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Gas Today

May 2012

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Editor’s comment

First and foremost, the FutureGAS and Gas Today team would like to thank everyone who was involved in the FutureGAS 2012 Conference and Exhibition. The event wouldn’t be possible without your support, which is greatly appreciated.

Make way for Zinfra: an infrastructure service company with a difference

Zinfra Group launches and separates from asset owner Jemena, ensuring it will turn heads in the gas transmission, distribution and network industries.

Compression session

Exterran is a global provider of products and services to the oil and gas industry with experience offering solutions for production, processing, compression, critical process, water treatment, and aftermarket parts and services.

Bringing the desert to life with LPG

Elgas Commercial Marketing Manager Ray Squires speaks with Gas Today about the company’s operations powering remote Queensland mining camps on LPG.

Australian shale: what’s the next move?

By Lauren Molan, Associate Editor

Australia’s tremendous shale potential is only just being realised. Explorers have discovered that the country’s geological and industrial conditions mirror those in the US and Canada, where the shale revolution began.

Going the distance with Eurocopter

With more than 30 years' of experience as the leading partner of oil and gas operators' worldwide, Eurocopter understands the demanding requirements for safety, comfort and performance that have become standard industry practice.

A new chapter in WA’s gas story

By Dennis Donald, Managing Director, Warrego Energy

Recognising the unconventional gas potential in Australia, Warrego Energy has selected Western Australia as its entry point into an industry on the brink of a global boom.

Venting your CSG

Australian company GFR has discovered a unique way to install vents to piping systems and related infrastructure, perfecting their technology through a bespoke build of high point vents for the CSG industry.

Simply the best: quality products and service to match

Southern Controls Project Pursuit and Business Development Director Richard Moulton speaks with Gas Today about the company’s products and additional services.

A window of opportunity for natural gas vehicles

Two of Australia’s top experts in natural gas vehicle technology and policy, Westport Innovations (Australia) Managing Director Bruce Hodgins and ABMARC Principal Engineering Consultant Natalie Roberts put their heads together to advocate the use of natural gas vehicles.

Heavy duty trucks hit the road with CNG

Since Gas Today first reported on iGas Energy’s compressed natural gas system, iGas-equipped trucks have taken to Queensland’s highways, undergoing in-service demonstration and reliability trials. What’s more – an iGas equipped truck is about to commence similar trials between the Port of Los Angeles and Salt Lake City in Utah, the United States. Gas Today speaks with iGas Founder and Managing Director Paul Whiteman about the technology and the company’s developments.

Commercial maths + gas project = success!

With the numerous variables that need to be taken into consideration when planning a gas project, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the details. Biarri Co-Founder and Director Ash Nelson explains what commercial mathematics is, and how it can assist in the implementation of a successful gas project.

China’s road map to investment explained

The Chinese Government ratified the country’s 12th five-year plan in March 2011, outlining the country’s economic, social, political and environmental direction and priorities for the five years ahead.The plan addresses China’s approach to energy security and the role of natural gas in the country’s transition to greener power generation.

A psychologist’s approach to improving work safety

By Dr Rod Gutierrez, Principal Psychologist and Global Offerings Leader of the DuPont Integrated Approach, DuPont

Despite their best attempts, companies often find that their employees fail to follow the rules that have been put in place to keep them safe. Here, Dr Rod Gutierrez explains from a psychological perspective why this occurs, and how it can be overcome.

Fresh from Finland: high-speed steel cutters

Finnish company Exact Tools, developer of an innovative method to cut pipe, has launched a brand new range of steel and plastic pipe cutting systems and cutting accessories.

FutureGAS 2012 burns bright

The 2012 FutureGAS Conference and Exhibition, Australia’s only whole-of-industry natural gas event, was held with great success in Brisbane from 27–29 March. The event attracted over 700 attendees, and covered topics from exploration and production through to the end user.

Disappearing act: on the hunt for unaccounted for gas

By Barbara Jinks, Business Leader, GHD

Unaccounted for gas is a complex issue that can occur at all stages of the gas distribution chain, which can impact on an distribution operator’s financial, safety, environmental and social performance. The International Gas Union commissioned a research group to find out more about the issue.

All roads lead to Kuala Lumpur

The global gas industry will converge on Kuala Lumpur from 4–8 June 2012 for the triennial World Gas Conference, hosted by the International Gas Union.

Unique encounters in PNG

As construction on the Papua New Guinea LNG Project continues, Coffey Environments Environmental Consultant Will Wettenhall shares some of the unique aspects of working in an unfamiliar cultural setting, and the associated challenges.

CNG pulled out of the box in the US

GE will be implementing its ‘CNG in a box’ technology in the United States to help accelerate the adoption of natural gas as a transportation fuel in collaboration with Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

Keeping Australia’s gas on its shores

Earlier this year, the DomGas Alliance, Western Australia’s peak energy user group, made a submission to the Federal Government’s draft Energy White Paper, calling for Australia to implement a national gas reservation policy.

Developing domestic gas at Devil Creek

After a year of construction filled with unique challenges, Apache Corporation and Santos have completed the Devil Creek Gas Plant, heralding greater energy security for Western Australia.

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