Young Professionals in WA

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In early April, PESA WA Young Professionals in collaboration with ASEG WA organised the first “Young Professionals Speakers’ Night.” The aim of these nights is to encourage the lesser experienced geoscientists to present their work in a welcoming environment and assist their public speaking skills. We were fortunate to have Amy Millar from Buru Energy present her work, titled “Ungani Oil Field, Canning Basin – Evaluation of a Dolomite Reservoir” which won the Best Oral Presentation in the Energy Section of the AEGC Conference held in Sydney during February 2018. Amy’s presentation was well attended with approximately 40 attendees. Following…

CGG Launches new MotionMap UK National Ground Stability Database

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CGG’s NPA Satellite Mapping group has unveiled its new MotionMap UK product for companies involved in asset management, large engineering projects, property conveyancing, insurance disputes and risk management. In a media release CGG said the UK’s geological setting, mining legacy and engineering heritage has led to substantial changes above and below ground. From subsidence and heave across coal fields in the Midlands, to tunnelling-related ground settlement in London, the impact on the landscape is “extensive yet relatively unknown and extremely challenging to map”. MotionMap UK is a national database of high-precision ground stability measurements that reveals millimeter-scale changes in ground…

$46.3bn will be spent on Southeast Asia’s upstream capex by 2020

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An average capital expenditure (capex) of $17.8bn per year will be spent on 336 oil and gas fields in Southeast Asia between 2018 and 2020, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Capex on Southeast Asia’s traditional oil projects will add up to $8.3bn over the three-year period, while heavy oil fields will require $1.7bn over the same period. Investments into gas projects in Southeast Asia will total $43.4bn in upstream capex by 2020. Jonathan Markham, Oil & Gas Analyst at GlobalData said, “Shallow water projects will be responsible for over 63 percent of $46.3bn of upstream capex…

BP Commits to Sell Gas to Alaska LNG Project

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The Alaska LNG Project has reached a “historic milestone” as BP Alaska and Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) announced the parties have agreed to key terms of a Gas Sales Agreement, including price and volume. The terms are captured in a Gas Sales Precedent Agreement which was signed on May 4, 2018. In a statement Alaska Gas Development Corporation said both the parties anticipate finalizing a long-term gas sales agreement in 2018 for AGDC to purchase BP Alaska’s share of 30 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas from the Prudhoe Bay and Point Thomson units. BP operates the Prudhoe Bay…

Po Valley raises funds for Italian operations

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Po Valley Energy Limited has secured funding of $2.5m through the issue of a convertible note with a conversion price of $0.042 per share and a maturity of three years. The ASX-listed company said the funds will be used to expedite a final investment decision for its successfully drilled onshore Selva field in Italy and to complete seismic work on its large oil condensate/gas Torre del Morro explorations licence. Company directors Kevin Bailey and Michael Masterman both intend to participate in the note issue for $700,000 and $300,000 respectfully, subject to shareholder approval, Po Valley said. “Shareholder approval will be…

Byron hits 90% production mark in Gulf of Mexico

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ASX-listed Byron Energy has hit 90 percent production capacity at its SM 71 F platform in the Gulf of Mexico, ramping up operations following a pipeline shut-in earlier in April. Production from the company’s SM 71 F platform began on March 23 from the SM 71 F1 and F2 wells with the F3 well following suite on April 6. For the period March 23 to April 25, the three wells produced a total gross sales volume of 83,000 barrels of oil and 55.5 mm cubic feet of natural gas. Byron said the pipeline transporting oil from the SM 71 F…

Blue Energy raises concerns over hydraulic stimulation

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Blue Energy is concerned about that additional layers of regulation governing hydraulic stimulation could burden an already labouring oil and gas industry. Barely two weeks after the Northern Territory government lifted the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the north of Australia, Brisbane-based Blue Energy welcomed the development, but also noted some concerns in its quarterly activities report released last week. “It is passing strange that for a technique which has been used in this country for the last 50 years (Cooper Basin and Amadeus) with no instances of verifiable environmental damage under existing legislation (either for conventional or shale gas…

PESA WA Branch’s April Technical Talk

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The April monthly technical talk was held by PESA WA Branch with over 50 people attending, with special gratitude to our four sponsors: Spectrum (Platinum), CGG (Gold), Searcher Seismic (Gold) and DUG (Gold). WA Branch President, Helen Debenham, opened the meeting with the brief introduction of upcoming Branch events. Helen also announced new activities of our sponsors, including large projects of reprocessing 3D and 2D data in Otway Basin (Spectrum) and Gippsland Basin (CGG). Both projects will assist exploration activities to unlock future potential in eastern Australia. Jointly PESA and ASEG representatives, Simon Molyneux, Ishtar Barranco (both PESA) and Carolina Pimentel…

PESA QLD Branch kicks off their evening talks for 2018

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PESA Qld Branch was delighted to welcome Dr Nick Lee to present at their April technical meeting. Dr Lee is a petroleum geoscientist with a wealth of experience gained from working internationally and the exploration-production life cycle. He is currently the Subsurface manager at QGC, the Shell-operated venture, responsible for a multi-disciplinary team of geoscientists, engineers, petrophysicists and production technologists based in Brisbane. The talk focussed on the mega-CSG projects of Eastern Australia and establishing fit for purpose data collection and workflows and expanded from the panel discussion Dr Lee participated in at last year’s SPE Unconventional Resources workshop. After a…

Schlumberger profits surged in Q1

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Schlumberger has posted an increase in profit and revenues during the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period last year. The company announced revenues of US$7.8 billion for the first quarter of 2018, a 14% increase compared to US$6.9 billion in the same period of 2017. In addition, net income attributable to Schlumberger was US$525 million in Q1 2018 compared to US$279 million in the year-before period, an increase of 88%. Inthe last quarter of 2017 Schlumberger recorded a loss of US$2.3 billion. Schlumberger Chairman and CEO, Paal Kibsgaard, said: “Looking at the global oil market, the absence…

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