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Yawning gap between two views of Woodside-Apache deal


THERE are two sides to every story, but Slugcatcher can’t think of another example where the difference is as far apart as how the news media has reported the latest deal by Woodside Petroleum and how financial analysts have reacted.
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The era of the oil-price yo-yo


The oil patch’s new Great Uncertainty


OPEC lets the market take over


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PREMIUM FEATURES 
We saw fraccing fracas coming: WA EPA


WESTERN Australia’s environmental regulator expects a production proposal for unconventional gas within the next two years; while its independent EPA boss defied those who say the government was caught off-guard by opposition pushback.
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Worrying trends in latest acreage award


Future of FLNG hangs on Prelude’s success


LNG’s ghost in the machine


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TECHNICAL & PRODUCT 
Total taps Aveva for innovative platform


TOTAL E&P Norge has created a new information management environment for its ground-breaking Martin Linge fixed platform project in the Norwegian North Sea.
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Perth company in Malaysian foray


Bukit backs Ignite


Emerson launches a world first


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LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS 
Bechtel in lay-off spree


BECHTEL has confirmed it would lay off tradespeople over the next six months in central Queensland as it nears completion of three LNG plants off Gladstone, but offered hope that other opportunities would arise in Western Australia.
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Prelude’s wide reach: video


Valmec’s big LNG play


QCLNG nears maiden export milestone


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COAL SEAM GAS 
Exxon exits Victorian CSG JV


EXXON MOBIL subsidiary Esso Ventures and Gippsland Gas have terminated their CSG-targeting Victoria Natural Gas joint venture.
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NSW CSG laws ‘fall short’


LNG’s ghost in the machine


Anti-Narrabri report misguided: Santos


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SHALE GAS 
Another day, another UK fraccing inquiry


THE UK House of Commons has given stakeholders less than a month to make submissions to yet another parliamentary inquiry into environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing – an industry that could transform its energy mix and placate some geopolitical issues dogging it of late.
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Argentina’s big shale play


South Australia aims for local proppant industry


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SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT 
NT, WA progress green tape reforms


THE governments of Western Australia and the Northern Territory on Friday both announced progress on “one-stop shop” reforms sweeping the continent.
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Ebola blamed for Ausenco anaemia


Canada revamps pipeline safety


We saw fraccing fracas coming: WA EPA


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CAREERS & RECRUITMENT 
Bechtel in lay-off spree


BECHTEL has confirmed it would lay off tradespeople over the next six months in central Queensland as it nears completion of three LNG plants off Gladstone, but offered hope that other opportunities would arise in Western Australia.
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Central axes 40% of workforce amid cutbacks


CFMEU warns on 457 visas climb


Halliburton to slash 1000 jobs


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DRILLING 
Titan continues turnaround


AUSTRALIAN Texas-focused junior Titan Energy has continued its turn-around story with two from two success rates on worker wells at its flagship Allen Dome salt dome project.
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Exxon starts Bass Strait drilling campaign


A change of plans for Pura Vida


Petsec hits hitch


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PROJECT PROFILES 
Woodside’s shale entry


WOODSIDE’S deal to secure a stake in Canada’s Kitimat LNG project alongside super-major Chevron answers the two-year-old prayers of shareholders wanting the company to secure a move into the shale space.
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INDUSTRY MOVES 
Neon kills MEO merger, recommends Evoworld


NEON Energy has terminated its proposed “merger of equals” with MEO in a surprise move, favouring a takeover offer from long-maligned majority shareholder Evoworld.
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New bid for Transfield


Shale ground-breaker cements fiery relationship


NZOG acquires large Cue stake


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PIPELINES 
Canada revamps pipeline safety


CANADA’s federal government has introduced legislation to enhance pipeline safety covering liability and compensation, incident preparedness and response and incident prevention measures – perhaps anticipating the Republicans taking over the US Senate next year and approving Keystone XL.
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Enbridge shuts down on leak


Industry rushes to build NT east coast pipeline


Keeping Pieter in place


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PRODUCTION 
Statoil’s extended production


STATOIL’S Oseberg Vestflanke facility has exceeded expectations on production life, prompting the Norwegian company to approach the state petroleum safety authority for permission to extend its operational consents.
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Titan continues turnaround


OPEC exports in freefall


Chevron’s large FMC order


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Yawning gap between two views of Woodside-Apache deal


THERE are two sides to every story, but Slugcatcher can’t think of another example where the difference is as far apart as how the news media has reported the latest deal by Woodside Petroleum and how financial analysts have reacted.
Full Story...

Halliburton flags further lay-offs in ‘tough’ 2015


HALLIBURTON CEO Dave Lesar has acknowledged uncertainty from his workforce as its impending takeover of Baker Hughes looms, flagging restructuring and potential market-driven lay-offs in what he forecasts to be a “tough year” in 2015.
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NT, WA progress green tape reforms


THE governments of Western Australia and the Northern Territory on Friday both announced progress on “one-stop shop” reforms sweeping the continent.
Full Story...

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Maintenance & Shutdown

Statoil’s extended production

Enbridge shuts down on leak

BP, PetroChina modernise Iraq monster

Chevron’s large FMC order

Gullfaks gets new lease of life

Keeping Pieter in place

Subsea integrity guidance launched

BP’s first in-situ oil sands project goes online

BP taps Wood Group for UKCS

Perth company in Malaysian foray



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News Wrap


IN TODAY’S News Wrap: Coleman on Apache assets; analyst cautious of depressed US rig count; and Citgo fears Conoco’s Venezuela probe could ‘freak out’ buyers.
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Ebola blamed for Ausenco anaemia


AUSENCO CEO Zimi Meka says the outlook for his business is positive despite the challenging trading conditions for the engineering services sector over the past 12 months.
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Energy Briefs


IN TODAY’S Energy Briefs: Azonto granted Ivory Coast authorisation; Titan Energy Services suspends; Zeta discovers; and Worley gains extension.
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New bid for Transfield


SPANISH infrastructure group Ferrovial has lobbed an increased $2 per share takeover offer for Australia’s Transfield Services.
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Shale ground-breaker cements fiery relationship


PROSPECT Flow Solutions has cemented its long-term relationship with emergency response specialist Wild Well Control by becoming its new Advanced Engineering Group.
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Well management pioneer sees Asia, Africa growth


AFRICA and Asia-focused well management specialist Exceed expects further growth in Canada next year, having established a base there last year.
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Malaysia to get ultra-lightweight platform


ACTEON company 2H will install a lightweight conductor-supported platform for EnQuest subsidiary EQ Petroleum Developments Malaysia in the Tanjong Baram field offshore Malaysia.
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Lae port upgrade on schedule


PHASE one of Lae’s port upgrade has been completed, which the Asian Development Bank said would boost safety and increase cargo-handling capacity.
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Dong extension goes ahead


DUTCH state-owned company Dong Energy has decided to go ahead with its Burbo Bank extension offshore Liverpool Bay in the UK.
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Canada revamps pipeline safety


CANADA’s federal government has introduced legislation to enhance pipeline safety covering liability and compensation, incident preparedness and response and incident prevention measures – perhaps anticipating the Republicans taking over the US Senate next year and approving Keystone XL.
Full Story...

Enbridge shuts down on leak


A PIPELINE connecting Edmonton in Alberta to Superior in Wisconsin has been shut down due to a leak at a pumping station in a Saskatchewan terminal.
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Bechtel in lay-off spree


BECHTEL has confirmed it would lay off tradespeople over the next six months in central Queensland as it nears completion of three LNG plants off Gladstone, but offered hope that other opportunities would arise in Western Australia.
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Technip wins $125m Indian contract


TECHNIP has nabbed a $125 million contract from India’s ONGC to build a 212 million cubic feet per day onshore oil terminal at Odalarevu in Andhra Pradesh, India.
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We saw fraccing fracas coming: WA EPA
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WESTERN Australia’s environmental regulator expects a production proposal for unconventional gas within the next two years; while its independent EPA boss defied those who say the government was caught off-guard by opposition pushback.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Woodside CEO ‘courting Indians for new LNG sales’; North Sea oil industry ‘close to collapse’; and offshore E&P spend to grow.
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Nuclear backed in ‘flat’ South Australia


FORMER South Australian Governor, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, has called for a mature debate on nuclear energy in the state, plus accountability and action to achieve SA’s vision and set the economy on track, at a frank presentation to resources sector stakeholders last week.
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Energy Briefs


IN TODAY’S Energy Briefs: Buru and Apache drill ahead; Octanex reviews; Marion’s struggle continues; Swala settles; and Strata drills.
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Private firms back Synergy carve-up


THE association of private power companies in Western Australia has backed Synergy’s carve-up and the establishment of a separate decision-making body for market rules with industry representation, ahead of the government’s expected release of a sector review.
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