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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.

Oil industry faces test over Equinor’s plan to drill off Australian coast

Australia’s offshore petroleum regulator is due to decide by Nov. 14 whether to approve Equinor's plan to drill exploration wells in the Great Australian Bight. Environmentalists argue that it makes no sense to drill in the notoriously rough waters of a unique marine environment while fossil fuels are rapidly being eclipsed by renewable energy.

ExxonMobil puts key Australian gas assets up for sale

"We would expect interest to be strong from domestic players that wish to gain greater exposure to rising gas prices, of which there are a significant number," said Wood Mackenzie research director Angus Rodger.

First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Another mixed outlook awaits the E&P sector

Schlumberger deploys its DELFI cognitive E&P environment for Woodside Energy

Woodside will leverage this secure cloud-based software environment to increase consistency, reduce study cycle time and foster innovation in its subsurface characterization and development activities.

EIA: Australia is on track to become world’s largest LNG exporter

Australia is on track to surpass Qatar as the world’s largest LNG exporter, according to Australia’s Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science (DIIS). Australia already surpasses Qatar in LNG export capacity and exported more LNG than Qatar in November 2018 and April 2019.

Centurion wins work camp contract in Western Australia

Centurion announced that its Accommodation & Modular Solutions (AMS) segment has secured an ongoing multimillion dollar contract with a new customer in Western Australia.

McDermott and BHGE awarded contracts for Ichthys Gas Field Development

McDermott International and Baker Hughes, a GE company announced contracts to provide a joint URF and SPS solution for the INPEX-operated Ichthys Liquefied Natural Gas field development, located off the northwest coast of Western Australia. The awards follow the completion of a front-end engineering and design competition and tender for the engineering, procurement, construction, installation scope by the companies.

Santos gets nod for Australian onshore shale gas exploration

Santos announced it has received approval for Australia’s first Environmental Management Plan to be awarded for onshore shale gas exploration in the Northern Territory since the moratorium was lifted in early 2018.

MAN Energy Solutions awarded subsea compression FEED order

MAN Energy was awarded a FEED contract for the Chevron-operated Jansz-Io field in Western Australia.

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

New Zealand’s faux ban

First LNG cargo shipped from Prelude FLNG

TechnipFMC announces today that the first shipment of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has sailed from Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility located 475 km North East of Broome in Western Australia.

OPEC member fans out to Australia, Canada in global gas push

Kuwait plans to boost production from Canadian shale deposits by two thirds and increase output of natural gas in Australia as the OPEC member ramps up efforts to find and develop overseas deposits of the fuel.