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29 July 2015
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SLUGCATCHER 
The east coast gas crisis


POLITICS and energy are one of the world’s better examples of trying to mix oil and water but as Slugcatcher was last week considering the state of Australia’s gas market it became fairly obvious that it will not be long before there is a return of political interference.
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Risk takers who go too far


Slugcatcher’s 100 crystal balls


Shell’s lingering shadow over Browse


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PREMIUM FEATURES 
Oilers tackle HMAS Sydney mystery


AN Aberdeen-headquartered firm and Norway’s DOF Subsea have teamed up with two Western Australian institutions to bring some oil field know-how to solving one of the most tragic mysteries of the Second World War, and Energy News was lucky enough to see how it all unfolded.
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The quiet Americans


Browse, Prelude just tip of FLNG iceberg


Tales of woe stain Gulf Coast oil patch


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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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LETTERS 
Letter to the editor


AUSTRALIAN Oil Company managing director Gary Jeffery says yesterday’s News Wrap in ENB which reported Ashmore’s Gulf region director John Sfakianakis saying reality was hitting home for Saudi Arabia supported bullish views on oil, gas and LNG prices.
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LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS 
Technip locks in FLNG credentials


FRESH from securing two key front-end engineering and design contracts with Woodside’s Browse FLNG project, Technip has extended its influence in the emerging floating technology by securing a major contract for Petronas’ FLNG Satu, set to be the first such floating plant operating in the world.
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APLNG cool in commissioning milestone


LNGL crashes but is far from burning


Browse, Prelude just tip of FLNG iceberg


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COAL SEAM GAS 
S Africa power concern flags Sunbird takeover


SUNBIRD Energy has confirmed that it has received indicative non-binding takeover proposal from Glendal Power & Industries of $0.18 per share.
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Gas prices tipped to soar


Colton equated to ‘gas factory’


CSG haunts voters


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SHALE GAS 
S Africa power concern flags Sunbird takeover


SUNBIRD Energy has confirmed that it has received indicative non-binding takeover proposal from Glendal Power & Industries of $0.18 per share.
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Drover frac called off


UK shale ‘U-turn’ angers activists


Utica next big shale play


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SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT 
AGL asked to consider global warming


AROUND 120 shareholders in diversified power concern AGL Energy have requisitioned a proposed resolution under the Corporation Act that would require the company to change its constitution to consider global warning.
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Hazelmere plant approved


Clinton declares war on fossil fuels


WA FIFO drug, alcohol helpline open


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CAREERS & RECRUITMENT 
Encana no orphan as pain bites


BIG American oiler Encana Corporation has slashed a further 200 jobs and booked a major writedown on the value of its oil and natural gas reserves, as its losses swell to $US1.6 billion ($2.2 billion) for the past quarter.
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Unions take Chevron protest to the Beehive


Engineering purge slowing down


More layoffs in oil services space


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DRILLING 
New cement evaluation tool


BAKER Hughes has unveiled its Integrity eXplorer service, which it says is the world’s first method of applying electromagnetic-acoustic sensors in cement evaluation.
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INDUSTRY MOVES 
Brazilian joy for Shell-BG


SHELL and BG have cleared another major hurdle on their path to the altar with the Brazilian competition authority, Administrative Council of Economic Defence, giving the pair its blessing.
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S Africa power concern flags Sunbird takeover


The quiet Americans


ONGC’s big bet


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PIPELINES 
Pipeline inspection milestone


PII Pipeline Solutions recently celebrated 1000 successful pipeline inspection runs of its Next Generation MagneScan tool for assessing metal loss features, deformation and geometry plus advanced integrity assessments in oil and gas pipelines.
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PRODUCTION 
Iran keen to resume oil sales


WITH the frosty relations between the West and Iran seemingly thawing, the Middle Eastern nation has wasted no time in manoeuvring itself to be in a position to benefit once sanctions are lifted.
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Further Maari growth vital to Cue


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Technip locks in FLNG credentials


FRESH from securing two key front-end engineering and design contracts with Woodside’s Browse FLNG project, Technip has extended its influence in the emerging floating technology by securing a major contract for Petronas’ FLNG Satu, set to be the first such floating plant operating in the world.
Full Story...

MMA writedown supports bleak outlook


OFFSHORE support company MMA Offshore has booked a non-cash impairment of $A120 million as the plunge in oil prices and the wind down of the offshore construction boom continues to play havoc with its forecasts.
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Oilers tackle HMAS Sydney mystery


AN Aberdeen-headquartered firm and Norway’s DOF Subsea have teamed up with two Western Australian institutions to bring some oil field know-how to solving one of the most tragic mysteries of the Second World War, and Energy News was lucky enough to see how it all unfolded.
Full Story...

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Water & Environment

AGL asked to consider global warming

Clinton declares war on fossil fuels

Hazelmere plant approved

Disposal regulations aimed at earthquake plague

Pipeline inspection milestone

Yulleroo protest coming to a head

UK wind farms could rival gas turbines

Wind farms contamination link

UN backs fossil fuels

Facebook sets clean energy target


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UPCOMING FOCUS FEATURES

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OCTOBER : OIL & GAS ENGINEERING
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   TODAY'S STORIES CONTINUED


News Wrap


IN NEWS Wrap: Iran-Turkey gas pipeline attacked; BC LNG confrontations escalate; and oil price plunges 20% in July.
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AGL asked to consider global warming


AROUND 120 shareholders in diversified power concern AGL Energy have requisitioned a proposed resolution under the Corporation Act that would require the company to change its constitution to consider global warning.
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Energy Briefs


IN TODAY’S Energy Briefs: Total tipped in Sri Lanka; Tunisian delay sought; Moby extension granted; Leaf secures biomass partner; KBR wins Fort Hills construction contract; Stonehenge wave tech gets wet; Mexican seismic underway; and Borets pump doubles uptime on test.
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Egypt refineries to get an upgrade


FRANCE’S Technip has secured two major contracts worth almost $US3 billion ($A4.1 billion) to modernise two refineries in Egypt at Alexandria and Assiut.
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Personnel Movements


IN TDOAY’S Personnel Movements: BMT appoints MD; NGE board roles established; Murphy shuffles VPs; Petrofac appoints Oman manager.
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Cable ship takes to the water


THE second of a new generation of cable-laying vessels developed by the Damen Shipyards Group, the Maersk Connector, has been launched into the water for the first time.
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APLNG cool in commissioning milestone


ORIGIN Energy and ConocoPhillips’ Australia Pacific LNG facility in Queensland has reached a key milestone with refrigerants finally being loaded into Curtis Island LNG facility.
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Hazelmere plant approved


THE outgoing head of the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority, Dr Paul Vogel, has recommended that Western Australia’s first controversial four megawatt wood waste to energy project be allowed to proceed in the Perth suburb of Hazelmere.
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The quiet Americans


WHILE the unconventional revolution in the US kicks up the most dust, a class of old-fashioned but forward-thinking juniors is doing some long-term planning under the radar.
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News Wrap


IN News Wrap: LNG encapsulates Australia’s problems; Saudis considering upping US shale ante; and OPEC to maintain output ceiling.
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Clinton declares war on fossil fuels


US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has pledged to have more than half a billion solar panels installed nationwide within four years of taking office, as part of a push to shift the US energy generating capacity to solar and wind.
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Energy Briefs


IN TODAY’S Energy Briefs: Desperately seeking partners; for sale Nigerian well spuds; Range appeals; Wave energy cost reduction studied; Strata-X raising; OMV output up; CNPC corruption trial; DUET raising $80M; Petrobras strike; AWE hits TD; Cooper spuds Indo appraisal; Lock The Gate claims half CSG deals ‘forced’; and Russia plays hardball with Ukraine.
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ABB to minimise UK grid losses


NORWEGIAN giant Kvaerner has awarded ABB a $US24 million contract to minimise grid losses at A/S Norske Shell’s Nyhamna gas processing facility, which provides 20% of the UK’s gas needs.
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Personnel Movements


IN TODAY’S Personnel Movements: Equalizer sets up new service company; BG Egypt gets new head; Reliance scores top LNG man; high-powered team to look for oil field investments.
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Speeding piling


CAPE Holland says it has deployed its new Vibro Lifting Tool in a commercial environment for the first time, installing four piles in up to 90m water depth for the Culzean wellhead platform.
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Shenhua’s $US1B wind IPO


CHINESE coal giant Shenhua Group, which is planning to construct a massive coal mine on the Liverpool Plains farming district in New South Wales, is reportedly considering spinning off its wind farm business in Hong Kong.
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The east coast gas crisis


POLITICS and energy are one of the world’s better examples of trying to mix oil and water but as Slugcatcher was last week considering the state of Australia’s gas market it became fairly obvious that it will not be long before there is a return of political interference.
Full Story...

Oceaneering exits BOPs


OCEANEERING has reported a $US9 million ($12.36 million) inventory write-down in its subsea products gross margin resulting from its decision to stop manufacturing subsea blowout preventer control systems due to deteriorating demand prospects.
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