Monday, April 15, 2013

No Gas campaign bags a win | Green Left Weekly

No Gas campaign bags a win | Green Left Weekly:
For many Broome residents, this is the first campaign they have been involved in. After years of struggle, winning this big victory is inspiring.

Taken near Walmadan on Thursday eve, Shane puts his phone down, leans forward and lets it sink in, tears of joy.
Taken seconds after receiving news on his phone about Woodside pulling out of JPP.

It is a victory that has involved an incredible campaign across the country. Rallies with thousands of people have taken place in different cities. Hundreds lay on the red dirt of the Kimberley to physically stop Woodside destroying it.

It is a time to celebrate the positive result and rejoice in the success of broad community activism



    Shell Optimistic Over Global LNG Outlook

    Royal Dutch Shell plc remains optimistic that the Chevron Corp.-operated Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) project will move forward according its planned timeline, despite the construction cost impacting LNG projects across Australia that prompted Woodside Petroleum Ltd. to scrap its Browse LNG development plans.

    "We feel Gorgon remains attractive even with cost increases," said Andy Brown, director of Shell's Upstream International division, in a conference call Friday.

    Brown discussed the company's global natural gas strategy and the growing role internationally of LNG ahead of the LNG17 conference in Houston next week. Shell holds a 25-percent interest in Gorgon.

    However, Shell anticipates a moderation in the LNG project activity rate due to cost overruns. The company is looking at options for derisking drilling costs and collaboration opportunities going forward with its proposed Arrow LNG plant, whose supply would come from coalbed methane resources in Queensland. Shell CEO Peter Voser said in November 2012 that the company might delay until 2014 a decision on its Arrow LNG venture, Bloomberg reported.

    Brown noted that floating LNG was an attractive alternative that could lower LNG project development costs. Construction of the hull and topsides is currently underway at South Korea's Samsung Shipyard on the floating LNG vessel for Shell's Prelude field development project offshore Australia. Prelude LNG will deliver 3.6 million tonnes of LNG and 1.7 million tonnes of condensate and liquefied petroleum gas.



    Japanese-Canadian LNG export venture may involve floating plant on Pacific coast

    Sunday, 14 April 2013

    Canadian pipeline operator Altagas said its LNG export joint venture with Japan's Idemitsu Kosan may involve a Floating LNG liquefaction plant off the Pacific coast of Canada rather than an onshore venture.


    Maybe in the future WA gas plant expansions will use FLNG - just park the new train on top of the well!




    Woodside Petroleum Cancels Onshore L.N.G. Project in Australia

    PERTH, Australia — Australia’s Woodside Petroleum has shelved plans for a $45 billion liquefied natural gas project in Western Australia, saying it would instead consider a floating L.N.G. plant after deciding the onshore development did not make economic sense.


    Woodside’s canceled onshore project, called Browse, had been expected to export enormous amounts of liquified gas to Asia. The shelving of Browse as an onshore plant could spell an end to new onshore gas projects in Australia in favor of offshore plants that can be built at a lower cost and face fewer environmental and landowner hurdles.


    “This decision will surprise few, as the proposed onshore development always looked too economically, technically, environmentally and socially risky for too little reward,” analysts at the bank Macquarie said in a research note.


    Woodside also appears to be pivoting its focus toward North America, confirming Friday that it had lodged an expression of interest in developing a Canadian L.N.G. project.


    Browse was to be Woodside’s biggest such onshore L.N.G. development yet, but it had been plagued by controversy over its proposed location at James Price Point on Australia’s northwest coast, coming under fire from environmentalists and some indigenous landowners.


    The site is home to the world’s largest dinosaur footprints and sacred Aboriginal sites.


    Shell, which owns 24 percent of Woodside, has not publicly supported a floating L.N.G. plant for Browse, but Ann Pickard, chairwoman of Shell Australia, has backed floating L.N.G. plants as a good solution for the problems with high costs in Australia.

    Ms. Pickard has also championed the plants as a way for Australia to make revenues faster, though unions and politicians in Australia are worried about job losses from going offshore.


    Another joint venture partner, PetroChina, said Friday that it was still deciding whether it would invest in Browse and that it was studying the project’s feasibility.


    Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the decision had been a commercial one and was not the end of the nearly decade-long boom in resources in the country.

    “We haven’t seen the peak of the investment phase into resources yet. And we are yet to see the peak of the production phase,” Mr. Gillard said in Sydney. “So we will be seeing the resources boom at work in our economy for a long time to come.”


  3. Woodside proposes Canadian LNG project

    Fresh from dumping its $45 billion Browse project, Woodside Petroleum Ltd has lodged a formal proposal for a liquefied natural gas export project in Canada, according to The Vancouver Sun.

    The energy giant was one of four international companies to respond to a government call for expressions of interest to build an LNG export terminal 25km north of Prince Rupert, the newspaper reported.

    A venture between ExxonMobil and Imperial, ONexen and Korean SK E&S have also lodged formal proposals.


    The warning within Woodside's double dating game


    Has no one told Woodside that you are supposed to let a suitor down slowly? Its decision to abandon the onshore Browse liquefied natural gas option was sufficiently bad news for Australia's resources sector to absorb.

    But for news to emerge on the same day that Woodside is proposing an LNG export project on Canada's Pacific coast? That's just cruel.

    At first glance, reports that Woodside has filed a proposal to build an LNG export terminal on Canada's Pacific coast suggest the company may be pivoting its focus toward North America, perhaps in an effort to escape the cost blowouts that have hit a rising number of the LNG plants under construction in Australia.

    But what does it really mean?

    Well, Australia and Canada are not yet apple-to-apple comparisons when it comes to LNG.

    Canada is years away from being able to compete with Australia for Asian LNG export markets. There is not only a total lack of existing LNG export infrastructure along the coast, but also a lack of pipeline infrastructure to get the LNG to the coast. Everything is in the planning stages, and Woodside's proposal is one of 10 that the British Columbia government will review, with at least two more proposals potentially in the works.


    The uncertainty surrounding the outlook for LNG prices in Asia is, of course, an additional issue for current and future LNG exporters everywhere.

    Make no mistake: the potential for exporting LNG from Canada's Pacific coast is significant. Gas reserves in western Canada are thought to hold several hundred years' worth of supply and if the infrastructure is built, the route to hungry Asian energy markets is a relatively short, straight shot across the Pacific Ocean.

    Also, the combination of Canadian LNG exports to Asia and the US shale gas boom will undoubtedly impact global LNG markets, Australia and elsewhere.

    But with Canadian LNG exports to Asia still years away from flowing through still unbuilt pipelines and export terminals, Woodside's simultaneous Browse pullback and Canada LNG proposal should be seen not as a threat to Australia's LNG sector, but rather a sobering reminder that Australia's advantage is its head-start.

    And the more time lost worrying about whether Australia remains the object of Woodside's affection – not to mention time lost to cost blowouts and red tape – the greater the chance that the likes of Canada and the United States have in winning a high-stakes game of LNG catch-up.


    1. So all of a sudden Woodside could (or will) be looking at a FLNG for Browse,a FLNG for Leviathan,a FLNG for Canada,a FLNG for Sunrise,a FLNG for Myanmar.

      FLNG everywhere?

  4. Premier opens Macarthur wind farm

    Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has officially opened the largest wind farm in southern hemisphere, at Macarthur, in south-western Victoria.

    It has taken two-and-a-half years to build the $1 billion project with 140 wind turbines, which became fully operational at the end of January.

    Dr Napthine opened the wind farm on Friday.

    "This is a great investment in Victoria, 700 jobs during construction and 40 ongoing jobs," he said.

    "It will generate enough electricity to power over a quarter of a million average households in Victoria."

    But the wind farm has also been the source of complaints.

    Protesters say the wind farm is upsetting their sleep and has cut land values.

    A handful of protesters were at the site holding placards saying stop the wind farm.

  5. Are all you people serious? I have lived here for quite a while. Do you honestly think that your dinosaur foot prints can be seen by the average citizen??? They are slight indents in rocks that can be barely seen at the lowest of tides.

    As a broome local I can honestly say that you have constantly overstepped your position. You drag the rest of us into your fight, the truth is most of us wanted the project to go ahead. It's easy to say that it shouldn't be built when you are happy to accept unemployment payments and actively oppose the creation of Thousands of jobs. You really need to grow up and realise that siting around smoking drugs does nothing for us people of Broome.

    Everyone else in Broome listen up, Lets get these feral's out of our town, we don't need nor want their intrusion.