Tuesday, December 11, 2012

No torment for port plan

 HOPES remain high that a clever plan to sidestep the controversy over James Price Point and give a win to an indigenous community will still go ahead.
Azure Capital director and indigenous leader Clinton Wolf said negotiations were progressing with the indigenous owners and the company hoped to have a positive outcome in the New Year.

The Azure plan is to build a supply base at Point Torment, about 30km north of Derby, to supply the Browse project plus any other nearby LNG projects that may be developed.

Inpex’s Icthys, for example, falls into this frame.

Even if Browse was to be developed with a floating LNG plant, there would still be a need for a supply base and Point Torment would fill that need.
“Regardless of whether James Price Point goes ahead, our reading of the play is that a supply base in that area would be advantageous to oil and gas companies,” Wolf said.

“There will still be a need for that supply base.”

One of Port Torment’s biggest strengths is that it is not Broome.

The other alternatives such as Wyndham and Darwin are really too far away.

Linking the project to the Warrawa people, which Wolf wants to do, could prove to be a masterstroke.

It offers the Warrawa an opportunity to also cash in from the resources boom that will be running around their region.

Energy News understands Derby Shire Council is also keen to have Point Torment developed.


  1. Another snake & mate of Bergmann, he's already tried the south & pilbara! this guy is also the Chairman of the Aboriginal Lands Trust (branch of Dept of Indigenous Affairs), was the Executive Director of the Yamatji Land & Sea Council. Also currently the CEO of the Western Desert Land Aboriginal Corp. say no more...

  2. Sounds like a con job.Too much dredging,too high tides,too far away,no all weather roads across the Fitzroy - from either direction,too bloody expensive for little return,none of the planned mines need a huge port,coal has been done in by US shale gale,what's left?Bird sh*t?

    1. HAhaha look at that - great minds think alike!

  3. With the US power generators switching to gas because of new pollution laws and price,US coal is looking to an Asian export boom for coal.

    This makes for scary reading.

    EPA: coal export projects could have 'significant' public health impacts

    In April 2012 the EPA stated that they desired a thorough review of the consequences of coal export through Northwest ports, staying the first project in the pipeline -- at the Port of Morrow -- "has the potential to significantly impact human health and the environment." The EPA's letter to the Army Corps of Engineers stated they wanted a "thorough and broadly scoped" environmental review. Potential problems include health impacts from coal dust and diesel emissions on train and barge trips through the Columbia River Gorge and the effects of ozone, particulates and mercury returning on trade winds after coal is burned in Asia.


    Coal export terminals are slated for construction in the states of Washington and Oregon, on the west coast of the United States. If built, they will make America the world’s third largest coal exporter. As those terminals begin operating, the coal exported will effectively cancel out the progressive benefits of new energy policies especially in adjacent states.


    Worldwide, coal use has grown an average of 4.4% per year since 1990. In recent years, the growth rate of coal consumption has vastly increased. In 2003, the World Coal Institute projected world consumption would reach 7 billion tons by 2030. Just eight years later, in 2011, the figure was almost 7.5 billion tons.

    The fastest growing markets are in Asia. In the last three years alone, South Korea’s coal imports have grown by 30% and China’s by a massive 313%. In less than 10 years, China has gone from being a net exporter of coal to the world’s largest coal importer and consumer. With estimated imports of 190-million tons per year and its own production of 3.47 billion tons, in 2011 China accounted for 48% of the world’s coal consumption.


    Applications for permits-to-operate four new coal export terminals are on file with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Two additional terminals are under consideration. The four terminals by themselves will export more than 150% of the coal that the entire United States exports today.

    To reach the proposed capacity of the new terminals, the coal industry is prepared to increase production in the United States by at least 100 million tons a year


    BILLINGS, Mont.—The emissions are unhealthy, the noise insufferable. But it's the wait that can be life-threatening.

    Every day, 20 freight trains rumble through downtown Billings. Five of those are coal trains - 120 cars stretching a half-mile and carrying 17,000 tons of coal west.


    Five terminals have been proposed in Washington and Oregon. While reported estimates vary, almost 150 million st of coal could be exported if all the terminals come online over the next five years


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