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Gas Today

November 2009

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Funding for gas research

The Australian gas industry has benefited from the Federal Government’s 11th round of Co-operative Research Centre grants, which has seen additional funding support provided for existing and newly developed research centres.

International: taking a global approach to protecting the gas industry

Recent growth in the gas industry has increased demand for innovative and sustainable protective coatings, providing solutions for gas exploration, production, transportation and storage.

Growing with gas: Adams talks Jemena

Jemena builds, owns, operates, develops and manages approximately $9 billion worth of gas and electricity assets in Australia. Gas Today caught up with Managing Director Paul Adams to discuss current developments in the nation’s gas distribution and transmission sector.

A new phase of gas plays

In addition to the well known basins for gas exploration and production, a number of companies are pioneering new areas, and exploration for unconventional gas. Gas Today looks at some of the new gas exploration activities underway.

Epic expansion to transport QLD CSG

Due to the increased amount of coal seam gas exploration and production in Queensland, Epic Energy is planning further expansion of its South West Queensland Pipeline to meet future demand.

The ever expanding DBNGP

DBP Transmission is again expanding the capacity of the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline to provide additional capacity and shore up gas supply for Western Australian residents and industry.

Piping gas: the best way

Gas-fired power generation will continue to be important as Australia moves to a lower emissions economy. To deliver this gas to market, Australian Pipeline Industry Association Policy Adviser Steve Davies argues that it is more efficient and environmentally friendly to transport it via pipelines rather than electricity transmission networks.

Gorgon gorging on LNG – new gas in WA

The Gorgon LNG Development has dominated industry news recently, with the joint venture partners announcing their final investment decision, construction contracts and gas sales and purchase agreements.

Are we exporting our energy future?

By Stephanie Clancy

A key association representing Western Australia’s energy users is calling on governments and regulators to ensure affordable gas for long term domestic consumption. However representatives from Australia’s upstream gas industry have challenged the contention that Australia should flood the domestic market to ensure long-term cheap prices.

Compressing Ned’s Creek with Enerflex

Enerflex recently completed construction of the Ned’s Creek Compressor Station to increase the capacity of the Goldfields Gas Pipeline, located in Western Australia. Gas Today caught up with Project Manager Mike Roberts to discuss the project.

CH2M Hill delivers for Darling Downs

CH2M Hill and General Electric are completing works on the 630 megawatt Darling Downs Power Station for Origin Energy. Once completed, the plant will produce enough power for up to 400,000 homes.

Ploughing technology for gas pipe construction

A new trenchless technique for installing gas pipes that is both productive and cost effective. Underground Services Australia explains how and why.

Certifying CSG

Australian coal seam gas companies are attempting to shore up reserves for further project development, including proposed LNG projects in Queensland. Gas Today caught up with Dan Paul Smith and John G Hattner, Senior Vice Presidents at reserve certification company Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc., to discuss the gas reserves certification process.

Treatment options for water produced from CSG extraction

By Dr Patrick Glynn

Coal seam gas producers are looking at methods of dealing with the water produced as a by-product from coal seam gas production. CSIRO Exploration and Mining project leader and research consultant Dr Patrick Glynn explains conventional and alternative thermal technologies to treat the water produced from coal seam gas wells.

The gas advantage – drilling CSG

Easternwell Group is providing Australia’s first automated, technologically advanced coal seam gas drilling rigs built exclusively by the company in Toowoomba, Queensland, representing an innovative advance in Australian coal seam gas drilling.

Clarke installs at Wilga Park

Clarke Energy has completed commissioning the first of four coal seam gas-fuelled 3 megawatt engines for the Wilga Park Power Station, located in New South Wales.

Boomin’ Bowen

By Katherine St Lawrence, Sarah Paul and Lyndsie Mewett

Coal seam gas exploration within the Surat-Bowen Basin has increased dramatically over the last decade. This is only expected to continue with the number of proposed LNG projects which are to use the basin’s coal seam gas reserves as feedstock.

MWM Energy supporting FutureGAS 2010

In the lead up to FutureGAS 2010, Gas Today caught up with two-time Event Partner MWM Energy – a leading gas engine provider in Australia.

FutureGAS 2010 – fuelling the industry

Registrations are opening soon for FutureGAS 2010, which will incorporate a comprehensive business program and larger exhibition following the success of the inaugural 2009 conference and exhibition.

SEAAOC celebrates 15 years of gas

The 2009 South East Asia Australia Offshore Conference celebrated its 15th year at the newly opened Darwin Convention Centre.

Screw compressing on show

Howden Australia, together with its screw compressor design and manufacturing colleagues from the United Kingdom, delivered two days of technical seminars in Brisbane in August.

Young industry members all talk at Gas Speak

The Australian Gas Industry Trust (AGIT) Gas Speak 2009 welcomed another group of talented young people to Canberra to take part in a three day forum designed to encourage awareness and knowledge of the gas industry in Australia.

Energy 21C maps out gas networks

The Energy 21C conference in early September brought together more than 2,000 industry delegates, speakers and exhibitors to address the key themes of customers, climate change, networks and competencies in Australia’s gas and electricity networks industries.

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