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Gas Today

November 2010

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Editor’s comment

Scott Pearce

Australia decides. Almost. Since our last edition in August, Australia went to the polls and delivered a decisively inconclusive result. After 17 days of negotiations with the cross benches that covered a wide range of issues, the Labor Party was successful in gaining support to be returned to government.

2010 election: repercussions for the gas industry

Ollie Clark, AM

As the dust settles and the Gillard Government gets down to business, one might well ask whether there are implications for the gas industry. The top issues are the stances the new government will adopt with respect to the control of greenhouse emissions and regulation of the production sector of the gas industry.

Short-term gas trading market begins operation

Following its official launch by the Australian Energy Market Operator on 1 September 2010, the short-term trading market is making a significant impact on the way the Australian gas industry operates. Gas Today spoke to an industrial user and a retailer about the changes to the market.

Negotiating Australia’s first LNG export contract

Australia has been supplying Asia with LNG since 1989. Katherine St Lawrence interviewed former Shell lawyer Shane McCarthy, now retired, about his experience negotiating the contract that delivered Australia’s first ever LNG exports.

LNG high on the agenda in the Northern Territory

LNG export projects represent a significant commercial opportunity, a fact that the Northern Territory Government well recognises. Gas Today spoke to the Northern Territory Government about how it is working to develop the industry.

Safeguarding the Queensland CSG industry

Stephen Matheson, Chief Inspector Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate, Queensland Government

As industry activity expands significantly to cater for the emerging export LNG industry in Queensland, issues about the safe operation of CSG wells, facilities and pipelines have been expressed within the community.

The reverse osmosis option

As coal seam gas developments come under closer scrutiny than ever before, water management becomes a major concern for developers. However, the produced water stream can become a revenue stream through reverse osmosis treatment.

Enerflex open for Brisbane business

In July 2010, Enerflex launched a new Brisbane manufacturing facility, located at Trade Coast Central, Eagle Farm, Queensland. The new facility will become the company’s first dedicated re-packaging and reassembly facility outside of North America.

Global support for local CSG industry

Global Oilfield Services subsidiary Global Artificial Lift is a leading electric submersible pump supplier for the coal seam gas market in the United States of America with an install base of over 5,000 systems. The company recently opened a Brisbane office to service Australia’s burgeoning CSG industry.

Safety under pressure: tendering for major projects

As proving safety credentials becomes increasingly important in being awarded major project service contracts, Pressure and Safety Systems has adopted a ‘no harm’ policy. In the competitive world of tenders for large-scale pipeline project service contracts, proving your safety credentials is becoming increasingly important.

PPI: piping CSG

Combining experience, expertise and strategically located manufacturing facilities, PPI knows how to service the coal seam gas industry; providing a wide range of polyethylene, pipe and affiliated products.

Compensating for the Joule-Thomson effect

Brian Walkington, Grimwood Heating Managing Director

When choosing a direct electric heater, it is important to take many factors into consideration, including the Joule-Thomson (J-T) effect. Grimwood Heating can analyse your process conditions to accurately confirm the true J-T effect based on the gas composition.

APA: expanding pipeline system capacity across Victoria and New South Wales

From Young to Wagga Wagga, Wollert to Euroa, keeping regional Australia connected to natural gas supplies is serious business for APA Group. The company is undertaking expansion projects across its Victorian and New South Wales pipeline systems.

Gas to the max: Wollert – Euroa Pipeline gets an upgrade

Comdain Infrastructure has completed works on an APA Group upgrade of the pipeline between the Wollert Compressor Station and the Euroa city gate in Victoria.

Driving the LNG highway

LNG is not only for export, as shown by BOC’s proposed new ‘LNG highway’, to be constructed along Australia’s east coast. Plant designer and builder Gas Liquid Processing spoke to Gas Today about the first plant to be built and what it could mean for other domestic LNG applications.

Pipeline technology ploughs into the CSG industry

Pipe and Civil is introducing technology to Australia’s pipeline construction industry to increase cost-efficiency and safety on projects while reducing environmental impacts.

CSG fires up at Condamine Power Station

Situated 8 km east of Miles in the Murilla Shire in southern Queensland, QGC’s Condamine Power Station is a smooth amalgamation of green efficiency.

Gas generating interest in NSW

Gas-fired power generation in New South Wales could grow significantly in the not-too-distant future. Gas Today looks at the state’s current and potential gas generation assets.

Coal seam gas: the new Star of NSW

Eastern Star Gas has positioned itself as a key player in New South Wales’ burgeoning coal seam gas industry as operator of the one of the most advanced CSG project in the state, the Narrabri CSG Project.

iGas: break-through application for gas to fuel large highway trucks

Paul Whiteman, iGas Energy Holdings founder and Chief Executive Officer

The new, patented iGas system could drive a new generation of CNG-fuelled interstate highway trucks, says Chief Executive Officer Paul Whiteman. He tells Gas Today all about the technology and its application.

Young ones pipe up at Gas Speak

The Australian Gas Industry Trust (AGIT) welcomed 29 young members of the gas industry to take part in the Gas Speak Colloquium, a three-day forum designed to encourage awareness and knowledge of the gas industry in Australia.

Get ahead – get to FutureGAS 2011!

Australia’s whole-of-industry gas conference and exhibition, FutureGAS 2011, is returning to Brisbane in March with an expanded program, larger exhibition and the ever-popular networking events.

LNG in focus at SEAAOC

Australia’s offshore industry gathered in Darwin for the South East Asia and Australia Offshore Conference, held from 22–24 September 2010.

ENA Gas Seminar

Dale Weber, ENA Director, Gas and Energy Market Developments

The Energy Networks Association Gas Seminar 2010 was held in Canberra on 12 October 2010 at Old Parliament House. ENA Director Gas and Energy Market Developments Dale Weber reflects on the event.

New gas opportunities on agenda at APIA 2010

Australian conventional and non-conventional gas opportunities look bright, delegates heard at the Australian Pipeline Industry Association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in Darwin, Northern Territory, from 11–14 September 2010.

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