Sally Bogle

Australia correspondent
ConocoPhillips is considering developing a second train at its Darwin LNG plant. (ConocoPhillips)

IOCs look upstream for second train at Darwin

Major global companies are working together to develop assets off the northwestern coast of Australia that could support a second train at Darwin LNG.

20 April 2017
Gorgon LNG. Australia is expected to be the world’s leading LNG exporter between 2018 and 2023. (Chevron)

Australia set to dominate global LNG – for now

Australia is set to overtake Qatar as the world’s biggest LNG exporter in the next few years, but its time at the top spot could be short, analysts say.

7 April 2017
Woodside is hoping to provide LNG from the Pluto LNG plant for a dual-fuel supply vessel. (Woodside)

Australia shifts to LNG bunkering and transport

Australia’s vast reserves of gas, an impending global LNG supply glut and tightening emission controls mean there is significant potential for LNG to be used as an alternative to diesel.

30 March 2017
Santos’s Gladstone LNG is one of the facilities under pressure from the Aussie government to cut exports. (Santos)

Queensland LNG under pressure to cut exports

Australia's federal government is putting pressure on Queensland’s LNG producers to cut back on exports to ensure there is enough gas for domestic needs.

24 March 2017
The Gladstone LNG plant. The Fisherman’s Landing project could feed into nearby plants. (Santos)

Queensland’s fourth LNG project still on the table

LNG Limited is keeping its options open for the Fisherman’s Landing project in Queensland – a potential winner if Asian LNG demand recovers.

13 March 2017
The Pluto LNG plant. Woodside Petroleum is consdiering supplying the plant from small offshore assets. (Woodside)

Woodside opts for smaller field approach for Pluto

Woodside is looking to keep development costs down in Western Australia by tapping smaller assets to supply its LNG plants.

24 February 2017
The Gladstone LNG plant in Queensland. Australian gas producers are targeting the region’s plants. (Santos)

AGL targeting Australia’s first LNG imports by 2021

Australia’s supply shortages mean the country could soon start importing LNG as well as exporting it, with AGL planning the country’s first terminal.

20 February 2017
A gas well in the Cooper Basin. Eastern Australia is suffering a supply crunch. (Beach Energy)

Queensland pilots gas reservation as LNG ramps up

Reserving gas acreage for domestic consumption may be the only way to solve the supply crunch in eastern Australia’s gas market.

9 February 2017
The launch of the Prelude FLNG vessel’s hull in South Korea. (Shell)

Shell playing long game with Prelude FLNG

Shell made no mention of Prelude at its Q4 results presentation, but analysts say the FLNG project is a long-term play.

3 February 2017
A Woodside platform on the North West Shelf. The company is reviving mothballed projects nearby. (Woodside)

Woodside revives Browse and Scarborough prospects

An optimistic Woodside is restarting work on its Browse and Scarborough projects to target an upswing in LNG demand before 2025.

26 January 2017
Work on the Wheatstone LNG site. Over 100 mtpa of new LNG capacity is due online by 2020. (Chevron)

Challenging year ahead for Aussie LNG exporters

Australian LNG exporters will have to reduce costs and deal with the changing demands of buyers to stay afloat in a challenging market.

23 January 2017
Pipelines being laid near Curtis Island. LNG projects there may be reluctant to take Central’s gas. (BG Group)

Macquarie stalks Central Petroleum

Central Petroleum could use Macquarie’s cash to raise its profile as a major Australian gas supplier if the bank’s takeover bid is successful.

22 December 2016
Pluto LNG is among the projects that have to keep their emissions below a set baseline. (Woodside)

Big emitters face Aussie climate review

Polarised views are emerging on Australia’s approach to combating climate change, with LNG exporters facing an uncertain future.

16 December 2016
An LNG carrier at APLNG. Origin is likely to keep hold of the asset for the time being. (APLNG)

Asia firms may snap up Origin spin-off before IPO

Origin Energy spin-off NewCo will be an attractive M&A target for players looking to boost their upstream assets in Australia, analysts say.

9 December 2016
The North Rankin platform, part of the North West Shelf project. (Woodside)

Australia’s resource tax regime – too little, too late?

Australia is exporting more LNG than ever before, but tax issues may mean it is missing out on the economic gains of the boom.

2 December 2016
Gladstone LNG under construction. The plant needs to find extra gas to supply its two trains. (Santos)

Producers look offshore as Victoria fracking rules bite

The fracking ban in the Australian state of Victoria is forcing gas producers to look offshore for the supplies needed to meet demand.

24 November 2016
Gladstone LNG. Australian LNG exporters are struggling in the low oil price environment. (Santos)

Collaboration and technology could save Aussie LNG

The time is right for Aussie LNG to invest in collaboration and new technology, according to Bernadette Cullinane from Deloitte.

21 November 2016
Darwin LNG is operated by ConocoPhillips and has a nameplate capacity of 3.7 mtpa. (Conoco)

Darwin LNG prioritises backfill over expansion

Darwin LNG, one of Australia’s oldest export plants, is expected to exhaust its supplies early next decade, meaning operator ConocoPhillips is searching for backfill gas.

14 November 2016
Operations off Australia’s North West Shelf. Facilities there are close to the Canning Basin. (Hess)

Canning Basin shale gas in Fortescue’s sights

Iron ore company Fortescue Metals Group is making a move on the vast shale reserves available in Western Australia.

7 November 2016
A gas flare from a shale well in the Cooper Basin. Fracking is facing opposition in Australia. (Senex)

Aussie gas industry renews itself for future growth

The Australian gas industry is shifting focus to power generation rather than LNG exports, promoting gas as a partner to renewables.

27 October 2016

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