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11 February 2016
 
 
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SLUGCATCHER 
Gas war winners and losers


FOLLOWERS of any football code know there’s a problem when the chairman of a club says he has complete confidence in the coach, which is why Slugcatcher nearly choked on his morning tea when a senior executive of Russia’s Gazprom said there wouldn’t be a gas price war.
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Slugcatcher goes MAD


Irrationality and Lord Keynes’ end game


The compelling logic of a Santos/Origin merger


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PREMIUM FEATURES 
GLNG ahead of the pack


FOR once, Santos has the upper hand, saving money on an Intergraph design re-use and replication innovation at Gladstone LNG that its fellow Queensland megaproject operators are yet to embrace, exposing themselves to missed opportunities for productivity gains, the tech firm’s country manager Greg Rohde told Energy News.
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Qld LNG ok, for now: Wood Mac


Agriculture forgotten in new world order


Chicken Little and China myths


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TECHNICAL & PRODUCT 
Software to support hub expansion


AVEVA’S software will be used for the brownfield modification of Engie’s recently commissioned Cygnus platform in the North Sea, one of the largest offshore UK gas fields discovered in 25 years as the French oiler seeks to develop a new Southern North Sea gas hub.
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Emerson sheds time-wasting


3D printing on the cards


Woodside catches Norwegian drift


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LETTERS 
Letter to the editor


OIL executive John Kopcheff has written in about yesterday’s lead story, Woodside offers lessons for hyped Kosmos, saying Australia has sovereign risk issues of its own, let alone the more publicised ones Africa faces.
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LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS 
Ichthys outlines commissioning plans


INPEX has submitted its revised environmental plan to the regulator, a document that will pave the way for testing and commissioning of the giant Ichthys central processing facility and floating production storage and offtake vessel later this year.
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GLNG ahead of the pack


Qld LNG ok, for now: Wood Mac


Indians eye Oz gas


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COAL SEAM GAS 
Agriculture forgotten in new world order


IN THE new world order of almost “unimaginable distress” amid low oil prices and uncertain future demand, senior resources lawyer Robert Milbourne, writing for Energy News, is astounded that agricultural land is a forgotten asset of the natural gas industry.
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Coal looks dire, long live renewables: LTG


No end in sight for NSW CSG


Gas still vital for NSW: ERIC


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SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT 
Chevron platform shut-down


ONE day after Wood Group PSN secured a contract to lend Chevron a hand at its Alba platform some 140 workers prepared to evacuate following a gas leak, the second serious UK North Sea platform incident this week.
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Pemex’s growing fatalities


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CAREERS & RECRUITMENT 
Automation no threat: Accenture


AN AUSTRALIAN LNG sector moving into operations phase from the construction boom is ideally placed to lead the digital and automation revolution that has already started in oil and gas circles, but Accenture believes it won’t be a threat to a jobs market already hit by the transition.
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Weatherford job cuts to reach 20,000


Updated: Gorgon next after $1M FIFO win


BP to cut 7000 more jobs on $US6.5B loss


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INDUSTRY MOVES 
More merger doubts


MORGAN Stanley has downgraded Baker Hughes and warned of growing risks of its planned merger with rival Halliburton, which is understood to be selling more assets as the falling demand for drilling rigs continues to take its toll on the US market.
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PIPELINES 
Gold mines gassed up


THE 293km pipeline extension feeding AngloGold Ashanti’s Sunrise Dam and Tropicana gold mines in Western Australia has been commissioned.
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Canadian pipe dream could be railroaded


Power plays in the Top End


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PRODUCTION 
Production untroubled by low oil price


THE turf war for market share between the world’s biggest oil producing nations, which has driven the cost per barrel to around $US30, appears to have completely failed at knocking higher cost oil out of the market, according to the latest research from Wood Mackenzie.
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Siemens opens Perth test centre


GLOBAL firm Siemens has officially opened a new $20 million service centre at Perth Airport, which will act as a remote service hub to serve major oil and gas projects such as Chevron’s massive new Gorgon LNG plant on Barrow Island, which is about to start-up at last.
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Gold mines gassed up


THE 293km pipeline extension feeding AngloGold Ashanti’s Sunrise Dam and Tropicana gold mines in Western Australia has been commissioned.
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GLNG ahead of the pack


FOR once, Santos has the upper hand, saving money on an Intergraph design re-use and replication innovation at Gladstone LNG that its fellow Queensland megaproject operators are yet to embrace, exposing themselves to missed opportunities for productivity gains, the tech firm’s country manager Greg Rohde told Energy News.
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   CURRENT FOCUS FEATURES

Education & Training

Automation no threat: Accenture

A new era for training

Survey warns of yet another skills shortage




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Energy Briefs


IN TODAY’s Energy Briefs: AGL starts Gloucester decom work; NEGI EOIs sought; Eni lauded; Buru tests UFW; Shell sells North Sea interest; Pakistan dumps Shell; Nigerian locals seek exit; Mauritius work begins; North Dakota injury; Circle eyes gas sales; US tax criticised; Exova upgrades in India; Aker is Johan Sverdrup expansion; USO stops development; Sound secures permit; WPX buys into Rockies; PA sells North Sea; and Foy renegotiates.
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Chevron platform shut-down


ONE day after Wood Group PSN secured a contract to lend Chevron a hand at its Alba platform some 140 workers prepared to evacuate following a gas leak, the second serious UK North Sea platform incident this week.
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Personnel Movements


IN TODAY’S Personnel Movements: Leigh Creek movements; Stream replaces “Bouncer” CEO; and marine giant’s chairman takes CEO reigns.
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Pemex’s growing fatalities


MEXICAN state oil company Pemex’s safety record has slipped from worrying to woeful, with yet another deadly accident at one of its offshore platforms in the Bay of Campeche in the same week that new CEO Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anay officially takes over the world’s ninth largest oiler.
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Canadian pipe dream could be railroaded


CANADA has too much oil coming out of its tar sands and nowhere to send it, and with pipelines such as Keystone XL highly controversial and mired in red and green tape, one Vancouver-based company believes it can make an end run around pipeline opponents.
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Automation no threat: Accenture


AN AUSTRALIAN LNG sector moving into operations phase from the construction boom is ideally placed to lead the digital and automation revolution that has already started in oil and gas circles, but Accenture believes it won’t be a threat to a jobs market already hit by the transition.
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AGL backs solar venture


JUST months after it signed a deal with Sunverge Energy to bring battery storage to Australia, AGL Energy has announced it will inject $28 million into the San Francisco-based company to help meet demand for premises-based energy storage.
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Qld LNG ok, for now: Wood Mac


OPERATORS of Queensland's three LNG mega-projects still need oil prices to lift to pay them off despite covering their costs with crude trading at levels half what they were when sanctioned, Wood Mackenzie says.
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Energy Briefs


IN TODAY’S Energy Briefs: Australia backs IEA in China; Pilot wins permit; AEP farm-in approved; Wind powers ahead in Europe; Technip wins Gulf contract; 88E describes ‘permeability superhighway’; Byron extends raising; Arctic appeal; Wood in North Sea win; BW close to recovering exploded FPSO; Study finds no frac danger; and US court blocks clean power plan.
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Nickelore says hello to Helio


THE media might be all focused on Brazil’s carnival, the Zika virus and the upcoming Olympic Games, but for minerals explorer Nickelore Brazil is all about a way to monetise the energy from the sun in the South American nation.
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Personnel Movements


IN TODAY’S Personnel Movements: Delta Subsea MD joins Bhagwan following acquisition; Mexico president sacks Pemex CEO; Suncor installs COS team; SLR grows; WSP PB adds electrical boss; and Total tech boss appointed.
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More merger doubts


MORGAN Stanley has downgraded Baker Hughes and warned of growing risks of its planned merger with rival Halliburton, which is understood to be selling more assets as the falling demand for drilling rigs continues to take its toll on the US market.
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Volatility to soften


UK SUPERMAJOR BP, one of the first to call the “lower for longer” oil price scenario, believes market dynamics are changing and price volatility could actually reduce over coming decades.
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Report backs Oz gas role


THE eleventh Energy In Australia report, prepared by Department of Industry, Innovation and Science chief economist Mark Cully, has reaffirmed the vital role of the energy industry as a major contributor to the Australian economy, contributing around $96.6 billion to industry gross value added – about 6% of the Australian total.
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Agriculture forgotten in new world order


IN THE new world order of almost “unimaginable distress” amid low oil prices and uncertain future demand, senior resources lawyer Robert Milbourne, writing for Energy News, is astounded that agricultural land is a forgotten asset of the natural gas industry.
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Energy Briefs


IN TODAY’S Energy Briefs APA reverses pipeline; PNG seeks funding; Shell in US LNG deal; No water, no worries in Warro; Buru going gangbusters; Utility sale mooted; Bryon rig secured; Israel eyes gas power; Vitol boos says cheap oil here to stay; Mexico's crime woes; Cuadrilla hearings begin; Pancon and Tap update SPP progress; Total in DRC seismic; Greece awards blocks; and Enbridge fined.
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BHP backs new CCS studies


RESOURCES giant BHP Billiton is teaming up with Canadian utility SaskPower on a $20 million dollar carbon capture and storage research project at the University of Regina aimed at accelerating the development and application of CCS technology.
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Personnel Movements


IN TODAY’S Personnel Movements: Metgasco’s musical chairs; ROV expert joins Hawboldt; and Frontier shake-up.
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