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  • 26 Nov 2019 2:07 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    HYDROGEN development has been a rare spot of bipartisan energy agreement between the major parties last year and through 2019 and today’s Council of Australian Governments energy ministers’ meeting in Perth will also see the launch of the National Hydrogen Strategy, which first went out for public comment in March.

    One of the reasons for the enthusiasm from the Liberal Party is that the gas, even when ‘clean', can be made from fossil fuels.   

    The Malcolm Turnbull-led government put A$100 million towards a brown coal to hydrogen project in Victoria's La Trobe Valley led by Kawasaki Heavy Industries to the abject disgust of renewable proponents.  

    Progressive think tank The Australia Institute, which is no friend to any part of the fossil fuel industry, suspects a beat up similar to ‘clean coal' claims and believes this may fix a path for Australia for fossil fuel generated hydrogen or, as it suggests, ‘hytrojan'.  

    Developing hydrogen with coal and gas risks locking in increased emissions, given the track record of carbon capture and storage. Australia should focus on hydrogen produced with renewable energy," it said.  

    "Australia should focus on hydrogen produced with renewable energy." 

    The Institute points to a few things already well known: the gas is used in multiple industrial processes already and created from methane or coal via methods that yield large amounts of CO2. It estimates as much as the combined emissions of the UK and Indonesia.  

    For hydrogen to be ‘cleaner' when made from fossil fuels the resulting CO2 needs to be captured and sequestered.  

    It suggests the specific failures of Chevron Corporation's Gorgon CCS plan - three years late but apparently now operating at 60% capacity according to a company speech this week - are a fair indication of the value of sequestration work, though CO2 from the La Trobe project will apparently be sent to CarbonNet's CCS project.  

    It says Japan and South Korea's hydrogen targets are nowhere near as high as what reports from firms like ACIL Allen suggest, which has been referenced by the CSIRO and Australia's chief scientist Dr Alan Finkel.  

    "For Japan the ACIL Allen hydrogen import projections for 2030 are up to 11 times Japan's official target. Even the low demand projection is two and half times the official target. The projections for South Korea are similarly high by comparison with government plans. Both countries see imports playing a much smaller role to 2030," it said. 

    The debate has been characterised in Australia as a race given multiple other countries from Germany to Bahrain are also developing varied hydrogen plans and a possible export industry. As Dr Finkel himself has said, if Australia is "capture" the opportunity it needs to move fast. 

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 26 Nov 2019 10:08 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    ORIGIN Energy and its joint venture partner Falcon Oil & Gas will accelerate drilling plans in the Beetaloo Sub-basin.

    ORIGIN Energy and its joint venture partner Falcon Oil & Gas will accelerate drilling plans in the Beetaloo Sub-basin.

    The NT News can reveal “excellent” preliminary drilling data at the Kyalla 117 N2 onshore gas well has prompted the move.

    Kyalla 117, 600km southeast of Darwin, between Daly Waters and Elliott, is the first of two new Origin Energy appraisal wells to be drilled and fracture stimulated to help determine the potential of the resource in the Beetaloo Sub-basin.

    Falcon Oil & Gas has issued a statement from its Irish headquarters saying the results have been very encouraging.

    Significantly, the joint venture partners are preparing for continued operations during the Top End wet season.

    Falcon Oil & Gas said drilling of the vertical section of Kyalla 117 N2 appraisal well in the Beetaloo Sub-basin had been completed to a depth of 1895m.

    Falcon Oil & Gas chief CEO Philip O’Quigley was upbeat about the results.

    “Preliminary results of the Kyalla 117 N2-1 vertical appraisal represents an excellent restart to the Beetaloo drilling program,” he said. The results were so good that Origin, the joint venture partners, have decided to proceed immediately to the drilling of the horizontal section.

    “This signifies the confidence in the potential of the Kyalla shale,” Mr O’Quigley said. “While it is still early days to fully understand the reservoir characteristics and completion quality, drilling results are very encouraging.”

    Source: NT News

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  • 25 Nov 2019 1:51 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Australia can become a global hydrogen leader, creating world-class centres of excellence in hydrogen technology and research with the announcement of a new industry-led hydrogen cluster to be delivered by NERA (National Energy Resources Australia)

    The Hydrogen Industry Cluster will drive crucial collaboration across the emerging hydrogen value chain, building the scale and capabilities of existing industry start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs and further leveraging and developing their technologies that will sustain a clean, innovative, competitive and safe hydrogen industry.

    The Cluster will also connect cluster members with leading Australian research organisations, supporting the commercialisation of their IP in Australia, creating high value jobs, securing investment and ultimately supporting hydrogen exports driven by a world-leading hydrogen supply chain of technology solutions and services.

    The announcement of the Hydrogen Industry Cluster and NERA’s role forms a key part of the National Hydrogen Strategy released by the Council for Australian Governments (COAG).

    NERA CEO Miranda Taylor said as the country’s independent Industry Growth Centre for energy resources, NERA welcomes the release of the National Hydrogen Strategy and will continue to support Australian governments harness this significant opportunity for Australia’s energy future.

    “While the global hydrogen economy is still embryonic, action is needed now to ensure Australia captures the significant opportunity to help shape the production and use of hydrogen and become a leading source of hydrogen knowledge and solutions,” Ms Taylor said.

    “Now is the time to connect and build our underlying hydrogen knowledge economy and help our local innovators overcome barriers to market activation through collaboration between industry, governments, researchers, innovators and SMEs."

    “Through this cluster formation, we are uniquely positioned to build on Australia’s existing LNG knowledge, technological capabilities and infrastructure to tap into existing innovator networks to ensure that Australia is a major player in a global hydrogen industry by 2030, including emerging opportunities to be a supplier to markets in Asia.”

    The announcement continues NERA’s strong track record of facilitating and funding the formation and development of two industry-led, energy related clusters — a subsea oil and gas cluster (Subsea Innovation Cluster Australia (SICA)) and an ocean energy cluster (Australian Ocean Energy Group (AOEG).

    Cluster development forms a key part of NERA’s national initiatives that are supporting sector-wide transformational change and the development of a smart, high value, digital and export-focussed supply chain. Together these activities can unlock +$10 billion of new value for the Australian economy.

    For more information on NERA’s national activities, visit or contact NERA Communications Manager Andrew Bennett at or 0405 442 669.

    About the National Hydrogen Strategy

    The National Hydrogen Strategy has been developed by Australian Governments to create the necessary social and regulatory framework that allows the hydrogen industry to expand, and sets out the foundations needed for Australian businesses to develop a vibrant hydrogen industry that benefits all Australians, while meeting safety and community standards. The aim of the strategy is to:

    • build a clean, innovative and competitive hydrogen industry;
    • position Australia’s hydrogen industry as a major global player by 2030; and
    • coordinate the approach to projects that support hydrogen industry development. 

    About NERA
    NERA's vision is Australia as a global energy powerhouse, a sought after destination for investment and the leading source of knowledge and solution. Through a national focus, NERA's role is to grow collaboration and innovation to assist the energy resources industry manage cost structures and productivity, direct research to industry needs, deliver the future work skills required and promote fit for purpose regulation. 
    To be a part of this collaboration, connect with us here or email

  • 22 Nov 2019 1:55 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    ORIGIN Energy and its joint venture partner Falcon Oil & Gas have accelerated drilling plans in the Beetaloo Sub-basin, after preliminary drilling data from the Kyalla 117 N2 onshore appraisal well yielded exciting results.

    In a statement this week Irish-headquartered Falcon, which holds a 30% interest in the well, noted Kyalla 117 N2 had now been completed to a total vertical depth of 1,895 metres.

    During drilling the well showed elevated gas shows with relatively high liquids, which Falcon CEO Philip O'Quigley said represented an "excellent re-start to the Beetaloo drilling program."  

    Operator Origin (70%) is now preparing to drill the horizontal section of the well within the Kyalla formation.

    "The election by the joint venture to immediately proceed to the drilling of the horizontal section signifies the [partners] confidence in the potential of the Kyalla shale," O'Quigley said.

    The JV also acquired 45 metres of conventional coring in each of the Upper and Lower Kyalla reservoir sections.

    Sidewall cores and extensive wireline logging has also been acquired, though those results have not yet been released.

     "Electric logs calibration by core analysis results together with the planned fraccing of the horizontal section will give us a more quantative view on this play," O'Quigley said.

    Once drilling of the horizontal section of the well is completed, it will be fracced and then production tested.

    Production testing is expected to take around 90 days, and Origin plans to continue operations during the wet season.

    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.

    When the well was spud in October both industry and the Northern Territory government cheered the symbolic new era of investment for the Top End.

    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".

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 21 Nov 2019 10:42 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Iron ore billionaire Andrew Forrest has joined Mike Cannon-Brookes as a lead early backer of the $20 billion-plus Sun Cable project set to drive Asia's transition to cleaner energy.

    The pair are the biggest of a group of individual investors that have jointly invested less than $50 million in the ambitious project, which would export solar power generated in outback Australia to Singapore.

    "It's really just a meeting of minds and a common purpose, and the broader recognition that we have a huge energy transition to undertake, which is a vastly larger task than people appreciate," said David Griffin, chief executive of Sun Cable.

    Mr Forrest's private company Squadron Energy, which is also backing an LNG import project in NSW, and Mr Cannon-Brookes' Grok Ventures are joint lead investors in the oversubscribed capital raising. The other investors have not been disclosed.

    Mr Forrest said Australia's potential to be at the centre of Asia's transition to clean energy presents the Australian economy with enormous opportunities, "not just for reducing emissions but also for the economic march of our nation and global competitiveness".

    "Sun Cable’s Australia-Singapore Power Link project has the potential to be an important part of this nation-building journey," he said on Wednesday.

    Mr Cannon-Brookes, who revealed in an exclusive interview with The Australian Financial Review in September that he was backing the project, described the venture as "massively exciting with world-changing potential".

    “In a carbon-constrained world, Australia should be a winner," he said.

    "We have the resources, the ingenuity and the drive to get it done – we just have to put it all together. If we nail this, we can build a new export industry for Australia, create jobs and set our economy up for the future."

    The funding will underpin early development work for the project, which would link Darwin with Singapore via an underwater power cable. It would help progress the venture towards financial close, targeted for late 2023.

    The project, which was revealed earlier this year, involves a 10 gigawatt solar farm and circa 22 gigawatt-hour battery storage plant, to be built near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Power would be transmitted through a high-voltage, direct-current 4500 kilometre interconnector to Singapore, which would include a fibre-optic cable.

    Squadron chief executive Stuart Johnston said part of the attraction of the project was its use of existing technology that had not been applied at such a scale before, rather than relying on processes yet to be developed.

    Source: Australian Financial Review

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  • 18 Nov 2019 4:24 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    The offshore regulator has approved Eni’s plans to drill a third a development well at its Blacktip field offshore Western Australia in permit WA-33-L in the Bonaparte Basin, some 300 kilometres west-south-west of Darwin. 

    The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority gave the Italian oiler the go-ahead, it said last week.  

    Blacktip started operation a decade ago and produces gas and condensate from two wells. Eni has a 100% interest in the project.  

    The field was discovered in 2001 and is in water depths of around 50m.  

    The main field reservoir of Blacktip is a four-way dip closure made of stacked gas-bearing sandstones. 

    The sandstones are of the Lower Triassic Mt Goodwin formation and Permian - Upper Carboniferous Keyling and Treachery formations. Eni says recoverable reserves are around 150 million barrels of oil equivalent. 

    The offshore facilities consist of a well-head platform, two producing wells, flowlines and a subsea gas export pipeline bringing gas, condensate and produced water to the Yelcherr Gas Plant near Wadeye in the Northern Territory.  

    The gas is used for power production in the Top End.  

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 15 Nov 2019 4:19 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Perth, Australia – INPEX confirmed the 100th shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG)

    departed this morning on the Pacific Arcadia LNG carrier from the Ichthys LNG onshore processing facilities located near Darwin in the Northern Territory.

    INPEX President Director Australia, Hitoshi Okawa said the 100th LNG cargo represents a significant milestone for INPEX – coming just 13 months after the maiden LNG cargo was shipped last year.

    “Reaching the 100th LNG cargo milestone is a credit to our workforce and reinforces our position as a safe, reliable and efficient energy supplier,” said Mr Okawa.

    “INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG facilities are safely ramping up to full production, exporting 100 LNG, 24 liquefied petroleum gas and 46 condensate cargoes since October 2018.

    “Ichthys LNG creates jobs and business opportunities and is projected to generate further economic and community benefits in Australia for decades to come.”

    Ichthys LNG is one of the largest and most complex energy developments in the world and represents the single largest overseas investment by a Japanese company.

    Mr Okawa also said Ichthys LNG is central to INPEX’s operations in Australia and forms a cornerstone of the Company’s global energy business.

    “Our priority is to ensure our LNG facilities in Australia are fully utilised over their expected 40-year lifespan,” he said.

    Media contact:

    Ms Susie Pantall, Communications Manager, INPEX Australia

    Office: +61 (0) 862136634

    Mobile: +61 (0) 403330020


  • 13 Nov 2019 10:44 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    RBC Capital Markets analyst Ben Wilson has just returned from a trip to Santos’ Western Australian and Northern Australian assets including Varanus Island gas plant Darwin LNG.

    He said the trip was important given the two states represent the company's largest prospects for growth.  

    "With the transition of Quadrant operatorship of WA to Santos complete and Conoco-Santos Darwin transition scheduled for the first quarter of 2020, Santos is well positioned to execute these growth ambitions," he wrote.  

    Santos announced the Quadrant buy, valued at US$2.15,  last year and in October announced it would take ConocoPhillips' Northern Australia assets for close to $1.4 billion. In both cases it shared some of the assets already.  

    He noted the transfer of staff from both, meaning assets remain managed by those who understand them.  

    Santos is now supplying 400-500 terrajoules per day into the WA market though has not drilled a development since 2012.  

    Output from Varanus Island and Devil Creek will peak in the second half of next year with the beginning of the new Alcoa contact, he said.  

    Santos' size, with an enterprise value of over US$15 billion and free cash flow of $1 billion a year, now means it is harder for individual projects to have much of an impact on share price.   

    "For a market which increasingly asks ‘so, what have you done for me lately?', the impetus to create and execute growth projects only intensifies as an E&P company grows larger."  

    However with a recently larger footprint in the west and north of the country it now has a "diverse array of impactful growth levers".  

    Those levers include the Dorado find's oil and related gas, Barossa field backfill to Darwin LNG and the longer term multi-train expansion via McArthur Basin unconventional and Browse and Bonaparte Basin 2C resources.   

    He also suggests farm downs next year, unsurprising for anyone who has been following the company. It has long said it would farmdown a portion of the 80% of Dorado it shares with Carnarvon Petroleum (20%) and when it announced the ConocoPhillips acquisition it would sell a 25% to project partner SK E&E.  

    "Longer term we also see McArthur Basin and Narrabri as farm down opportunities," he said, though the latter is still subject to approval from the state of New South Wales.  

    At Darwin LNG feed gas for the possible additional trains could come from the MacArthur Basin in the Northern Territory. It is permitted for up to 10MMtpa. 

    Source: Energy News Bulletin

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  • 31 Oct 2019 4:30 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

    Empire Energy Group (ASX:EEG) (OTCMKTS:EEGUF) CEO Alex Underwood is interviewed by Mining Executive Julian Malnic on the next exciting phase of shale gas and shale oil discovery in the Northern Territory's Beetaloo and McArthur Basins.

    Empire recently sold down its producing US areas to focus its resources on unlocking the vast reserves of NT gas have become a priority for larger energy companies like Santos and Origin.

    The company is one of the smaller and most active in the field and is currently acquiring seismic data to inform 2020 drilling. The discoveries offer the potential for new stand-alone LNG exports to nearby Asia markets, the supply of lower-cost gas to eastern markets, and liquid fuels self-sufficiency for Australia, and will form an important component in the development of Northern Australia.

    To view the video interview, please visit:

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