Technical

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Batteries no longer needed in remote gas projects

High temperatures in remote Australian gas operations are reducing the life of batteries and increasing maintenance costs. A solution is the use of Thermoelectric Generators (TEGs)*. This technology is used by NASA and has become a better option for reliable power generation in remote locations because TEGs don’t need batteries to operate. In solar photovoltaic […]

Explore energy in transition at APPEA 2017

The 2017 APPEA Conference and Exhibition, running from 14–17 May at the Perth Convention Centre, will bring together oil and gas professionals, industry leaders, analysts and policymakers from across Australia and around the world. APPEA has again produced an outstanding three-day conference program. International experts and Australian industry leaders will provide up-to-date analysis, case studies […]

CSIRO finds CSG produced water can be safely re-injected

New research from the CSIRO has found that water produced from coal seam gas (CSG) activities can be safely re-injected hundreds of metres underground if it is properly treated. During CSG activities, water is pumped out of coal seams to access the gas held within them. CSG in the Surat Basin in eastern Australia, produces […]

Industry bodies work together on oil and gas standards

Standards Australia and NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) will collaborate on the development of international standards for use in the gas and oil sector. Standards Australia has approved a proposal from NERA to establish a new Australian Technical Committee to mirror the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee ISO TC 67. ISO TC 67 […]

Does Australia have a fugitive emission problem?

A new report has found that unmeasured methane leakage and fugitive emissions from unconventional gas fields could impact Australia’s Paris climate commitments. The report released by the Australia Institute (TAI) found that: Several major potential sources of methane emissions are assumed to be zero under Australia’s accounting and reporting of unconventional gas Methane measurements at […]

The nature of polyethylene pipe failure

By Dr Chris O’Connor, Principal Consultant and Neil Pollock, Operations Manager East Coast Australia, NZ and PNG. Polyethylene pipe is widely used for pipelines in the gas industry thanks to its impressive characteristics. At times, however, failures do occur. Here, Chris O’Connor and Neil Pollock detail the types of failures that can affect polyethylene pipes, and […]

Shale resource development potential: the Australian context

By Navinda De Silva, Stefaan Simons and Paul Stevens, University College London (UCL), Australia The current low oil price environment is proving to be a considerable challenge to the development of a shale industry in Australia. Here, we take a look at some of the factors that will need to fall into place to see […]

New funding for gas research

Federal Minister for Resources Josh Frydenberg has announced a $4 million commitment to the CSIRO to engage in social and environmental research around natural gas development. Mr Frydenberg announced the new funding at the annual APPEA Conference in Brisbane. The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) has welcomed the funding with APPEA Chief Executive […]

Well enhancement: the production perspective

By John Hoday, VP Energy Services, NauticAWT Here, John Hoday asks – is the practice of well enhancement overused or simply misunderstood? Well enhancement. Two words, with a very broad definition. Is it the newest technology to steer five kilometre horizontal wells in the making? Or perhaps is it automation that monitors and tweaks parameters […]

Evaluation of thermal maturation (rank) of sedimentary rocks – more than just vitrinite reflectance

by Dr Peter Crosdale, Energy Resources Consulting Vitrinite reflectance (Vr) has many advantages in evaluating the degree of thermal maturation of sedimentary rocks. Values are tightly constrained for a given palaeo temperature and change rapidly as a function of temperature. It is extensively used in modelling basin history.Indeed, it is so valuable a tool that […]

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