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EOG proposes Beehive pre-drill in WA

EOG Resources Australia’s Block WA-488 (EOG) has submitted a proposal to undertake geotechnical investigations in the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf – Located off the northern coast of Western Australia (WA). The proposed investigation site is 71 km from the nearest WA coastline, and 87 km from the nearest coastline in the Northern Territory. It involves an …
APA submits bid to AusNet

Hancock welcomes acquisition of Senex Energy

Hancock Prospecting has welcomed the news that the court has approved the joint Hancock/PSCO bid to acquire QLD based natural gas company Senex Energy. Commenting on the Senex scheme approval, Chair of the Hancock group of companies Gina Rinehart said she was delighted with the Senex approval which is the largest Hancock investment in the …
Red Skye Energy locks in SA government approval for Killanoola

Santos acquires Hunter Gas Pipeline

Santos has acquired the approved underground gas pipeline route from Wallumbilla in QLD to Newcastle in NSW, known as the Hunter Gas Pipeline. The underground pipeline route passes close to Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project. Santos’ goal is to work with infrastructure developers and owners to construct the pipeline and deliver much-needed gas to east coast …

Gas

Beach Energy signs LNG deal with BP

Beach Energy has confirmed finalisation and signing of the LNG sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with BP Singapore, a subsidiary of BP. The LNG SPA will see BP purchase all 3.75 million tonnes of Beach’s expected LNG volumes from the Waitsia Stage 2 project. Supply is targeted to commence in the second half of 2023 …

Santos plans for Darwin Export Gas Pipeline

With the Bayu-Undan gas field nearing its end of life, Santos has proposed a revision to its Darwin Gas Export Pipeline environment plan (EP). The revision is put forward with the hope of maintaining the Bayu-Undan to Darwin Export Gas Pipeline (BU GEP) and to allow the BU GEP to enter a preservation phase once …

Oil

Red Skye Energy locks in SA government approval for Killanoola

Santos to decommission Frigate-1

Santos has been granted approval to abandon the Frigate-1 wellhead, 101 km from the closest shoreline in Western Australia. The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Agency (NOPSEMA) has granted Santos approval to leave the wellhead in-situ, rather than removing the structure. The leaving of the wellhead in-situ has been found to have equal …

New tanker export route for Cliff Head JV

Triangle Energy and Pilot Energy have announced the establishment of a new tanker export route as part of the Cliff Head Joint Venture (CHJV). The new Geralton-Singapore tanker export route is a major milestone for Cliff Head oil export. The CHJV has completed its first load-out of 24 500 barrels of oil onto a chartered …

Hydrogen

BP backs global energy transition

In the announcement following the release of its quarterly report, company CEO Bernard Looney has affirmed that BP is committed to the global energy transition. “Our people are 100 per cent focused on what the world wants and needs us to do,” said Looney, referring to what the company is referring to as the trilemma …

Work begins at landmark hydrogen research facility

Works have begun at Australia’s first hydrogen fuel cell research and development facility at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus, with construction expected to be completed in late 2023. Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney visited Deakin’s Warrnambool campus to turn the first sod on works on the Hycel Technology Hub, a cornerstone …

People and Policy

Let your voice be heard: Climate Change Minister seeks feedback on renewable energy

The Australian Governments Department of Industry Science and Resources is seeking feedback from Victorians on the possible effects of future offshore renewable energy projects in the Bass Strait off Gippsland, Victoria. This would include offshore wind farms. The Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Angus Taylor, had proposed the area in Australian Commonwealth waters off …

Albanese government passes climate change bill

The Albanese government’s Climate Change Bill 2022 has passed in the House of Representatives. The Bill will enshrine into law an emissions reduction target of 43 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. It has brought together business, industry, unions, farmers, community and conservation groups, all of whom have …
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Wheatstone

Chevron granted start-up for Wheatstone

Chevron Australia has been approved for the start-up and operations of the Wheatstone liquified natural gas (LNG) project Chevron’s environment plan (EP) was submitted to The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) on 17 August 2021, and was accepted by NOPSEMA on 1 August 2022. Hydrocarbon fluids produced from the Wheatstone and …
Thylacine platform otway basin

Casino, Netherby, Henry under assessment by NOPSEMA

Offshore operations at the Otway gas fields Casino, Netherby and Henry are currently under assessment by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA). Production initially commenced at the Casino field in 2006, this known as stage 1, with subsequent stages integrating additional fields, wells and connecting flowlines to top-up production, supplying continued …
Focus Valves apa

AEMO responds to Iona inventory shortfall

The Australian Energy Marketing Operator (AEMO) has taken action to secure gas supplies from Queensland. The Gas Supply Guarantee Mechanism (GSGM) was put in place in March 2017, when producers and operators committed to making gas available to meet peak demand periods in the National Electricity Market (NEM). The GSGM comprises a number of processes …

EnergyQuest: China exports fall by 41%

Energy Quest has released its monthly Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Report, highlighting that China is no longer Australia’s top export destination. Exports to China dropped from 41 per cent (20.5 Mt) of Australia’s total FNG exports in the 2021 financial year to 38 per cent (28.3 Mt) in the 2022 financial year. Cargoes to China, …

Barrow Island JV nears end of life

WA Oil, Chevron’s Barrow Island Joint Venture facility, is expected to cease production in 2025. The island is located off the coast of Western Australia and, in the decades since the first shipment of oil from the Barrow Island in 1967, the field has produced 335 million barrels of oil. With the end of production …