Geoscientist Employment Recovery Stalled: AIG Survey

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The latest quarterly survey of Australian geoscientist employment, covering the third quarter of 2017 shows that employment prospects for geoscientists have remained unchanged since March 2017, despite anecdotal evidence pointing to an upturn in mining and exploration industry activity. The national unemployment rate at 30 September 2017 amongst Australia’s professional geoscientists was 12.2%, up slightly from the 30 June figure of 11.3%. Underemployment amongst self-employed geoscientists for the same period, however, fell to 18.0% from 19.0%. The combined figures point to no improvement in employment prospects for the geoscience professions as a whole since March 2017. AIG spokesperson, Andrew Waltho,…

On board Fire Shuts-in Shell Platform

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Shell’s Enchilada platform on the Gulf of Mexico has been shut in after two offshore workers were injured in a fire onboard the structure, located about 190km south of Vermillion Bay, Louisiana, This came after the United States Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) responded to a report at 1.20am that the fixed-leg platform was on fire as 46 crew evacuated took lifeboats before transferring to the nearby Salsa platform via the offshore supply vessel, C-Liberty. The BSEE said a 54-year-old male suffered flash burns and concussion and a 29-year-old male suffered from a sprained…

Po Valley Secures London Partner for Drilling

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Australian gas producer, Po Valley Energy Limited has secured an additional London-based partner to help fund a new drill program commencing this month on a large and historically proven onshore Italian gas field. Prospex Oil and Gas Plc, listed on London’s AIM market, will join existing PVE partner, United Oil and Gas Plc, in farming into Po Valley’s Podere Gallina licence containing the Selva natural gas field, in the province of Bologna, Northern Italy. The Podere Gallina permit area hosts the Podere Maiar-1 gas well where drilling is imminent. Commence. Under the new farm-in terms, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Prospex…

Polarcus acquires 3D project offshore Australia

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Polarcus has won a contract for the acquisition of a broadband 3D marine seismic project in Australia. Polarcus said the project was due to begin in the first quarter of next year and would run for approximately one month. In October said it had signed two deals for seismic work from unnamed clients, namely a pre-fund multi-client XArray 3D seismic acquisition project in the Middle East and a broadband 3D marine seismic project in South America. Polarcus did not provide further details of the Australian project.

APPEA welcomes West-East Gas Pipeline study

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APPEA has welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s announcement that successful tenderers have been selected to conduct a pre-feasibility study on the West-East Gas Pipeline. The study will be conducted by ACIL Allen, in conjunction with GHD, and is due to report back to government in March 2018. APPEA Chief Executive Dr Malcolm Roberts said the gas industry supported rigorous cost-benefit studies for new pipeline infrastructure. “Provided the business case stacks up, APPEA welcomes more interconnection and further steps towards a larger, more integrated national market,” Dr Roberts said. “But is must be acknowledged that west coast gas is likely to be…

Wheatstone toasts first gas cargo

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CHEVRON has celebrated the first shipment of LNG from the Wheatstone Project offshore of Onslow in Western Australia with a cargo destined for foundation buyers JERA to Japan. Chevron Australia Managing Director Nigel Hearne said the shipment signified the JV’s commitment to delivering a safe and reliable long-term supplier of cleaner-burning natural gas to customers in the Asia-Pacific region. “The first Wheatstone cargo also represents the significant contribution of our partners, contractors and suppliers and efforts of thousands of people onsite, throughout Australia and around the world during the engineering, construction and operations phases,” Mr Hearne said. “The Wheatstone Project…

AGCC deadline for travel grant application looms

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The Australian Geoscience Council has announced that it has extended the closing date for applications for the 34th International Geological Congress Travel Grant Scheme to November 15. This year AGCC is offering additional funds for opportunities for early career geoscientists to participate in the AGCC 2018 – the inaugural Australian Geoscience Council Convention, to be held in Adelaide in October. As part of the initiative, specific funding has been made available to provide Australian and New Zealand geoscientists in the early stages of their careers with opportunities to travel internationally to further their careers as geoscientists by, for example, undertaking…

Carnarvon stocks up on North West Shelf permits

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Carnarvon Petroleum has been awarded the AC/P62 permit within the Southern Vulcan Sub-basin, situated in the highly prospective Bonaparte Basin, on Western Australia’s North West Shelf. The Perth-based explorer said the large 1,512km2 permit is in shallow water and contains multiple attractive leads in the same proven producing basin that includes the Montara, Jabiru, Skua and Challis oil fields. ‘Carnarvon prides itself on applying leading technologies to its technical work to assist in unlocking an area’s potential. The recent Cygnus 3D survey acquired by Polarcus over 682 km2 of the recently awarded AC/P62 acreage is expected to create a new…

IGC Travel Scheme Deadline Looms

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The Australian Geoscience Council and the Australian Academy of Science have extended the deadline for the 34th International Geological Congress Travel Grant Scheme for Early-Career Australian and New Zealand Geoscientists. In terms of the scheme, funding has been made available for the early stages of their careers with opportunities to travel internationally to further their careers as geoscientists by, for example, undertaking field work in appropriate areas, visiting and working with appropriate international experts, inspecting appropriate mines or other geoscientific features such as type localities, participating in professionally-organised geoscientific conferences or conventions, etc. For the 2017 round of applications, additional…

34th International Geological Congress Travel Grant Scheme for Early-Career Australian and NZ Geoscientists

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Applications for travel in 2018 are now open. Closing date extended to 15th November! Specific funding is available to provide Australian and New Zealand geoscientists in the early stages of their careers with opportunities to travel internationally to further their careers as geoscientists by, for example, undertaking field work in appropriate areas, visiting and working with appropriate international experts, inspecting appropriate mines or other geoscientific features such as type localities, participating in professionally-organised geoscientific conferences or conventions, etc. For the 2017 round of applications, additional funds will be made to early-career geoscientists that propose to make a significant contribution to the Australian…

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