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27 May 2016
 
 
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SLUGCATCHER 
Botten’s ‘deal bombing’ of Coleman


ALL fishermen have a story to tell about the one that got away but Slugcatcher reckons Peter Coleman, the luckless CEO of Woodside Petroleum, can top everyone with a seemingly never-ending list of stories about the deals that slipped from his grasp.
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McKinsey’s tough words on M&A


Slug sees signs of life among mid-tiers


Conflicting signals in the oil market


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PREMIUM FEATURES 
Analysts back InterOil offer


INDUSTRY insiders believe that the lack of a competing deal for Papua New Guinea firm InterOil, and the promise of cold, hard cash next year will convince shareholders – including rebel Phil Mulacek – to back Oil Search’s takeover offer, Energy News has learned.
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Mission to Myanmar


Mulacek blasts Oil Search offer


Coleman details Browse folly


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TECHNICAL & PRODUCT 
Inatex strengthens Asian push


PERTH-based hazardous area inspections provider Inatex has inked a new distribution deal that it believes will give oil and gas operators in Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand faster and more competitive pricing for explosion-proof and weather-proof electrical products.
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Logging tool aims to cut drilling costs


GE takes to the cloud


Big data used to boost APLNG performance


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LETTERS 
Letter to the editor


VETERAN Australian oil executive John Kopcheff has responded to last Friday's story, NGP a 'white elephant', suggesting the green think tank quoted isn't seeing the woods for the trees.
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Analyst defends Coleman


Letter to the editor


Letter to the editor


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LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS 
ExxonMobil boosts PNG finance ecosystem


EXXONMOBIL PNG and the PNG Institute of Banking and Business Management Enterprise Centre have announced a 12-month continuation of their long-standing partnership to develop the capacity and skills of Papua New Guinean businesses.
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Santos on the way up: video


China gas demand growth resumes


Industry’s rationality deficit haunts PNG collaboration


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COAL SEAM GAS 
Decmil in Queensland expansion


DECMIL has deepened its ties with the Queensland CSG-LNG space, securing a new two-year framework agreement to support Shell’s recently-acquired QGC business.
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Santos' Narrabri showdown returns to court


Santos slams activists


No surprises in Lazarus report


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SHALE GAS 
Laurel wet gas project robust


BURU Energy has kicked off the week with a substantial upgrade to the upside at its shut-in Ungani oil field and revealing that its Laurel Formation unconventional wells flowed at initial peak rates of 44 million cubic feet per day.
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Santos flags renewed shale hunt


Wildcatter warns on service costs


No surprises in Lazarus report


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SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT 
CCS could save fossil fuels: research


GROUNDBREAKING research has come out of London that green groups won’t like: carbon capture and storage could actually help unlock more fossil fuel reserves and allow the world to use them in a way that stays within the 2C climate levels set by world leaders at the recent gabfest in Paris.
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Pouyanne’s plan to transform Total


Green groups hit Big Oil


ALP plans to expand water trigger


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CAREERS & RECRUITMENT 
Lakes boss explains resignation


LAKES Oil’s new chairman Chris Tonkin has revealed to Energy News that Rob Annells’ decision to step down from the company after 27 years stemmed from last year’s boardroom brawl with major shareholder Armour Energy, a coup Annells survived.
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Solar jobs eclipse oil workers


Annells quits Lakes


Geoscientist conditions worst since GFC


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DRILLING 
Indians trial drilling tech


UNDERBALANCED drilling may have been practiced in Australia for more than a decade, but Indian state-owned concern Oil and Natural Gas Corporation has just debuted the practice on the subcontinent in yet another sign the industry is starting to ramp up there.
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INDUSTRY MOVES 
Lakes boss explains resignation


LAKES Oil’s new chairman Chris Tonkin has revealed to Energy News that Rob Annells’ decision to step down from the company after 27 years stemmed from last year’s boardroom brawl with major shareholder Armour Energy, a coup Annells survived.
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Detente breaks out in Tap-NGP war


Pouyanne’s plan to transform Total


Shell banks on renewables


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PIPELINES 
WA pipeline network set to expand


A NEW 220km gas pipeline from the Eastern Gas pipeline potentially helping unlock the new Yamarna mineral province seems more certain after explorer Gold Road Resources kicked off the environmental approvals process to develop the pipeline to fuel its massive Gruyere gold mine development north east of Laverton.
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Small-scale LNG revolutionising market


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PRODUCTION 
Industry’s project pipeline crisis


PERHAPS the ‘golden age of gas’ is still here to stay. While the US continues pumping away as the world’s biggest hydrocarbon producer thanks to the shale revolution, the industry’s future pipeline of new conventional oil developments looks bleak, last year recording the lowest volume of oil discovered since World War II, but gas continues to gush.
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Tide turning in oil markets


A RISING chorus of analysts are daring to believe the worst is almost over in the prolonged oil rout, with at least 50% more greenfield contracts to fight for next year.
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Valmec wins oil works


SERVICES and maintenance firm Valmec has secured two new contracts for its oil and gas and infrastructure divisions totalling almost $12 million, and it is hopeful of increasing its presence in the east coast gas market further.
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Analysts back InterOil offer


INDUSTRY insiders believe that the lack of a competing deal for Papua New Guinea firm InterOil, and the promise of cold, hard cash next year will convince shareholders – including rebel Phil Mulacek – to back Oil Search’s takeover offer, Energy News has learned.
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   CURRENT FOCUS FEATURES

Downhole Products & Services

Indians trial drilling tech

AnTech launches low-cost wellheads

Engineer’s Desktop upgraded

World first for Schlumberger

Downhole tech seeks funding

Halliburton dream ends




   TODAY'S STORIES CONTINUED


Energy Briefs


IN TODAY’S Energy Briefs: Bechtel’s Curtis Island workers audited; Oil sands toxicity revealed; Shell burnt on solar; Elk terms finalised; Tap's Thai duster; Exxon subpoena terminated; Statoil denies Lundin aims; Norway gas outage; Roc-2 approved; Pipeline plan axed; Mozambique optimism; US Steel in Petrobras probe; Teck mine probed; and BP in Azerbaijan deal.
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Solar jobs eclipse oil workers


THE International Renewable Energy Agency says more than 8.1 million people worldwide are now employed by the renewable energy industry – a 5% increase from last year, and more than the number of people believed to be directly employed in the oil and gas sector, particularly in the US.
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Personnel Movements


IN TODAY’S Personnel Movements: Entrepreneur jumps on board Perth start-up; Baker Hughes reorganises; Joule lures biotech guru; and Ferguson expands into APAC.
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Santos on the way up: video


EMBATTLED oiler Santos is fighting back to the top, with analysts viewing this morning’s announcement that Gladstone LNG Train 2 has started producing on Curtis Island as a “critical” step towards boosting cash flows and removing the lingering spectre of needing to raise more equity.
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Growing smart rocks


A $6 MILLION study is being undertaken to develop 3D-printed ‘smart rocks’ should shed light on how deep rocks react to changes in their environment and could lead to oil extraction and CO2 capture breakthroughs.
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Mission to Myanmar


BLACK Ridge Mining’s transformation from a mineral explorer into a survey firm with multiple assets is continuing, with the company securing its first ever field survey for its PetroLocate seismo-electric resource imaging technology and making moves to secure its first direct petroleum interests.
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Energy Briefs


IN TODAY’S Energy Briefs: Austin hits oil; Direct Action criticised again; Leinster leads the nation; Caldita shoot denied; Capreolus assessed; Shell axes 2200 more; Sino paid; Antares delay approved; Cepu spike; Thunder Horse injections begin; Six target Qatar field; Alberta tax welcomed; French strikes bite; Tengiz investments; EFT buys LNG; Mozambique dreams failing; and Texas LNG timeline set.
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WA pipeline network set to expand


A NEW 220km gas pipeline from the Eastern Gas pipeline potentially helping unlock the new Yamarna mineral province seems more certain after explorer Gold Road Resources kicked off the environmental approvals process to develop the pipeline to fuel its massive Gruyere gold mine development north east of Laverton.
Full Story...

Personnel Movements


IN TODAY’S Personnel Movements: Range chair steps down; Two Concho VPs retire; Exco streamlines board; and PG&E promotes.
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ExxonMobil rattled but defiant in climate votes


SHAREHOLDER and investment funds have again failed in an attempt to force supermajor ExxonMobil to come clean about how climate change could affect its business and explain how it plans to cope with global warming, with executive chairman Rex Tillerson telling a long and fractious shareholder meeting that the world still needed oil whether activists like it or not.
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Coal still entrenched in Germany


GERMANY may be the poster child for clean energy but the coal is still a dominant energy source, responsible for almost half of the power generated last year although renewables are catching up, new data from the US Energy Information Administration has revealed.
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Onslow road opens


CHEVRON’S $US29 billion Wheatstone LNG project may be facing delays, cost blow-outs and issues with getting its final environmental planning permissions, but the $14.1 million ring road it financed that guarantees access to the nearby town of Onslow from the recently upgraded airport opened yesterday.
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CCS could save fossil fuels: research


GROUNDBREAKING research has come out of London that green groups won’t like: carbon capture and storage could actually help unlock more fossil fuel reserves and allow the world to use them in a way that stays within the 2C climate levels set by world leaders at the recent gabfest in Paris.
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Mulacek blasts Oil Search offer


INTEROIL founder and major shareholder Phil Mulacek has reacted with predictable fury to Oil Search’s $3 billion takeover of Papua New Guinea-focused explorer, saying the board’s decision to recommend the offer “demonstrated their lack of alignment” with shareholders.
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Energy Briefs


IN TODAY’S Energy Briefs: Trump's climate hypocrisy; Indian auction; Uganda tensions; Shell's latest spill; Antilles reduces Peru exposure; Eni denies reports; ExxonMobil to sue over damage; Pilot raising reasonable; MEC and Enegex raise; Sheerwind's China plan; Energiewende; Elk placement; Kina delay; Nth Korea embraces solar; Mosman's diamond play; Poland LNG starts; French strikes widen; Brookside explains; Jerah deal; and Range, Austin in halts.
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Green groups hit Big Oil


ADVOCACY group Carbon Tracker says US and European oil and gas companies are under increasing pressure from shareholders to stress-test their businesses against a global climate target to limit warming to below 2C.
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Personnel Movements


IN TODAY’S Personnel Movements: Oilex CFO quits; Cairn India CEO departs; and Greenpower adds director.
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Asian renewables spend to hit $6T


CHINA and India will be account for around 40% of the spending on new renewable generation over the next 20 years, according to a new report from consultancy Douglas-Westwood.
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