APA Group’s Kevin Lester finds satisfaction in rise of gas

Kevin Lester has watched on with pride as gas has grown from a secondary fuel in Australia to play a key role in the country’s energy mix. In fact, he has played an important part in this growth himself during 35 years in the gas sector, including the past eight years with energy infrastructure business, …
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What will shape the future of oil and gas?

The oil and gas industry in Australia has emerged from a period of major structural, political and technological changes that have accompanied unprecedented expansion in the country. Entering the new decade, the industry is set to embrace these changes as energy demand, emerging markets, urbanisation and improving living standards gather momentum. Read more

Valmec reaches milestone at Project Atlas

The Atlas gas pipeline project will transport gas from the Atlas gas field, the first domestic gas acreage from the Queensland Government, to the domestic east coast market via Jemena’s Darling Downs Pipeline. Atlas is a 60-kilometre-long, buried gas pipeline between Senex Energy’s Atlas gas field, west of Wandoan and Jemena’s Darling Downs Pipeline, and …
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Oil spill adds pressure to Tamarind

The NZ EPA has served Tamarind, which is currently in voluntary administration, an abatement notice prohibiting the company from extracting oil from certain wells in the Tui field off the coast of Taranaki. The notice was issued after a spill was reported to regulators on 21 November approximately 400 m from the Umuroa Floating Production …
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Business Council says gas is being held back

In an address to the National Press Club this week, Business Council Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott said there needed to be clear guidelines for the approval of major projects in order to avoid continual delays. “You also have to question the lack of common sense of our appeals system which allows a small group of …
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Industry funds LNG training

The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) announced $400,000 in funding towards the training as a support to the Western Australian Government’s LNG Jobs Taskforce. The program would create the materials and coursework needed to ensure LNG workers obtain qualifications recognised by all the operating companies in the industry. APPEA Chief Executive Andrew McConville …
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OMV sells NZ interest for US$50m

Jadestone will acquire OMV’s 69 per cent interest for a price of US$50 million ($73.56 million), which will see the company join other joint venture (JV) partners Horizon Oil (26 per cent) and Cue Taranaki (5 per cent). The field is located in the offshore Taranaki Basin and contains the Maari Project consisting of a …
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NSW to review health and safety

The Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013 and Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014 will have been in place for five years in 2020 and NSW law states a review must be undertaken after this length of time. NSW Resources Regulator Director Regulatory Programs Tony Linnane said …
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MMA awarded CarbonNet contracts

The CarbonNet Project is investigating the potential of establishing a commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) network that would bring together carbon dioxide capture projects in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley and transport it via a shared pipeline into offshore Bass Strait sites. Recently, MMA has been awarded three contracts for CarbonNet valued with a total revenue …
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National Hydrogen Strategy released

In development for nearly 12 months, the strategy was developed by COAG’s Hydrogen Working Group, chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel, and provides a plan for Australian governments and industry to grow the country’s hydrogen sector and turn the resource into a major energy export by 2030. The strategy was created through analysis …
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