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Queensland moratorium on underground coal gasification

The Queensland Government has passed legislation that places a moratorium  on all underground coal gasification (UCG) activities, including the in situ gasification of oil shale. The moratorium follows the prohibition of all UCG activities, and the in situ gasification of oil shale by the Queensland Government in April 2016. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, […]

Interim report on fraccing in NT released

The Northern Territory Government has released the interim report of its independent inquiry into fraccing of onshore unconventional reservoirs in state. The report details the activities undertaken by the Inquiry Panel to date and its preliminary analysis of some of the risks and benefits of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in the Northern Territory. The […]

Origin increases share in Beetaloo Joint Venture

Origin Energy has increased its share in the Beetaloo Joint Venture to 70 per cent after acquiring the 35 per cent share of Sasol Petroleum Australia Limited (Sasol).  Located about 500km south-east of Darwin, the three Beetaloo Joint Venture permits cover an area of more than 18,500 km2 within the Beetaloo Basin. Origin CEO, Frank […]

Shale gas potential found in Beetaloo Basin

Origin Energy’s gas exploration in the Beetaloo Basin in the Northern Territory has progressed, with the fourth of five stage one wells spudded. This follows the completion of extended production testing at the Amungee NW-1H exploration well of the “B Shale” member of the Velkerri Formation in the onshore Beetaloo Basin. Origin has also undertaken […]

Tenders open for gas pilot in QLD

Tenders for a new gas pilot project are now open, with gas producers now able to bid for the right to extract gas from the Surat Basin in Queensland to supply to Australia’s domestic market. Queensland Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham, announced the tender to access […]

WA gas reserves to meet demand

An Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) report has found that the Western Australian domestic gas market should be well supplied in the coming decade as long as gas reserves continue to be developed. AEMO’s 2016 Western Australian Gas Statement of Opportunities (WA GSOO) report forecasts that current and ‘in development’ gas production facilities would be […]

South Australia’s gas potential

A new report has found that gas supply from South Australia’s Cooper and Otway Basins has the potential to meet growing demands in the eastern states. The Core Energy Cooper Basin Outlook report found gas resources located within or near existing gas production, transport, and processing in the Cooper and Otway basins are considered the […]

Lakes Oil challenges fraccing ban

Two subsidiaries of Australian oil and gas explorer Lakes Oil have filed for a judicial review of the Victorian Government’s decision to ban onshore petroleum and gas exploration. In August 2016, Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, and Minister for Resources, Wade Noonan, announced the ban and extended a moratorium on gas exploration and extraction until 2020. […]

Exploration in the Perth Basin

In this instalment of our regular feature profiling Australian geological basins, we take a closer look at the Perth Basin. This WA basin is thought to contain significant tight gas, shale gas and shale oil resources, which may be suitable for commercial development. As a result, exploration activities in the basin have increased in recent […]

Western Australian petroleum acreage bidding open

The Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) has released the latest onshore petroleum acreage of 14 sites within the Officer and Canning Basins and are now available for bidding. For the purposes of petroleum exploration and production, Western Australia releases vacant petroleum exploration areas within its jurisdiction for the grant of Petroleum Exploration […]

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