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Gas Today

August 2011

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Editor’s comment


I’m pleased to bring you the August edition of Gas Today in my new role as Editor of the magazine.

5 minutes with Anne Pickard

Described by Fortune Magazine as the bravest woman in oil and one of the 50 most powerful women in business, Ann Pickard came to Australia in March 2010 to take up the role of Executive Vice President Upstream Australia within the Shell Upstream International organisation.

Sargent supports regional communities through Karratha investment

Sargent has made a strategic investment in Karratha-based North West Mechanical, a locally owned and operated mechanical workshop, which will help support remote communities relying on the LNG industry.

Global gas wrap

Canadian gas storage facility complete

Six new features Mark the new generation RoRo vessel

Wallenius Willhelmsen Logistics has made waves by launching the Mark V, the newest and largest RoRo vessel in the world, measuring in at 265 m long and 32.26 m wide. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Japan delivered the first of this type of vessel in early 2011 and it has been docking in Australian ports since July 2011.

Businesses urged to beware of unaudited media

Australian businesses are losing more than $A29 million annually because of media scams by unaudited media, according to the Circulations Audit Board.

Global Gas: Gas Today speaks with IGU President The Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim

Ahead of his trip to Australia, International Gas Union President the Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim speaks to Gas Today Associate Editor Lauren Molan about trends, policy, the state of the global gas industry and Australia's place within it.

Gladstone: a LNG hub to rival the west

Gas Today returns to the port of Gladstone, two years after initialy reporting the then newly proposed CSG-to-LNG projects which promised the possibility of an LNG hub to rival production in Western Australia. This edition, we return to Gladstone for an update on how the projects are developing and whether the prophecy has been fulfilled.

UCG in focus

Tori McLennon

With interest in underground coal gasification projects on the rise, Gas Today looks at why UCG is now grabbing our attention.

Macedon milestones

Just over a year ago, the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority granted BHP Billiton environmental approval for its proposed Macedon Gas Field Development in the offshore Exmouth Sub-basin, WA. Gas Today reviews the hurdles and successes the project has seen in its first year of development.

Icom understands safety loud and clear

With productivity and safety as two big priorities on any gas worksite, Icom knows that clear and effective communication systems are vital to ensure that operations run smoothly.

Springhurst conversion to bi-directional operation

APA Group has completed a flow reversal upgrade to the Springhurst Compressor Station and an expansion of the Wollert Compressor Station as part of the Victorian Northern Augmentation Project, which will enhance operation of its Victorian Transmission System.

Enerflex uses global technology locally for QCLNG

Enerflex has received an order from QGC to fabricate and deliver 71 gas compression units as part of the QCLNG Project’s gathering infrastructure.

Feeding global gas demand: LNG production in the Top End and beyond

Stephanie Clancy

A number of projects are currently in the planning and design phase for development of gas resources located offshore Northern Territory, in the Timor Sea and onshore Papua New Guinea. Gas Today provides an update on the progress of these projects and the different technologies being used to support them.

Gas Today remembers: Amadeus to Darwin pipe repair

The Northern Territory’s propensity for unpredictable and extreme weather conditions can often cause issues for major projects, as in the example of the Northern Territory’s Amadeus Basin to Darwin natural gas pipeline, which was significantly damaged by earthquakes in 1988. Veteran pipe welder Laurie Atkins talks to Gas Today about working through the night so the lights didn’t go out in Darwin.

Challenging opportunities in the operation and maintenance of the JGN

The Jemena Gas Network consists of over 24,000 km of pipeline that distributes gas to over 1 million homes and businesses in New South Wales. Over 200 km of new mains are added each year, with nearly 30,000 new customer connections a year. Jemena Commercial Manager Andy Carr shares with Gas Today some of the challenges associated with operating and maintaining this network.

Extending the gas grid: connecting regional Victoria to reticulated gas

Through the Regional Growth Fund, the Baillieu Government has committed to conducting an $A1 million feasibility study into a natural gas pipeline along the Murray River, which would connect over 150,000 Victorians to reticulated gas.

SP AusNet turns up the pressure on Victoria’s gas distribution network

Residents in Victoria, have set to receive a more reliable gas supply after SP AusNet completes its $A1 million gas mains replacement project in the area.

Swapping cards and shaking hands at the FutureGAS Brisbane networking drinks

The second FutureGAS networking drinks event kicked off in Brisbane on 28 June, sponsored by CarterNewell Lawyers and Grant Thornton.

MWM signs on as Platinum Sponsor for FutureGAS 2012

After the successes of FutureGAS in 2009, 2010 and 2011, MWM Energy Australia has again signed on to be Platinum Sponsor of FutureGAS 2012.

SEAAOC returns to the Top End

IIR Conferences’ 17th Annual South East Asia Australia Offshore Conference (SEAAOC), delivered in partnership between the Northern Territory Government and IIR Conferences, returns to Darwin from 5–7 October 2011.

Improving LNG production efficiency with cryogenic pressure swing adsorption

A number of major LNG developments are ramping up across Australia and it is important to ensure that when in operation, these projects run efficiently with as little negative environmental impact as possible. Professor Eric May and PhD candidate Thomas Saleman explain the extensive research they have undertaken to develop an innovative way to improve LNG production.

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