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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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Wheat market up $10/t on 11 October; Sydney-delivered price at $480/t

Posted by gasweek on 17 October, 2007

The wheat market was up $10/t in the week, reported The Land (11/10/2007, p.67).  The Sydney delivered price was $480/t. Wheat prices were likely to hold better than barley into and during the harvest period with the multigrade forward contract for Port Kembla at $425/t on Tuesday. Growers were expected to sell whatever wheat they were able to harvest, after retaining enough for 2008 seed. Domestic buyers were expected to buy most of their 2008 physical requirements at harvest to avoid having to seek grain after the harvest.The Land, 11/10/2007, p. 67

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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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Northern Territory Chief Minister Martin woos Japan, seeks to creep Ichthys LNG project up the Western Australia coast, across the NT border

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

Northern Territory Chief Minister Clare Martin had had top-level talks in Japan aimed at wrestling the multi-billion-dollar Ichthys LNG project away from Western Australia, reported Nigel Wilson, energy writer, for The Australian, (22/9/2007), p. 35. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Contracts, Japan, LNG, Northern Territory, Volume 2601, Western Australia | Leave a Comment »

Rivals China and Japan in fight to build key infrastructure for WA minerals; open tender between proponents cancels govt-Midwest deal

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

Midwest was promoting a $3 billion Chinese-financed plan led by Aus­tralian company Yilgarn Infrastruc­ture to build open-access port and rail infrastructure in the mid-west region, touted as the next Pilbara region for Australian iron ore exports, wrote Andrew Burrell in The Australian Financial Review (27/9/2007, p.11). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in China, Contracts, Infrastructure, Japan, Volume 2601, Western Australia | Leave a Comment »

$500 gas heater rebate under wood heater replacement program just for Perth for now: regional air quality plans under development

Posted by gasweek on 21 September, 2007

The Western Australian government would not immediately ensure that the $500 gas heater rebate available to metropolitan residents was made available to all residents in the Goldfields and other residents outside of the Perth metropolitan area, said Minister for the Environment David Templeman in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly on 14 August 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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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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Posted in Liquids, Volume 2520, WA, Western Australia | Leave a Comment »

Gorgon partners, Chevron and ExxonMobil and Shell: 20-year contract term Shell to sell 1 million tonnes of LNG a year to PetroChina

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

Shell and PetroChina concluded a binding heads of agreement for the long­term supply of LNG “with the primary source being the Gorgon gas project”. Shell and PetroChina would work to conclude and execute a detailed LNG sale and purchase agree­ment before December next year, conditional on a final investment decision by Gorgon partners, Chevron (50 per cent), and Ex­xonMobil and Shell (25 per cent each), reported The Australian, (5/9/2007, p.29).

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Posted in China, CO2 dumps, Geosequestration, Greenhouse Trades, LNG, Volume 2520, Western Australia | Leave a Comment »