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Woodside takes big Scarborough step with four contract awards

WOODSIDE has awarded four contracts for front-end engineering design activities for the proposed Scarborough Project off the north west coast of Western Australia/ The contracts are for engineering activities related to the upstream development’s floating production unit, the export trunkline and the subsea umbilical risers and flowlines. Each contract includes an option to progress to execute phase activities, which is subject to, among other conditions, a positive final investment decision

Santos awards $47m contract to SA crane company

SANTOS has signed a five year extension of its Cooper Basin crane operations contract with South Australian business Max Cranes. Max Cranes is a South Australian owned and managed crane provider, based in Port Augusta. The company employs 123 people in South Australia, with 27 directly supporting the Cooper Basin. This contract is a five year extension of the current agreement, awarded in 2016 following a competitive tender process. Santos

Positive local boost as Woodside enters FEED for Pluto 2

WOODSIDE has awarded a contract to Bechtel (Western Australia) Pty Ltd to undertake front-end engineering design (FEED) for its 100% owned Pluto Train 2 Project. The FEED work includes activities required to finalise the costs and technical definition for the proposed second LNG train at the Pluto LNG facility. The awarded contract also includes an option for Woodside to progress to a lump sum engineering, procurement and construction contract for

APGA says vital link to ease pressure in east coast gas market

A VITAL link that will bring new gas to Australia’s east coast gas market has been completed and will begin commercial operations in less than a month. Australian Pipeline and Gas Association (APGA) CEO Steve Davies said pipeline owner and operator Jemena had provided local businesses with many opportunities during construction of the 622km Northern Gas Pipeline between Mount Isa and Tennant Creek. “Now towns, businesses and resource projects along

ExxonMobil gives go-ahead for Bass Strait West Barracouta gas project

EXXONMOBIL and BHP have made a positive final investment decision (FID) to develop the West Barracouta gas field in Bass Strait off the coast of Victoria to bring new gas supplies to the Australian domestic market. The project, located in the VIC/L1 block offshore Victoria, is part of the company’s continuing investment in the Gippsland Basin. The company recently completed front-end engineering design work for the project, which is part

Cooper reports successful pressure testing of Sole pipeline

COOPER Energy is breathing a sigh of relief after new pressure tests cleared the way for further development of the Sole gas pipeline in Victoria. In November Cooper reported that the Sole pipeline installation contractor had identified an anomaly in the form of a through wall thickness opening at one location in the pipeline. Subsequently the pipeline installation contractor removed a section of pipeline which contained the damage from the

South Korea’s EPIK signs on for Newcastle LNG import terminal project

SOUTH Korean company EPIK Co. Ltd has entered into a Project Development Option Agreement with the Port of Newcastle to commence preliminary works on a proposed LNG FSRU import terminal. EPIK is an LNG and floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) project development specialist. The project, named “Newcastle LNG,” will be sited within the Port of Newcastle, optimally located to serve the New South Wales gas market where natural gas

Australia set to assume title of world’s biggest exporter of LNG

AUSTRALIAN is on the cusp of taking out another globally significant title – this time as the world’s biggest exporter of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). With the milestone visit to Darwin tomorrow by Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, for the official opening of the US$40 billion Ichthys LNG project, it is that Inpex-operated project that is set to drive Australia to the premier LNG export position. According to the latest

Leading crane company MHE-Demag uses new Perth facility for innovative Australian launch

GLOBAL material handling specialists MHE-Demag recently unveiled its new Demag V-type crane for the first time in Australia at a new facility in Perth. The new crane, which brings a number of innovations to the overhead crane sector, has recently been installed at local steel fabricator Lighthouse Engineering’s new facility in the Gnangara industrial area. MHE-Demag also unveiled a scaled-down but fully functional mobile V-type crane, which they plan on

Oil and gas spend needs to increase by 20% to sustain growth into next decade

GLOBAL industry analyst Wood Mackenzie has forecast that global oil and gas development spend needs to increase by around 20% to meet future demand growth and ensure companies sustain production next decade. “Companies will need to start investing again to sustain their business. But decision-making will be fraught with uncertainties, the oil price and energy transition not least among them,” Malcolm Dickson, director, upstream oil and gas, said. Mr Dickson