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Woodside seeking permission to conduct seismic testing for oil and gas in Vic’s Port Campbell area: 23 threatened species potentially affected

Posted by gasweek on 17 October, 2007

Woodside Energy wanted to conduct a new round of seismic testing for oil and gas off Victoria’s Port Campbell, potentially disrupting the feeding season of the endangered blue whale, wrote Ewin Hannan in The Australian (8/10/2007, p. 4). Testing period would coincide with peak abundance of whales: Woodside had applied to the Howard Government to undertake the testing between November and May 2008, a period coinciding with the peak abundance of blue whales in the region. The survey area was about 20km south of Port Campbell, the coastal town west of the giant rock stacks known as the Twelve Apostles. Peter Gill, a long-time blue whale researcher, had said the survey area lay well within the blue whale feeding area. “If the survey occurs during the blue whale feeding season, and the whales are usually present between November and May, it is possible that blue whales may be displaced from preferred feeding areas,” he had said.

Survey needed to map sub-surface geology: In its application to the federal Environment Department, Woodside had said the survey was designed to map the sub-surface geology and ascertain the potential of sub-surface oil and gas deposits for further investigation. A survey vessel would operate an airgun that released bursts of compressed air that pushed the water away, creating a pressure wave that was used as a seismic signal. The survey would involve 23 days of testing.

‘Temporary’ displacement of whales: As the holder of a petroleum permit, Woodside had said it was required to undertake exploration to deduce the area’s potential for oil and gas production. In its submission Woodside acknowledged that 23 species listed as threatened under federal environmental legislation might occur within, or travel through, the project area. They included three species of whale, the great white shark, 12 albatross species, and the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot. “There may be some temporary displacement of (whales) as a result of the seismic survey and localised impacts on feeding behaviour,” Woodside had said in its submission.

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Macedon gas field possible supplier to domestic gas market in Western Australia; change in gas delivery standards needed

Posted by gasweek on 17 October, 2007

BHP Billiton’s Macedon gas field off the West Australian coast was coming into play as a possible supplier to the domestic gas market, wrote Nigel Wilson in The Australian (12/10/2007, p. 22). Read the rest of this entry »

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Terrorism (Preventative Detention) Amendment Bill 2007 seeks to strengthen counterterrorism laws

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

Speaking on 5 September 2007 in the Western Australia Legislative Council on the Terrorism (Preventative Detention) Amendment Bill 2007, Jon Ford, Minister for Regional Development and Fisheries, said that at a special Council of Australian Governments meeting held on 27 September 2005 to consider national counterterrorism issues, state and territory leaders agreed that a strengthening of Australia’s counterterrorism laws was warranted.

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BHP Billiton and Ngarda Civil and Mining congratulated for joint initiative to run Yarri mine: will assist indigenous employment

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

Speaking in the Legislative Assembly on 5 September 2007, Western Australia Premier Alan Carpenter said he was pleased to be witness to the announcement of a landmark contract, announced in Parliament in the Aboriginal People’s Room.

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Fed Govt ‘nonsensical’ migration policy ignores WA growth potential, favours SA instead, says WA Minister

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

It was astounding that skilled migrants who arrived on a skilled regional sponsored visa were allowed to live in metropolitan Adelaide under a regional classification, but migrants in Western Australia, under the same scheme, had to live in regional areas for three years – in other words, they could not live in Perth, said Margaret Quirk, Labor’s Minister for Corrective Services, in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly (5/9/2007).

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Regional groups can develop biodiesel industry in their local community: “starting block” for sustainable industry

Posted by gasweek on 11 October, 2007

A new report has found that by working together to refine oil crops specifically grown for on-farm fuel supplies, regional groups could develop an economically sustainable biodiesel industry in their local community, reported Farm Weekly (27/9/2007, p.20).

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Lots of land in WA boom areas; problem is getting builders to build houses on lots, says WA Minister

Posted by gasweek on 11 October, 2007

The West Australian Government was doing its best, in asociation with industry, to get houses built in mining and resource areas, said Alannah MacTiernan, Labor Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, in the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia (5/9/2007).

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Babcock & Brown AlintaAGL stake exercise price of the option at $1.06 billion

Posted by gasweek on 9 October, 2007

AGL Energy said it would be interested in some or all of Queensland-based Enertrade’s business, as well as energy assets in NSW, should they be priva­tised by the NSW Government. But first it had to decide on its option over AlintaAGL. According to Nigel Wilson, in The Australian, (25/9/07 p. 22), Babcock & Brown Power, which had acquired the majority AlintaAGL stake as a result of the B&B/Singapore Power Inter­national takeover of Alinta, said it had set the exercise price of the option at $1.06 billion. This provides a total enterprise including $506 million in debt) value of $2.09 billion, valuing AGL Energy’s AlintaAGL stake at $522 million (plus $167 mil­lion) in debt.

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Grain Pool signs historic 10 year agreement with Primary Energy: 500,000 metric tonnes of grain consumed, 160 million litres of ethanol produced plus useful by-products

Posted by gasweek on 4 October, 2007

The Grain Pool had signed an historic 10 year agreement to supply grain to Primary Energy’s proposed bio-fuel facility in Kwinana, with accu­mulation set to commence during the 2008-09 harvest, reported Farm Weekly (20/9/2007, p. 20).

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Posted in Biofuels, Volume 2602, WA | Leave a Comment »

Qantas modifies fuel policy for flights to Perth airport after jet from Singapore aborts two landings and issues a mayday

Posted by gasweek on 2 October, 2007

Qantas has modified its fuel policy for flights to Perth airport after a jet from Singapore aborted two landings and issued a mayday before landing in fog, because it was unable to get to a suitable alternative airport, reported The Australian (24/08/07, p. 42).

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Greg Rudd, banned from lobbying any federal government headed by brother Kevin, gets onto WA government’s register Greg

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

Rudd, an elder brother of federal Labor leader Kevin Rudd, had just successfully applied, via his lobbying business, Open Door Consulting, to be added to the Western Australian government’s register of lobbyists, reported The Australian Financial Review (25/9/2007, p. 50). What to do when one door closes: The register was introduced after it emerged that Grill and his mate Brian Burke had cabinet ministers and senior bureaucrats wrapped around their little fingers. The list of Open Door’s clients published on the register just last week was hardly blue chip, the AFR wrote, but it did show that Rudd was intent on picking up new business in booming WA — especially after Kevin announced that Greg would be banned from lobbying a future Rudd Labor government so as to avoid claims of a conflict of interest. For the record, Open Door’s clients include Ernst & Young, Phoenix Eagle Alcan South Pacific, BlueScope Water, Karcher, Workpac International, Diversified Construction Corporation, Heritage Properties and Hear & Say Centre.

The Australian Financial Review, 25/9/2007, p. 50

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A move of only 500m of Woodside Petroleum’s proposed Pluto LNG project on Western Australia’s Burrup Peninsula would save rock art

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

A move of only 500m of Woodside Petroleum’s proposed Pluto LNG project on Western Australia’s Burrup Peninsula would save the most significant rock art site in the world, Greens senator Rachel Siewert told The Canberra Times, (21/6/2007, p. 7). Senator Siewert joined Labor’s Carmen Lawrence, Independent Peter Andren and a group of activists in front of Parliament House to support the national heritage listing of indigenous rock art on the Burrup Peninsula. The peninsula, 267km west of Port Hedland, contains the largest concentration of rock art in the world, with some rock carvings dating back 30,000 years. The carvings include what may be the first representation of the human face in history. Some of the rock art is threatened by Woodside Petroleum’s $10 billion Pluto gas project.

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Western Australia’s failed HBI plant had poor strategy, unproven technology and sudden changes of scope during construction

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

The West Australian government has been spectacularly short-changed by Hot Briquetted Iron’s (HBI) failure, according to a letter to the editor from Peter Matters, Canterbury, Victoria, in The Australian Financial Review (5/9/2007, p. 59).

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Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce pays a visit: investment, training, science and information all considered

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

The Australian Government’s Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce visited Western Australia for the week 27-31 August 2007, reported a Taskforce comminique.

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Studies in WA-279-P for Blacktip devt find diverse and abundant marine life fauna, Drillsearch report shows

Posted by gasweek on 21 September, 2007

There was limited information available concerning the benthic communities in the permit area; however, a previous study by Bowman Bishaw Gorham (unpublished data for Blacktip Project) encountered sandy substrates containing shell and crustacean fragments, and pebbles of terrestrial origin, according to the Drillsearch Energy Limited, Drilling of Marina-1 Exploration Well EPBC Referral Submission (24/7/2007). Read the rest of this entry »

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ARC Kimberley model changes with +$70 oil and $5.00 gas: now for LNG and pipeline to the south

Posted by gasweek on 20 September, 2007

ARC Energy Managing Director, Eric Streitberg, in a paper to the Good Oil Conference in Fremantle, said the ARC Energy model had “all changed” with +$70 oil, and $5.00 gas in Western Australia. “Until two years ago oil was marginally economic and gas was uneconomic. With low oil prices, he said – its current transport method – $20 per barrel trucking to Perth –  plus opex – was  often more than the oil price. Now, ARC now planned domestic LNG, and had moved forward, its plans for its Northern Pipeline, to move gas south.

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Woodside deal with PetroChina to supply 2-3mt LNG/yr from WA Browse project: $35-45bn revenues

Posted by gasweek on 20 September, 2007

A deal with PetroChina Co was for 2-3 million tonnes of LNG a year from the Browse project, off Western Australia, which Woodside operated, for 15 to 20 years, reported The Daily Telegraph (7/9/2007, p.83).

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Woodside approves $12bn Pluto gas project in WA: to market by late 2010

Posted by gasweek on 20 September, 2007

Woodside Petroleum approved the $12 billion Pluto gas Project in what company boss Don Voelte described as the most important step in the West Australian gas industry since the development of the North West Shelf, reported The Mercury (28/7/2007).

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Shell to supply one million tonnes of LNG annually to PetroChina over a 20-year period from WA Gorgon project

Posted by gasweek on 19 September, 2007

Shell executed a binding heads of agreement for the supply of one million tonnes of LNG annually to PetroChina over a 20-year period, reported The Canberra Times (5/9/2007, p. 13). Read the rest of this entry »

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CO2 dump approved: Chevron Australia puts cost for storage scheme and first 10 years of operations at $850 million

Posted by gasweek on 19 September, 2007

Chevron Australia general manager Colin Beckett said his company’s Barrow island project, to put carbon dioxide underground to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, would be larger than any other geosequestration scheme currently contemplated or in production, reported The Mercury (8/9/2007, p. 15).

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New Eagle Petroleum fuel distributorship to start in Kalgoorlie; Gull Bio-D to the red zone

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

A new fuel distributorship is to start in Kalgoorlie. Eagle Petroleum aims to pro­vide a superior service to its cus­tomers that range from mining operators to local farms, manag­ing director Geoff Biddle said. “We have a vast industry expe­rience but chose to start a busi­ness in Kalgoorlie after growing accustomed to its unique charac­ter,” he said.

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APEC-hurry-up to CO2-dump approval, gives piece of the profits to Japan: as WA approves Chevron’s Gorgon dump

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

West Australian Environment Minister David Templeman issued environmental approvals and imposed 36 conditions on the undertaking and Chevron Australia managing director Jay Johnson said the company was in talks with Japanese customers about taking a minority equity stake in Gorgon. “Chevron has been working with three Japanese customers and there are provisions for equity participation and purchase of LNG from Chevron,” he said to The Advertiser, (8/9/2007, p.86).

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Greenpower merges Planet Gas and European Gas’ seven CSM tenements in Victoria, NSW, SA and WA

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

Still on coal seam gas, Greenpower was passing the hat for $6-10 million to explore across seven tenements in Victoria, NSW, SA and WA, reported The Australian (14/9/07, p. 25).

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NSW gas is now at $3 to $4 per gigajoule and gas ex-WA terminals, $8 to $9 per gigajoule

Posted by gasweek on 17 September, 2007

NSW gas is now at $3 to $4 per gigajoule and gas ex-WA terminals is $8 to $9 per gigajoule said Ken Baxter, former secretary of the Department of Premier & Cabinet in Victoria, and now, non-executive director of the Hydro Electricity Corp of Tasmania. In an opinion-piece in The Australian Financial Review, (15/9/2007, p. 63) Baxter wrote; “Paul Keating demonstrated with privatisation of the Commonwealth Bank and Qantas that iconic institutions could be privately owned and prosper without massive government subventions. NSW’s electricity sector is not iconic. Governments’ choices should be to provide capital and recurrent funds for its core functions”.

NSW pipeliners want higher price: Baxter argued “No new investment will be made in gas pipelines if NSW prices remain at the current levels”.

Blame China for NSW gas price rise: “If Chinese demand for energy continues to expand, NSW energy consumers will face the prospect that energy prices could double between now and 2012, regardless of who owns the generators and retailers.”

The Australian Financial Review, 15/9/2007, p. 63

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