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Gas Today

November 2011

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GSP establishes new Gas Industry Marketing Solutions division

Great Southern Press is pleased to announce the creation of a new department to help gas industry businesses market themselves.

Editor’s comment

Welcome to the November edition of Gas Today.

Innovative solution for gas main upgrade

Georg Fischer has played a key role in an innovative project to upgrade a gas main in Wakehurst Parkway in Sydney, New South Wales. This project is one of many that are part of Jemena’s $A810 million investment over a five-year period to upgrade and extend the 25,000 kilometre-long Jemena Gas Network which distributes gas to over a million homes and businesses throughout the state.

Great Southern Press opens new office in China

Publisher of Gas Today, Great Southern Press, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Qingdao, China.

Challenges in CSG gathering system design

Peter Lather

With the boom of the coal seam gas industry many project managers, engineers and designers are continually presented with obstacles regarding pipeline gathering system design.

Generating solutions for CSG water treatment

GE Power and Water business is supplying an integrated solution of critical, onsite power generation and water filtration equipment to an energy consortium building a water treatment plant on behalf of QGC.

Managing data across the asset lifecycle

As more and more gas discoveries are made in Australia, and as the scale of gas projects becomes progressively larger, appropriate management of project data and documentation has become a critical factor in the successful delivery of a project. Gas Today speaks to with Bentley Systems Global Oil and Gas Solutions Executive John Sanins to find out why this is important and how it can be achieved.

Boddingtons negates third-party intervention

Buried pipelines can be subject to disruption from third parties unaware of the pipeline’s location, resulting in fatal and costly accidents. Gas Today speaks with protective mesh and safety tape provider Boddingtons about the methods that can be used to avoid dangerous intervention of pipelines by external parties.

Winning with Win United

Family-owned company Win United specialises in the supply and delivery of industrial hose and fittings. The company has grown rapidly and is now the preferred supplier for many civil construction, industry and drilling companies, mines and government utilities across Australia.

Keep on truckin’ with LNG

Natural gas is recognised as a clean-burning fuel to bridge the gap between coal-fired power generation and renewable energy. Here, Gas Today looks at three companies which have explored and implemented ways of using LNG domestically as a transport fuel to lower operational emissions.

North West Shelf: Australia’s LNG capital

The Australian economy has managed to survive the global financial crisis with far less damage than many Western countries, largely due to what has been labelled a ‘resources boom’. The North West Shelf houses two of Australia’s largest LNG developments contributing in no small part to what many believe will be a golden age of gas.

Rough waters ahead for LNG shipping industry: Wood Mackenzie

With first LNG export for a number of major projects expected within the next five years, numerous orders have been made for LNG tankers. However, a report released by Wood Mackenzie warns against this sudden ordering boom.

A new shift in the global energy scene: Australian shale

Beach Energy’s Holdfast-1 well became Australia’s first exploratory shale gas well in South Australia’s Cooper Basin on 12 July 2011. Gas Today Associate Editor Lauren Molan speaks with Managing Director Reg Nelson to discuss how the junior explorer turned an unconventional idea into a real-life revolution, and sheds light on the future of Australia’s newly established shale industry.

CNC Project Management signs on for FutureGAS Gold

CNC Project Management has signed on to be a Gold Sponsor of FutureGAS 2012. The company will sponsor the Gala Dinner and official Gala Dinner after party.

APLNG: creating a world-scale industry in QLD

The Australia Pacific LNG Project has been gaining momentum over the last month, with construction of its 444 km pipeline now underway.

Epic gas transmission

As the owner and operator of approximately 2,400 km of pipelines in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, and the manager of 659 km of pipeline for other owners, Epic Energy remains true to its name as a gas supply and transmission company of epic proportions.

SEA-ing gas through to SA

Since January 2004, the SEA Gas Pipeline has been integral in supplying gas to South Australia. Gas Today speaks with SEA Gas General Manager Ashley Kellett to find out more about the company behind the pipeline.

Engineers Australia expands oil and gas interest group

Gas Today speaks with Amin Kashanchi about how Engineers Australia created a new Queensland Oil and Gas Facilities Group within its association to provide a targeted forum and networking opportunities for professional engineers in the industry.

2011 AGIT Gas Speak a raving success

Delegates were put through their public speaking paces at the 30th Australian Gas Industry Trust Gas Speak event, held from 12–14 September at Old Parliament House in Canberra.

New CNG station expands NGV network

Encana Natural Gas has opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) station in southern Alberta, Canada.

ABMARC paints rosy future for CNG vehicles

ABMARC has released a report forecasting the future uptake of compressed natural gas (CNG) use in light and commercial vehicles. The report provides insight into resource availability, Australian natural gas connection density mapped down to capital city level, local and international government policy review, and price forecasting—including projections of the alternative fuels excise and proposed carbon tax in July 2015, analysis of natural gas vehicle systems and operating characteristics, and a comprehensive calculator which allows users to determine the potential benefits of switching to CNG for their specific fleet. Some figures from the report are outlined below and opposite.

Gorgon gets it right: prioritising conservation and profit equally

Not only is the Gorgon LNG Development, located offshore Western Australia, one of Australia’s largest natural gas projects – it has also come to represent industry best practice in environmental management. Gas Today takes a look at how the Gorgon joint venture partners have successfully mitigated the project’s impact on its surrounding environment.

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