Monday, August 6, 2012

Bob Brown joins Sea Shepherd's gas hub protest - Business - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Bob Brown joins Sea Shepherd's gas hub protest - Business - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):

Woodside, which wants to build a gas hub at James Price Point worth more than $30 billion, says it is confident it can manage any impacts on the whales during construction.

The Sea Shepherd's anti whaling protest ship 'Steve Irwin' has arrived in Broome to highlight the risks a hub poses.




    Here's a little something from an oil and gas industry rag,stick it in your pipe and smoke it.

    The nays have it on Browse

    Monday, 6 August 2012

    MONEY, more than emotion, will decide the fate of the $40 billion Browse LNG project in Western Australia. Right now, Slugcatcher reckons there is too much emotion and not enough money to let the project proceed as planned, and perhaps not at all for some time.

    Listening to you this morning and your piss weak apology for destroying all the country around here reminded me of Big Fat Wayne Berglerman,perhaps you had him write your little speech for you.

    The majority voted for the gas hub?Everyone on the planet has known how rigged that vote was for a long time now.

    With the people you are associated with you have no credibility anywhere,anymore.
    So take your filthy Woodside dollars and run.

    Maybe Barnett is looking for someone to manage Indigenous employment on his canal,be a great job for you.

  3. Barnett's advice to the captains of giant LNG ships to "just steer around the whales" obviously wasn't heard by the Syd arb ferry today.

    A Sydney ferry may have struck and injured a whale and her calf in Sydney Harbour.

    Was great to see the Steve Irwin dock this morning.
    Dreams come true.

  4. RE The nays have it on Browse.

    Slugcatcher knows what he is talking about when it comes to oil and gas,however his view of Broome is sadly lacking.

    Broome is a small laid back town.The Shire of Broome may be big but has not many people.

    We do not need the worlds biggest gas plant to provide us with jobs or something to do.

    We have some good local industries now that with some extra investment would greatly improve.

    When it comes to oil and gas we are idealy placed to become a major shore supply base.This also would benefit from some extra cash.Cash that would show a great rate of return.Would provide many jobs,much training etc.

    This will not happen while the B.C.C. keep talking the place down,and along with the port and the Shire,pretend we are done for if this monster does not go ahead.The port,of course,want it so as they can have a new facillity at JPP.The Broome port is a WA government run port.

    It is way past time concerned business people started pushing for this facillity at the existing port,because it looks certain Browse will not be going ahead at JPP,so they should ask themselves,what are we going to do if we do not grasp the chance to become a supply base?

    The answer is plain.It will really cost us if we miss out on that.Sheer stupidity.A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.We would have all the extra industry a town of this size can accommadate.More than enough for all.

    Time to move on from JPP - before it is too late!

    From the rest of the article:

    In pecking order, and ready to wave a veto card on the plan as currently proposed are:
    BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company, with a troubled oil and gas tail that has just incurred a hefty $US2.84 billion write down, and is sliding ever closer to a decision to jettison its chief executive, Marius Kloppers, because of unfortunate past investment decisions, and failed takeover attempts. There is no way The Slug can imagine the board of BHP Billiton signing up for a slice of Browse while it is slashing costs elsewhere. BHP Billiton’s vote on Browse as proposed: No.
    Chevron, a global oil major with more gas development projects in its books than are likely to make the board feel comfortable with another investment, especially at a time of disturbingly high costs. Best stick with a slice of the North West Shelf, Gorgon and Wheatstone will be Chevron’s answer to a Browse investment request. Chevron’s vote: No.
    BP, a restructuring oil giant keen to grow its assets in the Asia Pacific, and likely to say yes to Browse, if it can find the capital. BP’s vote: Yes.
    Shell will be waiting for the performance of its LNG “floater” on the Prelude project. If floating LNG production works, and it bypasses pesky protestors, it will argue for a floater (or two) on the Browse fields, with a long pipeline to the Burrup processing centre as a fall back. Shell’s vote: No.
    Woodside, the operator of Browse, but a business under new, hard-nosed management, that will look solely at the financial case, and not get caught up in any emotional nonsense whatsoever. Woodside’s vote: No.
    Mitsubishi and Mitsui, Japanese trading houses with a long-term North West Shelf relationship, will be keen to secure additional gas for the energy-short home market. Mimi’s vote: Yes.
    Woodside, as project manager, will have a major say in what is put before the Browse JV committee. Even if it has its name attached to the project, and a contractual commitment to the Australian and Western Australian governments to find a way to commercialise Browse gas, it will be looking for an escape route.

    Amusingly, the protestors might just provide a convenient excuse to go back to the drawing board, neatly skirting around Australia’s “use it, or lose it” laws governing natural resources that are owned by “The Crown”, not by any private entity.
    One thing, however, is certain. Browse will not be proceeding any time soon because, quite simply, the numbers (and votes) do not add up.

  5. People are asking,"who is this "Slugcatcher" guy?"
    Well no name yet but a quick google will get you Wikipedia and this:

    Pipelines that transport both gas and liquids together, known as two-phase flow, can operate in a flow regime known as slugging flow or slug flow. Under the influence of gravity liquids will tend to settle on the bottom of the pipeline, while the gases occupy the top section of the pipeline. Under certain operating conditions gas and liquid are not evenly distributed throughout the pipeline, but travel as large plugs with mostly liquids or mostly gases through the pipeline. These large plugs are called slugs.

    A slugcatcher is a vessel with sufficient buffer volume to store the largest slugs expected from the upstream system. The slugcatcher is located between the outlet of the pipeline and the processing equipment. The buffered liquids can be drained to the processing equipment at a much slower rate to prevent overloading the system. As slugs are a periodical phenomenon, the slugcatcher should be emptied before the next slug arrives.

    Great to know that!