APPEA urges new SA Labor Premier to invest in reliable energy

Following the election of Peter Malinauskas as the South Australian (SA) Premier, Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) has advised the new Labor team to continue investing in renewable energies and acknowledge the role of gas in the state’s future. The gas industry has a long history in South Australia. It has played an …

Morrison government backs Golden Beach project

In partnership with GB energy, the Australian government has announced that it will be issuing a $32 million commercial loan to fund the Golden Beach project. The project, located offshore Gippsland, Victoria, will produce local gas for two years, before it is converted to an underground facility with 12.5 PJ of gas storage. This project …
NOPSEMA expands to offshore infrastructure

NOPSEMA approves Mutineer Exeter cessation

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has approved the Mutineer Exeter cessation of production (CoP) environmental plan from Santos. Santos, which is Australia’s largest domestic gas supplier and the operator of the Mutineer, Exeter, Fletcher-Finucane (MEFF) oil fields, applied in December 2021 for the continued operation of these facilities in cessation …

Australia’s ‘green bank’ marks $10 billion in pursuit of net zero

The Australia Government-backed Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has surpassed $10 billion in lifetime investment commitments, helping accelerate Australia’s transition to net zero emissions by 2050. The CEFC has considerable headroom for ongoing investment. Since inception, the CEFC has drawn $5.4 billion from its original $10 billion funding allocation from the Australian Government, meaning it …
Santos sells Barossa interests

Green light for Barossa drilling, well campaign

The national petroleum regulator has approved Santos’ Barossa Development for its plans to commence a drilling and well campaign in the second quarter of 2022. The company advised that, as part of the approved development, it wants to begin the petroleum activity in production licence NT/L1. The Barossa Development was accepted by the National Offshore Petroleum …
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Pavo-1 well reaches new depths: Carnarvon

Carnarvon Energy has drilled the Pavo-1 well, located in the WA-438-P exploration permit in Western Australia, to 3282 metres measure depth (MD). The company reached this depth in the 8.5-inch hole before operations were suspended while the drilling rig was down-manned and the well made safe due to cyclone activity in the area. The well …

Production begins for Gippsland processing facility to recycle CO2

Esso Australia, subsidiary of ExxonMobil Australia, has started the construction of a new Air Liquide facility that will capture, and reuse carbon dioxide (CO2) extracted from Gippsland gas. Chair of ExxonMobil Australia Dylan Pugh said that construction of the Air Liquide facility next to the Longford Gas Conditioning Plant will allow CO2 captured during the processing …
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Bayu-Undan CCS project enters FEED phase

Santos, as operator of the Bayu-Undan offshore gas production facility, has announced entry into the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase for the proposed Bayu-Undan carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.  Read more

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HyGATE funding round now open 

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has opened its funding round for the German-Australian Hydrogen Innovation and Technology Incubator known as HyGATE. HyGate is being delivered in partnership with  Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and Australia’s Department of Industry.  The initiative will support real-world pilot, trial and demonstration projects along the hydrogen …