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Gas Today

February 2012

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Minister’s welcome

Welcome to the FutureGAS 2012 conference edition of Gas Today, which provides a glimpse into some of the technical and commercial issues we all need to work through.

Editor’s Comment

Welcome to the FutureGAS 2012 Conference edition of Gas Today.

Coming of age: the QGP turns 21

Jemena’s Queensland Gas Pipeline links the Wallumbilla gas hub in south central Queensland to large industrial gas users in Gladstone and Rockhampton providing an important link in Queensland’s manufacturing industry and late last year celebrated its 21st birthday.

Inpex reels in Ichthys FID

The final investment decision on the $32 billion Ichthys LNG Project is a major milestone for Australia, as it represents the creation of thousands of jobs and is set to move Australia closer to being the world’s biggest LNG exporter.

Expanding horizons NationWide

Plant hire organisation NationWide Hire has begun a major expansion of its capabilities due to the support of its new shareholder, Omni Technical Solutions.

Happy campers – LPG keeps showers hot and miners cool in WA

Elgas Western Australia Regional Manager Ash Hada speaks with Gas Today about the company’s operations in the west, powering mining camps on LPG.

Spiderplough revolutionises pipeline installations

Murphy Pipe and Civil introduced Spiderploughs to the Australian industry in 2010 –increasing polyethylene pipelaying efficiency. The company now has the largest fleet in the world, recently adding an additional four Spiderploughs to its existing fleet of six.

Advantage Products brings new technology to Australia

Advantage Products, a leader in the North American torque anchor market, plans to expand its operations to Australia, commencing immediately with sales representatives setting up office in Williamstown, Victoria.

Australian made: creating local jobs

Gas Today speaks with Australian gas heating specialist and manufacturer Thermal Electric about the up and ups of providing local jobs for over 40 years.

5 minutes with David Byers

Having spent most of his career in the oil and gas industry – initially with Woodside Energy and subsequently in senior management roles with Mobil and ExxonMobil in Australia and overseas – David Byers brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion to his role as Chief Executive of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association. Here, Mr Byers shares his thoughts on the Australian gas industry with Gas Today.

Reducing greenhouse gas in the Top End

ConocoPhillips’ application in 1997 to construct an LNG processing plant at Wickham point, Darwin Harbour, led to the West Arnhem Land Fire Management project, a world-first initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Gas Today checks in with the initiative's stakeholders and finds that with a little creative thinking and a collaborative approach, greenhouse gas abatement, cultural heritage and gas production go hand-in-hand.

Meet the faces of FutureGAS

Gas Today asks a selection of our FutureGAS sponsors the big questions for 2012. Get to know the movers and shakers of the gas industry before shaking hands in March.

On show at FutureGAS

With over 40 exhibitors, the FutureGAS Exhibition allows delegates to meet with suppliers from all areas of the industry and discuss the latest developments and products. Below Gas Today has profiled a selection of those taking part.

Networking: how to make the most of FutureGAS

Delegates at the 2012 FutureGAS Conference and Exhibition will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the array of engaging presentations, accessible networking functions and informative exhibits. Here, Gas Today suggest formulating a comprehensive game-plan to maximise the benefits of attending.

Extend your fracturing knowledge at the FutureGAS master class

FutureGAS keynote speaker Tim Leshchyshyn will present a one-off, full-day master class on the Technical aspects of shale reservoir development and fracturing diagnostics and their meaning, to be held on 30 March 2012 in Brisbane following the FutureGAS Conference and Exhibition.

Swooping in on shale: Falcon Australia

At the end of 2011, Falcon Australia tested and flowed gas and condensate from multiple horizons in the Shenandoah-1 well in the Northern Territory’s Beetaloo Basin. These tests represent a potential world-class discovery in one of the oldest hydrocarbons systems on the planet.

Space-age technologies go under the sea

By Alex York

Technology from space comes down to earth as Chevron and NASA form an alliance in the development of technologies for oil and natural gas production and recovery.

Salt storage the solution: Adavale Basin

By Glen Gill, Innovative Energy Consultants

Major onshore gas exporting regions located in developed countries have a network of underground gas storage facilities, with capacity to both store gas and re-deliver gas into the grid in order to provide the necessary security of supply. The development of these facilities will be an important development for the natural gas industry in Queensland, with the ramp-up of the many proposed CSG-to-LNG projects in the state.

Four recommendations for the Queensland Land Access Framework

Flinders Group, one of the largest land access providers in Queensland, has identified four key recommendations for improving Queensland’s Land Access Framework, which is now in its second year of operation.

Boosting Queensland electricity with gas

In order to meet forecasted increases in Queensland electricity demand, TRUenergy has proposed two gas-fired power stations, which will be amongst the largest in Australia once completed.

Creating solar and natural gas synergies

By Juergen H. Peterseim, Institute for Sustainable Futures University Technology of Sydney; Dr Amir Tadros, Aurecon Australia; Prof. Stuart White, Institute for Sustainable Futures University of Technology Sydney; and, Prof. Udo Hellwig, ERK Eckrohrkessel GmbH.

Kipper Tuna Turrum- the key to a booming Bass Strait

Located in the offshore Gippsland Basin, Victoria, the Kipper Gas Field is estimated to hold enough energy to power a city of one million people for 35 years. Gas Today checks in with the Kipper Turrum Tuna Project, which is tapping south eastern Australia’s largest known undeveloped gas resource.

APA Group – upping the ante on Victoria’s gas transmission

In order to satisfy future growth in gas demand, and to maintain uninterrupted peak gas supply, APA Group is currently undertaking two expansion projects on its Victorian Transmission System, which involve the installation of a new pipeline at Sunbury and a new compressor station at Euroa.

Go forth and prosper- Victoria’s expanding gas network

To meet the demands of Victoria’s fast-growing population, SP AusNet has been continually augmenting the state’s reticulated gas network, simultaneously adding new connections while replacing old, low-pressure distribution mains.

Up-skilling: Australia’s leading gas industry training facilities reviewed

As the gas industry booms across Australia, the need for well-educated employees booms with it. Below Gas Today reviews some of the innovative and cutting-edge undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Australia that will lead the gas industry of the future.

WGC 2012 heads to Malaysia

Global gas and energy leaders from around the world will gather together with the Gas Today team to attend the 25th World Gas Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 4–8 June 2012.

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