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Shell's Prelude FLNG facility arrives in Australia

Shell Australia today confirmed that its Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility has arrived in Australian waters.

Australia's Woodside Petroleum posts 6.8% drop in second-quarter output

Woodside Petroleum reported a 6.8% fall in oil and gas output in the June quarter due to planned and unplanned outages and a previously flagged reduction in its share of pipeline gas from the North West Shelf.

INPEX reports sail-away of FPSO Ichthys Venturer

INPEX Corp. (INPEX) announced today that the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project’s floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility—Ichthys Venturer—sailed away on July 18 from waters near its construction site in Okpo, South Korea, en route to Ichthys gas-condensate field offshore Western Australia, following the completion of shipyard commissioning and preparation work.

Oil Search output dips as PNG LNG June production hits record

Australia's Oil Search said on Tuesday that its second quarter output had slipped from the previous quarter due to maintenance, but production in June at its main asset, the PNG LNG project, had hit a record rate.

Prelude FLNG begins its journey to Australia

Royal Dutch Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility left the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea this morning, marking a significant milestone for the project.

Shell's $1-billion New Zealand sale said to draw OMV, Vermilion

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s sale of its remaining New Zealand energy assets has drawn interest from companies including OMV AG and Vermilion Energy Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said.

Senex Energy commences Phase 2 drilling campaign in Surat basin

Senex Energy Limited has announced that it has commenced its Phase 2 drilling campaign in the Surat basin on its flagship Western Surat Gas Project.

Santos, Exxon Mobil report positive results at Muruk 1ST3 well in Papua New Guinea

Santos today announced positive production well test results from the Muruk 1ST3 exploration well in the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Highlands.

Wood Group awarded contract for Greater Western Flank 2 in Australia

Wood Group has secured a $6-million contract with Woodside to support the execution of phase two of their Greater Western Flank (GWF-2) project, on the North West Shelf (NWS), offshore Western Australia.

Statoil revises exploration program in Great Australian Bight

Statoil has signed a swap agreement with BP and has been granted regulatory approval to take over two exploration permits and extend its work program in the Great Australian Bight.

TechnipFMC awarded three-year well intervention contract in Australia

TechnipFMC has entered into a three-year frame agreement with Woodside Energy in Australia for Riserless Light Well Intervention (RLWI) and subsea services, including intervention, installation, and plug and abandonment services.

Callawonga-14 well is cased and suspended as future oil producer, Cooper Energy says

Cooper Energy has announced that Callawonga-14, an appraisal and development well drilled by the PEL 92 Joint Venture in PPL 220, has been cased and suspended as a future oil producer.

Chevron's $54-billion LNG plant in Australia hits new snag

Chevron’s Gorgon liquefied natural gas plant shut a production train for about a month, at least the eighth outage since operations started 14 months ago.

Gas export boom loser may win from Australia supply crunch

Missing out on Australia’s natural gas export boom may be the best thing that happened to Arrow Energy Ltd.

Santos announces positive results from Muruk-1 exploration well in Papua New Guinea

Santos has announced further positive results from the Muruk-1 exploration well, being drilled in the Papua New Guinea Highlands.

Origin Energy increases interest in prospective Beetaloo JV to 70%

Origin Energy Limited has announced it had increased to 70% its share in the Beetaloo JV, after acquiring Sasol Petroleum Australia Limited’s 35% share.

Australia's LNG export deals face review amid gas crisis at home

Australia’s competition regulator said the possible sale of natural gas intended for the country’s domestic market to overseas customers instead must be reviewed amid high wholesale prices at home.

Queensland may expand land quarantine to fix local gas shortfall

The state of Queensland may expand the amount of land available for gas exploration to overcome looming gas shortages and high prices on the east coast of Australia.

Origin said to call for bids on oil, gas assets alongside IPO

Origin Energy Ltd., Australia’s largest electricity company, will formally seek bids for its conventional oil and gas assets while continuing preparations for an initial public offering of the unit, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Sparrows Group secures lifting, rigging contract for Ichthys LNG project

Sparrows Group has secured a three-year contract to deliver fixed crane maintenance and lifting and rigging services for the INPEX-operated Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Australia.