is at odds with the demonstrated experience of the gas industry in other states and uses smaller development scenarios than the industry believes are likely,” Mr Doman said.

    “For example, initial developments envisaged by just three companies could exceed all of the gas production modelled in this report.

    “As well, earlier economic modelling has shown the economic benefits would be even greater for the NT if shale gas was developed for export as well as domestic use.

    “Regardless, the ACIL Allen report shows there will be more jobs, more revenues and a stronger economy if the Territory Government lifted its moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.”

    Mr Doman said the ACIL Allen report also highlighted the gas industry’s very small environmental footprint with its largest development scenario suggesting land use covering less than 500 square kilometers, or less than 0.03 per cent of the Territory land mass.

    “Evidence to this and numerous other inquiries and decades of practical experience clearly shows that hydraulic fracturing is safe when properly regulated,” Mr Doman said.

    “Until exploration is allowed, we cannot be certain of the size and scale of the development that is most likely, and the benefits that will flow to Territorians.

    “It’s vital that that Justice Pepper concludes her inquiry and that the Territory Government lift its moratorium.”


    Media contact: Kieran Murphy – 0408 151 922 –

  • 26 Oct 2017 2:03 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    INPEX Tokyo has recently celebrated the completion of construction of the “Oceanic Breeze”. The “Oceanic Breeze” will transport LNG from the Ichthys LNG onshore processing facilities in Darwin to INPEX’s terminal in Naoetsu, Japan. 

    This is a really great milestone and highlights yet another component of this huge Project. 

    Download article here.

    Media contact: Rebecca Cass

    External Affairs Manager NT

  • 25 Oct 2017 12:08 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)


    TAG subsidiary MPower has delivered two of ten remote renewable energy systems for Jemena’s Northern Gas Pipeline, the systems will work autonomously to support operations.

    So far two of ten off-grid DC power systems have been arrived with the last planned for an early 2018 delivery.  

    The systems feature PV arrays, battery energy storage and control systems which are designed to provide protection along the 632km pipeline.  

    The remote location and the requirement for reliable and continuous power when there is no network access is a problem MPower says it experienced in solving.  

    Tag CEO Nathan Wise said that his company was known for its ability in providing high-reliability power solutions for critical applications.  

    "We have drawn on our vast experience in remote renewable power systems and integrated battery energy storage to design a sophisticated solution that meets the demanding requirements of the Northern Gas Pipeline," he said.  

    Read more here.

  • 19 Oct 2017 4:27 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Source: Ashley Manicaros NT News

    THE constructors of the Northern Gas Pipeline have signed a deal which will see the 622km project extended through Central Queensland.

    The NGP will transport Northern Territory gas from Tennant Creek to Mt Isa in Queenslaand. The $800 million project is underway.

    Jemena announced on Tuesday it will now fast track plans to connect to the east-coast gas market after signing a binding agreement with Galilee Energy Limited to deliver a large new source of gas from the Glenaras Gas project in the Galilee Basin.

    Jemena’s executive general manager of corporate development, Antoon Boey, said large new sources of gas need to be produced and delivered to the market as quickly as possible.

    However, the earliest it could reach market is 2022.

    “By undertaking the early planning works, both Jemena and Galilee Energy will be ready to proceed to front end engineering and design on both pipeline and field development in 2019 with the objective of first gas to market in 2022,” he said. ”

    Mr Boey said the announcement marks another key step in Jemena’s plans to expand and extend its NGP.

    Galilee Energy’s managing director, Peter Lansom said his company had one of the largest “uncontracted contingent gas resources” on the east coast.

    “This partnership is all about working together to get this critical gas supply option to the domestic market as quickly as possible,” he said.

    The NGP is expected to create around 900 jobs, with first gas through the pipeline expected to flow in late 2018.

    Excess Power and Water gas from the Blacktip field will be the first product through with forecasts up to 100Tj a day will be shipped.

    A 10-year deal has been signed with Incitec Pivot to take the first gas.

    Read more here

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