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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

Woodside to supply gas to Alcoa

WOODSIDE Energy has entered into a long-term gas sale and purchase agreement (GSPA) with Alcoa of Australia Limited for the supply of up to 36.4 PJ of pipeline gas. Supply will commence in 2020 from Woodside’s portfolio of domestic gas facilities, including the North West Shelf, Pluto and Wheatstone. Woodside CEO Peter Coleman welcomed the finalisation of the GSPA and said it further demonstrated the company’s commitment to delivering domestic

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

Noble jack-up booked for Dorado field appraisal

CARNARVON Petroleum Limited reports that the Noble Tom Prosser jack-up drilling rig has been secured to drill an appraisal programme on the exciting Dorado oil discovery off the Western Australian coast. The company said the shallow water depths mean that the Dorado Joint Venture is able to utilise a cost-effective jack-up drilling rig for its Dorado appraisal wells. The JV is well versed in the capabilities of the Noble Tom

WA Government introduces strict new fracking controls

FRACKING will not be permitted over 98% of Western Australia and, for the first time, traditional owners and farmers will have the right to say no to oil and gas production from fracking on their land. The WA Government has announced it will only lift the fracking moratorium on existing onshore petroleum titles following an independent scientific inquiry finding the risk to people and the environment is low. Under new

Timor-Leste adds to Greater Sunrise strength with deal to buy Shell share

SHELL Australia and the Government of Timor-Leste have entered into a Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) for the sale of Shell’s 26.56% interest in the Greater Sunrise fields. Earlier this year Timor-Leste reached a deal to acquire ConocoPhillips 30% share in the Woodside operated Greater Sunrise fields in the Timor Sea in a plan to push for the ling stranded gas fields’ development. “Timor-Leste appreciates Shell’s willingness to sell its

Woodside signs new Scarborough gas supply agreement

WOODSIDE Energy Ltd has entered into a long-term gas sale and purchase agreement (GSPA) with Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd for the supply of pipeline gas for a term of 20 years. The GSPA is for a quantity of approximately 125 TJ of gas per day for use in Perdaman’s proposed urea plant near Karratha. Gas will be supplied from Woodside’s portfolio and primarily sourced from Woodside’s proposed Scarborough

APA Group extends gas supply service to WA gold miners

LEADING gas pipeline operator APA Group has executed an agreement to extend and expand services to an existing customer in the Goldfields region, Western Australia. Under this contract, gas will travel over 1200km across APA’s West Coast Grid. The contract represents an extension and expansion of existing services and is expected to generate approximately $45 million of revenue, of which approximately $21 million is renewal revenues, over the five year