Western Australia WA

Draft bill to support WA industry reduce emissions

On Wednesday 9 March, Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston approved the drafting of a bill that will provide Western Australia’s resource sector with further investment and regulatory certainty in its transition to a low-carbon future.  Read more

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NOPSEMA updates offshore inspection policy

The Australian oil and gas regulator NOPSEMA has published its new inspection policy, which took effect 1 January 2022. The policy applies to offshore petroleum facilities and activities operating in Australia’s Commonwealth waters. NOPSEMA said its revised approach to inspections was based on recent developments such as the pandemic, the decommissioning of the Northern Endeavour, …
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 …
Thylacine platform otway basin

Otway Gas Development under assessment

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) is assessing Beach Energy’s environment plan (EP) for the Otway phase 5 early dive installation campaign. Beach Energy is proposing an early dive installation campaign in the vicinity of the Thylacine wellhead platform, located 70 km offshore from Port Campbell, Victoria.   All proposed activity is …

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 …

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 …
ECT enters a joint venture with GrapheneX

PNG negotiations stall

The two groups have been negotiating terms for developing the P’nyang gas field which, along with the Papua LNG Project, would double PNG’s LNG exports. PNG Petroleum Minister Kerenga Kua had already indicated any deal over P’nyang would be substantially more beneficial to the PNG economy than the agreements for both Papua LNG and the …

ARENA commits $70m to hydrogen

ARENA announced its next funding round on the back of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council’s release of the National Hydrogen Strategy, which outlines a path to develop the energy source into a major export industry in Australia by 2030. For this round of funding, ARENA plans to target projects involving commercial scale …

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 …