Monday, October 15, 2012

Happy 4th Birthday Hands Off Country

It’s Hands off Country’s 4th birthday today, Monday, 15th October and also the anniversary of the day the newly elected Premier announced North Head as his preference for the location of the Kimberley LNG Precinct. Later that year,  in December he determined that James Price Point was a better location.

Perhaps some people will remember this? The Banner was erected in the roundabout at the entrance to town (near the Visitors’ Centre) it was the first of many Broome protests action against the proposed gas precinct.

Four years ago, within hours of the announcement of HIS preferred site for the gas hub proposal, Premier Barnett was given a clear message from the Broome community. Installed on the major roundabout coming into Broome, Kimberley, Western Australia and illuminated by an eerie generator light, Premier Barnett was put on notice. "We will not give away the Kimberley without a fight".

Hands Off Country has kept their word.


  1. Happy 4th birthday.Hip Hip Hooraaayyy.

    Yes we remember the banner and the great feeling we had seeing it there,it was good to know the Broome community were going to stand up and show they were for real.

    Seems hard to believe that for 2 of those years we had Peter Garrett as environment minister.Followed by the 2nd invisible man - 2 years of Burke.

    In that time (apart from all the protests),Shell has invented FLNG,the Macondo well and the Montara well have exploded,some of the digits went to Agadir to confront Garrett at the International Whaling Conference,and Walmadany is reported and supported internationally.And you joined hands (inside concrete barrels) in solidarity with Shell To Sea in Ireland.

    All this built from the ground up - from not even any local news coverage.Remarkable!

    It seems Barnett's decission to send in the riot squad during NAIDOC week 2011,has catapulted the Heritage Fight into the spotlight.And the flawed C.A.

    It will be a very long time indeed before the memory of Black Tuesday begins to fade.

    Well done to all of you.

    And a birthday present from Geoffrey Cousins:

    Floating LNG plant urged for Browse

    by: Paul Garvey
    From:The Australian
    October 15, 201212:00AM

    BUSINESSMAN turned environmental campaigner Geoffrey Cousins has urged the partners behind the controversial Browse liquefied natural gas project to consider Royal Dutch Shell's floating LNG technology as an alternative development option.

    Expectations are rising that Shell -- which is developing the world's first FLNG project at Prelude, off northern Western Australia -- could push its new technology instead of current plans for a $US45 billion ($44bn) onshore LNG plant at James Price Point, north of Broome.


  2. Some back of an envelope numbers for FLNG at Browse are interesting.

    Shell's first ship will be moored at the Browse Prelude field and will cost $12 billion.It will produce at least 3.6 mtpa of LNG,1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of LPG.

    The project is on schedule.

    Shell is aiming for 6 mtpa of LNG from the next generation of FLNG,(the big Pluto train produces around 4.3 mtpa and cost $15 billion),and says the cost of the ships will decrease in price as more are built.

    So,Coleman has said the TOTAL cost for Browse at JPP will be lump sum,$45 billion + 1/3rd = $60 billion.

    The planned LNG produced at JPP for Woodside is between 12 - 15 mtpa.

    So 2 x FLNG = $24 billion tops = 12 mtpa.

    1 x pipe to the Burrup = $22 billion.

    24 + 22 = 46 ....60 - 46 = $14 billion to rebuild the 3 old trains at the Burrup.

    Say they rebuild the 3 old trains to produce 4 mtpa each, = 12 mtpa.

    SO 12 MTPA FLNG + 12 MTPA PIPE = 24 MTPA.




  3. Strange as it may seem.....

    Titanic Tycoon Plans Stake Sale Talks for $8 Billion Gas Project

    Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer, who’s planning to build a modern replica of the Titanic, aims to start talks next year to sell stakes in a potential $8 billion natural gas project in Papua New Guinea.

    “We’ve had interest from major petrochemical companies who want to joint venture” including Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chinese companies, Palmer said in an interview. “We will talk to them at the appropriate time,” likely mid-2013 when field work is scheduled to be completed, he said.
    Mineralogy’s permits cover 43,170 square kilometers (16,668 miles) in the Gulf of Papua, west of PNG’s capital Port Moresby. A new estimate on the gas resource will be available late this year or early next, after early studies revealed potential for 22 trillion cubic feet of gas, Andrew Crook, of Crook Publicity, a spokesman for Palmer...
    Palmer is holding a dinner in New York on Dec. 4 to unveil the completed design and engineering plans for Titanic II, he said this month in a statement. He plans to sail the ship from Southampton in the U.K. to New York on her maiden passenger voyage in 2016.
    Demand for LNG has seen Asia’s largest economies agree to buy more than $500 billion of Australian natural gas through 2036, even as Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. said this year the world may face an LNG glut in the next eight years.

    “There’s certainly room for new projects to satisfy that demand, but there’s a lot of competition,” Bell Potter’s Hedstrom said. “Gas is being found with relative ease all around the world.”

    LNG projects in Australia and Papua New Guinea face increasing competition from countries including the U.S. and Canada. From 2017, “it continues to look like a buyer’s market given the growing number of proposed projects competing for finite longer-term demand,” Adrian Wood and Kirit Hira, analysts at Macquarie Group Ltd., said in a Sept. 10 report.


    Qatar looking to export US shale-based LNG to Asia

    QATAR, the world’s biggest exporter of LNG, is joining the list of oil and gas companies hoping to export cheap US shale-based LNG to energy-starved Asian markets later this decade.

    Qatar Petroleum International, the overseas investment unit of state-owned Qatar Petroleum, has just won approval from the US Department of Energy to ship LNG from a new export terminal it is proposing to build with its joint venture partner, Exxon Mobil, on the Texas side of the Sabine Pass outlet to the Gulf of Mexico. QPI’s US-based subsidiary has 70 per cent and Exxon affiliates hold the remainder.


    How much do we really get out of these "mega projects?"

    Monday, 15 October 2012

    THE recent closure of two Australian pipe mills may have been avoided if coal seam gas-to-LNG project developers had sourced pipe locally rather than overseas, an industry spokesman says.

  4. What next? Fraccing on the White House lawn?

    There is nowhere they will not frac.

    Pennsylvania OKs Fracking, Fossil Fuel Extraction On College Campuses

    The law, the "Indigenous Mineral Resource Development Act", allows for "mining or removal of coal, oil, natural gas, coal bed methane and limestone found in or beneath land owned by the state or state system of higher education."

    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett hatched the plan last year after he slashed funding for the 18 schools in Pennsylvania's higher-education system by 18%. He sees fossil fuel extraction as a way to close the budget gap.
    The new law completely disregards the environmental record of oil and natural gas companies in Pennsylvania. From 2008-2011, at least 2,932 violations were recorded – posing threats to drinking water supplies and air quality. That's only the tip of the iceberg, since Pennsylvania has made it tougher for drilling inspectors to do their job – in 2010 alone, 82,602 active wells went uninspected.

    The Pennsylvania law ignores the growing body of evidence cataloging the dangers of fracking, including three new studies from Europe.

    All three new studies – including one funded by ExxonMobil – conclude that fracking poses serious threats to groundwater and at least some of the chemicals used should be replaced because of their environmental impact
    But Ohio has passed similar laws as Pennsylvania, and a number of schools in West Virginia as well as the University of Texas have leased land for fracking.

    The controversy is likely to get much louder when a major motion picture starring Matt Damon on the subject opens in movie theaters in December.

    Home of the free - and THE BRAVE!!!

  5. Yesss off course i remember the banner :) i was there filming taking fotos and give "birth" to Hands off country with other 3 super passionate lady/girl. Im soo proud of what has done in those 4 years and still fighting for it!!!! HAPPY BDAY joung STRONG Hands off Country .

    Your Francesco :)

  6. from the fisherwoman.

    some interesting stories from the world of energy:

    the fact that Australia’s future will include significant production of oil and gas from tight rocks ensures that international developments will be closely watched, especially as rising unconventional production adds to the looming clash between high-priced renewable sources of energy and cheaper gas.

    In time, the tight gas revolution will spread to Europe and China, which are estimated by the US Energy Information Administration to contain the world’s biggest (China at 175 trillion cubic feet) and third biggest (Europe at 639tcf) shale gas reserves – with China’s status of particular interest to Australia’s LNG export sector.
    first item on the list, applications for the right to export oil from the US, falls into the utterly astonishing category because it really does seem like yesterday that the US energy flow was one-way traffic, with the country importing more (and paying more) every year
    The phenomena of fewer rigs and rising gas production is partly a result of the gas price sinking below break-even for many producers, but also a result of tight-gas extraction technology continuing to improve – as seen in reports that Continental Resources had pushed a horizontal well out to a world record 4.5km and that many regular wells which once travelled no more than 350m are now routinely reaching 1000m
    The game continues to change.


    Petronas has signed a joint development agreement with New Zealand company LanzaTech, which has developed a process that converts carbon monoxide into biofuels and chemicals.

    The companies will research ways to modify the process so it can convert natural gas and carbon dioxide, a common waste product from gas production, into acetic acid.

    LanzaTech says acetic acid is a high-value chemical used in the polymers and plastics markets.


    AN AUSTRALIAN wave energy hopeful has taken a step to commercialisation after signing a development agreement with Chinese energy equipment giant Shanghai Electric.


    WITH gas flaring from oil production platforms increasingly frowned upon by global regulators, a major supplier of floating production, storage and offloading units has linked up with a gas-to-liquid technology provider to work on an alternative.


    PHOENIX Energy has referred its proposed $400 million, 80 megawatt power plant in Kwinana to Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority, saying it hopes to be generating electricity in three years.

    The waste-to-energy company plans to build a plant that will consume 400,000 tonnes per annum of municipal solid waste.


    THE long-awaited Palta-1 well in WA-384-P of the Carnarvon Basin officially spud in over the weekend.
    Shell is targeting a potential 13.5 trillion cubic feet of gas resource at a rumoured cost of $60 million. This would make it one of Australia’s most expensive wells, ahead of Woodside Energy’s ill-fated Gnarlyknots-1 in 2003.

    The well has been condemned by environmentalists, who are concerned by its proximity to the Ningaloo Reef.


    Swiss contractor Allseas Construction took the federal minister for immigration and citizenship to court earlier this year seeking to find out whether the foreign crew members of its Lorelay and Solitaire pipe-laying vessels were at risk of detention by working on the offshore project without 417 or 457 visas.

    The judge in the case found that under current legislation the workers were not deemed to be working on “resources installations” when touching pipes connected to the Gorgon LNG project.

    It was a ruling with which Immigration Minister Chris Bowen disagreed.

    “The government will legislate to rectify the current situation,” he said.

    “We want to ensure the rights of workers in the offshore resources industry are appropriately protected, while at the same time promoting opportunities for Australians to work on important local resource projects.”

  7. Wow! Four years!
    This blog & your efforts have been a rock on which all sensible folk have placed their feet for all of that time. We cannot thank you enough for the time, energy & effort you have given to protecting country. We know that you will continue until the battle is won but hope that this will be no longer than is necessary as your considerable talents could obviously be put to far better use if there were no need to focus upon the short term profit-mongers