Monday, January 21, 2013

Public get more time to join gas reference group - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Public get more time to join gas reference group - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): Broome residents are being given another chance to nominate for a position on a community committee being formed to monitor the impacts of the Browse liquefied natural gas project.

The Department of State Development, which is coordinating the $40 billion project, wants to appoint up to 10 residents to provide feedback to Woodside and the Government.

"We got some nominations certainly but we're all keen that this group can act as a bridge between the broader community and the formal governance structure of the precinct, and so for that reason we'd like a larger pool of names to consider, so we decided it was best to extend the application period," she said.


  1. REVENUE in the US clean energy sector may total $US1.9 trillion ($US1.8 trillion) by 2018, but only if policymakers decide on a clear direction.

    That’s the call from the Pew Environment Group, which said discussions with more than 100 US industry leaders had revealed that private investment, manufacturing and deployment of renewable power has been restrained because of no long-term, consistent energy policy.

    “Industry is telling us in no uncertain terms that the United Stated needs to adopt clear, consistent, long-term energy policy,” Pew’s clean energy program director Phyllis Cuttino said.

    “It’s time for congress to support a comprehensive energy strategy by delivering long-term certainty for businesses and investors in renewable power.


    INDUSTRY services company Bechtel has won the front-end engineering and design project from Anadarko Moçambique for the onshore LNG facility to be built in Cabo Delgado in northeast Mozambique.

    The FEED contract is for the first phase of the facility, with Bechtel developing a design for a multi-train liquefaction plant with a nominal capacity of 5 million tonnes per train.

    Bechtel oil, gas and chemicals president Jack Futcher said the company had a long-standing relationship with the region.

    “The Mozambique LNG FEED award builds on Bechtel’s extensive experience in LNG and in Africa, where we have worked for more than 50 years,” Futcher said.


    THE plan for LNG Limited to build an export terminal in Louisiana has the blessing of the governor.

    LNG told the market that the project, which could potentially be expanded to 8Mtpa, would cost $US2.2 billion ($A2.09 billion) based on the costs associated with its Fisherman’s Landing project, which is being built in modules.

    It said two under-utilised gas pipelines traversed the project site with another two nearby, with those pipelines able to access the US gas market and in particular, the Henry Hub.

    It now appears to have the blessing of Louisiana state governor Bobby Jindal, who pointed to the jobs the project would bring.


    Key has announced the start of drilling on the Cyrene-1 in the Canning Basin, Western Australia.

    Rig and service personnel were sent to the well site in the past week, with testing now conducted.

    The company started a leak off test before drilling to the primary objectives, including the coring of the Goldwyer Formation.

    Key managing director Kane Marshall said he was pleased the well went ahead despite difficult weather caused by Cyclone Narelle.

    The Cyrene-1 well is targeting the Willara and Goldwyer formations and has an estimated resource for conventional targets of 5 million barrels of recoverable oil


  2. Everybody must get fracked.

    All the stuff Don Voelte didn't see coming.

    What BP did in its latest edition of Energy Outlook, reported here on Thursday, was confirm what we’ve all suspected – that the bulk of oil and gas production growth over the next 20-30 years will come from tight rock formations such as shale.

    BP chief executive Bob Dudley said: “The outlook shows the degree to which once-accepted wisdom has been turned on its head.”


    BP’s analysis of the way the world is starting to accept unconventional as part of the overall energy mix was reinforced by the Hess budget which revealed a bigger exploration outlay on unconventional projects than conventional.

    In the year ahead, Hess plans to spend $2.7 billion on the unconventional search – mainly in the northern US where it has major exposure to the Bakken shale of North Dakota – and $1.85 billion on exploration for conventional hydrocarbons.

    Adding to Australian interest in the Hess budget is the lack of information on what it proposes to do with its conventional Equus gas field off the northwest coast.

    No mention was made of Equus in the latest exploration and production report, an omission which raised eyebrows because the company has invested heavily in designing a floating LNG production system.

    If, as seems possible, the Equus plans have stalled, it will be a fresh blow to Australia’s LNG development sector, though not unexpected given the high cost of doing business in a hot-house resources sector, weighed down by uncooperative and high-taxing governments.

    But the really interesting aspect to the possible mothballing of Equus until economic conditions improve is that it is a conventional gas field and they seem to be on the outer in the Hess head office, which is throwing everything at unconventional exploration.


    On a completely different but far more important matter, it is to be hoped governments worldwide will learn a lesson from the awful events in the Algerian desert.

    The most important is that oil and gas production facilities are not just sources of tax revenue, they are an essential part of a successful economy but they are also highly vulnerable.

    What caused The Slug to have that profound thought were words about the massacre at the In Amenas gas plant in the weekend edition of London’s Financial Times newspaper: “It will doubtless raise questions about the safety of economically crucial but high-risk hydrocarbon plants through the region.”

    There is only one word wrong in that thoughtful commentary – swap the last word, “region” with the word “world” because even in remote Australia there is a big but taboo topic when it comes to protecting offshore gas projects.

    Perhaps the Australian Navy has the capacity to guard offshore installations but then again the Algerian army thought it too had any potential threat under control.

    Hopefully in Canberra today there is a wake-up bell ringing, because the lesson of Algeria is that all oil and gas facilities are an easy target for terrorists – and to not talk about it and pretend it is not an issue will not make it go away.


    He didn't mention Woodside and the worlds riskiest address,but I bet everyone will be looking at Leviathan and thinking,oh hell that looks a lot more dangerous now!

  3. He also didn't mention The Equus project development consists of natural gas and condensate gas fields and is located 180km North of North West Cape and approximately 300km West of Karratha in the Northern Carnarvon Basin, Western Australia, in water depths of up to 1,200m.

    Woodside are looking for gas for Pluto,would they be after this?

    Some say yes but it will be expensive for them compared to finding their own gas,which they have not been able to do.

    1. I wonder if this is the gas Coleman was talking about in the "billion dollar question" article?

      He said there was potential gas supply from another source but it was a different heat grade to the existing Pluto supply.

      To process this would mean another train,but the billion dollar question was,a different grade would require them to build extra bulk storage tanks costing billions of dollars.

      More money,more reasons JPP looks too expensive.