Path ‘now clear for NT onshore shale gas exploration’

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Santos has welcomed the company’s approval for the first Environmental Management Plan (EMP) to be awarded for onshore shale gas exploration in the Northern Territory since the moratorium was lifted in early 2018. NT Environment and Natural Resources Minister Eva Lawler approved Santos’ Drilling EMP for the Tanumbirini 2H and Inacumba 1/1H wells in Exploration Permit 161 in the McArthur Basin, east of Daly Waters. Santos is operator of, and has a 75 per cent interest in, the permit. The Adelaide-headquartered oil and gas company said the green light for the resumption of drilling activities in the basin followed last…

APPEA lauds CSIRO report confirming emissions benefits from CSG-LNG life cycle

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A landmark report by the CSIRO’s Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA) confirms the greenhouse gas emissions benefits from increased use of natural gas in domestic and export markets. GISERA is a collaboration between CSIRO, Commonwealth and state governments and industry established to undertake publicly-reported independent research. The report Whole of Life Greenhouse Gas Emissions Assessment of a Coal Seam Gas to Liquefied Natural Gas Project analysed life cycle emissions, including extraction, transportation and usage of coal seam gas (CSG) in Queensland’s Surat Basin. The report presents a comparison of greenhouse gas emissions from electricity production in Australia…

APPEA Connect Series: 2019 Offshore Petroleum Acreage Release

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APPEA, in collaboration with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science will host an APPEA Connect Series Event to mark the launch of the 2019 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release. In an APPEA first, the session will be live-streamed around the world for participants who cannot attend in person. This is the first release of areas under the new streamlined acreage release model. The Department will officially announce the 2019 areas, and provide a snapshot of the new approach – as well as the analysis undertaken to support it. This will be followed by a presentation from Geoscience Australia on…

Colombia had highest oil and gas discoveries in Q2 2019

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Colombia led globally with seven oil and gas discoveries in the second quarter of 2019, followed by India, Russia and Pakistan with three each, according to data and analytics company GlobalData. GlobalData’s reveals that of Colombia’s seven onshore discoveries, five were conventional oil and two were conventional gas. The two conventional gas discoveries were made in Lower Magdalena Valley basin and the three conventional oil discoveries were made in Putumayo basin, with the remaining in Llanos Orientales basin. Arpan Roychowdhury, Oil & Gas Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Gran Tierra Energy is the operator with the highest number of discoveries in…

Total E&P Congo successfully deploys “world’s first” cementless completion

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Welltec has announced a “world first” deployment of a truly cementless completion in the Republic of Congo during the second quarter of 2019. The company said that “building on the experience gained through the continuous deployment of the Welltec® Annular Barrier (WAB®) in the Moho North Albian field, Total E&P Congo has pushed the boundaries of Metal Expandable Annular Sealing technology even further by deploying the world’s first cementless completion using the Welltec® Annular Isolation (WAITM) in open hole. “The WAITM uses multiple metal expandable packers to provide long length open hole zonal isolation to replace the functions of traditional…

Australian LNG exports soared 21% in 2018-19

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EnergyQuest estimates that Australia exported a total of 75.1 million tonnes (Mt) of LNG in the 2018-19 fiscal year comprising 1,111 cargoes, which was 21.2% higher than the 61.7 Mt exported in the corresponding period a year earlier Total LNG export revenue in FY 2019 is estimated to be $50.5 billion. LNG is now Australia’s third largest export by value after iron ore and coal. Australia was the world’s second largest LNG exporter in FY 2019, just behind Qatar’s nameplate capacity of 77 Mtpa. Australian production in FY 2020 is likely to pass Qatar when EnergyQuest expects production to be…

APPEA: Hydraulic fracturing plan a step in right direction

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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, APPEA said. 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 McConville said the plan highlighted there were robust regulations in place for onshore exploration and development in WA. “Hydraulic fracturing has been used safely in Western Australia for more than 60 years and the independent scientific inquiry confirmed…

PESA WA Branch Winter Warmer 2019

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It’s that blessed time of year when the PESA Winter Warmer provides respite from the weather’s ravages and solace from EOFY traumas. This year, PESA secured the prestigious surroundings of the Celtic Club in West Perth and on a decidedly chilly Friday evening in July a glass of mulled wine on arrival was most welcome. A record turnout of over 80 souls enjoyed the delicious lip-smacking food platters and beverage selection. Conversations were long and florid and went on for many hours, with frivolities only interrupted by the prize raffle drawer. This year we had two amazing and very topical…

NOPSEMA invites public to comment on Scarborough Project proposal

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NOPSEMA has opened public comments for Woodside’s proposed Scarborough Project development. The oil and gas independent, which has a 75% stake in the development, is proposing to develop the remote gas resource through new offshore facilities with all subsea and subsea infield infrastructure and wells located in Commonwealth waters, 375km off the Burrup Peninsula. The plan is for the 7.3Tcf to come reach the mainland t via a 430km trunkline and to be processed via Train 2 expansion of the Pluto LNG plant — after construction of a number of subsea, high rated gas wells, tied back to a semi-submersible…

Emerald Isle votes yes for continued offshore exploration

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Ireland’s Offshore Operator’s Association has welcomed a government decision not to pass the Climate Emergency Bill that would have effectively banned oil and gas exploration offshore of the country. In a statement the IOOA said the Government of Ireland’s decision was an important step to ensure energy security, protect the environment and create jobs. The representative body said the decision not to pass the bill paved the way for finds similar to the Kinsale and Corrib gas fields, which currently supply 60% of gas to Irish homes and businesses. Mandy Johnston, CEO of the IOOA, commented: “Government has recognised that…

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