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Gas Today

May 2011

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Editor’s comment

Scott Pearce, Editor

At Gas Today we have always been advocates of looking to where the gas industry is and can be heading. What will be the new sources of gas, how can we expand the reach of gas use in Australia, how can gas be used in ‘clever’ ways to find solutions to local and global problems – these are questions we are constantly asking, and the reason we launched the FutureGAS Conference and Exhibition.

Global gas wrap

Key approval for MacKenzie Gas Project Canada’s National Energy Board has issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the 1,196 km Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, part of the Mackenzie Gas Project. The Mackenzie Valley Pipeline is being planned to run from the Beaufort Sea to northwestern Alberta, and is designed to carry up to 1.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day.

5 minutes with Graeme Bethune

Dr Graeme Bethune is Chief Executive and founder of EnergyQuest. With 30 years' experience in economic and financial analysis and ten years in senior business development and finance roles with Santos, Dr Bethune is now the lead author of major EnergyQuest reports and consulting studies for energy producers, energy buyers and governments.

DN450 – a world first in pipeline technology

Murphy Pipe and Civil has demonstrated the capabilities of its FSP 220 Fockersperger, ploughing a 450 mm high-density polyethylene pipe. The new ploughing technology increases cost-efficiency, improves safety on projects and reduces environmental impact.

Tips for lean CSG facility design

By Janette Moore, Uhde Shedden Technology Services Manager

Coal seam gas developments offer unique challenges to gas plant design and processing due to the low well productivity, low wellhead flowing pressures and the large number of wells required compared to conventional gas wells. Uhde Shedden Australia has developed the Lean Engineering approach to deliver substantial cost and schedule savings when designing CSG facilities.

Overlapping tenure in Queensland: a new regime

By James Plumb, Carter Newell

The Queensland Government has sought feedback on proposed new laws to better manage conflicts arising out of overlapping tenure, writes Carter Newell resources Partner James Plumb.

Reinventing the wheel in CSG

By Lonnie Bassett, Global Artificial Lift VP Unconventional Gas

As Australia begins its odyssey into the coal seam gas market, it would be reasonable to suspect there is a combination of excitement and apprehension running through the industry. Although it is universally recognised that no two basins are alike and even differences can exist from well to well, there are some comparisons that can be drawn between the United States and Australian markets.

Gas: fuel for the future by a country mile

Philip St Baker is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ERM Power, which began as a specialist advisory firm and has now expanded its operations to include electricity sales, generation and gas procurement. Here he speaks to Gas Today about ERM’s activities in the gas industry.

Three reasons to invest in gas-fired power generation

By Mark Headland, Investec Bank (Australia)

Investec Bank (Australia) is developing the 1,000 MW Cherokee Gas-Fired Power Station, located approximately 65 km southeast of Adelaide, as sole sponsor and principal. Here, Investec’s Mark Headland reveals his top three reasons for investing in gas-fired power generation.

B&R Enclosures keeps hazardous material under wraps

Any area where flammable liquids, vapours, gases or combustible dusts are likely to occur in sufficient quantities to cause fire or explosion has the potential to be classified as a hazardous area. Australia’s largest enclosure manufacturer, B&R Enclosures has established B&R Ex Systems, a new division specialising in hazardous area electrical equipment.

Governing gas – one on one with Martin Ferguson

Gas Today sat down with the Hon Martin Ferguson to discuss the Federal Government’s perspective on the issues which are shaping Australia’s gas industry. Katherine St Lawrence and Stephanie Clancy report.

Get set for Gorgon

It’s been more than a year since the first sod was turned at Barrow Island, marking the start of construction on the Gorgon LNG and domestic gas Development. Since then, project development has focused on preparing the site – and the state – for major construction work.

QSN3 pipeline weathers the storm

The QSN3 Pipeline Project, which stretches across southern Queensland to northern South Australia, has progressed well over recent months despite prolonged wet weather. Engineering and construction management organisation, Nacap, has been a part of the process – rain, hail or shine.

Sustainable super vessel leads industry innovation

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics has introduced the Mark V vessel, a new roll-on/roll-off super vessel that supports high, heavy and breakbulk cargo.

GC made easy: integrating process gas chromatographs

By Jonas Berge, PlantWeb Consulting, and Michael Gaura, Emerson Process Management

A process Gas Chromatograph (GC) detects multiple components and produces many process variables, making hardwiring each signal impractical. Early digital communication protocols required laborious system integration. Modern GCs now use Foundation Fieldbus to communicate with the DCS and intelligent device management software with virtually no customisation needed.

Tailored logistics solutions for large-scale LNG projects

With large LNG developments planned for remote parts of Australasia including Papua New Guinea, global energy contractors face the difficult task of undertaking significant construction activities in regions with minimal supporting infrastructure.

Business marketing: the value of advertising online

Does your marketing plan include a budget for online ads? Find out why placing advertisements online is no longer an optional extra.

A year on from the PRRT

By Rod Henderson, KPMG

Discussions surrounding the proposed extension of the petroleum resource rent tax and a potential carbon price are likely to distract the gas industry from broader tax issues affecting the sector. KPMG national Tax Leader for Energy and Natural Resources Rod Henderson outlines the key tax issues facing gas companies.

Acreage release boosts economy

Over 200,000 sq km of exploration acreage was released by the Australian Government at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Conference in Perth in April 2011.

Metering gas for Gorgon

Enerflex has been developing a suite of project execution procedures to demonstrate how the company will construct the domestic gas custody transfer meter station for the Chevron-operated Gorgon LNG Development.

Valve advancements from Rotork and EMICO

The Rotork CVA electric control valve actuator and EMICO Trunnion Ball valve range are two new developments in valve hardware that can help to improve consistency and maximise process quality.

FutureGAS 2011 breaks all records!

More than 500 national and international delegates, exhibitors and trade visitors attended the third annual FutureGAS Conference and Exhibition, featuring a conference program of 35 papers, and over 50 booths in the extensive exhibition space.

FutureGAS 2011 – once again a success for MWM

After the successes of FutureGAS in 2009 and 2010, MWM Energy Australia took up the major sponsorship as Event Partner at FutureGAS 2011.

Women in Energy: Gas

FutureGAS 2011 concluded with a panel session and networking event for women in the gas industry, held at sponsor Deloitte’s offices from 6.30–8.30pm, which focused on how women might help meet looming skills shortages in the natural gas sector.

APPEA 2011

A record number of delegates convened in Perth for the 2011 Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association’s annual conference.

ENEX: New Zealand’s oil and gas event

Want to know more about the opportunities offered by New Zealand’s untapped petroleum resources? Register to attend ENEX – New Zealand’s oil and gas event to find out all you need to know about the latest industry developments.

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