Monday, April 8, 2013

(5) Hands on the dunes saying No Gas @ JPP

(5) Hands on the dunes saying No Gas @ JPP: Hands on the dunes saying No Gas @ JPP
messages of support written on paper hands sent in from around the world saying no gas at JPP


  1. Interesting,from Slugcatcher again.Energy News Bulletin.

    How Exxon killed JPP

    Monday, 8 April 2013

    SHELL has been blamed for upsetting Woodside Petroleum’s plans for an onshore processing component at the Browse LNG project in Western Australia but from what Slugcatcher saw last week the killer blow came from outside the Browse joint venture and was delivered by ExxonMobil.

    1. ENB

      Woodside tripped up by NWS problem

      Monday, 8 April 2013

      WOODSIDE Petroleum has confirmed that a “trip” at its North West Shelf plant was the cause of a black smoke trail that filled Karratha’s sky last Wednesday, but has played down the incident.

  2. Investors who have bought a lot of shares in the giant east coast gas plants are very nervous and could start pulling their money out.Two reasons.1/An environmental disaster now would not be politically manageable.2/They have built the gas plants and the pipelines but are still facing problems with having enough gas to feed them having signed contracts for 20+ years to supply overseas customers.


    BG Australian LNG project in Queensland caught in aboriginal cultural claim crossfire

    Friday, 05 April 2013

    BG Group's Queensland Curtis LNG project has attacked allegations that aboriginal cultural heritage sites have been destroyed by the venture near the port of Gladstone.


    Concerns grow in California over oil fracking boom.

    Ratcliff: New oil boom brings fracking concerns home
    By Marianne Ratcliff

    Posted April 6, 2013 at 5 p.m.

    California’s oil boom started right here in Ventura County in 1867. One-hundred-and-forty-six years later, another oil boom is under way.

    This one is fueled by an estimated 15.4 billion barrels of oil in the Monterey Shale, which runs 1,750-square miles underground between Southern and Central California, including Ventura County.

    The controversy over fracking stems from the fact that it is not regulated in California. Energy companies do not have to disclose when or where they are fracking or what chemicals they are injecting into the ground.

    In addition, all fracking fluids, except benzene, were exempted in the 2005 Energy Bill from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Although companies do not have to disclose the chemicals they use, hundreds of toxic chemicals have been identified in the fracking brews, including up to 29 known carcinogens.


    Fracking Industry Loses $1.5 Billion in Gas Leaks Each Year

    Fracking produces methane gas. Methane gas is the main ingredient of natural gas, and most of it is syphoned off and sold as natural gas on the market. However, at every stage of the fracking process; from the extraction at the wells, to the processing plants, and then in the pipes that supply consumers houses, methane is leaking.

    A new study by the World Resources Institute (WRI) has suggested that these multiple leaks of methane could in fact be the largest climate impact in the whole fracking industry, and be worth around $1.5 billion a year.

    A previous WRI study found that fixing methane leaks would be the single biggest move that the US could make in its struggle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    The EPA is not required to directly regulate methane emissions, and without that legal cap on such emissions, few people are going to spend money trying to reduce them.

    Another problem that reduces motivation to actively repair leaks, is the fact that the owners of the pipes don’t actually own the gas that travels within, so they would receive no benefit from spending on repairs.

    Then there is the fact that methane is colourless and mostly odourless, meaning that leaks are incredibly difficult to detect without special sensory equipment which few companies invest in.

    (note : this is only from leaky pipes and doesn't include other leakage from wells and busted up underground formations)


    Another problem that reduces motivation to actively repair leaks, is the fact that the owners of the pipes don’t actually own the gas that travels within, so they would receive no benefit from spending on repairs.

    Then there is the fact that methane is colourless and mostly odourless, meaning that leaks are incredibly difficult to detect without special sensory equipment which few companies invest in.



  3. Futures and Commodity Market News

    Iran's daily natural gas production capacity to rise by 150 million cubic meters

    Apr 07, 2013 (Trend News Agency - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --

    Three phases of Iran's South Pars gas field will come on stream in the current Iranian calendar year which began on March 21, which will boost the country's natural gas production capacity by 150 million cubic meters per day, ISNA quoted National Iranian Oil Company managing director Ahmad Qalehbani as saying.

    The phases 12, 15, and 16 will be tapped in the current year, he said.

    Once the three phases start production, the country's gas output will increase significantly, he noted.

    The managing director of Pars Oil and Gas Company Mousa Souri said in September 2012 that Iran can earn $8 billion in revenue from every phase of the South Pars gas field.

    He noted the gas field accounts for eight percent of the global gas reserves, adding that the development of each of the 24 phases of the gas field can cause a one-percent growth in the national economy.

    Iran is currently producing 300 million cubic meters per day of gas from the South Pars.

    The country, which sits on the world's second largest natural gas reserves after Russia, has been trying to enhance its gas production by increasing foreign and domestic investments, especially in the South Pars gas field.

    The South Pars gas field covers an area of 9,700 square kilometers, 3,700 square kilometers of which are in Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf.

    The remaining 6,000 square kilometers, i.e. North Dome, are in Qatar's territorial waters.

    The Iranian gas field contains 14 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, about eight percent of the world's reserves, and more than 18 billion barrels of LNG resources.


    BEIJING: China’s state energy giant Sinopec Group envisages investing 70 billion yuan (RM34.55 billion) to build the country’s largest coal-to-gas project in eight to 10 years to meet a rising demand for natural gas, a newspaper said yesterday.

    Coal-to-gas production facilities in Zhundong in the Xinjiang region will have annual production capacity of eight billion cubic metres of gas, the Xinjiang Daily said, citing Sinopec Xinjiang Energy Chemical Co Ltd, China’s second biggest energy company.


    MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Energy is pursuing talks with natural gas firms from Canada and Brunei for possible investments in the local natural gas sector, in preparation for the expected exhaustion of the reserves at the Malampaya gas field off Palawan by 2024.

    Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said that Petroleum National Brunei, the national oil company of Brunei Darussalam, was expected to complete by June this year a study on its possible investment in liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in the Phividec Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental.

    The DOE has so far identified 13 “critical” natural gas projects in Luzon, which should all be in place by 2030 to support an aggressive expansion of natural gas use in the power and transport sectors. The Luzon-based projects were considered “strategic infrastructure for receiving, storage, transmission and distribution” of natural gas.


  4. Germany to help Taiwan recover seabed hydrates using same technology as Japan.

    Taiwan expects rare break in dry search for natural gas

    The de facto German embassy in Taipei said this month would put up 1.2 million euros (US$1.56 million) for research now and in June using research vessels from both sides. Taiwan research institutions will add 300,000 euros. They’ve picked three areas for exploration. No one’s saying exactly where, but Germany notes “continental slopes” and sediments that are compressed as the Eurasian tectonic gets pushed under the Philippine plate. Those descriptions would put the sites close enough to Taiwan’s south shore to keep other claimants quiet while giving Taiwan some natural gas.

    “It is well known by Taiwanese research that there are abundant gas-hydrate concentrations off the Taiwanese coast,” says Mirko Kruppa, the de facto embassy’s deputy director general. “The German-Taiwanese research team has chosen three sites that they hope are adequate to test some hypotheses.”


    Americas Petrogas Discovers Gas in Central Argentina

    Americas Petrogas announced the discovery of gas and natural gas liquids on its Aguada Los Loros well, ALL.x-1, a vertical well that was drilled on the Los Toldos I block (98,300 gross acres or 398 square kilometers or 154 sections) in central Argentina.

    The ALL.x-1, which completed drilling in 2012, intersected the Vaca Muerta formation (thickness 562 metres or 1844 feet) along with other secondary targets. The well was hydraulically stimulated with four stages in the Vaca Muerta shale formation in early 2013.


    Russia’s Gazprom after Bolivian natural gas; takes 20% stake in Total fields

    Russia’s Gazprom will buy a 20% stake in Total SA’s gas fields in Bolivia. Total will retain 60% ownership in the fields, while a unit of Argentina’s Techint Group holds 20”, announced Bolivia’s Energy minister Juan Jose Sosa.


    Iran, Tajikistan to Cooperate on Energy Projects

    Speaking at a press briefing following a meeting with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe, Salehi said cooperation in the transportation of oil, gas and their derivatives, construction of rail and road, transit of commodities between Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, the construction of a railroad passing through Central Asia, as well as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s scheduled visit to Tajikistan were among the discussed topics.


    Ebara International Corp., the US LNG equipment maker, has been awarded a contract from liquefaction plant builder, JGC Corp. of Japan, to deliver 12 cryogenic pumps and expanders for the upcoming Malaysia LNG Train 9 project.


    Executives at BG Group, one of the world's leading global LNG portfolio companies, have declined cash bonus they had qualified for in the past 12 months and pledged to improve the safety record at their LNG project in Australia.