Total realises France’s first ship-to-containership LNG bunkering operation

    Energy company Total has announced that on 30 April 2021, the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel in operation, Gas Agility, completed the refuelling of the world’s largest containersh... more


    Australia’s first green hydrogen and gas power plant now one step closer

    NSW is set to be home to Australia’s first dual fuel capable hydrogen/gas power plant following an $83 million funding agreement for the Tallawarra B project in the Illawarra. Deputy Premier John Barilaro ... more

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    Discovery at Uaru-2 well offshore of Guyana

    ExxonMobil has made an oil discovery at the Uaru-2 well in the Stabroek Block offshore of Guyana. Uaru-2 will add to the previously announced gross discovered recoverable resource estimate for the block, which ... more

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    Eni reports first gas from Merakes Project

    Eni has announced the start of gas production from the Merakes Project, located in the East Sepinggan block in the Makassar Strait, deep offshore of East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The Merakes Project is a deep-... more

  • Total realises France’s first ship-to-containership LNG bunkering operation
  • Australia’s first green hydrogen and gas power plant now one step closer
  • Discovery at Uaru-2 well offshore of Guyana
  • Eni reports first gas from Merakes Project

Australia’s first green hydrogen and gas power plant now one step closer

NSW is set to be home to Australia’s first dual fuel capable hydrogen/gas power plant following an $83 million funding agreement for the Tallawarra B project in the Illawarra. Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the project is vital infrastructure needed to provide dispatchable electricity capacity to replace the Liddell Power Station and create the industries and jobs of the future. “Delivering enough electricity to power around 150,000 homes at times of peak demand, the project is expected to deliver a $300 million boost to the economy and support about 250 jobs during construction,” Mr Barilaro said... more

Santos inks new gas supply agreement with Rio Tinto

Santos has signed a new gas supply agreement with Rio Tinto. Under the agreement, Santos will supply up to 15 petajoules (PJs) of natural gas to Rio Tinto commencing in late 2021. Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Gallagher, said Rio has been a long-term buyer of gas from Santos and they look forward to the strong partnership continuing. “We have been supplying natural gas to Rio for many years. This new gas supply agreement underlines the importance of natural gas for Australian manufacturers and industry,” Mr Gallagher said. He added: “Our disciplined, low-cost operati... more

West Barracouta commences natural gas supply to Australia’s east coast

Esso Australia Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Australia Pty Ltd, has announced the commissioning of the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture’s West Barracouta natural gas field in the Bass Strait offshore of Victoria. The West Barracouta gas development has involved the drilling of two gas production wells and the construction of associated subsea gas production facilities to access gas in the existing Barracouta field. West Barracouta gas will be delivered through a five-kilometre pipeline via a new connection into the existing Barracouta pipeline so that the gas flows directly to the Longford Gas Plants.... more

AGL withdraws works approval for floating gas terminal at Crib Point

On 9 April 2021, Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) received notification that AGL had withdrawn its works approval for a floating gas terminal at Crib Point in Westernport Bay. As a result, the EPA will no longer be making a decision under section 19B of the Environment Protection Act 1970 in relation to the project. AGL and APA Group’s proposed project comprised the Crib Point floating storage and regassification unit (FSRU); jetty works and a receiving facility at Crib Point; and 57 kilometres of pipeline from Crib Point to Pakenham. The pipeline was proposed to be developed and construc... more

Buru to commence major drilling program in the Canning Basin

Buru Energy Limited will commence a major drilling program in the Canning Basin in Western Australia in June. The program includes a three well drilling program and an extensive 2D seismic program of some 1,100 kilometres of data acquisition. The two well exploration drilling program is on conventional oil prospects (Rafael and Kurrajong), targeting very significant prospective resources as set out in the Buru Energy ASX release of 22 March 2021. The drilling program will also include a development well on the Ungani Oilfield (Ungani 8) which is planned to increase production rates and recover additional oil ... more

Buru Energy’s Ungani Oilfield production declines

Production from Buru Energy's Ungani Oilfield, located approximately 90 kilometres east of Broome, has continued to be impacted by wet weather with the Ungani access road being closed intermittently due to heavy rainfall. Late wet season rains have also resulted in the closure of the Great Northern Highway export route to all traffic on a number of occasions. This has resulted in a later than expected oil lifting, but the increase in the oil price from the previous liftings has been a compensating factor to the lower production volumes. The company notes that production from the existing Ungani Oilfield we... more

Gas import terminal ruled out due to environmental impacts

The Victorian Government has today ruled out a proposal to establish a gas import terminal at Crib Point in Western Port and to construct an approximately 57-kilometre long pipeline from the terminal to Pakenham. Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, concluded that marine discharges from the proposed AGL and APA project would have unacceptable effects on the environment in Western Port, which is listed as a Ramsar wetland of international significance. The decision is based on an Environment Effects Statement (EES) produced by AGL and APA Group, around 6,000 public submissions and a report into the finding... more

Oil and gas discovered in the Tyrihans field in Norway

Equinor, Total E&P Norge AS and Vår Energi AS have struck a new oil and gas discovery in a new segment belonging to the Tyrihans field in the Norwegian Sea. Recoverable resources are so far estimated at between 3 and 4.2 million standard cubic metres of recoverable oil equivalent, corresponding to 19 – 26 million barrels of oil equivalent. “It is encouraging to prove new resources that can extend the life of producing fields in the Norwegian Sea,” said Nick Ashton, Equinor’s senior vice president for exploration on the Norwegian continental shelf. According to Equinor, exploration well 6407/1-... more

Buffalo project farm-out now complete

Carnarvon Petroleum Limited announced today that all completion requirements have been met for the Buffalo farm-out. The Buffalo-10 well is on track to be drilled in late 2021, subject to securing a drilling rig, where the tendering process is already underway. On 17 December 2020, Carnarvon advised that Advance Energy plc will acquire 50 per cent of the Buffalo project by funding the drilling of the Buffalo-10 well up to US$20 million on a free carry basis. Advance has met this funding requirement and now has a 50 per cent interest in the project. The joint venture will acquire development funding from third... more

Neptune commences drilling at Adorf gas development

Drilling has commenced at the Neptune Energy-operated Adorf Z16 gas development well in the municipality of Hoogstede, northwestern Germany. The well is being drilled with a rig operated by KCA Deutag, with final depth of around 3,400 metres expected to be reached in August this year. The Adorf Carboniferous gas field was discovered in 2020 and the Adorf Z15 well was brought into production in October. The Z16 well will be the second in the formation. Neptune Energy’s Managing Director in Germany, Andreas Scheck, said: “The Adorf Z16 well is expected to double Neptune’s daily production in the fie... more

Equinor inspects vessel hull welding defects

An in-house investigation team from Equinor has studied the deviation in quality of welding and inspection of the Johan Castberg production vessel's hull currently under construction at the Sembcorp Marine yard in Singapore. The Johan Castberg (formerly Skrugard) field is situated approximately 100 kilometres north of the Snøhvit-field in the Barents Sea, located off the northern coast of Norway. The resource base consists of the three oil discoveries Skrugard, Havis and Drivis, located in PL 532 and is expected to come on stream in 2023, to produce for 30 years. The field is planned to be developed with ... more

Pure Hydrogen commences work programs at CSG projects

Pure Hydrogen Corporation Limited has provided an update on the commencement of work programs at its two coal seam gas (CSG) projects in Australia and Botswana. The Venus CSG Project, 100 per cent owned by Pure Hydrogen, is located in the Surat Basin, Queensland. After the successful enhancement of the highly saturated upper Juandah coal seams last month and delays experienced due to unseasonal rain, the completion of Pure Hydrogen’s first Walloon CSG pilot well on Project Venus is scheduled to commence today. The well will be set up for a controlled three-month draw down test, which has been designed... more

Industry partnership completes marine biofuel trial in Singapore

Global resources company, BHP, German shipping company, Oldendorff Carriers, and advanced biofuels pioneer, GoodFuels, with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), conducted the first marine biofuel trial involving an ocean-going vessel bunkered in Singapore on 4 April 2021. As part of the trial, the 2020-built 81,290 deadweight tonne dry bulk carrier Kira Oldendorff was refuelled with 'drop-in' advanced biofuel blended with conventional fossil fuels. The key objectives of the biofuel bunkering trial include understanding the behaviour of the fuel (such as emissions), assessing ... more

New systems at Venice Biorefinery to eliminate palm oil entirely

The Venice bio-refinery is preparing to eliminate the use of palm oil in its production of biofuels. Eni advised that the refinery recently submitted documentation to qualify for an environmental impact assessment to build new units that will upgrade the feedstock pretreatment system installed in June 2018. These allow for the treatment of crude vegetable oils, used plant-based cooking oils and used animal fats. Currently, the systems in Porto Marghera can process approximately 7.5 tonnes of used cooking oil and animal fats per hour. Eni outlines that with the construction of the new biomass treatment line... more