Shell ships first condensate cargo from Prelude FLNG

Royal Dutch Shell announced on March 18 that it shipped the first condensate cargo from its Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project off northwestern Australia. The 116,000dwt tanker Advantage Atom arrived at Prelude from Singapore on March 20.

World’s first installation of tidal turbines at port to take place

MAKO Tidal Turbines is about to install its MAKO.7 tidal turbine at the Gladstone Port Corporation’s (GPC’s) Barney Point Terminal in Queensland, Australia. This will be the world’s first installation of tidal turbines at a working port. Part of the installation program includes research to confirm the turbine will have minimal environmental impact on the local marine fauna.

Australia reveals changes on oil and gas taxation

The Australian Commonwealth Changes announced changes to the petroleum resource rent tax, in order to collect increased taxes from oil and gas operators. The PRRT is a tax generally on profits generated from the sale of marketable petroleum commodities.

No hydrocarbons found after Cliff Head oil spill, says Triangle

Australian Triangle Energy confirmed that there was no evidence of hydrocarbons in the marine environment, following the oil spill reported on 24 July from its Cliff Head Alpha Offshore Platform, located approximately 14 kilometres offshore in the Perth Basin, around 300 kilometres north of Perth.

INPEX starts gas production from Ichthys LNG project

Tokyo-based Inpex announced it has started production of gas from its Ichthys LNG Project in Australia on 30 July, following completion of final safety verifications. Firstly, the produced gas will be gathered within the Central Processing Facility, ‘Ichthys Explorer’, where it will be separated into gases and liquids.

Oil spill reported from Cliff Head Alfa platform off Perth

Australia-based Triangle confirmed an oil spill on 24 July at its Cliff Head Alpha Offshore Platform, 14 km offshore in the Perth Basin, around 300 km north of Perth. An aerial and shoreline surveillance on Thursday however showed no hydrocarbons in the marine environment.

Australia finds safety issues at Inpex’s Ichthys LNG platform

Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority informed that it found safety problems on Inpex’s offshore gas platform Ichthys LNG project off northern Australia. As a result the authority is considering enforcement action.

Australia announces areas for offshore oil and gas exploration

The 2018 acreage release includes 21 areas located across six sedimentary basins in Commonwealth waters offshore of Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and the Ashmore and Cartier Islands. 16 areas are available for work program bidding and five areas for cash bidding. The areas are located in water depths of 15 to 4,534 metres, vary in size from 80 km² to 12,128 km² and also vary in level of existing geological knowledge.

Australia investigates diving complaints in Ichthys project

After receiving a notification in November 2017 regarding a dangerous situation during saturation diving operations by DOF Subsea Australia, as part of the Ichthys project, Australia’s offshore regulator, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority started an investigation.

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