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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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 …
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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 …
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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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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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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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Industry welcomes National Hydrogen Strategy

The strategy was released last week by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council after being in development for nearly 12 months by COAG’s Hydrogen Working Group, chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel. The strategy provides a plan for Australian governments and industry to grow the country’s hydrogen sector and turn the …
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Canavan: Australia should “embrace” shale

Senator Canavan has been in the US meeting with representatives from Chevron and The Australian reported he has used the trip to argue for greater investment in onshore gas exploration in Australia, particularly in the northern part of the country. “The Beetaloo Basin would be the first major shale basin in the Asia-Pacific region,” said …
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Monadelphous workers win pay rise

The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) and the Maritime Union of Australia’s (MUA) new rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Offshore Alliance has won a new agreement for Monadelphous workers stationed on INPEX’s Ichthys Venturer Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (PFSO) facility and the Ichthys Explorer Central Processing Facility (CPF). The group of 180 Monadelphous workers will receive an 18–20 per …
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