A tanker at Gorgon LNG. Plants in Australia are considering using batteries as back-up power. (Chevron) LNG

LNG plants look to batteries to save valuable gas

Battery storage systems may be a way for Australia’s LNG plants to provide back-up power and free up more gas for liquefaction, experts say.

By Sally Bogle 4 May 2017
Exploration & Production

Woodside to focus on existing projects – Coleman

Woodside Petroleum is looking towards the expansion of existing projects as sources of future growth rather than committing to new projects, the CEO has said.

23 May 2017

Australia’s eastern LNG exports plateau

Australia’s east coast LNG exports have plateaued over the past six months at levels below their nameplate capacity.

22 May 2017
Companies & Finance

Origin Energy to sell Darling Downs pipeline network

Australian gas producer Origin Energy has agreed to sell its Darling Downs pipeline network for A$392 million to Jemena Gas Pipeline Holdings.

19 May 2017
Exploration & Production

Australia releases new offshore petroleum acreage

Australia announced its Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release this week, including 21 areas across eight basins.

16 May 2017
Supply & Demand

Limiting exports will not solve Aussie supply shortage – APPEA

The Australian federal government plans to limit gas exports if supplies to the country’s domestic market fall short will not solve the problem, APPEA has said.

15 May 2017
Alternative Fuels

Australia developing membrane reactor tech for hydrogen

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation has developed a new type of membrane reactor technology that will help commercialise the use of hydrogen fuel cells.

12 May 2017
Exploration & Production

Shell and PetroChina take aim for $500 mln Arrow expansion

Shell and PetroChina could spend an additional $500 million on expanding gas production in Queensland to help relieve Australia’s east coast gas shortage

9 May 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Arrow receives approval for Australian gas pipeline

Arrow Energy, a joint venture between Shell and PetroChina, has received approval to build a 420 km gas pipeline in the Australian state of Queensland.

2 May 2017
Woodside has considered piping gas from WA to the pipeline hub in Moomba in central Australia. (Santos) Pipelines, Storage & Power

Aussies resurrect trans-continental pipeline concept

Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull has revived plans for a trans-Australian pipeline as the country seeks to ease market tightness.

28 April 2017

Australia draws up plan to restrict gas exports

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull introduced a new plan on Thursday to restrict east coast LNG exports, which are said to be responsible for high domestic gas prices.

27 April 2017
ConocoPhillips is considering developing a second train at its Darwin LNG plant. (ConocoPhillips) LNG

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
Global Markets

Australian customers paying more for gas than Japan

Commercial and industrial customers on Australia’s east coast are paying as much as or more than Japanese companies for Australian gas

19 April 2017
Supply & Demand

Australia exports 13 mt of LNG in Q4 2016

Australia's LNG exports more than doubled in Q4 2016 compared with Q4 2014, and growth will continue as more liquefaction plants come online.

13 April 2017
Alternative Fuels

Enel to invest $157 million in Australian solar PV project

A joint venture between Enel’s renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power and investment firm Dutch Infrastructure Fund has signed an agreement to acquire Bungala Solar One.

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

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
Exploration & Production

Shell sells its stake in New Zealand’s Kapuni gas field

Shell has sold its 50% stake in the Kapuni gas field, the second-largest in New Zealand, for an undisclosed price to its long-term partner Todd Energy.

6 April 2017
Companies & Finance

Origin Energy to invite bids for conventional assets

Australia’s Origin Energy plans to invite bids for its conventional oil and gas assets.

6 April 2017

Ichthys LNG startup slips to 2018 – Total CEO

The Inpex-led Ichthys LNG project will not start shipping gas until early 2018, three months behind schedule, according to Patrick Pouyanné, the chief executive of French major Total.

5 April 2017

No threat from Asian buyers’ alliance – Coleman

Peter Coleman, chief executive of Australia’s Woodside, does not see a threat from the buyers’ alliance made up of Japan’s Jera, South Korea’s Kogas and China National Offshore Oil Corp.

30 March 2017
Woodside is hoping to provide LNG from the Pluto LNG plant for a dual-fuel supply vessel. (Woodside) Gas for Transport

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

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