New faces and places: The latest industry appointments

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has reappointed its CEO and board members to ensure the board continues to benefit from their significant experience and expertise in renewable energy.  The following industry appointments have been made. Darren Miller, ARENA CEO: The Australian Government has reappointed Darren Miller as chief executive officer of the ARENA for …
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Woodside

Woodside, Furgo record subsea technology success

Woodside has marked a key milestone with Furgo by successfully completing a fully un-crewed inspection of the North West Shelf and Pluto trunklines, using the Fugro Maali vessel. Maali was remotely controlled from operating centres in Karratha and more than 1,500 km away in Perth. The company advised that traditional offshore inspection vessels are typically …
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Pipeline upgrade for Qld water supply

The Queensland Government has announced the $1.5 million upgrade of two pipelines that supply water from Mount Crosby Treatment Plant to Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan. The work will involve taking a 4km section of the pipes offline at Barnes Hill to replace four valves which are reaching the end of their service life. Minister for …
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China takes over as Australia’s top LNG export destination

China has overtaken Japan as Australia’s top LNG export destination for the 2021 financial year, according to EnergyQuest. Outlined in EnergyQuest’s monthly LNG report, Australia exported 29.8 million tonnes (Mt) of Australian export volume to China, slightly more than 29.4 Mt in 2020. In the 11 months to May, Chinese LNG exports increased 20 per …
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Woodside Balnaves Field NOPSEMA

NOPSEMA assess Woodside’s Balnaves abandonment plans

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) is assessing Woodside’s environment plan to permanently plug and abandon four wells offshore Western Australia. Woodside ceased production from the Balnaves Field in 2016, with the floating petroleum storage and offloading (FPSO) Armada Claire and all other Balnaves infrastructure, apart from the four wells and …
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Woodside has awarded Valaris Limited

Valaris secures Woodside 16-well contract

Woodside has awarded Valaris Limited a 16-well contract for its offshore Australia operations. Valaris will supply semi-submersible VALARIS DPS-1 with the contract set to begin in the second quarter of 2022 and take 300 days to complete. The company says it is a leader in offshore drilling services across all water depths and geographies. Operating a …
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Project Haber

New green hydrogen hub set for WA

InterContinental Energy, CWP Global and Mirning Green Energy have announced the development of an integrated green fuels mega project in Western Australia. The Western Green Energy Hub (WGEH), when fully operational, will produce up to 50 gigawatts of hybrid wind and solar power over 15,000-square-kilometres in South-East Western Australia, across the Shires of Dundas and …
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Global Oil & Gas NT

Helium exploration to begin in NT

Global Oil & Gas (GLV) has confirmed it will commence the in-field geochemical survey of the Northern Territory (NT) exploration permit 127 on July 29, 2021. Last month the company received the multispectral remote spectroscopy study from remote sensing specialists Dirt Exploration. The study provided heat map data for helium, hydrogen and methane indicators across …
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TotalEnergies, GHGSat develop satellites to track methane emissions

TotalEnergies is partnering with GHGSat to develop a satellite imaging technology that monitors potential methane leak occurrences at offshore facilities. The technology, known as Glint Mode, annuls interference effects on data acquisition by observing sun glint on the ocean surface. This satellite imaging can be combined with local measurements for which TotalEnergies has developed the …
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Western Gas plans to drill WA well

Western Gas has submitted its plans to drill the Sasanof-1 exploration well in the Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia, to the national offshore petroleum regulator. The company outlined in its environment plan that drilling will commence at the earliest in the first quarter of 2022, subject to approvals, vessel availability and weather constraints, with an …
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