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Gas Today

November 2012

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Editor’s comment

Welcome to another exciting edition of Gas Today. In this edition, Associate Editor Stephanie Chan speaks with Key Petroleum Managing Director Kane Marshall about the company’s new technical strategy in Western Australia’s Canning and Perth basins.

Key Petroleum: unlocking Australia’s gas potential

Following its appointment of a new board, Perth-based oil and gas exploration company Key Petroleum has refreshed its technical strategy to maximise its success in Western Australia’s Canning and Perth basins. Key Petroleum Managing Director Kane Marshall speaks with Gas Today about how the company's approach has changed, and what it expects in the year ahead.

Juggling gas and parenthood

As a commercial manager working on major Queensland LNG projects, mother to school-aged children, and mentor to fellow workmates, Larina Winter is a busy woman. Gas Today was able to catch Ms Winter between her commitments to have a quick chat about her entry into the gas industry and why she wants to stay.

Providing the right HDPE tools for productivity and reliability

With McElroy poly welding equipment and a service parts inventory available in Australia, complete with technical support and training, ISCO is in position to service the Australasia polyethylene industry for all its poly welding purchase and hire needs.

Expansion in service capacity leads to brand revitalisation

Australian pipeline engineering service provider OSD has refreshed its identity to reflect the changing nature of the oil, gas and mining industries on a global scale.

Single-source natural gas processing solutions

Exterran is a global provider of products and services to the oil and gas industries, providing solutions for production, processing, compressions, critical processes, water treatments as well as aftermarket parts and services.

Convenient and stylish living in the North, East and West

As Australian-owned company Quest Serviced Apartments continues to grow across Australasia, its goal remains unchanged: to provide conveniently located, stylish and spacious accommodation to business travellers, no matter where they are travelling or how long they are staying – including in Darwin, Gladstone and Perth, where major LNG projects are underway.

Ensuring asset safety with anti-surge valves

Compressors are challenged to maximise efficiency on a daily basis by operating as close as possible to the surge limit. Protecting these vital capital assets is paramount as a faulty anti-surge valve can jeopardise or impair an operation. Powerflo Solutions offers the Becker Anti-Surge Valve to ensure the asset is safe.

The importance of integration

Whether in print, online or at trade shows, a company’s marketing strategy needs to cohesively reflect its values and missions to ensure that the right message is communicated across all mediums.

Benefits of cogeneration and trigeneration

by Sabine Hackspacher, Marketing and Sales, MWM Energy Australia

The carbon tax, environmental building ratings and rising energy needs have initiated a search for the most efficient and cleanest ways to produce and use energy. As a result, cogeneration and trigeneration applications are fast becoming popular in both commercial and industrial installations.

Cleaning up Bolivar with cogeneration

Clarke Energy has been contracted to improve energy utilisation at the site of the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant by way of a cogeneration installation, which will provide a clean and efficient source of heat and power that will significantly reduce the project’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Harmonising the gas regulation standard EN334

The European community has developed standards relevant to the gas industry that outline the sine qua non for a gas pressure control system. Here, Accutherm International Business Development Manager (Pietro Fiorentini) Paul Anderson provides an update on the revision and harmonising of the European gas regulator standard EN334.

Making progress at Mondarra

Maintaining flexibility in the face of an evolving design and demanding schedule has allowed Enerflex to overcome challenges and progress construction of the Mondarra Gas Storage Facility, which is scheduled to reach completion in early 2013.

Preparing to process at Red Gully

Since the 'back-to-back' discovery of gas and condensate at two exploration wells in Western Australia, Empire Oil and Gas and its joint venture partners have decided upon and begun construction of the Red Gully Gas and Condensate Processing Facility, which will supply gas to Alcoa and condensate to BP.

Compensation – is it time to shift the way we think?

by Jamahl Waddington, Director, Maloney Field Services

Land access has emerged as one of the gas industry’s greatest and most public challenges over the past five years. Despite dramatic improvements, a great deal still needs to be done by industry, industry associations, suppliers and regulators to stay up to speed with the evolving issues facing the sector. A key area for improvement that may require a paradigm shift in thinking focuses on compensation, and – more specifically – how we assess compensation.

Comet Ridge: blazing through eastern Australia’s CSG

In July 2012, Comet Ridge signed a three-stage farm-in agreement with Queensland Energy Resources to earn an interest in the Lake Galilee Farm-in Area. Gas Today interviewed Comet Ridge Managing Director Tor McCaul to find out what this development means for the company, how coal mining companies and gas developers can work together, and his tips on maintaining positive relationships with landholders.

Biosecurity considerations for imported gas project cargo

If you need to import plant and equipment into Australia for a major gas project, it is important to be aware that there are a minefield of quarantine issues that need to be addressed, and failure to comply with the strict biosecurity requirements can mean your project cargo may be re-exported back to its country of origin – at your expense.

WWL: serving industry logistics needs from four key locations

As a global company, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics understands the unique logistics needs of the gas industry, and has four ideally located equipment processing centres from which to serve the industry.

Go anywhere with Sargent trucks

Sargent has introduced at least 15 ‘go anywhere’ specialist buses to its fleet for use across Queensland’s CSG industry.

FutureGAS: bringing the gas community together since 2009

From 12–14 March 2013, the FutureGAS Conference and Exhibition will be bringing the entire Australian gas community together at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to discuss the direction of the industry, current challenges, and the latest products and technology.

Gas Speak completes the loop

The 31st annual Gas Speak Colloquium was recently held in Canberra from 10–12 September in the historic Old Parliament House, providing instruction in public speaking at a venue which, in the past, was where many great orators developed and honed their skills.

SEAAOC sees record attendance in the Territory

Over 800 resources professionals poured into the Darwin Convention Centre from 18–20 September as the fourth installment of the NT Resources Week was held, combining the South East Asia Australia Offshore Conference and the Mining the Territory Conference.

Conference focuses on Queensland’s gas industry boom

Dedicated to exploring the latest gas industry innovations and addressing key issues affecting the natural gas industry, the Queensland Gas Conference and Exhibition was held on 11–12 September 2012 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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