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SLUGCATCHER 
Slugcatcher channels Homer Simpson in Saudi Arabia


IF YOUR name is Omar and you work for the Saudi Arabian oil ministry, Slugcatcher reckons that you now understand what Homer Simpson means when he says “doh” – a simple grunt which says a lot about things when they go wrong.
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The east coast gas crisis


Risk takers who go too far


Slugcatcher’s 100 crystal balls


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PREMIUM FEATURES 
Soma office raided over Somalia corruption claims


FORMER leader of the UK Conservative Party, Michael Howard, has been swept up in a criminal investigation by Britain's Serious Fraud Office, through his chairmanship of small Somalia-focused oiler Soma Oil and Gas.
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Chevron’s horrible week gets worse


Lingo plans Australasian EOR assault


Lion pounces on Indo opportunities


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TECHNICAL & PRODUCT 
Martin Linge’s game changer


UK FIRM Datum360 has delivered potentially industry transforming software solutions in a phenomenally short time as part of a £685,000 ($A1.435 million) contract to French super-major Total’s £1.25 billion Martin Linge project in the Norwegian North Sea.
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LWP enters first project


US concern acquires SpectrumData


Repsol’s offshore virtual reality ‘success’


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LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS 
Total takes over Papua LNG


FRENCH super-major Total has formally assumed the operatorship of the Papua LNG project, in which it is in joint venture with InterOil and Oil Search.
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Mozambique LNG becoming a reality


Shell casts Browse future in doubt


BG rethinks LNG strategy


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COAL SEAM GAS 
Comet Ridge keeps faith in Galilee


QUEENSLAND CSG chaser Comet Ridge is getting more excited over the conventional prospectivity of its Galilee Basin permits, despite the fact most other companies have walked away from the frontier region.
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EDL’s triple Anglo treat


Galilee warms on Chile


S Africa power concern flags Sunbird takeover


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SHALE GAS 
Finder rolls dice on Canning shale wildcat


PRIVATELY held Finder Exploration has started casing operations at its Theia-1 well in Western Australia’s Canning Basin, as it begins its search for an oil-rich sweet spot in the Goldwyer Shale, Energy News has confirmed.
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Buru works oil price lever


S Africa power concern flags Sunbird takeover


Drover frac called off


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SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT 
Gas forgotten in clean energy war


THE war of attrition has escalated with US President Barack Obama deciding yesterday to move ahead with his controversial Clean Power Plan, which industry said did not recognise the role gas can play in a clean energy future.
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Fossil fuel investors given dire warning


Historic death benefits case


New era for spill control


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CAREERS & RECRUITMENT 
Strike threat highlights need for workplace change: APPEA


AS members of three unions mull strike action over Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project in Western Australia, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association has backed a Productivity Commission report that found Australia’s existing workplace relations system poses risks for major resource projects.
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Santos scores twice at women’s awards


Australia safe from Shell’s global purge


Santos shuffles execs


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DRILLING 
Mature field services target cost savings


A NEW service has been launched to help oil field operators extract the most from the mature and late life fields that make up 70% of the world’s energy production.
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Halliburton launches refrac service


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INDUSTRY MOVES 
Shell mulls Iran options


IRAN is no longer so far away for Shell or Eni, who have confirmed long-held industry speculation that they are keen to re-examine Iran’s upstream oil and gas sectors following the Vienna nuclear deal.
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Applied Drilling reborn through Exceed


ENOC tames Dragon shareholders


NZOG barks for Barque


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PRODUCTION 
Lingo-less Drillsearch excites Edison


NEAR-TERM oil cash flow generation, a multitude of wet gas opportunities and unconventional upside has Edison excited about Drillsearch, despite overall industry activity slowing and persistently low sentiment.
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The rise and rise of Cooper


French resistance


Colombia boost for Anadarko


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Bunking issue raises more worker ire


BIG American oiler Chevron Corporation’s relationship with the unions working on its big Wheatstone LNG project in Western Australia has worsened over an option to double bunk workers at its Onslow camp.
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Strike threat highlights need for workplace change: APPEA


AS members of three unions mull strike action over Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project in Western Australia, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association has backed a Productivity Commission report that found Australia’s existing workplace relations system poses risks for major resource projects.
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Soma office raided over Somalia corruption claims


FORMER leader of the UK Conservative Party, Michael Howard, has been swept up in a criminal investigation by Britain's Serious Fraud Office, through his chairmanship of small Somalia-focused oiler Soma Oil and Gas.
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   TODAY'S STORIES CONTINUED


Energy Briefs


IN TODAY’S Energy Briefs: Santos welcomes gas test; Gladstone refinery action; BP dumps Uruguay; Swala farmout close; Lime secures block; Siemens bribery; Petrochina wins; ExxonMobil expands refinery; NSE sale approved; Winchester doubles; Incremental up; Foyson secures waste; Contact sold; Dolphin surveys; Moroccan duster; Keller profit down; Kurds pay up; Algeria changes welcomed; UK frac support down; Turkish pipe explodes; Kosmos loss; Lukoil backed; Flowserve served.
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Arup brings ACE to MFD group


GLOBAL engineering and design consultancy Arup has joined the Marginal Field Delivery Consortium established by ABT Oil and Gas to assist in the delivery of its marginal field initiative across Asia and Australasia.
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Personnel Movements


IN TODAY’S Personnel Movements: Black Ridge skills up; Parsley gives IR VP more scope; and Canada and Nova Scotia appoint new chair of joint offshore petroleum board.
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UQ recognised for engineering diversity


THE University of Queensland has been recognised for its work in boosting female participation in engineering courses by the engineering sector’s peak body.
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Santos scores twice at women’s awards


SANTOS has scored on two fronts at the inaugural South Australian Women in Resources awards, with the company winning the ‘Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance’ gong and its senior reserve engineer Helena Wu named ‘Exceptional young woman in South Australian resources’.
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Gas forgotten in clean energy war


THE war of attrition has escalated with US President Barack Obama deciding yesterday to move ahead with his controversial Clean Power Plan, which industry said did not recognise the role gas can play in a clean energy future.
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Chevron’s horrible week gets worse


CHEVRON Corporation has posted its worst profit result in more than decade and its workers are revolting at the costly and delayed Gorgon project. And now Labor’s senate attack dog Sam Dastyari has the oiler in his sights over $3 billion made in payments to related companies – things are getting grim for the second-biggest oiler in the US.
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News Wrap


IN NEWS Wrap: QCLNG Train 2 shut down; Red tape costing Qld LNG $1B pa; LNG player loses lawsuit; Archer to cut another 700 after posting loss; and Noble primed for growth amid $109M loss.
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Mature field services target cost savings


A NEW service has been launched to help oil field operators extract the most from the mature and late life fields that make up 70% of the world’s energy production.
Full Story...

Energy Briefs


IN TODAY’S Energy Briefs: Origin sells Contact; Carnegie’s Scottish windfall; Blue’s R&D win; Shell icebreaker released; Octanex secures Ascalon location; Oilex funding saved; Kinetiko gets sales approvals; Sankofa gets backing; BoA’s $125B clean energy fund; Shell wins in Albania; counting the cost of Nigeria’s missing oil; ExxonMobil rig leaves Guyana; BG starts up second FPSO.
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Petronas to start Sparrow’s APAC charge


SPARROWS Group is marking its 40th anniversary of moving into the oil and gas sector by announcing aggressive plans to treble its Asia Pacific business over the next five years – starting with Malaysia, which has the region’s fourth-highest oil reserves.
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Personnel Movements


IN TODAY’S Personnel Movements: NGE swaps CoSec after board coup; Cummins anointed as new McConnell Dowell CEO; LWP appoints project manager for Indian ecopropp venture.
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Applied Drilling reborn through Exceed


A DECISION by Sun European Partners to shut down Applied Drilling Technology International in May, putting 90 employees out of jobs, has led to eight of the senior staff join forces with Aberdeen-based well management and services group Exceed.
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US breaks offshore wind drought


IT IS big in Europe, and now the US is getting into the offshore wind generation game with the first farm finally under construction off the coast of Rhode Island.
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Fossil fuel investors given dire warning


THE Economist Intelligence Unit has warned private investors in fossil fuel companies they will lose big should global warming damage not be mitigated.
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Slugcatcher channels Homer Simpson in Saudi Arabia


IF YOUR name is Omar and you work for the Saudi Arabian oil ministry, Slugcatcher reckons that you now understand what Homer Simpson means when he says “doh” – a simple grunt which says a lot about things when they go wrong.
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Bass Strait lock outs


EXXONMOBIL has locked out hundreds of workers from the Bass Strait oil operations it shares with BHP Billiton as unions resist a big proposed change to longstanding work rosters.
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Australia safe from Shell’s global purge


NONE of the 6500 jobs that Royal Dutch Shell will purge this year will come from its Australian operations, the super-major has confirmed to Energy News.
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