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Gas Today

February 2011

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Editor’s comment

Scott Pearce, Editor

I recently returned from Houston, the traditional home of the US oil and gas industry. I had been attending the Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management Conference (which is co-organised by Great Southern Press). It was a timely event given some of the incidents that have occurred in the US over the past year.

Finder Exploration finds its feet in the Australian market

Based in Western Australia, Finder Exploration has a primary focus of capturing and de-risking prospective acreage on the North West Shelf of Australia with the goal of unlocking new and previously overlooked play concepts within proven hydrocarbon basins.

An unconventional opportunity

By Paul Beukelman, Beukelman & Associates Engineering Pty Ltd

Non-conventional gas exploration is ramping up in Australia, and it’s not just coal seam gas deposits that are attracting attention. Beukelman & Associates Engineering Director Paul Beukelman outlines non-conventional gas exploration and production options, drawing upon the United States’ experience to date.

Fuel for thought

The Federal Government is planning to introduce an alternative fuel excise, which will include a tax on natural gas fuels for transport. Gas Today looks at the proposed tax and its effect on the natural gas-powered vehicle industry.

A home-grown home refueller

OES CNG is in the final stages of developing its compressed natural gas home refuelling stations. Gas Today profiles the technology and the development of the CNG-fuelled vehicles market.

5 minutes with Julie Beeby

Julie Beeby became Chief Executive Officer of WestSide Corporation in August 2010, coming from Peabody Energy where she was General Manager – Strategic Planning and Projects. Dr Beeby has a wealth of experience in the industry, notably being appointed as a Queensland Resource Industry Ambassador in 2009. Gas Today spoke to Dr Beeby about developments ahead for the coal seam gas industry and advice for current and future participants.

MWM – expertise and innovation in power generation

MWM is a world leader in gas-fired engines, bringing both experience and innovation to the markets in which it operates. Returning as Event Partner to FutureGAS 2011, MWM continues to support the ongoing development of the gas industry in Australia.

On show at FutureGAS

Australia’s premier natural gas event, FutureGAS, will showcase the latest products, services and technologies in the industry.

Darling Downs up and powering

Few natural gas companies are active across the industry, undertaking production, LNG project development, power generation and retail activities. The recently-opened Darling Downs Power Station demonstrates Origin Energy’s focus on vertical integration of its natural gas market activities.

MTU: onsite power

MTU Onsite Energy offers comprehensive, intelligent and innovative systems for gas-fuelled energy needs.

QCLNG contract – a milestone for Enerflex

Enerflex has been contracted by BG subsidiary QGC to supply the upstream triethylene glycol (TEG) dehydration packages for the Queensland Curtis LNG Project in Queensland, representing a significant milestone in the region for Enerflex.

Powering upstream infrastructure

The development of five LNG processing facilities on the east coast of Australia has introduced increased power requirements in the Surat and Bowen basins. While some of these facilities are able to draw power from the national electricity network, many will rely on onsite “power islands” fuelled by raw coal seam gas to provide reliable and efficient power generation.

Onsite with Origin at Otway

Valve Tech Engineering recently completed operations at Origin Energy’s Otway Project, located in Port Campbell, Victoria. The company provided onsite labour and testing equipment to service more than 150 valves for onshore and offshore platforms.

WDS shines in the Surat

Australian company WDS is currently providing a range of services to Santos, Origin and QGC on major projects in the Surat Basin, Queensland.

FutureGAS 2011 – bigger, broader and bringing you more!

FutureGAS 2011 is almost upon us, with delegates from across Australia’s gas industry arriving at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 22 March to network, share their latest developments and hear from experts across the industry.

Wallenius launches next generation RoRo vessels

Transporting energy-related cargo requires specially-equipped vessels and experienced handlers. Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics is launching the next generation of roll-on/roll-off vessels in 2011 utilising the roll-on/roll-off concept.

Gas plant designs gain Momentum

Momentum Engineering is currently progressing the design of several new facilities across Australia.

Targeted gas industry recruitment tool launched

Is your company looking for new talent? For targeted gas industry professionals, look no further than Gas Today’s new online jobs portal.

Queensland: skilling up for the gas industry

Gas Today speaks with representatives of the CSG/LNG industry and government bodies in Queensland about the initiatives currently underway to ensure the state’s large-scale gas projects have the necessary skilled workers to be completed on time and on budget.

Skills gap: a top recruitment trend

Simon Winfield, Hays Oil & Gas Regional Director

Skills shortages in Australia’s gas industry will reach new heights as competition from mining employers heats up. Hays Oil & Gas Regional Director Simon Winfield says this shortage of talent is the top recruitment trend that will dominate the market in 2011.

Log on before you dig

More and more people continue to use the Dial Before You Dig service across Australia and in recent times there have been dramatic increases in the number of enquiries lodged each year. Significant service improvement and technological changes have made it much more accessible and user-friendly.

Gas-to-liquids: another fuel from natural gas

Gas-to-liquids technology can help produce cleaner fuels from remote gas fields – and that’s just a fraction of what it can do. Beach Energy and CSIRO’s Dr Valérie Sage discuss the technology and its potential in Australia.

Changing industry practice one gas regulator at a time

Accutherm International Business Development Manager Paul Anderson thinks Pietro Fiorentini’s Reflux piloted gas regulators have the potential to change current industry practice and assist with the new demands placed on gas transmission pipelines.

The ins and outs of gas condensing technology

The latest innovation in energy-efficient gas water heating is ‘condensing technology’. So, what is it and why is it the new buzzword in this era of environmental sustainability?

Measuring gas – near enough may not be good enough

Using natural gas that has inaccurately measured composition and energy content can result in a potentially damaging experience for your brand, customer relationships, and corporate integrity. The National Measurement Institute is working to improve standards for gas measurement.

Stay up to date with SCADA

In a rapidly-advancing technological world, the gas industry must change and adapt constantly to keep up with the times. Gas Today spoke to Control Microsystems Business Development Director Hany Fouda about how his company stays ahead with technology.

Gas gets going around Gippsland

Almost a year on from the final town getting connected to natural gas, Multinet Gas’ South Gippsland Natural Gas Project is bringing gas to ever more residents in the area. Gas Today spoke to project manager Jemena about the roll-out and what it means for end users.

Branching out in Bass Strait

Victoria is not currently attracting as much attention for its natural gas developments as many other Australian states. A very major gas project, however, is taking place just off the Victorian coast.

Bringing the gas industry together

The Gas Industry Christmas Networking Cocktail Evening, hosted by Gas Today, FutureGAS, Carter Newell Lawyers and Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants, proved to be a great opportunity for members of the industry to form new contacts and catch up with old ones.

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