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BG starts commercial operations from second train at Queensland Curtis LNG

BG Group has started commercial operations from the second train at its Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) plant.

BP’s drilling plan offshore Australia turned back by regulator

BP Plc will need to revise its plan to explore for oil in an untapped frontier off the coast of southern Australia before regulators will approve its drilling program estimated to cost more than A$1 billion ($710 million).

BG Group and partners to invest A$1.7 billion in Australian gas expansion

QGC Pty Limited, along with joint venture partners China National Offshore Oil Corporation and Tokyo Gas, has announced a two-year, A$1.7 billion development of its natural gas tenements west of Wandoan, Australia, to support gas production.

Ichthys LNG project completes offshore pipelay

The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG project has completed the offshore pipelay for its 890-km, 42-in. diameter gas export pipeline, the Tokyo-based company announced Thursday.

Santos said to get $1.1-billion bid for Australia gas fields

Santos Ltd., which last week rejected a $5.2 billion takeover offer, has received a binding bid from Quadrant Energy Pty for Australian oil and gas fields the companies jointly own, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Woodside CEO plays waiting game in Oil Search takeover quest

Woodside Petroleum Ltd. CEO Peter Coleman sees more time, not money, as the key to securing a takeover of Oil Search Ltd.

Halliburton’s Baker deal faces Australian regulatory hurdle

Halliburton Co.’s proposed purchase of Baker Hughes Inc. faces further regulatory scrutiny after Australia’s competition watchdog raised concerns that the $34.6-billion deal would shrink the number of suppliers for oilfield goods and services, particularly for offshore drilling.

Beach Energy agrees to buy Drillsearch for $277 million

Beach Energy Ltd. agreed to pay A$384 million ($277 million) in stock to acquire Drillsearch Energy Ltd. to increase its exposure to energy assets in Australia’s Cooper basin.

Santos rejects $5.15-billion bid from royal asset manager

Santos Ltd., the third-largest oil and gas company in Australia, rejected a A$7.14 billion ($5.15 billion) takeover offer from an advisory firm that manages assets for Middle Eastern and Asian royals as too low and “opportunistic.”

DNV GL wins in-service contract for Ichthys LNG mega project

DNV GL has secured a contract to provide in-service verification and classification services to a range of facilities at the Ichthys LNG project in Australia.

SBM Offshore awarded Browse FLNG turret FEED contract

Technip has awarded SBM Offshore the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) contract for three, large-scale turret mooring systems associated with the proposed Browse FLNG development in Australia.

Bechtel delivers first cargo of LNG for Santos GLNG project

Bechtel has announced the first cargo of Liquefied Natural Gas from the GLNG project has been successfully loaded onto the cargo vessel Seri Bakti, and began its journey to South Korea.

AWE looking for new CEO as Bruce Clement prepares to step down

Bruce Clement, managing director and CEO of AWE Ltd., will step down during 2016 after five and a half years in the role. The company has commenced a search for a new CEO.

Ichthys LNG project floats world’s largest semisubmersible, INPEX says

The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG project launched its central processing facility (CPF) on Sept. 19 from the offshore floating dock at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea, where it is being constructed.

Gladstone LNG starts production on schedule, Santos says

The Gladstone LNG (GLNG) project has started producing its first liquefied natural gas on Curtis Island, Queensland, on schedule and within budget, Adelaide, Australia-based Santos announced Thursday.

OneSubsea wins FEED contract for Greater Enfield Area Development

OneSubsea, a Cameron and Schlumberger company, has been awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the Greater Enfield Area Development offshore northwest Australia.

Peak Well Systems extends SIMPLUS Retrievable Bridge Plug range

Peak Well Systems has extended its range of V3 validation grade SIMPLUS plugs with the addition of a new 7” Retrievable Bridge Plug to cover 23# - 26# tube casing.

INPEX delays start, raises capacity of Ichthys LNG project

INPEX Corporation has updated the expected production start-up schedule and raised the anticipated production capacity of the Ichthys LNG project, which it is currently developing as operator alongside its project partners.

Woodside Petroleum offers A$11.65 billion for Oil Search

Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Australia’s second-largest oil and gas producer, made a A$11.65 billion ($8.1 billion) share-based preliminary takeover bid for Oil Search Ltd. in a deal that would increase its exposure to Papua New Guinea.

CIS installs directional conductors offshore Australia

Conductor Installation Services (CIS), an Acteon company that provides hammer services to install conductors and drive piles, has successfully installed directional conductors to form the basis of two new production wells as part of a major project offshore Australia.