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APPEA says NT inquiry finds fracking risks can be managed

The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (AAPEA says that a draft final report of the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory has found that any risks associated with onshore gas development and fracking can be managed by effective regulation. APPEA Director South Australia / Northern Territory Matthew Doman said it was critical the 12-month inquiry be completed to bring certainty to investors, local businesses, Traditional Owners,

ABB to pioneer microgrid solution for  installation on Woodside platform

ABB will provide Woodside, Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company, with a PowerStore Battery storage system that is capable of remote management of operations and service. The system will be installed on the Goodwyn A platform. This innovative ABB solution will contribute to Woodside’s 2020 goal of reducing carbon emissions and will also help lower their cost of operations and maintenance. The Goodwyn A offshore production platform is located

New research to improve understanding of seismic impact

The Australian oil and gas industry is supporting more research to enhance its understanding of how seismic surveys affect some of the ocean’s smallest and most abundant living creatures. Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) director Matthew Doman said the industry had recently commissioned new research from the CSIRO into the impact of seismic noise on zooplankton. Mr Doman said the CSIRO research was necessary after a recent study

Live air monitoring of Qld CSG region underway

INDUSTRY, Government and the public will now have access to “live” monitoring of air quality in some key coal seam gas (CSG) areas within the Surat Basin in Queensland. The CSIRO, through the Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA), is leading a study which includes collection of air quality measurements through a network of five ambient air quality stations in the Chinchilla, Miles and Condamine region. According to

Corrosion management in a challenging economy

THE nature of today’s working environment is changing as budgets become more constrained and the political landscape transforms around the world. Whatever the economy or politics of a country, corrosion will be an economic threat to industry and the wider community, as well as a physical threat to infrastructure and personal safety. While there are news reports of oil pipeline ruptures, sewer explosions or sink holes appearing after a burst

PTTEP to present wealth of data in seaweed court case defence

PTTEP will utilise an unprecedented wealth of information in its defence against a $200 million claim lodged by Indonesian seaweed farmers over alleged damage to their business by the August 2009 Montara incident off the north west coast of Australia. The Thai-headquartered company’s local subsidiary and Montara operator, PTTEPAA, will present the results of a significant amount of independent research undertaken during and following the incident. Those studies, which are

Communication key to better spill response

By Andrew Hobbs A TRAINING exercise co-ordinated by the Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre (AMOSC) last year has revealed a need to improve communication between spill response groups, its organisers have said. Known as Exercise Westwind, the five-day exercise simulated a loss of well control from an offshore drill rig offshore Exmouth, to test the existing arrangements to respond to such a scenario. AMOSC created a fictitious oil company, Acme

Queensland bans underground coal gasification

QUEENSLAND has banned underground coal gasification (UCG) across the state due to environmental concerns, drawing the ire of Carbon Energy, which said the decision caught it by surprise. State minister for natural resources and mines Anthony Lynham said the ban was effective immediately and would be supported through legislation to be introduced before the end of the year. “We have looked at the evidence from the pilot-operation of UCG and

Linc enters administration

LINC Energy has entered into voluntary administration one month after it was committed to stand trial at the District Court in Dalby on five charges of wilfully causing serious environmental harm. In an announcement to the Singapore Exchange, Linc said it made the decision after considering its options for a successful financial restructure of the business within a limited timeframe. The company board had decided voluntary administration was the best

Approval advances Elevala/Tingu development prospects

PROGRESS has been made at the Horizon Oil operated PRL 21 licence in Papua New Guinea’s Western province after the joint venture received a key government approval. In its second quarter announcement, Horizon said an environmental impact statement prepared for the planned Elevala development had received the formal approval of the PNG Conservation and Environment Protection Authority. Horizon had also made progress on predevelopment planning and regulatory aspects of the