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NSW Government declares Newcastle LNG import terminal as “critical” for the State

THE proposed Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) import terminal at Newcastle that could supply up to 80% of NSW’s gas needs has been declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure. Acting NSW Premier John Barilaro said the proposal for the new $589 million gas import terminal at Kooragang Island in the Port of Newcastle would include a connecting pipeline to the existing NSW gas supply network. “The terminal could be operational by 2022-23

APPEA says increased gas supply the real solution to meet demand

MEASURES announced by the Australian Government  to ensure domestic gas demand is met highlight that increased gas supply remains the most pragmatic response to ensuring competitive prices are available to Australian homes and businesses. APPEA said the oil and gas industry would work constructively and collaboratively with the government on the proposed gas market reforms but warned against unintended consequences of market intervention. APPEA Chief Executive Andrew McConville said the

Strike announces “significant” Wagina gas discovery in onshore Perth Basin

STRIKE Energy Limited has confirmed what it has described as a significant gas discovery in the Wagina sandstone as part of the West Erregulla-2 drilling campaign in the onshore Perth Basin in Western Australia. The Strike-Warrego Joint Venture reported that the Wagina sandstone was found to be approximately 74 metres plus in thickness and made up of sections of clean sand with interpreted blocky porosity development that was observed on

Real confirms new Tamarama gas wells as future producers

WHILE rates from Cooper Basin focused Real Energy Corporation flow testing of the Tamarama gas wells in Queensland weren’t as strong as expected, the company is confident the two wells can be future producers. Located on the company’s ATP-927 permit in Cooper Basin in South West Queensland, the Tamarama-2 and Tamarama-3 wells recorded initial flow rates of 2 mmscf/day and 2.5 mmscf/day respectively. More recently Real Energy has performed extended

Robotics collaborative helps awaken opportunities

AUSTRALIA’S oil and gas sector is uniquely placed to drive major advances in robotics technology, according to the head of a global collaborative focused on advancing robotics in big industry. The SPRINT Robotics Collaborative is an industry-driven initiative that promotes the development, availability and application of robotics techniques in technical inspections, maintenance and operation of capital-intensive infrastructure. The first Australian SPRINT Robotics seminar will be held in Perth at the

MMA Offshore to acquire Neptune Marine Services business for $18.5 million

LEADING Australian marine support company MMA Offshore Limited has entered into an agreement to acquire Perth-based topside and subsea inspection, maintenance and repair specialist Neptune Marine Services Limited. The purchase consideration, which is expected to total approximately A$18.5 million, would comprise $5 million cash with the balance to be issued in MMA shares on completion. “The acquisition of the Neptune business represents an important step in MMA’s strategy to expand

APPEA says WA Hydraulic fracturing plan a step in right direction

THE release of the Western Australian Government’s implementation plan for WA’s hydraulic fracturing inquiry is a step in the right direction and will help provide confidence in the sector, according to the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA). The plan has outlined actions to implement the independent scientific inquiry’s recommendations and provides a pathway forward for developing some of WA’s onshore oil and gas resources. APPEA chief executive Andrew

HAYS says interesting times are ahead for local oil and gas workers

MORE oil and gas employees will receive a pay rise this year than last, but it will be a less significant increase than they hoped for According to the FY 2019/20 Hays Salary Guide, 88% of oil & gas, mining, resources and energy industry employers will increase salaries in their next review, up from 81% who did so in their last review. However, the value of these increases will fall.

AIE awards construction contract for the Port Kembla LNG Terminal

AUSTRALIAN Industrial Energy (AIE) has announced another important milestone in the development of its Port Kembla Gas Terminal (PKGT) with the award of the key wharf facility and pipeline construction contract for the LNG import facility. The contract was awarded to the SCSB joint venture which comprises Spiecapag and Soletanche Bachy, which are international specialists in the core construction works required to build the PKGT wharf facility and pipeline connection

Santos says successful Dorado appraisal confirms major oil and gas resource

SANTOS has announced the Dorado-2 appraisal well has confirmed a major oil and gas resource in the Bedout Basin, offshore Western Australia. The well was drilled down-dip approximately two km from the Dorado-1 discovery and encountered 85m of net reservoir in the primary Caley Formation. Santos said that as expected, an oil- water contact was intersected at 4003m measured depth, with 40m of net oil pay encountered. An additional 11m