5 December 2016
SHALE GAS Stories
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Unlocking South Africa’s shale potential
(Thursday, 17 November 2016)
SOUTH Africa’s stalled shale gas industry is showing some signs of inching forward, with Perth-based Challenger Energy managing director Robert Willes telling
proposed legislative changes will be good for explorers.
Nationals pit farmers against oilers
(Monday, 31 October 2016)
THE Western Australian government’s efforts to bring industry and farmers together has been dealt a blow after the WA National Party unanimously backed farmers’ right of veto over drilling on private land at its state conference in Geraldton on Saturday.
Eco warrior backs fraccing
(Thursday, 20 October 2016)
FORMER Greenpeace UK chief Stephen Tindale, who believes climate change is “the most serious issue every to have faced humanity”, says fraccing is not the problem but “a central part of the answer”.
Exclusive: APPEA wants NT amendment
(Monday, 17 October 2016)
AUSTRALIA’S upstream lobbyist wants one word replaced in the terms of reference for the Northern Territory’s frac inquiry, knowing that language is everything so it doesn’t lose yet another region,
Industry hangs on frac panel
(Monday, 17 October 2016)
THE make-up of the panel to decide the oil and gas industry’s fate in the Northern Territory looms as the x-factor as submissions closed last Thursday to the terms of reference for the frac inquiry one 30-year veteran petroleum engineer says needs be “completely re-written”.
WA Labor promises with frac ban
(Friday, 7 October 2016)
WESTERN Australia is expected to join the no-fraccing club if the opposition Labor party wins power next year, at least for projects in the state’s South West region, meaning the ban is effectively impotent.
Fraccing OK in the UK
(Friday, 7 October 2016)
AUSTRALIAN-backed Cuadrilla Resources has won the right to drill and frac up to four wells in rural Lancashire, ending a two-year battle over its plans.
(Friday, 30 September 2016)
Falcon Oil & Gas has reported encouraging flow rates from the play-opening Amungee NW-1H well in the Beetaloo Sub-basin in the Northern Territory that has been fracced in partnership with Origin Energy and Sasol.
Falcon completes NT frac
(Friday, 16 September 2016)
THE ban may be in force on fracture stimulation in the Northern Territory, but like Indiana Jones, the Falcon Oil & Gas-led joint venture in the Beetaloo Sub-basin has slid under the door, completing fraccing of the Amungee NW-1H well just before the gate slammed shut.
Yet another NT frac inquiry arrives
(Wednesday, 14 September 2016)
THE coming month will be a torrid time as industry and activists scramble to submit responses to the terms of refereence for yet another fraccing inquiry the incoming Gunner government just launched this morning while implementing its promised ban on the controversial practice in the Northern Territory.
China progresses shale, LNG plans
(Monday, 5 September 2016)
BP HAS sealed its second production sharing contract for shale gas exploration, development and production with China, but the Asian giant’s graft inspectors urging its energy agency to hurry up and approve LNG receiving terminals shows its own shale hunt won’t impede its insatiable need for energy.
Senex hopeful on unconventionals
(Friday, 26 August 2016)
SENEX Energy CEO Ian Davies has told
that the Brisbane junior and partner Origin Energy could make their geologically complex unconventional gas work for less than the medium-term forecast east coast gas price range – they just have to flow it at commercial rates.
AJL loss improves
(Monday, 22 August 2016)
AJ LUCAS’ long string of losses has continued, but hopes the worst of a dreadful few years is behind it with an improvement in underlying earnings, its Australian businesses performing above expectations and a likely resumption of drilling for shale gas in the UK before the end of the year.
Kinetiko aims to get moving again
(Friday, 19 August 2016)
SOUTH African gas chaser Kinetiko Energy remains confident its Amersfoort gas project is a commercial proposition despite a series of delays that have stopped further appraisal work, and it has flagged a new capital raising to help it escape its becalmed status.
Shale tech commercialised
(Tuesday, 16 August 2016)
US-BASED firm WellDog has launched its Shale SweetSpotter technology which detects, identifies and quantifies hydrocarbons in shale oil and natural gas wells following trials with Shell in the Marcellus Shale over the past two years, and the technology could ultimately help development of Australia’s undeveloped shale resources.
Empire talks up Tawallah potential
(Thursday, 11 August 2016)
EMPIRE Energy Group is talking up the potential of the frontier Greater McArthur Basin’s unconventional potential in the hopes of attracting funding, even while trudging alone with its potentially lucrative joint venture with what remains of American Energy Partners still unresolved.
Trump criticised for frac position
(Wednesday, 3 August 2016)
COLORADO Governor and former geologist John Hickenlooper has attacked US presidential hopeful Donald Trump for his seemingly contradictory statements on hydraulic fracturing after recent comments had him curiously in line with the Democratic Party’s anti-industry Left.
Buru targets 2018 development hopes
(Tuesday, 2 August 2016)
CANNING Basin player Buru Energy has successfully completed the sale of the Yakka Munga pastoral station and renegotiated the payment terms for its Alcoa facility to strengthen the wildcat explorer’s balance sheet heading into the 2016-17 field season.
Drillers innovate to survive
(Thursday, 14 July 2016)
PRE-OIL price crash levels of $US120/barrel may now be an impossible dream for oil and gas drillers, but they can look forward to further recovery next year in better shape as the downturn has forced them to innovate more and look to potentially massive opportunities for shale and tight gas in Saudi Arabia.
PNG pumped for unconventional gas potential
(Friday, 8 July 2016)
PAPUA New Guinea’s energy minister Ben Micah as confirmed the nation’s commitment to the development of a shale gas industry in the country, just days after South Pacific Resources announced that it was in line to secure the nation’s first dedicated unconventional permits over the length of PNG’s existing production.
APPEA to sweet talk Territorians
(Thursday, 7 July 2016)
THE Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association has weighed into the furore surrounding the Northern Territory’s emerging unconventional gas sector, announcing plans for an increased marketing campaign in an attempt to stymie plans by the ALP to bring in a moratorium on fraccing and sell the benefits of gas.
Curry ready to rumble
(Tuesday, 28 June 2016)
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
the US shale industry it services hasn’t hit its straps yet.
Stairway to heaven
(Monday, 27 June 2016)
GAS may not glitter but it is the pathway to riches that Central Petroleum is banking on, and a recent test of the Stairway Sandstone has proven that the formation can flow pipeline quality gas at commercial rates.
Shales open doors for supply chain
(Friday, 24 June 2016)
THE Marcellus and underlying Utica shales may have helped rip the heart out of Pennsylvania’s once-thriving coal industry, but a senior county official has detailed to
how one door closing has opened other opportunities for the local manufacturing sector, which has had a long, proud history.
DMP heads off misinformation
(Thursday, 23 June 2016)
WESTERN Australia’s Department of Mines and Petroleum has released an open letter to correct what it describes is misleading information being circulated about petroleum exploration activity in the state's south west ahead of planned protests along highways this weekend as part of Lock The Gate’s Water4Life National Highway Action.
Shell fires up shale plans
(Wednesday, 22 June 2016)
UNCONVENTIONAL gas looks likely to take pride of place within Royal Dutch Shell, with the company announcing plans to put its North American shale business at the heart of its long-term growth plans.
Colorado studies point to frac concerns
(Thursday, 16 June 2016)
NEW research has been released following an extensive multi-year Colorado State University study of the impact of fraccing in Garfield County, Colorado, showing that emissions are at their highest during the flowback phase, while a separate study has found some frac fluids will not degrade after they are spilled.
Overlooked Mancos a sleeping giant
(Wednesday, 15 June 2016)
THE Upper Cretaceous Mancos Shale in Colorado might not be top of the pops for those Australian explorers who have played in the US gas space over the past decade, and shale gas in the US may not be the sexiest sector to be active, but the US Geological Survey has just dramatically upgraded the potential of the Piceance Basin play.
Laurel wet gas project robust
(Monday, 16 May 2016)
BURU Energy has kicked off the week with a substantial upgrade to the upside at its shut-in Ungani oil field and revealing that its Laurel Formation unconventional wells flowed at initial peak rates of 44 million cubic feet per day.
Santos flags renewed shale hunt
(Friday, 6 May 2016)
SANTOS chairman Peter Coates has left the door open to restarting industry's abandoned Cooper Basin shale hunt down the track and his new CEO warned more jobs will go, as the pair faced shareholder anger at this week's AGM over the company’s slowness to react to low oil prices.
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