Woodside, Peter Coleman, Greater Enfield, Australia, offshore, oil, LNG, Mitsui E&P

The development offshore Western Australia will be tied back to the Ngujima-Yin FPSO facility. First oil is expected in mid-2019.

Wheatstone, LNG, Australia, Asia, gas

Even though oil prices remain in the low US $30 range, Australasian countries continue the push for natural gas resources.

MacArthur Basin, Australia, Aubrey McClendon, AEP Energy

Some industry observers have likened the basin to the Haynesville Shale in Louisiana, where production peaked at 100 billion cubic feet per day.

Leigh Creek Energy, gas, South Australia, David Shearwood

Former fund manager David Shearwood has big plans to turn Leigh Creek Energy into an underground coal gasification producer by 2018, and in the process, offer hope of future employment to the hundreds of workers affected by the Leigh Creek coalmine shutdown.

The Northern Territory government has shot down Palatine Energy’s plans to extract tight oil in the Watarrka national park, a move company managing director David Falvey has described as profoundly disappointing. 

Deepwater International

Santos has been awarded two exploration permits close to its existing acreage in the vicinity of the giant ongoing Ichthys LNG development in the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia.

The giant Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG Project has hit a couple of significant milestones, with the start of deepwater pipelay work on the 889-km gas export pipeline and the start of the development drilling program.

Browse FLNG development operator Woodside has pushed back its schedule for the large project to focus further on reducing costs, according to CEO Peter Coleman.

Plans for a newbuild semisubmersible production facility off North Western Australia look to be back on the development path. 

A production test is to get underway on an oil discovery offshore Brazil that is expanding nicely in terms of its size and scope as operator Karoon Gas Australia continues to firm up more reserves.


Woodside’s best estimate contingent resources (2C) has now increased by 462 million barrels of oil equivalent, or 2,632 Bcf of dry gas.

Central Petroleum produces gas from conventional fields onshore in the Northern Territory, and sees itself as well-positioned to meet a shortfall of gas in the eastern Australian market, or to supply LNG to plants that chill the gas for exports.

Woodside, Australia's biggest independent oil and gas producer, has announced two deals over the past four months together worth up to $830 million.

BP will acquire 80% equity, become operator of WA-409-P and fund 100% of the work program required under the permit for the first three years of the license renewal, according to a news release.

Terra Nova also said that the board of directors approved a change of jurisdiction from the province of Alberta to the province of British Columbia in Canada. 


BP said the project off Australia's south coast, in which it is partnered by Norway's Statoil, would not be able to compete for capital investment with other opportunities in its global portfolio for the foreseeable future.

Mubadala Petroleum, operator of the Manora oil development joint venture in the northern Gulf of Thailand, said Sept. 15 that drilling of the MNA-17 well is now completed, according to Tap Oil Ltd. 

The five wells will be drilled back-to-back in the program, which will probably last about two and a half months, Bengal said. 

The circle of condensate suppliers is small, though; and Australia has the inside track on selling to Asia, especially with some Middle East producers building their own splitters, Reuters said.

GE Oil & Gas (NYSE:GE) has started production of four HP/HT dynamic flexible risers destined for the world’s largest floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility, Prelude, to be operated by Shell offshore Western Australia, GE said in a news release.

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Woodside Petroleum Ltd. has agreed Sept. 5 to buy half of BHP Billiton Ltd.’s stake in the Scarborough area gas fields off Western Australia for $400 million, in a move that could help speed a decision to develop the long delayed project.

In a sign that the tide is starting to turn for the offshore oil and gas sector, Woodside Energy Ltd. and partner Mitsui E&P Australia have agreed to spend $1.9 billion to develop the Greater Enfield reserves offshore Western Australia.

TGS has begun its Northwest Shelf Renaissance 2-D seismic survey offshore Northwest Australia, aiming to provide “enhanced imaging through to the deeper stratigraphic section of the Dampier, Beagle and Bedout sub-basins and Exmouth Plateau.”

Woodside has decided to put its Browse FLNG project off Australia on ice after completing FEED work on the scheme.

A new report has found that the collapse in global oil prices during the past 12 months is now officially decimating oil and gas exploration activity in Australia—the lifeblood of feedstock for existing and future oil and gas projects.


Satellite communications provider ITC Global has been awarded a three-year contract to provide broadband connectivity to the world’s largest semisubmersible drilling rig, which is commissioned for work in the Great Australian Bight, the company said in a news release.

The Middle Velkerri Shale falls in a highly prospective gas mature depth window, and there were gas shows at two prospective shale sweet spots at the top and base of the shale. 

The goal is to maintain stable and reliable operations as consistent water  flow  from  all  four  Klebb  wells  will  accelerate.  Reservoir  pressure  reduction  will lead  to  increased gas flow rates.  

Grant King has led Origin since it peeled off from Boral Ltd. in 2000, and he headed the energy arm of Boral for six years before that, Reuters reported.

Lakes Oil, a junior oil and gas explorer in Australia, shares sank 50% on Aug. 31 in their first trading since a fracking ban by the Victoria state was announced, and the stock was the second most active on the Australian exchange.