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Gas Today

August 2012

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Editor’s comment

It is a busy and exciting time for the natural gas industry, and this is reflected throughout the articles in this edition of Gas Today.

Fuelling with natural gas

Since 2010 BOC has supported significant industry growth through diverse projects, and is now planning large scale investment into LNG production and fleet refuelling for the east coast of Australia, including the current construction of a processing plant next to the Condamine Power Station located near Miles in the Surat Basin, Queensland.

More than a roof over your head

A site camp is not just a place to sleep between shifts, it's a home away from home where workers can enjoy a work-life balance.

New IGU committee tackles PR and marketing

GHD’s Barbara Jinks has recently been nominated as Vice Chair of the International Gas Union's Program Committee E, focusing on gas marketing and communications for the research triennium of 2012–2015.

New book highlights Australia’s gas leaders

Gas Today Publisher Great Southern Press will be producing Australia’s Gas Leaders 2013, a new publication that will feature forecasts, profiles, and company information about Australia’s foremost gas innovators, thinkers and captains of industry.

Reduce your job time by upping the tension

HYTORC discusses how its focus on bolt load instead of torque has led to the development of tensioning systems that can halve your job time.

Race against the clock in Mila

With a limited amount of time to complete works, Enerflex was able to successfully replace two valves on the Eastern Gas Pipeline in Mila, New South Wales, with half a day to spare.

Looping the Roma to Brisbane Pipeline

APA Group has contracted WDS Ltd to loop the Roma to Brisbane Pipeline, originally constructed in the 1960s.

An all-in-one valve solution

Emergency supply market leader Global Supply Line offers a complete range of specialty and critical service valve stock, as well as fast, reliable delivery to its clients.

Building contractor relationships

Comdain Infrastructure has secured a contract opportunity with Victorian gas distributor Multinet Gas, as one of the company's preferred suppliers of operational and maintenance services on the network for the next five years, with the option of a three-year extension.

QGC: top tips for a successful tender

Britain’s BG Group has demonstrated its commitment to the Australian economy and workforce with the construction of the Queensland Curtis LNG Project through its subsidiary QGC. QGC speaks with Gas Today about upcoming tender opportunities for the project and how contractors can ensure they stand out from their competitors.

What does NSW’s Strategic Regional Land Use Policy mean for the CSG industry?

by Michael Bugler, CNC Project Management

In early 2012, the New South Wales Government released details of its Strategic Regional Land Use Policy for public comment. The policy aims to provide for sustainable management of resources and the protection of agricultural land. The policy will have wide-reaching impacts on the CSG industry.

A vision for natural gas in 2050

by Dale Weber, Director, Gas and Energy Market Development, Energy Networks Association

Many policy makers believe natural gas will thrive in Australia’s move toward a sustainable future – but not every natural gas sector stands to benefit. With this in mind, the Energy Networks Association has developed a Gas Leadership Scenario, to fully realise the potential of the gas distribution sector to 2050.

Developing Arrow CSG to LNG for a cleaner energy future

Arrow Energy is at an exciting stage in pursuing its Queensland CSG-to-LNG project to help meet the growing global demand for cleaner energy.

Powering PNG on gas

The steady growth in Papua New Guinea's economy makes it crucial for the nation to enhance and support the power supply and electrical needs of the nation.

Counting calories: the measurement challenge for LNG exporters

by Dr Damian Smeulders, Director - Reference Gas Mixtures, National Measurement Institute

Measuring gas accurately is increasingly more critical, particularly as new LNG facilities are planned to come online in the near future, leading to an increase in the amount of Australian LNG exports. The challenge for these new suppliers of LNG will be to meet the exact measurement requirements of their trading partners – that is, to deliver a product with the correct calorific value.

FutureGAS 2013: bigger and more connected

The FutureGAS Conference and Exhibition is set to return to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from the 12–14 March 2013, setting the stage for Australia’s major gas players to discuss the latest developments in the industry.

Australia’s premier offshore event is back

From 18–20 September 2012 the Darwin Convention Centre will once again play host to the South East Asia Australia Offshore Conference (SEAAOC). The event is northern Australia's largest and longest established petroleum conference.

Australia Gas returns to Sydney

Australian government, gas industry players and international investors will return to Sydney from 31 October – 2 November 2012 for the Australia Gas Conference, co-hosted by the International Gas Union and the CWC Group with the support of the Australian Gas Industry Trust.

WGC 2012: showcasing the global gas industry

by Barbara Jinks, Global Business Leader CSG, GHD Engineering

Every three years the World Gas Conference, hosted by the International Gas Union, is held to share findings from the previous research triennium and bring world leaders, executives and specialists together. The 25th World Gas Conference was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 5–9 June 2012, with the theme Gas: Sustaining Future Global Growth.

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