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MEO plans seismic after permit extension

MEO Australia will carry out a 2D broadband reprocessing and seismic inversion campaign over its wholly-owned WA 488 P licence after securing an extension to its permit. Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) approved MEO’s request to extend its work program by a year, meaning the Year 2 of its permit would now end on 21 November 2016. “This additional time will provide an opportunity for MEO to undertake

Study to show impact of deep water vessels

THE IMPACT of Australia’s shipping industry on the marine environment is being studied in a project led by a team of University of Wollongong (UOW) researchers with the hope of developing a universal framework for environmental stewardship. Funded by UOW Global Challenges, the project is examining the effect of anchors and anchor chains on the ocean floor near Australia’s busiest ports. Ports included in the study are Port Kembla, Newcastle,

Aminex gets the ok to defer well drilling

TANZANIAN authorities have agreed to a proposed deferral of a two-well drilling commitment over the Nyuni Area production sharing agreement, oil and gas company Aminex has told its shareholders. The program, which was due to be completed by the end of October 2015, has now been extended to October 2019. The deferral is conditional on an Environmental Impact Assessment, which has commenced, and the eventual acquisition of 3D seismic data

AGL fined as upstream gas restructure underway

THE NEW South Wales Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has fined AGL Energy $15,000 over a gas leak from a coal seam gas well at the Rosalind Park gas plant in the suburb of Spring Farm. The fine comes one month after AGL chief executive Andy Vesey announced he would undertake a comprehensive review of the company’s upstream gas business. In its announcement of the decision, EPA chief environmental regulator Mark

CSIRO, BHP team up for Ningaloo research

A MARINE research partnership between the CSIRO and BHP Billiton Petroleum will focus on wildlife studies at Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef. The five-year, jointly-funded $5 million research program will include both deep and shallow reef research, turtle and shark tagging, a PhD scholarship scheme and opportunities to engage the local community, including BHP Billiton Petroleum employees, in Exmouth, WA. BHP Billiton will commit $2.6 million to the program, set to

Lynham pledges sustainable development for Queensland

INCOMING Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has appointed Anthony Lynham as the state’s minister for Natural Resources and Mines and Minister for State Development. Dr Lynham entered the Queensland parliament in 2014 at a by-election. He was previously a senior doctor and maxillofacial surgeon at the Prince Charles Hospital and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. In an emailed comment to Oil & Gas Australia, Dr Lynham said he would be

Shell reaches settlement for 2008 spills

SHELL’S agreement to pay £55 million in compensation to communities affected by oil spills in the Niger delta in 2008 may not signal an end to their problems in Africa, with reports more communities are looking to sue the oil giant. Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary reached a settlement with the Bodo community in early January after the “highly regrettable operational spills”, where thousands of barrels of oil were leaked into mangrove

BP requests Macondo fine reduction

SUPERMAJOR BP has submitted to a US court that a proposed fine of US$13.7 billion relating to the 2010 Macondo oil spill be reduced due to low oil prices. Reuters reported lawyers for BP argued for a reduction in the potential fine, to be issued under the Clean Water Act. They argued that the defendant named in the case, BP’s exploration and production unit BPXP, could not afford a big

WA clean energy company finds US success

PERTH-based Eden Energy has doubled sales of its “green” fuel kit to $2.7 million, reporting nine sales at a value of $315,000 for the fourth quarter of 2014. The company has projected further growth in the Optiblend Dual Fuel project, with the company’s US subsidiary Hythane Company reporting a strong outlook for demand for the product in 2015. Ongoing growth in oil and gas markets was likely to be slower,

Carbon closer to Queensland development

CARBON Energy is set to begin development of its Blue Gum Gas project – the company’s first commercial-scale development in Queensland. Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) has completed its review of the company’s decommissioning report and rehabilitation plan, with Carbon now only requiring final approval from DEHP and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, expected in early 2015. Carbon has been developing Blue Gum and Bloodwood