WorldOil Equinor decides against Great Australian Bight exploration Equinor ASA has dropped plans for oil drilling deep in the ocean off Australia’s south coast following a sustained campaign from environmentalists who said the project posed too big a risk to the marine ecosystem. Regional report: Australia/Papua New Guinea Considerable potential remains in this gas-prone region As U.S. majors cool on Australia, Japan’s Inpex sees opportunity Japan’s largest petroleum exploration company, Inpex Corp., is looking at expanding its natural gas business in Australia, even as U.S. energy majors Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips scale back their operations in the country. Expro secures Ichthys LNG contract extension offshore Australia The contract will see Expro continue to supply a high rate 175 MMscf/day well testing package, which will include enhanced electronic emergency shut down (ESD) systems. Environmentalists say tapping Australian shale would worsen carbon emissions Opening up a potentially huge shale gas region in Australia’s Northern Territory would increase the country’s already-hefty greenhouse gas emissions making it a “particularly dangerous” contributor to climate change, according to a new study. Santos targets LNG growth with $1.4 billion ConocoPhillips deal Santos Ltd. agreed to buy ConocoPhillips’ northern Australia business for $1.4 billion in a deal that will boost the Adelaide-based oil and gas producer’s position in the growing Asian liquefied natural gas market. SNC-Lavalin secures operations, maintenance workforce contract for Shell-operated QGC venture SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a three-year provision of operations and maintenance workforce contract from Shell Australia for its QGC upstream asset located in Queensland, Eastern Australia. Santos reports flow test results from Dorado-3, offshore Western Australia Santos has announced that the initial flow test of the Caley reservoir from the Dorado-3 appraisal well has confirmed the main oil pool in the field is capable of producing flowrates at the higher end of pre-drill expectations. EnerMech wins five-year LNG contract in Australia EnerMech Australia has been awarded a five-year contract to provide specialist nitrogen and flange management services to a LNG facility in Central Queensland. Polarcus secures XArray multi-client seismic project in Australia The program will utilize Polarcus’ Xarray multi-source acquisition system, a hybrid combination of towed streamers and ocean-bottom nodes.