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  • Asset Management

    McCormack: challenges won’t stop APA

    In an interview with The Australian Pipeliner, APA Group CEO and Managing Director Mick McCormack says the company will continue to invest and grow its extensive infrastructure portfolio despite a potential takeover on the horizon and an uncertain political and regulatory environment.

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  • Asset Management

    APA approves CKI offer

    The bid by a Hong-Kong consortium led by CK Infrastructure (CKI) to acquire APA Group has been accepted by the Australian company.

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  • Gas

    Cooper commences Casino mobilisation

    Cooper Energy has begun the mobilisation of Diamond Offshore’s Ocean Monarch rig from offshore Fremantle to the Otway Basin, offshore Victoria.

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  • Featured

    Ichthys FPSO arrives in Australian waters

    The Ichthys LNG Project's Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility has safely arrived in Australian waters after leaving South Korea roughly a month ago.

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  • Gas

    Neptune wins pipeline survey contract

    Neptune Marine has secured a major geophysical and geotechnical contract from PTTEP at the Cash Maple Field, 630 km North West of Broome, offshore Western Australia.

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  • Gas

    Fugro lands major Ichthys contract

    Fugro has been awarded the contract for subsea services on the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG facilities in the Browse Basin, 220 km offshore Western Australia.

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  • Featured

    Ichthys subsea installation complete

    INPEX has successfully completed the installation of the subsea infrastructure and equipment to extract gas for the Ichthys LNG Project.

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  • Government Regulator

    Audit Office flags NWS royalty questions

    The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has released a report saying partners in the North West Shelf (NWS) LNG venture have underpaid royalties and claimed inapplicable tax deductions.

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  • Gas

    Ichthys pipeline ready for gas

    The offshore and onshore sections of the Ichthys pipeline have successfully been welded together, meaning the pipeline is ready to transport gas.

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  • Asset Management

    Powering up at Ichthys

    The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project’s Central Processing Facility (CPF) and Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility have safely started their main power generators.

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  • Asset Management

    Woodside backs Pluto or NWS for Scarborough gas development

    Woodside says its North West Shelf (NWS) and Pluto Projects are being seriously considered for the development of the Scarborough LNG joint venture.

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  • Gas

    Browse pipeline back on the cards for Woodside

    Woodside is again considering a pipeline link for its Browse gas fields after shelving plans for floating LNG (FLNG) vessels earlier this year.

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  • Gas

    Ichthys approaching final countdown

    The largest module of the final three shipments was offloaded at the Ichthys LNG facility at Bladin Point in Darwin earlier in the month.

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  • Offshore

    AS 2885.4 open for comment

    The draft of AS 2885.4 Submarine Pipelines is now available for public comment.

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  • Asset Management

    Gorgon plant resumes production

    The Chevron-operated Gorgon LNG Project has resumed production following a longer than expected shutdown.

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  • Asset Management

    ExxonMobil seals InterOil deal

    ExxonMobil and Papua New Guinea’s InterOil have agreed a deal worth more than $US2.5 billion which will see the US supermajor takeover the smaller producer.

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  • Gas

    Australian LNG lights up the world stage

    Combined exports from Australia’s three LNG hubs surged 18.5 per cent in June as the country’s LNG plants continued to add to global energy supplies.

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  • TGP saves Tasmania from energy nightmare

    The current failure of the Basslink subsea power link between mainland Australia and Tasmania has meant gas pipelines are vital to ensuring the Apple Isle’s energy supply.

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  • Asset Management

    Gorgon back on track following shutdown

    The Chevron-operated Gorgon Project has begun start-up activities following a mechanical issue with the propane refrigerant unit on Train-1. Production was halted soon after the first cargo of LNG was shipped in April, with the facility out of action for almost two months. “We can confirm start-up activities are underway on Gorgon Train-1 with a plan to safely resume production in the coming weeks,” a Chevron spokesman told Reuters. Sources say the facility’s return to operation would be gradual and that the next LNG cargo was still weeks away, possibly not until June. The Gorgon Project is developing the Gorgon…

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  • Gas

    Papua LNG Project set to progress

    Releasing its first quarter results for 2016, InterOil is expecting construction on the Papua LNG project to begin in 2018. While it is still in the planning phase, the project will potentially involve both an approximately 75 km onshore and 265 km offshore pipeline route, which have been determined. The PRL 15 joint venture, operated by Total SA, is nearing the final stages of the Elk-Antelope appraisal program. The Papua LNG project’s basis of design work is expected to progress to front-end engineering and design work in 2017. During a visit to Papua New Guinea in mid-April, Total indicated that the Papua LNG…

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  • Gas

    Ichthys marks further milestones

    INPEX has completed the offshore pre-lay of the chain and mooring system as well as the last topsides lift on the Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility. This comes after the final module for LNG Train 2 was moved into place earlier in the month. The pre-lay of the 77 km chain and mooring system in the Browse Basin involved 49 chains laid in water depths of up to 250 m and anchored to foundations piles – 5.5 m in diameter and 63 m long. The mooring system will secure the projects two offshore facilities – the FPSO and…

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  • Gas

    Ichthys Train 2 modules in place

    The Ichthys LNG Project marked a significant milestone recently with the final module for LNG Train 2 safely moved into place. At 14 stories high and 52 meters wide, the module weighed 4,000 t and was transported into position using self-propelled modular transporters. “The first module for Train 2 was delivered in December 2014 and we have now completed all 29 modules,” said JKC Area Construction Manager Makato Mikami. The two LNG trains are the core of the processing facilities which will cool the natural gas and transform it into liquid to reduce its volume for transport. On completion, the…

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  • Asset Management

    Beach withdraws from BMG venture

    Beach Energy intends to withdraw from the Basker, Manta and Gummy (BMG) Joint Venture with Cooper Energy. The withdrawal will be undertaken in accordance with the joint operating agreement, and Beach’s 35 per cent non-operated interest will be assigned to joint venture partners Cooper Energy for nil consideration. Beach’s decision to exit the BMG JV is consistent with an ongoing focus on portfolio optimisation and prioritising capital allocation in the current lower oil price environment, and consequently a desire not to participate in the proposed appraisal of the Manta gas field. Beach and Cooper have also accepted an offer from…

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  • Gas

    Cooper and AGL in Sole agreement

    Cooper Energy has signed its second gas supply agreement for the Sole gas field, and the first for the nearby Manta field, both located offshore Victoria. The agreement provides the supply of up to 53 PJ from Sole over eight years, together with options for a two-year extension and for supply of up to 4 PJ per annum from Manta. The development of the field also includes a proposed 350 mm diameter, 65 km pipeline which will run from the Sole Gas Field to the onshore Patricia Baleen Plant. The pipeline will have a capacity of 82 TJ/d and a metering…

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  • Gas

    Elk-Antelope independent certification begins

    Oil Search has advised that independent gas certification at the Elk-Antelope field, located in PRL 15, Papua New Guinea, has begun. This is in line with the agreement between Oil Search and the Pac LNG Group Companies relating to Oil Search’s acquisition of its interest in PRL 15 in early 2014. Netherland Sewell and Associates and Gaffney Cline and Associates have been engaged for the certification which is expected to take a maximum of 120 days. “A key priority for the Papua LNG Project co-venruters and the PNG Government is to confirm the size of the resource and move seamlessly…

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  • Gas

    EnergyQuest report shows slowing exploration rates

    A report from EnergyQuest says the global oil prices are “officially decimating” oil and gas exploration activity in Australia. This comes despite production levels hitting record highs over the past 12 months. Speaking at the Australian Domestic Gas Outlook (ADGO) conference in Sydney last week, EnergyQuest CEO Dr Graeme Bethune said that the total number of exploration and development oil and gas wells drilled in Australia halved, falling from 1,535 in 2014 to 821 in 2015, including exploration wells falling from 119 to 54. “In that time, exploration spending fell from $1,304 million in Q4 2014 to $446 million in…

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