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1 July 2016
 
 
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SLUGCATCHER 
What happened in the days before Brexit


DAMAGING as it was to the oil price on Friday, Slugcatcher suspects that Britain’s vote to quit the European Union might have been the last hurrah for low prices and one day be seen as the start of a sustainable, albeit slow, recovery.
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Looking beyond the obvious in the Bass Strait


Slug and the fairy tales from APPEA


$50/bbl is the new $100/bbl


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PREMIUM FEATURES 
Projects in jeopardy as cash goes to debt


SANTOS and Origin Energy are not alone in slashing capex to support dividends and debt as oilers globally are expected to do the same, leading to insufficient reserves, a shrunken service sector and resource shortages when the industry tries to catch up in the constant boom-bust cycle.
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Finder adds to Timor Sea position


Anarchy in the UK


US faces daunting post-boom hangover


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TECHNICAL & PRODUCT 
Hydrogen: fuel of the future or a scam?


SCIENTISTS at Osaka University have created a new method to use sunlight to turn seawater into hydrogen peroxide, which can then be used in fuel cells to generate electricity, but the co-founder of Tesla Marc Tarpenning has argued that hydrogen is not the fuel of the future, but a technological dead end.
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Oil Search leaps ahead


Inatex strengthens Asian push


Logging tool aims to cut drilling costs


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LETTERS 
Letter to the editor


MELBOURNE-based process design, projects and equipment development work specialist Benjamin Breytenbach from ThyssenKrupp has taken issue with Coming Clean’s claims, reported in our story on Tuesday, Wyoming study tracks frac emissions, labelling the “study” as more akin to activist “propaganda”.
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LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS 
Gorgon, Wheatstone to resurrect Chevron


CHEVRON Corporation’s Gorgon and Wheatstone megaprojects were front and centre during UBS analysts’ talks with the US oiler’s management this week, and the financial advisory believes the two delayed and costly developments will generate higher cash margins than operator’s existing LNG portfolio.
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Kansai takes first gas


Woodside to drop M&A for organic growth


Inpex shores up Ichthys


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COAL SEAM GAS 
More Bender ripple effects


MAVERICK Queensland MP Rob Katter is expected to table seven resolutions made at yesterday’s emotion-charged Chinchilla meeting in state parliament recommending landholders be compensated for negotiations with CSG companies.
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Qld LNG’s noise solution


Origin to expand Spring Gully


Essar claims unconventional crown


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SHALE GAS 
Curry ready to rumble


FAMILY-owned firm Curry Supply Company’s bullish attitude in expanding into Houston while oil prices were bottoming at just above $US26/barrel in January has been vindicated with prices surging $20 since then, but the Pennsylvania outfit told Energy News the US shale industry it services hasn’t hit its straps yet.
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Stairway to heaven


Shales open doors for supply chain


DMP heads off misinformation


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SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT 
NOPSEMA warns on diving risks


AUSTRALIA’S offshore regulator has warned operators to take extra care after a vessel working off the North West Shelf had an unplanned movement while diving activities were being conducted just 130m from a hydrocarbon facility, potentially putting divers’ lives at risk.
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Island protests Bight plans


Shell workers ignored safety rules


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CAREERS & RECRUITMENT 
Solar fills void for CAB


A RANDOM phone call from a Californian solar company two years ago has changed the fortunes of Pennsylvanian not-for-profit supply company CAB which developed revolutionary safety technology for the state’s once-prolific coal industry, Energy News learned while touring the region.
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Total hires terrorism expert as security chief


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PIPELINES 
Qld LNG’s noise solution


CALGARY-headquartered Noise Solutions has revealed to Energy News how it helped Queensland’s three LNG megaprojects secure their critical social license by suppressing unwanted noise from the massive CSG to LNG build-out and well program.
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PRODUCTION 
Elixir mulls Cliff Head legal action


LEFT high and dry by AWE over the long-delayed sale of the Cliff Head oil field, Elixir Petroleum has told Energy News it is reviewing its legal options after it was gazumped by rival Triangle Energy, which formally took control of 57.5% of Cliff Head yesterday.
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Woodside bracing for LNG winter


THE newly-sanctioned Greater Enfield oil field aside, Woodside Petroleum wants to introduce more oil into its portfolio over the next five years as it prepares for a “long cold winter” facing LNG vendors.
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NWS gets seismic focus


SEISMIC is the order of the day off the Western Australian coastline, with the major Bilby 3D seismic survey completed over the emerging Triassic fairway of the Carnarvon Basin and the award of two permits over the North West Shelf fields for an even larger regional survey.
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'Frack Master' charged in scam probe


FRACCING and strippers don’t mix, at least according to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, which is suing the US’s self-proclaimed “Frack Master” for blowing investor cash on exotic dancers and other Bacchanalian pursuits in “a lifestyle of decadence and debauchery”.
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Energy Briefs


IN TODAY’S Energy Briefs: Spoiler bid for InterOil; Exxon's blockbuster find; Ocean Hill delay; Sverdrup start; Lawfirm shrugs off Brexit; Oz gas fears; Refiners probed; Kosmos updates Ghana progress; Supermajor softens on carbon tax; Court ruling overturned; Driftwood-1 confirmed; CHC crash cause; Montenegro blocks awarded; Dolphin layoffs; VI AG pulls subpoena; PDVSA deals; Samson sells North Stockyard; Cott payment; Lakes raising; SPR in halt; and buoy deployed.
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More Bender ripple effects


MAVERICK Queensland MP Rob Katter is expected to table seven resolutions made at yesterday’s emotion-charged Chinchilla meeting in state parliament recommending landholders be compensated for negotiations with CSG companies.
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Personnel Movements


IN TODAY’S Personnel Movements: Atwell appoints legal eagle as VP, GC; nuclear leadership changed; and EI’s new council members.
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APPEA slams scare campaign


AS AUSTRALIA gets set to vote in the first double dissolution in almost 20 years tomorrow the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association has waded in to the debate warning voters away from re-electing Victorian independent Senator John Madigan or other parties who “oppose the responsible development of Australia’s natural gas”.
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SapuraKencana in Balnaves decom win


MALAYSIAN service firm SapuraKencana Petroleum has secured a six-month light well intervention project for Woodside Petroleum as part of the Balnaves decommissioning project to remove subsea infrastructure associated with the disappointing field.
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NOPSEMA warns on diving risks


AUSTRALIA’S offshore regulator has warned operators to take extra care after a vessel working off the North West Shelf had an unplanned movement while diving activities were being conducted just 130m from a hydrocarbon facility, potentially putting divers’ lives at risk.
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Projects in jeopardy as cash goes to debt


SANTOS and Origin Energy are not alone in slashing capex to support dividends and debt as oilers globally are expected to do the same, leading to insufficient reserves, a shrunken service sector and resource shortages when the industry tries to catch up in the constant boom-bust cycle.
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Energy Briefs


IN TODAY’S Energy Briefs: Greens flag gas ban; Alaska payments threatened; Gulf debt; EPP fire hits GOM; US LNG challenge fails; Albany pipe considered; Vermillion expands in Germany; 25-year safety record; Niger leases axed; Empire in halt; Sun loan delayed; and Blue Sky ups Triple stake.
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Atlas Copco expands gas rentals


WHILE better known for its deep interests in the hard rock space, Swedish industrial company Atlas Copco has snapped up the rental assets of On Site Gas Systems, a supplier of oxygen, nitrogen and dry air solutions to the oil, gas and mining markets in Australia.
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Personnel Movements


IN TODAY’S Personnel Movements: Sleeman takes Lakes role, CFO leaves; Lenigas saddles up at Doriemus and Bilfinger chairman to start.
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Qld LNG’s noise solution


CALGARY-headquartered Noise Solutions has revealed to Energy News how it helped Queensland’s three LNG megaprojects secure their critical social license by suppressing unwanted noise from the massive CSG to LNG build-out and well program.
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Yokogawa's big lessons to small oil


YOKOGAWA Australia has told Energy News that the company benefited from its attendance at APPEA 2016 by striking up relationships with smaller players interested in using the Japanese concern’s technology, developed for the big offshore fields, in onshore gas fields.
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Finder adds to Timor Sea position


FINDER Exploration has secured a new block in the western Bonaparte Basin immediately to the east of Total's AC/P60, in an area rich with production history and potential, and Finder commercial offshore manager Craig Gumley has told Energy News the junior has already defined a “gem” of a prospect.
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Energy Briefs


IN TODAY’S Energy Briefs: Goliat worker flown to hospital; gas plant explodes; Maverick floats Blue Ridge sale; Warro retests splutters; another pipeline bombed; Lonestar and NGE delist; Norway blocks Sahara investment; Poland LNG imports; Cairns MP takes on CSG; McDermott’s Pemex win post-fire; B&M helps Neoen’s debt package; ADX and Elk changes; Lind sells OBL; and Broadspectrum takeover ends.
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Inpex shores up Ichthys


INPEX has awarded more contracts to ensure the success of its giant Ichthys LNG mega-project.
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Personnel Movements


IN TODAY’S Personnel Movements: Ex-QCLNG MD goes on hiring spree for Anadarko; energy exec dies; and Gran Tierra promotes four.
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LR enters training agreement


LLOYD’S Register has signed a two-year integrity engineering services framework agreement for Bluewater Energy Services and strengthened its collaboration with The Well Academy by with a global frame agreement to cover joint provision of training services to the upstream oil and gas industry.
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Prelude’s POSH deal


SINGAPORE-based offshore marine services provider PACC Offshore Services Holdings has been awarded a contract to support Shell’s Prelude floating LNG facility using its semi-submersible accommodation vessel.
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