Saturday, September 15, 2012

Brown fights to save whales from reach of gas plant

Ben Cubby,Environment Editor
Sea Shepherd at James Price Point
Brown fights to save whales from reach of gas plant:

Ben Cubby,Environment Editor ''We have our place, the whales deserve to have theirs,'' he says simply. The gas factory plan calls for a lengthy breakwater that would cut through a whale migration route that leads to what is thought to be the world's largest nursery for humpback calves.

"We were in the inflatable boat, about two kilometres off the point, and a baby whale calf came up right in front of us and let out a great, melodious sigh" (This moment was captured, from the cliffs of Walmandan (James Price Point) by Dave Smith
Brown says of his recent voyage to the gas factory site aboard a Sea Shepherd vessel.

''Then, further along, another calf came up out of the ocean and splashed back in, and it was followed by its mother, which sent up a huge fountain of water beside us.

That's going to be with me for the rest of my life.''


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  2. Bad news.

    Ungani ‘nearology’ set to drive bidding war
    Friday, 14 September 2012
    David Upton

    WESTERN Australia’s Department of Mines and Petroleum has set the stage for an acreage bidding war with the release of two permits on the Dampier Peninsula, less than 100km northwest of Buru’s Ungani discovery.

    1. Ungani is 100 klms east of Broome.
      These leases are 100 klms NW of Ungani.
      That puts them just inland of the Coulomb Point Nature Reserve.

      That would be 20 klms east of JPP ? Roughly.

  3. However overseas competitors keep the pressure on.

    "With this agreement, we are consolidating our leadership in a growing LNG market and taking a position in an LNG export market that is emerging in the United States," Total Gas and Power, President, Philippe Sauquet told media in a statement

    In Summary

    •Analysts, led by Australian consulting firm Hartleys, project that drilling activity will significantly increase in offshore Kenya with up to 10 wells expected in 2013.
    •Dundee Capital Markets, a Canadian investment dealer, says with the increased activity, relatively smaller explorers with material acreage position in offshore Kenya are becoming targets for big companies in what could usher in fresh rounds of mergers and acquisitions in the lucrative oil exploration business.
    •East Africa has been a hotbed of acquisition activity of late and with the remarkable success of the gas exploration programme in offshore Tanzania and Mozambique, the industry’s interest in the region stands at an all-time high.
    •This interest, analysts and oil executives said, explains why every bloc in offshore Kenya has now been licensed.
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp. (Jogmec), a state-run commodities and energy procurement company, will provide equity financing of $500 million to Japanese energy group Inpex to pursue a Canadian LNG export project.

    An abandoned well causing problems.

    The ONGC has limited knowledge of deepwater blocks compared with other global majors like BP or Chevron. This is its first effort at deepwater exploration.

    It has already sought help from its neighbouring operators like Reliance- BP and Cairn Energy as well as from the Gujarat State Petronet Corporation Limited.

    " It is easy to dispose of gas, but once oil starts coming out, this could be similar to what happened in the Gulf of Mexico," says a former ONGC director familiar with the area.

    On April 20, 2010, BP rig Deepwater Horizon drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico exploded killing 11 crew members and injuring 17. The spill lasted three months before being capped expelling around five million barrels into the ocean and extensively damaging marine life.

    " It is not an extraordinary situation; we are taking stock of the situation," said ONGC's official spokesperson in Delhi.