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Gas Today

May 2009

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Mortlake makes all the right moves

Construction has commenced on Origin Energy’s new $640 million, 550 MW gas-fired Mortlake Power Station, which is set to see southwest Victoria develop into a new clean energy hub.

International gas distribution research in final stage

The final meeting of the International Gas Union’s Working Committee 4 (WOC4) Gas Distribution was held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from 10–13 March. Sponsored by the Australian Gas Industry Trust, GHD Business Development Manager Oil and Gas Barbara Jinks attended the meeting and reports on the event.

CSG and water: quenching the industry’s thirst

There are a number of current and proposed methods for dealing with the water produced from Australia’s CSG fields. Lyndsie Mewett spoke to CSG producers about their innovative and effective water management solutions and the factors driving them.

Making the link between CSG and water

An integrated regulatory framework is needed when it comes to coal seam gas exploration, production and water extraction. Focusing on the current legislation in New South Wales and Queensland, Brendan Tobin explains why.

Lateral thinking – drilling Narrabri CSG

Eastern Star Gas has successfully completed its first multilateral well set as part of the Narrabri CSG Project development, representing an operational first in Australia. Chief Commercial Officer Roland Sleeman spoke with Gas Today about what the company hopes to achieve from the technique.

A field of dreams: Gladstone LNG

Seven LNG projects using coal seam gas as feedstock have been proposed for the Port of Gladstone in Queensland. Lyndsie Mewett outlines the scope of each project and reports on what the industry experts expect to see develop in the east coast LNG industry.

Clarke powering up the CSG industry

Clarke Energy provides efficient GE Jenbacher gas engine solutions and complete turnkey solutions for generating clean power from coal seam gas and waste mine coal gases such as coal mine methane.

CSG communications

Nixon Communications has been providing the gas transmission industry with communications services for 20 years, including the provision of services to a number of coal seam gas projects in Queensland.

Swanbank E – generating growth

Seven years after its commissioning in 2002, CS Energy’s Swanbank E Power Station continues to be one of the most efficient and advanced gas-fired power stations in Australia.

Gas generates mining excitement

The mining sector is well aware of the benefits of gas, with many projects incorporating the lower emissions fuel in their power generation plans. CITIC Pacific Mining’s Sino Iron Project is one example of how gas is empowering the industry. Stephanie Mizzi reports.

A bright future with Braemar 2

On the brink of supplying gas into Queensland’s electricity grid, ERM Power’s 450 MW Braemar 2 Power Station foreshadows the state’s bright future with gas.

FutureGAS 2009 – bringing the gas industry together

The inaugural FutureGAS 2009 Conference & Exhibition offered a great forum for different areas of the gas industry to learn about the latest gas technology and developments.

Arrow: hitting the target with CSG

By Michelle Perl

Arrow Energy has emerged as a major stakeholder in the Australian coal seam gas market, with an enormous recoverable resource base in Queensland. Chief Executive Officer Shaun Scott speaks to Gas Today about the company’s proposed CSG to LNG project to be located at Gladstone, as well as current and future challenges facing both Arrow and the industry in general.

Driving the gas industry: Ollie Clark

By Lyndsie Mewett

Ollie Clark AM has been involved in the gas industry for more than 50 years, in roles such as General Manager of the South Australian Gas Company and the inaugural Managing Director of Envestra. He shares his thoughts about natural gas vehicles, marketing and industry co-operation with Gas Today.

Reporting and accounting under the CPRS

KPMG’s Andrew King discusses the recognition of climate change as a significant issue as the introduction of the proposed Australian Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme approaches.

Building up your business in an economic downturn

By Craig Pearce

Companies in the renewable energy industry that take a positive approach to marketing in an economic downturn are grabbing an opportunity too good to miss as doing so intelligently will lead to a stronger bottom line, as well as increase the profile and credibility of a company’s brand.

Transmission – new challenges

By Steve Davies

The future of gas transmission looks bright, with booming coal seam gas reserves in Queensland and the development of carbon capture and storage technologies necessitating major new investment in pipeline infrastructure to provide the required transport capacity.

Compressing QGP

Enerflex has been contracted by Jemena Asset Management to engineer, procure, construct and commission two 3.9 MW compressor stations at Banana and Rolleston, Queensland as part of the Queensland Gas Pipeline (QGP) expansion.

Used oil analysis on gas engines

By Ross Walker CLS

Used oil analysis can be a powerful tool for maintenance teams involved with power generation engines to assess the condition of their gas engine equipment assets, while also providing a method for to measure the performance of gas engine lubricants.

CLRS: a revolution in real-time

Coretrack is developing a Core Level Recorder System, set to revolutionise definitive and real-time information about core sample capture and reduce exploration expenditure for the gas industry.

Challenging calibration at Łódz

Australian-based distributor AMS Instrumentation & Calibration supplies calibration equipment and industrial instrumentation, representing some of the world's leading manufacturers in the field, such as Beamex, which has had success with its portable MC5-IS calibrator at the Łódz Gas Plant in Poland.

Gas detection to the Max XT

BW Technologies by Honeywell‘s compact GasAlertMax XT gas detector features an integrated sampling pump and simultaneously monitors for hydrogen sulphide, carbon monoxide, oxygen and combustibles.

Australia’s gas sector: navigating the road to success

By Andrew Blyth

The natural gas industry has undergone significant change over the past ten years and will continue to do so as the sector evolves. The introduction of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and national regulation reforms present a number of challenges for the industry, as well as valuable opportunities.

Colongra cruises along

Alstom is currently completing construction of the Colongra Gas Turbine, which is set to provide peaking power to 600,000 homes in the Munmorah region, New South Wales.

In contact with underground gas storage

Contact Energy is currently injecting gas underground as part of the Ahuroa Gas Storage Project, designed to aid the company’s new peaking plant at Stratford, located onshore Taranaki, New Zealand.

Addressing the future of NZ gas

New Zealand Minister of Energy and Resources Gerry Brownlee spoke with Gas Today about the country’s gas reserves, the impact of climate change, and the future of the nation’s gas industry.

New Zealand - the land of the long white gas

By Stephanie Mizzi

Although the last major land mass to be discovered, New Zealand certainly has not been left behind when it comes to gas. With exploration surging ahead, gas-fired power generation on the rise and LNG projects on the horizon, the future of Aotearoa’s gas sector is full of promise.

The world is your oyster at SEAAOC 2009

The IIR’s 15th annual South East Asia Australia Offshore Conference, to take place in Darwin between 9 and 11 September 2009, is set to provide a tide of opportunity as it shapes up to be the biggest event to date.

The new world: APPEA 2009 sets sail

The upcoming Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) 2009 Conference & Exhibition in Darwin will explore the theme ‘New FroNTiers’. Gas Today will be among the industry representatives exhibiting at APPEA.

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