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5 May 2016
 
 
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SLUGCATCHER 
Conflicting signals in the oil market


PROFITS down. Share prices up. Stockpiles up. Oil price also up. At this point in Slugcatcher’s weekly contribution to the debate about the petroleum industry the reader is excused for feeling a touch confused by all the conflicting signals from the marketplace.
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The problems with paying too much for hired help


Analysing the Doha freeze failure


The biggest loser at LNG18


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PREMIUM FEATURES 
Domgas users call for retention lease inquiry


DOMESTIC gas users have called for a Senate inquiry into proposed changes to Australia’s offshore retention lease system and urged both major political parties not to take a decision on Commonwealth’s “fatally flawed” interim report until after the looming federal election, DomGas Alliance executive director Matt Brown told Energy News.
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Growth concerns for Beach


Myanmar looms large in Woodside future


Bight potential fires industry frenzy


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TECHNICAL & PRODUCT 
Logging tool aims to cut drilling costs


AN INNOVATIVE technology that helps oil and gas operators maximise efficiency and reduce costs has been launched in the US after successful trials in the North Sea.
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GE takes to the cloud


Big data used to boost APLNG performance


Targeting top performance


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LETTERS 
Letter to the editor


BRISBANE-based CSG consultant engineer Don McMillan has responded to Slugcatcher’s column yesterday, Conflicting signals in the oil market, saying exploration and production companies need to change their structures and beliefs, but generally “fight change to the death”.
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LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS 
Gallagher’s uphill battle


ANALYSTS believe asset sales are still on the cards for Santos to help cut its still considerable $6 billion debt pile after new CEO Kevin Gallagher this morning admitted he had a long road ahead to return capital discipline to the company, all while signalling a return to exploration and plotting a path forward for new projects.
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Meridium reveals GLNG bonuses


Problems mount for FLNG


Shell’s FLNG dream falters


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COAL SEAM GAS 
I wanted to be arrested: activist


A PARLIAMENTARY report has recommended a crackdown on environmental groups, which could lose their charitable status if they encourage civil disobedience, while an activist arrested yesterday protesting Santos’ AGM and the new measures told Energy News he wanted to get locked up to amplify his message.
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QGC deploys Qld-made drones


More fallout from ACCC report


Welldog pumps for Qld


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SHALE GAS 
Falcon upbeat despite ban risk


IRISH-based Falcon Oil & Gas is plunging ahead with work in the Beetaloo Basin in the hope that the next Northern Territory government will not ban fraccing, a threat which has prompted Total, American Energy Partners and Pangea Resources to curtail investment until there is certainty on the ground.
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More fallout from ACCC report


Compromise sought in NT frac debate


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SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT 
CSA expands Australian capabilities


CSA Ocean Sciences used this week’s Spillcon conference in Perth to announce a new Perth-based international venture that will integrate its worldwide network of marine environmental consulting services and risk management expertise to help the global oil and gas industry to identify, minimise and mitigate environmental risk associated with offshore exploration and production activities.
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Spill training to save wildlife


13 dead in Statoil chopper crash


Buru in frac water stunt


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CAREERS & RECRUITMENT 
Shell confirms Oz cuts


ROYAL Dutch Shell is talking up its “ambitious growth agenda” in Australia despite confirming its newly acquired BG group business in Queensland will cop the brunt of its job cuts locally, as analysts remain concerned about the supermajor’s rising net debt and liquidity reduction ahead of its first quarter results today.
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OGS solidifies Asian reach


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DRILLING 
Downhole tech seeks funding


A NEW technology package is being pitched as a “radical advance in downhole tools” from testing, but the company that has developed it needs to raise additional funding to match a grant from Scotland’s Oil & Gas Innovation Centre.
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World first for Schlumberger


Schlumberger goes on front foot


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INDUSTRY MOVES 
AWE limbos out of Lengo


DAVID Biggs has marked his first week as the new boss at AWE by completing the sale of the company’s Lengo gas project in the South Java Sea, offshore Indonesia.
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CSA expands Australian capabilities


Hibiscus hails end of Hydra deal


Woodside sells Laminaria-Corallina


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Halliburton, PGS post losses


HALLIBURTON’S dream of a cosy future with Baker Hughes as the world’s top driller has evaporated, leaving the driller to pay out a $US$3.5 billion break fee, and to add insult to injury it posted a higher-than-expected first-quarter loss despite its savage cost-cutting and mass sackings.
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CSA expands Australian capabilities


CSA Ocean Sciences used this week’s Spillcon conference in Perth to announce a new Perth-based international venture that will integrate its worldwide network of marine environmental consulting services and risk management expertise to help the global oil and gas industry to identify, minimise and mitigate environmental risk associated with offshore exploration and production activities.
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I wanted to be arrested: activist


A PARLIAMENTARY report has recommended a crackdown on environmental groups, which could lose their charitable status if they encourage civil disobedience, while an activist arrested yesterday protesting Santos’ AGM and the new measures told Energy News he wanted to get locked up to amplify his message.
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Energy briefs


IN TODAY’S Energy Briefs: Mixed wells for Beach; JX Nippon sells Bedout; Alberta fires threaten oil sands output; US drillers ready for rebound; Nigerian OBC survey; Ineos plans record survey; MLNG on track; Palestine ramps up rhetoric; Cote D’Ivorie discovery; NSWF takes aim at Big Oil; Iraq field bombed; Indian LPG plan; and more.
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QGC deploys Qld-made drones


SHELL’s newly acquired CSG-to-LNG business in Queensland has introduced revolutionary technology to help streamline its inspections that it believes will benefit both the local resources and agriculture sectors.
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Personnel Movements


IN TODAY’S Personnel Movements: Engie CEO hands reigns to first French woman to run a CAC40 company; Noble trader spree continues; Archer’s new CEO; Decom North Sea’s new boss; AVL board reshuffle; and Cyberhawk sinks claws into US.
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Gallagher’s uphill battle


ANALYSTS believe asset sales are still on the cards for Santos to help cut its still considerable $6 billion debt pile after new CEO Kevin Gallagher this morning admitted he had a long road ahead to return capital discipline to the company, all while signalling a return to exploration and plotting a path forward for new projects.
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Meridium reveals GLNG bonuses


WHILE all eyes will be on how new CEO Kevin Gallagher fleshes out his vision to resurrect Santos at today’s annual general meeting in Adelaide, asset performance management firm Meridium has revealed how the struggling oiler remedied two valves headed for failure, among a raft of other benefits, at Gladstone LNG thanks to cutting-edge technology.
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Domgas users call for retention lease inquiry


DOMESTIC gas users have called for a Senate inquiry into proposed changes to Australia’s offshore retention lease system and urged both major political parties not to take a decision on Commonwealth’s “fatally flawed” interim report until after the looming federal election, DomGas Alliance executive director Matt Brown told Energy News.
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Energy Briefs


IN TODAY’S Energy Briefs: BHP’s $58B Brazilian battle; Santos in Cooper Basin sale rumours; MEC spruiks Bonaparte plans; NZ seismic headaches; Red Sky secures field; Oil Sands HQ evacuated; Palestine moves on Israeli oil; TAQA sale considered; Statoil targets females with makeover; Lundin share swap; Shell ditches Mongolian leases; PVE workover disappoints; Protean buoy sunk; Louisiana LNG raises; and Petratherm to quit energy space.
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Spill training to save wildlife


WITH Senate hearings into the proposed Great Australian Bight exploration underway, a new comprehensive training program in preparing for, and responding to, wildlife affected when the worst happens was launched at Spillcon in Perth yesterday.
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Personnel Movements


IN TODAY’S Personnel Movements: TTE director departs; Occidental CEO succession plan kicks in; Stream appoints EVP; Edison adds director; and Regatta’s new oil and gas principal.
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Origin’s star power plan


ORIGIN Energy will team up with global solar company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures purchase solar power from the 100 megawatt Clare Solar Farm in northern Queensland, one of the largest utility scale solar farm moving into development in Australia.
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Bio-energy project gets boost


THE Australian Renewable Energy Agency has thrown its support behind an $800 million bio-energy project in Queensland, offering early funding support to Renewable Developments Australia.
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Downhole tech seeks funding


A NEW technology package is being pitched as a “radical advance in downhole tools” from testing, but the company that has developed it needs to raise additional funding to match a grant from Scotland’s Oil & Gas Innovation Centre.
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World first for Schlumberger


WHILE Halliburton and Baker Hughes pick up the pieces from a broken marriage that didn’t even make it down the aisle, RBC Capital Markets is bullish on their larger rival Schlumberger, which has transformed itself faster than expected to meet the new demands of its clients suffering under low oil prices.
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Growth concerns for Beach


ANALYSTS are urging Matt Kay to push the positive aspects of Beach Energy when he takes over as CEO this month amid serious concerns about its long-term growth prospects as it builds momentum towards taking some acquisitions in an ailing Cooper Basin.
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Energy Briefs


IN TODAY’S Energy Briefs: ENN ups Santos stake; Eni loss; AWE MD starts; Colorado frac bans lifted; Halliburton confirms; SWF targets fat cats; Anadarko loss; Statoil sells shale; Gullfaks output resumes; Shell sued for $9B in spill; 3D gains delay; Bilby 3 approved; Kea a dead polly; Dead Sea life; Lakes in US partner talks; Indo approves Cooper sale; Sun lease issues; Schlumberger confirms FLNG interest; and QER sells Galilee block.
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Letter to the editor


BRISBANE-based CSG consultant engineer Don McMillan has responded to Slugcatcher’s column yesterday, Conflicting signals in the oil market, saying exploration and production companies need to change their structures and beliefs, but generally “fight change to the death”.
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Personnel Movements


IN TODAY’S Personnel Movements: Pilot investor joins board; geophysicist joins Molopo; WSP appoints NZ boss, AWE CFO leaves; and WFS promotes ex-Schlumberger career man.
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Bombora sets competition target


Bombora Wave Power is confident it will be able to match the electricity costs of other renewable energy sources by 2023 through its mWave offshore device.
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