Scarborough Project

Woodside determined to protect Scarborough Project

The Australian Conservation Foundation Incorporated (ACF) has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia in relation to the environmental assessment of Woodside’s Scarborough Project. The ACF is seeking an injunction to restrain offshore project activities. However, the Scarborough Project has been the subject of rigorous environmental assessments by a range of regulators including the …
Northern Endeavour

Decommissioning of Northern Endeavour step closer

A $325 million contract has been signed with Petrofac Facilities Management for the decommissioning of the Northern Endeavour, offshore in the Timor Sea. As part of the contract, Petrofac will deliver phase one of the project, which will see the Northern Endeavour disconnected from the subsea equipment, and temporary suspension of wells. Minister for Resources …

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 …
PEP11

Morrison government rejects PEP11 gas drilling project

The federal government has refused an oil and gas drilling permit off the NSW coast, saying a ‘methodical process’ was undertaken before arriving at a decision. The Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 (PEP11) between Newcastle and Wollongong had been the subject of vocal community opposition. Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday confirmed the government would refuse …
AHC responds to Labor’s emissions reduction policy

AHC responds to Labor’s emissions reduction policy

The Australian Hydrogen Council (AHC) has responded to the Federal opposition’s new emissions reduction policy. Labor’s policy aims to reduce Australia’s emissions by 43 per cent by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. AHC CEO Dr Fiona Simon said although the council “welcomes” the announcement, more detail was needed. “While hydrogen is not the …
gas infrastructure

Future gas infrastructure plans released

The Federal Government has revealed the 2021 National Gas Infrastructure Plan (NGIP) and the accompanying Future Gas Infrastructure Investment Plan, identifying a pathway for Australia’s gas supply and infrastructure up to the year 2041. The 2021 NGIP identifies actions to ensure more gas can be delivered at lesser costs, aiming to keep prices internationally competitive. The report said it presents a sequenced …
HyGATE

ARENA locks in funding for HyGATE initiative

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced that it will play a key role in the development and delivery of the German-Australian Hydrogen Innovation and Technology Incubator known as HyGATE. ARENA will team up with Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to administer HyGATE which will support real-world pilot, trial, demonstration and research projects along …
trial begins for hydrogen GO scheme

AHC supports Future Fuels Funding boost

The Australian Hydrogen Council (AHC) has welcomed the Federal Government’s move towards decarbonising the country’s transport sector through expansion of its Future Fuels Fund. But AHC believes more can be done to drive the transition. AHC said the larger $250 million Future Fuels Fund will be critical to enabling the roll-out of hydrogen refuelling and …
trial begins for hydrogen GO scheme

Australian Government steps up hydrogen funding

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government would provide an extra $150 million in funding for feasibility studies and the construction of hydrogen hubs. Funding will be used to develop a further two locations under the Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs program, bringing the total hydrogen hubs from five regional sites up to seven.  The seven …

Australian LNG export volumes forecast to increase

Australia’s liquified natural gas (LNG) export volumes have been resilient throughout COVID-19, with export volumes ranging between 18.4 million tonnes and 20.6 million tonnes each quarter, according to the Resources and Energy Quarterly report. The report found that the variations in volumes were largely driven by technical outages, with output affected at the Gorgon and Prelude facilities. …