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Ningaloo in the spotlight              and migratory species such as                                                   further assessment under national       like Ningaloo.
Conservationists are considering
                                         The controversial approval
                                                                                READ ON                                environmental law.
                                                                                                                         In a statement emailed to a
                                                                                                                                                                  “I think when you’re 50km away
                                                                                                                                                               from a marine park and 70km
an appeal after the Federal            sparked        uproar         among       Marine park’s future in               national newswire, the minister         away from a shoreline, that’s not
Government gave Shell the              conservationists and environ-             the balance?                          said: “It is appropriate for the        very far away at all if there’s a
green light for its proposed           mentalists who believe the area is                                              department to provide me with           major spill.
exploration drilling near the                                                                    PAGE 4
                                       too precious to risk.                                                           advice on whether environmental            “You can only predict to
World Heritage-listed Ningaloo           Greens senator Rachel Siewert                                                 law is triggered by any proposal.       a certain point how much that
                                                                                disappointed and surprised by the
Reef, offshore Western Australia,      said concern was further                 decision.                                “Not everything comes within          spill could travel and we know
without referring the proposal for     increased by the extreme depth                                                  the jurisdiction of my legal            from oil spills, like Montara for
                                                                                  “We expected at least for there
environmental review.                  of the exploration drilling, which                                              powers and when advice says it          example and many others, that
                                                                                to be a full assessment and for
  The Department of Environment        would be at about 1350m.                 this to be regarded as a ‘controlled   is beyond the legal jurisdiction        hydrocarbons can travel very far
in early July said Shell could drill     “We have concerns about the            action’. So we are perplexed as        of the Federal Government then          very quickly.
the Palta-1 well, in the Exmouth       non-controlled action decision           to why that didn’t happen,” Mr         I really do have to accept that            “All you would need is the wind
Sub Basin, 50km away from the          and the nominated conditions             Gamblin said.                          advice,” the minister said.             blowing in the wrong direction
World Heritage-listed Ningaloo         given to Shell do not offer adequate       Federal Environment Minister           But Mr Gamblin said it was            or a current to change and you’ve
Reef, if it abides by certain          environmental protection,” she           Tony Burke said the decision           impossible to predict with              got hydrocarbons lapping on the
conditions. These include taking       said.                                    came after a departmental              certainty, the movement of a            shore of the reef,” Mr Gamblin
measures to avoid significant            World Wildlife Fund WA                 delegate determined Shell’s            potential oil spill and that the risk   said.
impacts on threatened species          director Paul Gamblin said he was        proposed action did not require        was too high to justify in an area                     Continued on page 4

                                                                                                                                                               Andrew Dureau
                                                                                                                                                               rushes to the aid
                                                                                                                                                               of his father, Dave
                                                                                                                                                               Dureau who fell
                                                                                                                                                               in the path of a
                                                                                                                                                               Woodside front-
                                                                                                                                                               end loader during
                                                                                                                                                               a protest on the
                                                                                                                                                               road to James
                                                                                                                                                               Price Point, part of
                                                                                                                                                               a 100-strong rally.
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boffin at a US university has found                                                                                                                    are not necessarily those of West
                                      concert in the capital city of        combing through the 123,000 or        oil fields.                          Australian Publishers, but are those of
they have a veritable cocktail of                                                                                                                      the respective author who accept sole
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enzymes in their guts which can                                                                                                                        responsibility and liability for them.
                                         It may be flippant but some        claims that the machine could be      problems such as increases in
help break down woody biomass.                                                                                                                         NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS
                                      would say attending a Sting           the answer BP was desperately         the price of oil and the world       The Australian Consumer Law (ACL)
   Mike Scharf, who has an                                                                                        economy falling apart and then       came into force on 1 January 2011.
excellent claim surely for the        concert brings up its own human       searching for, the company still                                           There are important provisions in that
                                      rights violations, especially if he                                         plan a strategy to safeguard the
record-breaking long title of O.                                            went ahead with trialling his                                              Act which contain strict regulations
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Wayne Rollins/Orkin Chair in                                                machine.                                                                   advertising agents are advised to study
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Molecular Physiology and Urban                                                Over the first two trials the                                            those provisions very carefully.
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Entomology at Purdue University,                                            machine failed to perform to          the National Summit on Energy        engage, in trade or commerce, in
has been investigating how these      nonsense).                            expectations but a third one led to   Security, were former army           conduct “misleading or deceptive”.
enzymes, with some help from             Being a long time human rights     BP forking out millions to get the                                         In particular Section 53 contains
                                                                                                                  chiefs and presidential advisors     prohibitions from doing any of the
tiny protozoa (called symbionts)      supporter, Mr Sting is no stranger    technology into the gulf. Critics     and after three hours of game-       following in connection with the
in their guts, help termites digest   to speaking out, and the situation    have said the investment spoke                                             promotion, by any means, of the supply
                                                                                                                  play they concluded the US is too
woody material.                       in Kazakhstan is apparently one       more about his Hollywood clout
                                                                                                                                                       or use of goods or services:
                                                                                                                  dependent on oil.                       (a) Falsely represent that goods
   Mr Scharf and colleagues           close to his heart.                   than the technology.                     “The business, military, and             or services are of a particular
have been able to synthesise the         “Hunger strikes, imprisoned          Ellen Faurot-Daniels, an expert                                                 standard, quality or grade, or that
                                                                                                                  government leaders assembled                goods are of a particular style or
process and enable the production     workers and tens of thousands on      from California’s Office of Spill     at the NSES all spoke loud                  model;
of sugars which are essential to      strike represents a virtual picket    Prevention and Response, told the     and clear about the need for a          (b) Falsely represent that goods are
producing biofuel from biomass.       line which I have no intention of                                           comprehensive set of energy                 new;
                                                                            Guardian newspaper the machine
   This      highly     simplified    crossing,” he told a reporter.                                              solutions to reduce our dangerous
                                                                                                                                                          (c) Represent that goods or services
                                                                            was unsuitable to the massive                                                     have sponsorship, approval,
explanation does not give enough         “The Kazakh gas and oil            task ahead.                           dependence on oil,” said Robbie             performance characteristics,
credit to the work Mr Scharf has      workers and their families need                                             Diamond, CEO of Securing                    accessories, uses or benefits
                                                                              “His oil-water separator didn’t                                                 they do not have;
done, which is akin to finding out    our support and the spotlight of                                            America’s Future Energy (SAFE)
                                                                            work very well on this oil. It was                                            (d) Represent that he, she or it
mosquitoes can be used to drill       the international media on their                                            and the Electrification Coalition           has a sponsorship approval or
                                                                            pretty waxy and a lot of oil-water
for oil.                              situation in the hope of bringing                                           (EC).                                       affiliation he, she or it does not
                                                                            separators had a lot of trouble                                                   have;
                                      about positive change.”                                                        Two of the suggested solutions
                                                                            dealing with it,” she said.                                                   (e) Make false or misleading
STING IN THE TAIL                                                                                                 included drilling for more                  statements concerning the
                                      DANCES WITH TOOLS                       “But he was given the               domestic oil and increased                  existence of, or amount of, price
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                                      the misfortune to have seen The       do a better job.”                        This is good news for SAFE               need for any goods, services,
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                                      Postman or Waterworld will tell         The newspaper went on to            and EC which advocate the               (g) Make false or misleading
                                      you.                                  quote an unnamed scientist as to      development of electric cars and            statements concerning the
                                        His latest critics though have      why the company was so keen to        were also co-sponsors of the                existence or effect of any
                                                                                                                                                              warranty or guarantee.
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                                      they have come from the experts         “He was on TV. He was telegenic,                                           months imprisonment.
                                      investigating the big investments                                                                                  For a corporation – $50,000. It is not
                                                                            and there were enormous                                                      possible for this company to ensure
Human rights protests by oil          in BP’s clean-up following the Gulf   amounts of money being spent,”                                               that advertisements which are
workers in Kazakhstan have had        of Mexico spill.                      the mysterious boffin said.                                                  published in this newspaper comply
                                                                                                                                                         with the Act and the responsibility
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Pristine reef under threat                                                                                                                                     That would then provide further
Continued from front page
   He said the approval was                                                                                                                                    certainty to industry as to which
particularly           concerning                                                                                                                              areas would be more broadly
considering the Commonwealth                                                                                                                                   acceptable for very carefully
had     identified     the    areas                                                                                                                            managed oil and gas activity.
surrounding Ningaloo as prime                                                                                                                                     “It’s the wrong way around
candidates for an extension to the                                                                                                                             at the moment, as far as we’re
existing marine park.                                                                                                                                          concerned,” he said.
   “The development arm of                                                                                                                                        Ms Fleay said that lobbying to
government is very much
                                                                                                                                                               close the door to industry now
outpacing the conservation arm,”
                                                                                                                                                               was a pointless exercise, as it was
he said.
                                                                                                                                                               already there.
   However, Exmouth Shire
president Ronnie Fleay said that                                                                                                                                  “It’s sort of like saying you want
the community wasn’t concerned                                                                                                                                 the stable door shut even though
about this most recent exploration                                                                                                                             the horse has bolted - we’ve had
approval.                                                                                                                                                      the oil and gas industry here since
   “I haven’t heard any angst from                                                                                                                             the 1980s.
the community at all,” she said.                                                                                                                                  “The best we can hope for
   “This community has been                                                                                                                                    now is that they (industry) are
living with oil and gas for a very                                                                                                                             doing all the right things and our
long time. We have oil rigs a                                                                                                                                  responsibility as a community is to
lot closer to the coast than this                                                                                                                              make sure we keep the companies
proposed drilling so they (the                                                                                                                                 as honest as we can in relation to
community) are not alarmed at                                                                                                                                  these operations,” Ms Fleay said.
all.”                                                                                                                                                             Shell said it would continue
   Ms Fleay said drill rigs were                                                                                                                               to work with regulators and
visible from the coast already and                                                                                                                             stakeholders to demonstrate its
that 70km, comparably, was quite                                                                                                                               intention of operating the well
far away.                                                                                                                                                      safely and without environmental
   “This one is going to be 70km        Marine wilderness: Environmental groups are worried about the future of Ningaloo Reef.
                                                                                                                                                               impacts on the Ningaloo region.
away from the coast and not on
                                          “From what the community               drilling approval is a broader        been identified by government,             “We are mindful of the
the north tip, it is going to be
                                        knows of the industry and its            necessity for greater conservation    on the basis of the best science,       significant biodiversity and
on the westerly side so it is a lot
                                        operations, I think if they are          of areas like Ningaloo in the North   as areas to be protected.               heritage values of the Ningaloo
further removed from the reef and
the land.”                              particularly concerned it would          West of WA.                             “These very areas (Ningaloo)          region and we continue to plan
                                        be more about the operations that           “What is happening in Ningaloo     were supposed to be considered          our operations accordingly,” the
   Ms Fleay also referred to Shell’s
                                        are to the north because they are        is symptomatic of a wider problem     as potential new marine parks,”         company said.
spill modelling which suggested
                                        far more likely to impact on the         where government isn’t working        Mr Gamblin said.                           The permit approval is for 60
that a potential spill would be
more likely to move away from           reef than this one.”                     significantly quickly enough to         “It is really for government to get   days of exploration drilling which
or parallel to the reef, rather than      Mr Gamblin said that the issue         protect these areas even when,        in there and identify areas which       is expected to commence around
spilling over it.                       surrounding this most recent             in the case of Ningaloo, areas had    should be protected as a priority.      September this year.

Energy giant set to seal the deal in Gunnedah Basin
Eastern Star Gas has recommended                                                                                       team underpinning the Narrabri          ESG’s technical expertise and
shareholders approve a proposal                                                                                        Gas Project.                            prime position in the coal seam
by energy giant Santos to acquire                                                                                         Continuing to develop and            gas industry.”
its coal seam gas assets in the                                                                                        commercialise that resource               The scheme implementation
Gunnedah Basin of New South                                                                                            independently entails a number          date is expected for late October
Wales.                                                                                                                 of challenges, including funding,”      2011, subject to shareholder
   ESG and Santos entered into a                                                                                       he said.                                approval and standard conditions.
scheme implementation deed in                                                                                             “While the company is                  Santos Vice President Eastern
mid July under which Santos will                                                                                       confident that those challenges         Australia James Baulderstone
acquire all ESG issued shares it                                                                                       can be successfully met, we             said: “We are aware of a number
does not already own.                                                                                                  recommend the Santos proposal           of important issues raised by
   Under the proposal, the junior                                                                                      as it provides shareholders with        local farmers and other land
company’s shareholders will             Thumbs up: Eastern Star Gas has recommended shareholders                       the chance to participate in the        users concerning the longer term
receive 0.6803 Santos shares for        approve a $924m takeover offer by Santos.                                      development of ESG’s assets             development of the Gunnedah
every 10 ESG shares.                                                                                                   through consideration in the form       Basin, one of which is the proposed
                                          The board also said the                offers ESG critical balance sheet     of Santos shares,” Mr Anderson
   In a company statement the                                                                                                                                  Narrabri to Wellington pipeline.
                                        acquisition   addresses      the         strength and exposure to the          said.
ESG board said the Santos                                                                                                                                        “We are confident we can
                                        commercialisation and funding            wider Eastern Australian gas             ESG CEO David Casey said: “A
proposal reflects the strategic                                                                                                                                address community concerns
                                        challenges associated with               market, together with strong          combination with Santos provides        in that regard and we will be
value of its resource position and
                                        bringing the Narrabri project to         project development experience        the Narrabri Gas Project with           explaining these plans to the
that a partnership with Santos
would “immediately crystallise          fruition.                                and capability.                       more options to realise its world       community in the near future,
the long term values of its flagship      ESG chairman John Anderson               “ESG has a world class resource     class potential.                        once we have completed our
Narrabri Gas Project”.                  said: “Combining with Santos             and a high quality management            “Santos’ proposal recognises         review of Eastern Star’s plans.”

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Protestors vow
to keep fighting
BY JANINE MARTIN                         Twenty-five people were              concert say more than 5,000
                                       arrested with some knocked to          people attended the event.
Action groups against the James        the ground and dragged off the            Meanwhile, several-hundred
Price Point gas hub have promised      road.                                  business people gathered in
they “won’t back down”, despite          But Kimberley police defended        Broome on the same weekend to
losing the battle against the          themselves against accusations of      hear what the future would hold if
Woodside-led development and                                                  a gas hub was established at James
                                       excessive action, saying protestors
government approvals.                                                         Price Point.
                                       were given ample warning before
   On the last day of June, the        they were forcibly removed.               Panellists at the event included
Western Australian Government,                                                academic Anne Poelina, Environs
                                         Since then, Woodside has
the Goolarabooloo Jabirr Jabirr                                               Kimberley spokesman Martin
                                       continued clearing work at James
native title claimant group and                                               Pritchard, former Optus Vision
                                       Price Point as well as seabed
Woodside Energy signed a formal                                               chief Geoffrey Cousins and Gary
                                       geotechnical survey activities
agreement to secure access to                                                 Slee, a chartered accountant and
                                       adjacent to the coastal area
land at James Price Point, 60km                                               former member of the Karratha
north of Broome, to build a gas          Survey operations include
                                                                              and Districts Chamber of
processing plant.                      seabed sampling from jack
                                       up barge (JUB) “Aran 120”,
   Premier      Colin       Barnett                                              Woodside and the State
                                       conducting over water drilling

                                                                                                                      Photo credit: Murranji Photography
said the agreement was the                                                    Government have said benefits
                                       operations, with support vessels
most significant act of self                                                  from Browse will total more than
                                       also in attendance as required.
determination by an Aboriginal                                                $1.5 billion over the 30-year life of
group in Australian history              The growing band of protestors,      the project and will be expanded
whereas protestors have labelled       however are refusing to give up        when additional proponents take
it a “rape and pillage” of the land.   the fight.                             up land in the precinct.
   Manari Road is still the main         In mid-July a free gig on               The agreement includes state
site of protest with community         Broome’s Cable Beach was held          funding of $256 million over 30
groups from nearby Broome              to highlight the protest and the       years towards housing, education,
gathering everyday to voice their      Kimberley’s environment.               economic development, promotion
disapproval.                             Performers including former          and protection of cultural heritage
   Things however took an ugly         Midnight Oil drummer Rob               and a Kimberley enhancement
turn on 5 July when police             Hirst and The Pigram Brothers          scheme which will invest in
removed Aboriginal traditional         performed on a catamaran               indigenous social programs.             In sync: A music concert off Broome’s Cable Beach saw hundreds
owners from the road for blocking      moored off Broome beach.                  A final investment decision is       of supporters gather to highlight the protest movement against
Woodside bulldozers.                     The organisers of the beach          expected by mid-2012.                   Woodside’s proposed LNG hub in the Kimberley.

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                                                                     Spill spells
                                                                     trouble in US
                                                                     BY KARL FRANZEN                        release and is working hard with         ExxonMobil was still dealing
                                                                                                            local emergency authorities to         with the fallout of a 2006 petrol
                                                                     July has not been the kindest          mitigate the impacts of this release   leak in the town of Jacksonville,
                                                                     month for US giant ExxonMobil.         on the surrounding communities         where almost 100,000 litres
                                                                       The month had barely started         and to the environment.                leaked from a service station into
                                                                     before a court awarded US$1.5             The spill originated from           the town’s groundwater.
                                                                     billion ($1.4 billion) in damages to   a 12inch crude pipeline and              Jurors in a long-running court
                                                                     the victims of a 2006 fuel leak in     ExxonMobil said it has been            case awarded more than US$1
                                                                     Maryland before a pipeline leaked      shut down and the leaking
                                                                                                                                                   billion ($936.5 million) in punitive
                                                                     crude oil into the Yellowstone         segment has been isolated, with
                                                                                                                                                   damages, after earlier awarding
                                                                     River in Montana.                      all appropriate state and federal
                                                                                                                                                   US$495 million ($463.6 million)
                                                                       The Yellowstone spill amounted       authorities alerted.
                                                                                                                                                   in compensatory damages.
                                                                     to an estimated 1000 barrels and          A 40km plume of oil spread
                                                                     the company was quick to swing         downriver and was not helped             The oil company said it would
                                                                     into crisis management mode,           by the storms and major rainfall       appeal the award.
                                                                     releasing a statement and setting      which recently hit Montana,              “As we’ve stated throughout
                                                                     up a response team.                    swelling the river.                    the last five years, we sincerely
                                                                       “Early on the morning of 2 July,        At the time of going to press,      regret this unfortunate accident.
                                                                     we discovered an undetermined          ExxonMobil said 700 people were        We apologise to the Jacksonville
                                                                     amount of crude oil was released       working on the clean-up operation      community and have devoted
                                                                     into the Yellowstone River from        and the river level was dropping.      significant resources to clean-
                                                                     an ExxonMobil Pipeline Company            However the prevalence of           up, recovery and remediation
                                                                     pipeline,” the statement said.         debris from the flooding has           activities,” Exxon said in a
                                                                       “EMPCo deeply regrets this           proved to be a major hindrance.        statement.

                                                                       Shortly after the spill was          River bed to protect it from             “The safety of our nation’s
                                                                       discovered the US Department         external damage.                       pipelines is a priority and the
                                                                       of Transportation’s Pipeline and        A risk assessment on the            investigation into this incident is
                                                                       Hazardous Materials Safety           Silvertip pipeline where it            ongoing,” said US Transportation
                                                                       Administration (PHMSA) issued        crosses any waterway must also         secretary Ray LaHood.
                                                                       a corrective action order to         be carried out.                          “We will continue to work
                                                                       ExxonMobil which requires the           Exxon will then need to submit      with the EPA, while ensuring
                                                                       company to re-bury the pipeline      a restart plan before operations       that those responsible are held
Response: ExxonMobil is cleaning up a 1000 barrel oil spill in the     underneath the Yellowstone           can resume.                            accountable.”
Yellowstone River, Montana.

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                                                                                                                        Subsea firm keeps
Gas prices set                                                                                                          on an upward path
to rise: Barnett
West Australian Premier Colin                                                    was prepared to risk the long-
                                                                                                                        June was an exciting month of
                                                                                                                        newbie subsea and floating
                                                                                                                        systems engineering company,
                                                                                                                        Peritus International, which has
                                                                                                                        been consistently expanding its
                                                                                                                                                              of advanced subsea and floating
                                                                                                                                                              systems engineering and project
                                                                                                                                                              management services for offshore
                                                                                                                                                              projects across the globe, with a
                                                                                                                                                              particular focus on difficult and
Barnett has conceded that                                                        term viability of private operators    reach since its inception on the      deepwater environments.”
he has won no friends among                                                      in the energy industry for short-      market a year and a half ago.           Only five days later, Peritus
householders and angered the                                                     term political gain”.                    On 9 June, the company              announced the launch of its field
state’s biggest gas retailer with                                                   The premier acknowledged            was awarded a non-exclusive           development business, which
his decision to increase gas bills                                               cost pressures for Alinta would        engineering major services            will offer tailored engineering
by 10 per cent.                                                                  continue to grow and there was an      agreement by Woodside Energy          and project management services
  But Mr Barnett said the price                                                  “element of delay” in the decision.    for the provision of engineering      for field development and
hike could have been worse, with                                                    “The issue remains in future        support services for its offshore     transportation systems to clients
the Office of Energy recommending                                                years that there be an expectation     facilities. The award builds          involved in offshore projects
an increase of 30.2 per cent.                                                    of more, further increases but we      on Peritus’ recent success in         around the world.
The 10 per cent rise, which will                                                 are not as a government going to       assisting Woodside on a number of       This latest venture will see the
come into effect on August 1,                                                    simply rubber stamp increases in       engineering projects throughout       company work with clients during
will add about $1 a week to the                                                  prices,” Mr Barnett said.              2010.                                 the exploration stage through
average household gas bill during           Hike: WA’s Premier Colin                                                      The scope of work covers a wide     development, concept selection
                                                                                    But Mr Barnett said he believed
the next financial year.                    Barnettt                                                                    range of engineering services,        and feasibility stages.
                                                                                 the decision would still enable
  The hikes were needed after the           Alinta will be happy.”               Alinta to trade profitably.            from studies and concept, through       “This formal launch recognises
independent Economic Regulation               Alinta CEO Jeff Dimery                Since the Liberal-National party    to design and implementation for      what is already a reality for
Authority (ERA) slapped Alinta,             immediately hit out at the           coalition came to power in the         Woodside’s project development        Peritus,” said Peritus CEO Steve
Perth’s primary gas retailer, with          decision, calling it an “expedient   state in 2008, electricity prices      group.                                Hindmarsh.
a 27 per cent fee increase for the          and self-serving” move that did      have increased 57 per cent and           The contract has an initial           “This new service we are
use of the government-owned gas             not address the problem of rising    water prices have increased 42         three-year term with two one-year     offering is a multi-disciplinary
distribution network, Mr Barnett            wholesale gas prices.                per cent.                              extension options.                    one, requiring both technical
said.                                         “Premier Barnett has today            The opposition leapt on the           “We are delighted to be awarded     and commercial skills, including
  But he said he would not let              announced a Band-Aid solution        latest utility price hikes, with       this contract which provides the      subsurface, drilling, facilities,
households bear the entire cost             to cover up the government’s         energy spokeswoman Kate Doust          opportunity to further expand         project execution, operations and
increase.                                   mismanagement of the energy          calling it a “kick in the guts” for    our delivery of engineering           commercial competency,” he said.
  “What the government has                  sector,” Mr Dimery said.             households who were given only         and implementation services to          “We are confident that through
sought to do here is find a                   “Under Premier Barnett’s           a last-minute warning.                 Woodside”, said David Kennare,        our new field development
balance between the effect of cost          watch, there have been significant      “Mr Barnett is inflicting more      operations director responsible for   business we will add considerable
of living of households and also            increases in upstream gas costs      pain on Western Australians. He        Peritus’ business in Asia Pacific.    value to oil and gas projects
maintaining Alinta as a major gas           and network charges, yet Alinta      is proving once again that he is         “This     award      represents     around the world, making savings
supplier,” the WA premier said.             has been denied the ability to       totally out of touch with struggling   another step towards achieving        through the tailored design and
  “I realise in trying to find that         recover these cost increases.”       families and pensioners,” Ms           our vision, to be recognised as       application of a strategic approach
balance neither households or                 Mr Dimery said “the government     Doust said.                            a world leader in the provision       to our operations.”

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Underpaid staff set to sue
Three companies and a company                      July 2009 and March 2011.                         were earning $900 a month for

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo credit: Maersk Group
director face large fines for                         The workers, who were filling                  working an 84-hour week on a
allegedly underpaying four                         painting and maintenance roles,                   floating oil rig located several
Filipino workers on Australian                     were brought to Australia under                   hundred kilometres off the coast
oil rigs.                                          the 456 visa program, which is                    of WA in a cyclone zone,” Mr
   The Fair Work Ombudsman                         designed to fill highly specialised               Howes said.
will prosecute Hong Kong-based                     and short-term jobs.                                 “It is not the first time that
company Pocomwell, Philippines-                       The rigs were operated                         the union has discovered, and
based company Supply Oilfield                      by     international     shipping                 campaigned, to protect guest
& Marine Personnel Services,                       company Maersk Line and the                       workers who were being forced
WA-based company SurveySpec,                       workers were sub-contracted by                    to work under slave-labour style
and SurveySpec’s sole director,                    Pocomwell, which specialises in                   conditions on our off-shore oil
Thomas Civiello.                                   finding skilled workers for oil                   and gas fields.”
   Documents lodged in the                         fields and the maritime industry.                    The ombudsman is seeking a
Federal Court in Perth allege                         Australian Workers Union                       court order for Pocomwell to rectify
the companies and Mr Civiello                      national secretary Paul Howes                     the alleged underpayments.
underpaid four Filipino workers                    said Filipino and Asian workers                      It is alleged the failure to pay
on Western Australia’s North                       were being brought in by sub-                     these rates resulted in the men
West Shelf a total of $127,425.                    contractors, while oil and gas                    being underpaid amounts ranging
   The alleged underpayments                       multinationals washed their                       from $25,733 to $37,537.
                                                   hands of responsibility.
                                                                                                                                                                       Dispute: The underpaid Filipino workers
occurred when the men were                                                                              The men worked 12 hour days,
                                                                                                                                                                       were filling painting and maintenance
working as specialist marine                          “The sad fact for those four                   seven days a week but were
                                                                                                                                                                       roles on rigs operated by Maersk Line.
painters on two oil rigs between                   Filipino workers was that they                    allegedly paid US$900 per month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Speakers will
                                                                                                                                                                                                 set the pace
                                                                                                                                                                                                 at gas expo
                     Hear here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Environmental and community engagement
                                                                                                                                                                                                 issues are to be the subject of detailed discussion
                                                                                                                                                                                                 during the Queensland Gas Conference and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Exhibition (QGCE) to be held at the Brisbane
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Convention and Exhibition Centre from 16-17
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Organisers said the final afternoon of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 conference on Wednesday 17 August will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                 devoted to these issues, with leading speakers
  We go wherever you go. Redwave Media operates geographically, the largest commercial radio network in the state,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 from the Queensland Government and community
  covering one end of rural Western Australia to the other. Music, news, fun, contests, weather, road and ocean conditions                                                                       engagement groups.
  plus emergency information. Clip this frequency list out and place it behind your sunvisor, or in your glovebox. Now, you                                                                        The session will start with Andrew Brier,
  need never be alone whenever you’re alone, again.                                                                                                                                              head of the LNG Enforcement Unit and general
                                                                                                                                                                                                 manager coal and CSG operations with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Queensland Department of Environment and
  Contemporary Music - all your Favourites                                                                                                                                                       Natural Resource Management, looking at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 role of the unit and its activities over the past six
   Broome                     101.3    Karratha                    106.5   Port Hedland            91.7      Geraldton                     96.5                                                  months.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   This will be followed by a presentation by
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Saskia Kempener, senior process engineer, GHD,
  C l a s s i c G o l d f r o m t h e 7 0 s t o To d a y ’s H i t s                                                                                                                              on strategies for water and salt management in
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the CSG sector.
    Brockman Village          106.1    Dalwallinu                  104.5   Jack Hills               94.3      Leeman                     104.1          Pannawonica               101.3
                                                                                                                                                                                                   It will include an overview of current concerns
    Broome                    102.9    Dandaragan                  104.7   Jurien                  104.7      Leinster                   101.3          Paraburdoo                765am
    Bunbury                   621am    Derby                       102.7   Kalbarri                104.5      Leonora                    100.1          Pardoo                     91.7
                                                                                                                                                                                                 regarding the impact of the CSG industry on
    Busselton                 621am    Donnybrook                  621am   Karratha               1260am      Marandoo                   101.3          Perenjori                 101.7          subterranean water sources, and look at options
    Capel                     621am    Eneabba                     103.7   Kununurra               102.5      Marvel Loch                102.9          Port Hedland             1026am          for identifying and realising potential community
    Cervantes                 101.5    Exmouth                      99.7   Lake McLeod              99.7      Meekatharra                101.5          Tallering Peak             98.1          and environmental benefits from CSG waste
    Collie                    621am    Geraldton                    98.1   Lancelin                103.9      Morawa                    1512am          Tom Price                 765am          water.
    Cooljarloo                103.9    Granny Smith Mine            95.3   Laverton                 98.1      Mount Magnet               100.9          Warburton                 100.5
                                                                                                                                                                                                   The conference’s last session will be a
    Cue                       104.5    Hope Downs Mine             101.3   Learmonth               101.3      Newman                      88.9          Yarrie                    104.5
                                                                                                                                                                                                 symposium on developing strategies for
                                                                                                                                                                                                 facilitating community and land-user engagement.
  The A to Z of Classic Rock and New Stuff                                                                                                                                                         Speakers will include John Cotter, chairman of
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the Surat Basin Engagement Group, Ross Dunn,
    Agnew/Lawlers             102.9    Ellendale Mine              106.9   La Grange               91.7       Murrin Murrin                94.1
    Area C - Western Mining    87.6    Eneabba                     102.1   Lake Grace              91.7       Newdegate                    90.9         Tallering Peak             102.3         director of Queensland CSG and a board member
    Argyle                    102.7    Exmouth                     747am   Lake Gregory           106.9       Newman                       90.5         Tarmoola Mine              103.3         of APPEA, and David Breese, general manager
    Badgingarra               100.3    Fitzroy Crossing            102.9   Lake King               92.5       Nifty                       105.3         Telfer                     106.9         with the Surat Basin Corporation.
    Boddington                 94.9    Fortnum Mine                102.1   Lancelin               102.3       Nimary Goldmine/Jundee       88.9         Three Springs              101.1           “With anti-CSG action groups gaining
    Bremer Bay                103.5    Golden Grove Mine           107.9   Laverton               102.1       Northcliffe                 102.7         Ti Tree                    103.7
                                                                                                                                                                                                 increased media attention, the past 12 months
    Brockman Village          102.9    Granny Smith                 93.7   Leeman                 102.5       Nullagine                   103.1         Tjirrkarli                 102.9
    Bronzewing Mine           106.3    Greenhead                   102.1   Leigh Creek Coalfield    97.7       Nyabing                      98.5         Tom Price                  103.3
                                                                                                                                                                                                 have highlighted the importance of positively
    Cervantes                  99.9    Halls Creek                 102.9   Leinster               102.9       Pannawonica                 102.9         Varley                     102.7         engaging communities and land-users along
    Channar Mine              105.7    Hercules Mine Marvel Loch   101.3   Leonora                101.7       Paraburdoo                  101.3         Walpole                    102.9         the CSG supply chain,” said David McCarthy,
    Christmas Island           98.9    Hill 50 Mine                102.9   Looma                  102.1       Pardoo                      101.3         Warburton                  102.1         exhibition manager for QGCE.
    Cloudbreak                105.1    Hope Downs Mine              91.7   Marandoo               102.9       Paulsens                    100.2         Wattle Dam                  97.4           “This special symposium session will provide
    Cocos Islands (West)      100.5    Hopetoun                    103.7   Marble Bar             102.7       Pemberton                    97.3         West Angeles                91.3
                                                                                                                                                                                                 delegates with best-practice approaches to
    Cooljarloo                102.3    Hyden                       102.1   Meekatharra            103.1       Perenjori                   100.1         West Yelbeni               101.1
    Coorow                    101.9    Jack Hills                   96.7   Menzies                102.1       Plutonic Goldmine           100.1         Windarling                 102.9         achieving a collaborative outcome that derives
    Cosmos Mine                92.4    Jimblebar Mine              103.1   Mesa J Mine             94.1       Ravensthorpe Mine           105.9         Woodie Woodie               92.5         benefits for all stakeholders.
    Coyote Mine                97.7    Jurien                      103.1   Moora                   90.9       Saint Ives Mine              97.7         Wyndham                    102.9           “In developing this event, we have always
    Cue                       102.9    Kalbarri                    102.9   Morowa                 103.1       Sandstone                   105.3         Yalgoo                     104.5         promised that it would look at the big issues
    Dalwallinu                106.1    Kambalda Concentration       94.7   Mt Jackson Mine        102.5       Savannah                    100.1         Yandi/Marilana Creek       105.7
                                                                                                                                                                                                 affecting Queensland’s CSG and LNG sectors, and
    Dandaragan                103.1    Kondinin                     92.3   Mt Keith / Cliffs       97.7       Sinclair                    102.3         Yandicoogina               105.7
    Darlot Mine               101.9    Koolyanobbing               102.5                          102.5                                                 Yarrie                     107.3
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the quality of speakers and our subject matter
                                                                           Mt Magnet                          Southern Cross              100.7
    Derby                     104.3    Kununurra                   104.1   Mt Whaleback            88.9       Sunrise Dam                  97.7         YiYili                     102.9         delivers on this,” he said.
                                                                                                           Unless indicated, all frequencies for all locations may be found on the FM waveband     “This conference, combined with our exhibition,
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Relocation a                                                                                                          Local: Craig Scutchings and his family have moved to Chincilla
                                                                                                                      to oversee Fyfe’s operations.

real alternative
to FIFO option
National       engineering      and       “About a third of these employees     “It gives our clients some         shareholders, Craig Scutchings,        number increase substantially,” he
surveying firm Fyfe is encouraging     live in rural Queensland with the      consistency in the people they       and his family had recently moved      said.
staff in its coal seam gas division    rest being fly-in fly-out (FIFO)       deal with, provides staff with a     to Chinchilla to oversee Fyfe’s          Mr Dayman said Roma and
to relocate to central Queensland      staff,” he said.                       sense of ownership of the projects   operations in the region.              Chinchilla were substantial
rather than fly-in and fly-out of         “We are looking to reduce the       on which they are working and it       Two other Fyfe employees and         regional centres that were
capital cities around Australia.       number of FIFO employees by            also makes a contribution to the     their families had also recently
                                                                                                                                                          growing rapidly as the coal seam
  Fyfe’s managing director, Mark       encouraging staff in our Adelaide,     local communities.                   relocated into the area and
                                                                                                                                                          gas industry geared up.
Dayman, said Fyfe presently had        Brisbane and Darwin offices to           “Fyfe    has    a    long-term     discussions were underway with
about 100 people working on coal       consider a move to Chinchilla,         commitment to the coal seam          other staff interested in a similar      Roma has a population
seam gas projects out of its offices   Roma or other nearby towns.            gas industry and we believe it       change.                                estimated to be more than 7000,
at Roma and Chinchilla in rural           “We believe there are a number      is important to have a long-term       “We currently have 34 people         while Chinchilla has a population
Queensland.                            of advantages in having people         commitment to the area in which      who live in rural Queensland           estimated to be around 4000,
  These included engineers,            based in the area in which they        we are working.”                     working on our coal seam gas           with both towns experiencing a
surveyors and field staff.             work.                                    Mr Dayman said one of Fyfe’s       contracts and would love to see that   development boom.

Farmers and CSG don’t mix, says Qld cotton farmer
BY QUEENSLAND/AAP                        Ms Armstrong told the inquiry,       farms near Cecil Plains.               She said current options for           When asked if she believed
                                       which is looking at the impact           But no drilling has started yet    the company to repair bores or         CSG could co-exist with farmers
Coal seam gas (CSG) mining
                                       of CSG mining and coal mining          because the farmers are disputing    provide compensation should            in her region she said: “No. I don’t
cannot co-exist with farmers                                                                                       they contaminate or drain bores        believe they can co-exist.”
                                       developments       in   southern       the environmental approval in
east of the Condamine River, a         Queensland, that farmers east of                                            provided no comfort.
                                                                              the Queensland Planning and                                                   She said the quality of the water
Queensland farmer has told a           the Condamine River, south of          Environment Court.                     “I do not know where alternative     was too important for the cropping
Senate inquiry.                        Dalby, have too much to lose.            “(There’s) nothing to mitigate     water would come from,” she said.      industry.
  Wheat and cotton farmer Ruth           She said Arrow Energy has been       the negative impacts CSG has on        “I would not feel very comfortable     “Any loss of groundwater will
Armstrong gave evidence to the         given environmental approval to        groundwater,” Ms Armstrong told      accepting treated CSG water to         impact on our capital value and it
inquiry sitting in Dalby in July.      drill wells on her farm and other      the inquiry.                         substitute my impaired bore.”          could bankrupt a lot of farmers.”


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Fracking in the US                                                                                                                                       causes
invokes ire of locals                                                                                                                                    cancer:
                                                                                                                                                         Coal seam gas (CSG) mining can
                                                                                                                                                         cause cancer and harm unborn
                                                                                                                                                         babies - that’s the frightening
                                                                                                                                                         claim, according to a group of
                                                                                                                                                         medical experts giving evidence
                                                                                                                                                         to a Senate committee in July.
                                                                                                                                                            The six experts, who included
                                                                                                                                                         a    Queensland      government
                                                                                                                                                         epidemiologist, said that the
                                                                                                                                                         state’s ban on the use of cancer-
                                                                                                                                                         causing chemicals collectively
                                                                                                                                                         known as BTEX in CSG mining
                                                                                                                                                         didn’t go far enough to protect
                                                                                                                                                         the community from health risks.
                                                                                                                                                            BTEX chemicals have been
                                                                                                                                                         used in hydraulic fracturing,
                                                                                                                                                         known as fracking, in the US and
                                                                                                                                                         other parts of the world to crack
                                                                                                                                                         the coal seams and extract the
                                                                                                                                                         natural gas.
                                                                                                                                                            But in a submission to a Senate
                                                                                                                                                         inquiry into CSG impacts, which
                                                                                                                                                         sat in Queensland in July, the
                                                                                                                                                         microbiology and disease experts
                                                                                                                                                         said that BTEX still exists in the
                                                                                                                                                         coal seams.
                                                                                                                                                            “The fracking process itself
                                                                                                                                                         can release BTEX from natural
                                                                                                                                                         gas reservoirs, allowing them
                                                                                                                                                         to escape into aquifers or the
                                                                                                                                                         surrounding air,” the submission
                                                                                                                                                            The implications for such a
                                                                                                                                                         release of toxic chemicals was a
Worrying practice: The US’ natural gas boom has a negative side, as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, raises environmental concerns.
                                                                                                                                                         worry, the experts claimed.
THE US/AAP                           down the price of natural gas                                             prompted claims of vindication on            “BTEX chemicals have been
                                     from around US$13 ($12.44) per       Critics say the                      both sides of the debate.                 found after at least two fracking
The United States is seeing          1 million cubic feet (0.3 million                                            The study found methane in             operations in Queensland.”
a natural gas boom thanks to         metres) in 2005 to just over US$4    industry has                         85 per cent of the samples, but              The panel of well-respected
discoveries of abundant shale
gas, but also a groundswell of
                                     ($3.83) today.                       moved too                            levels were 17 times higher at            experts said long-term exposure
                                                                                                                                                         to the chemicals could cause
                                       Shale gas is projected to                                               sites within a kilometre of active
opposition from critics who say      increase its share of production     fast with little                     hydraulic-fracturing operations.          leukaemia,     a type of blood
the environmental risks from         from 16 per cent in 2009 to 45                                                                                      cancer, that it can affect the
drilling are too great.              per cent in 2035, according to
                                                                          regulation, and                         The researchers, however, found
                                                                                                                                                         reproductive system, and cause
                                                                                                               no evidence of contamination from
   At the heart of the issue is      government estimates.                cite concerns                        the chemicals used to fracture the        harm to unborn children.
a drilling technique known             Critics however say the                                                                                              “BTEX chemicals (benzene,
                                                                                                               rock or from “produced” water
as hydraulic fracturing, or          industry has moved too fast          about spills, leaks                  -- the wastewater that emerges            toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene)
“fracking”, of underground rock
formations by injecting chemicals
                                     with little regulation, and cite
                                     concerns about spills, leaks and
                                                                          and contamination                    from the wells after the shale has        are frequently found together
                                                                                                                                                         in petroleum compounds,” the
                                                                                                               been fractured.
and water to release trapped gas     contamination from chemicals         from chemicals                          The study also noted that
                                                                                                                                                         submission alleged.
– a technique also used here in      used in the process. Similar                                                                                           “They are in a class of
Australia.                           debates are ongoing in Canada,
                                                                          used in the                          “compared to other forms of
                                                                                                                                                         chemicals known as volatile
                                                                                                               fossil-fuel extraction, hydraulic
   The natural gas reserves could    France and other countries.          process                              fracturing is relatively poorly           organic compounds which easily
supply US needs for 110 years,         “No one really knows what the                                                                                     vaporise.
                                                                                                               regulated at the federal level”.
thanks in part to advances in        health impacts are from living         The         Oscar- nominated                                                    “People can be exposed to
horizontal drilling, according                                            documentary Gasland, which              Concerns are often related
                                     near oil and gas exploration and                                                                                    these toxic substances through
to the US Energy Information                                              notably showed images of a           to the temporary impact of the
                                     production sites,” said Amy Mall                                                                                    drinking water, bathing or
Administration.                                                           kitchen faucet set ablaze due to     initial drilling. “It takes us two
                                     of the Natural Resources Defence                                                                                    breathing in vapour.
   But much of the gas is in                                              methane in water, has galvanised     days to fracture the well, and
                                     Council.                                                                                                               “Long-term      exposure     to
areas unaccustomed to drilling,                                                                                then the well will produce for 40
                                       “Families from California to       opponents.                                                                     benzene for instance, even in
including towns in Pennsylvania                                                                                years,” said Mr Tucker.
                                     Pennsylvania, Texas to Wyoming,        The industry argues there are                                                very small amounts, can affect
and      around      the   Dallas    and in between, report very                                                  But even some industry leaders
                                                                          misconceptions about fracking,                                                 the bone marrow, causing
metropolitan area in Texas.          serious health symptoms that they                                         acknowledge they must address
                                                                          and say the technique itself has                                               anaemia, and increasing the risk
   Chris Tucker, spokesman for       believe are related to exposure to                                        public unease.
                                                                          been used in conventional wells                                                of leukaemia, and can also affect
the industry funded group Energy     contaminants in their water, air                                             “We have to find ways to give          unborn children.”
                                                                          for decades.
In Depth, said that the Marcellus    or both ... we need a suite of new                                        the public confidence,” said                 They committee said that
                                                                            “Science is on our side,” Mr
Shale alone, spread over a wide      rules.”                                                                   Robin West, chairman of industry          toluene and ethylbenzene could
                                                                          Tucker said. “The fracturing
area of the eastern US, could          Vera Scroggins, a member                                                consulting firm PFC Energy.               damage the nervous system,
                                                                          process has no relation what         “If shale is going to be a game
produce the energy equivalent of     of Citizens for Clean Water in                                                                                      liver and kidneys and that
                                                                          so ever to the contamination of      changer, these (safety) issues have
87 billion barrels of oil.           northeast Pennsylvania, said                                                                                        ethylbenzene is a possible human
                                                                          water.”                              to be resolved.”
   And since the gas is close to     residents began to organise                                                                                         carcinogen.
                                     against fracking in 2009.              Mr Tucker said that private           Still, it is likely that the energy-
population centres where energy                                                                                                                             The professors behind the
demands are greatest, Mr Tucker                                           wells in gas-producing areas will    hungry US will be drilling more
                                       “I and others started to see                                                                                      submission include Queensland
said, “you can produce it in the                                          have naturally occurring methane     for gas, because of its relative low
                                     problems with contamination                                                                                         Health communicable diseases
morning and have it in New York      in waters,” she said. “We saw        because the water is in a coal       cost and carbon footprint.                epidemiologist Dr John Sheridan,
city by lunchtime”.                  air pollution, noise, habitat        seam.                                   “In North America the role of          University      of    Melbourne
   Over 3,000 gas wells have been    disruption, soil disruption.”          “When you dig into a coal seam     natural gas is likely to continue         microbiology and immunology
drilled in Pennsylvania alone in       Because of the money paid by       you get methane,” he said. “But      to expand, and its relative               professor Peter Doherty and
the past six years, according to     drillers to residents, she said,     the methane separates from the       importance is likely to increase          Australian National University
industry figures, and 15,000 in      “most of the population is still     faucet water. You don’t drink it.”   even further when greenhouse gas          professor of population health
north Texas. This has helped drive   starry-eyed about it”.                 A Duke University study in May     emissions are constrained.”               Anthony McMichael.

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System reducing delays
Peloton will feature its range                                                                                                                       duplicate data entry, improve data
of data management software                                                                        Raising the curtain: Peloton will showcase        quality and create a collaborative
for drilling and well operations                                                                          MasterView and WellView at QGCE.           information environment.
during the Queensland Gas                                                                                                                              Visitors to the stand will also
Conference and Exhibition                                                                                                                            be able to examine RigView, an
(QGCE), to be held at the Brisbane                                                                                                                   interactive rig and well project
Convention and Exhibition Centre                                                                                                                     scheduling system for managing
from 16-17 August, 2011.                                                                                                                             well workloads such as drilling,
  Under its “well-focused” motto,                                                                                                                    completions, workovers, services
Peloton has been developing                                                                                                                          and testing. Its applications
drilling and well data software                                                                                                                      include file and schedule sharing,
solutions for the past 20 years.                                                                                                                     job management, contract reviews
  “Peloton has evolved to                                                                                                                            and customised reports
provide a full well lifecycle                                                                                                                          SiteView, a construction,
data management solution for                                                                                                                         remediation, reclamation and
operations, drilling, construction                                                                                                                   facilities management information
and reclamations,” Peloton’s                                                                                                                         system designed to plan,
Indonesian operational manager,                                                                                                                      track activities and measure
Robert Alexander, said.                                                                                                                              performance in one consolidated
  Peloton’s comprehensive data                                                                                                                       database, resulting in efficient
model and software technology                                                                                                                        operations management and
improved morning reporting, well     designed to simplify operations      any lifecycle stage and helping       well information management          reduced costs, and ProdView,
and site visualisation and data      by providing a seamless flow of      to prevent expensive delays           system for well planning,            well lifecycle and visualisation
quality, he said.                    data between Peloton applications    in construction, drilling and         drilling, completion, testing and    software for recording, verifying,
  At QGCE, Peloton will show         and external products, allowing      resource scheduling. It will also     workovers. Implementation of         visualising and reporting on
MasterView, new technology           comprehensive reporting at           showcase WellView, a complete         this database is said to reduce      production, will also be on show.

Latest technology in crane lifting coupled with excellent service
Since its inception in 1973,         Australia’s Pluto LNG Plant,         greater range in lifting capacity,    extensive range in transport         rough terrain; and three 25-tonne
Interstate Crane & Transport Hire    Boddington Gold mine expansion,      and to also advance with the latest   services and flexibility to suit a   Frannas.
has steadily grown in size and       and the Darwin LNG Plant in the      in crane lifting technology.          wide range of customer demands.        ICTH welcomes the opportunity
reputation.                                                                                                                                          to further discuss its services
                                     Northern Territory.                    With multiple types of road           The ICTH’s fleet of cranes
  Working on a complete range                                                                                                                        and looks forward to being of
                                        The recent addition of a 350      transport combinations available,     includes the new 350-tonne           assistance in the near future.
of projects across Australia,
ICTH provides services to a wide     tonne Liebherr Crane to the ICTH     including road trains, B-doubles,     Liebherr; 200-tonne Demag; 160-        Information: phone 08 9417
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Long-term                                                                         Groundbreaking research
                                                                                  alliance to support CSG firms
Gas-powered engines are being            are designed to improve engine
used increasingly for power              lubrication by keeping oil passages
generation, various types of pumps       clean.
and other ancillary machinery for           The balanced formula of ANGS
site services.                           allows for a high total base
   Many maintenance engineers are        number (TBN) to protect against
recognising the need for specialised     corrosion while meeting low ash
lubricants that address common           requirements.
problems such as carbon deposits            “Nitration is a common concern
and port blockages.                      in natural gas engines and can
   Other issues surrounding gas          cause oil to thicken, reducing
engines used for continuous severe-      operational efficiency. This oil is
service operation include valve          naturally resistant to nitration,        Alliance: Industry and scientists have joined forces to research CSG.
recession and wear on piston rings,      delivering maximum protection in
cylinder liners and bearings.                                                     Industry and science have            of gas for Queensland for more        good’ science that will benefit
                                         natural gas engines.
                                                                                  come together in Brisbane            than 30 years. It now provides        the broader community and
   Although most gas engines are            In addition, low zinc and             in a ground-breaking new             90 per cent of Queensland’s           industry. This will be achieved
environmentally cleaner at the           phosphorus levels prolong the life
exhaust pipe, seriously abrasive                                                  research alliance to support the     gas supplies and about 15 per         through       expanding        the
                                         of emission catalyst systems without
particles will often find their way                                               sustainable development of the       cent of its electricity generation,   membership to other companies
                                         sacrificing wear protection,” Mr
into the oil.                                                                     coal seam gas (CSG) industry.        and is now working to advance         both in and outside of the
                                         Hyland said.
                                                                                     The alliance was officially       one of the largest resource           industry, as well as research
   To optimise return on investment
                                         Clean oil: Enginecare Systems’           launched by CSIRO CEO Megan          developments in Australian            purchasers and providers such
in equipment, the installation of
sub-micron oil filtration such as an     ANGS delivers continuous                 Clark and Page Maxson, project       history.                              as government agencies and
oil centrifuge is also recommended       protection in stationary natural gas     director, Australia Pacific LNG.        Mr Maxson said this is an          universities.
for these applications.                  engines.                                    Dr Clark said the Gas Industry    exciting development for                 “Stakeholders      such      as
   Enginecare Systems’ Amsoil                                                     Social and Environmental             Queensland and Australia as a         agricultural industries and
Synthetic Stationary Natural Gas                                                  Research Alliance (GISERA)           whole because of the significant
                                                                                                                                                             communities will also be sought
Engine Oil (ANGS) is able to deliver                                              has been founded by CSIRO and        economic benefits the CSG/LNG
                                                                                                                                                             as members.”
continuous protection in stationary                                               Australia Pacific LNG (a CSG         industry is poised to deliver. But,
                                                                                                                                                                Australia Pacific LNG, a
natural gas engines calling for an                                                to LNG joint venture between         additional information about the
                                                                                                                       CSG industry is being called          founding member of the alliance,
SAE 40, low-ash lubricant.                                                        Origin and ConocoPhillips) to
                                                                                                                       for by stakeholders such as           is the leading producer of CSG
   “Its shear-stable formula qualifies                                            undertake research in five key
                                                                                                                       regional communities, farmers         in Australia and holds the
it as a multi-grade 20W-40 so it                                                  social and environmental areas:
                                                                                                                       and conservation groups.              country’s largest CSG reserves
can be used over a broad ambient                                                  groundwater and surface water,
                                                                                  biodiversity, land management,          “Science is well-placed to         position.
temperature range, eliminating the
need for seasonal oil changes.                                                    the marine environment and           contribute constructively and            “The     Alliance’s     robust
   This product is formulated with                                                socio-economic impacts.              objectively to this desire for        governance framework will
low sulphated ash to minimise                                                        “CSIRO and APLNG have             additional information which          ensure the delivery of quality
carbon deposits and port blockage,                                                provided initial seed funding        will be used to further shape and     peer-reviewed and publicly
resulting in reduced maintenance                                                  totalling $14 million over           guide the CSG/LNG industry –          available science,” said Dr Clark.
and extended equipment life,” said                                                the next five years for the          and this is where GISERA will         While GISERA’s initial focus
Enginecare Systems’ Laurie Hyland.                                                Alliance to undertake this           play a crucial role,” Mr Maxson       will be directed at Queensland’s
   “Premium base oils and additives                                               research into the Queensland         said.                                 CSG-LNG industry, it has the
                                                                                  CSG industry,” said Dr Clark.           “GISERA has been designed          potential to expand its focus to
                                                                                    The CSG industry has been          to promote a broad membership         gas operations in other parts of
                                                                                  providing significant quantities     base to ensure it delivers ‘public    Australia.

      integrity. knowledge. experience.                                           Bolting specialists provide
                                                                                  safety training seminars
                                                                                  The need to safely and efficiently     “Apart from the soul-               fabrication, engineering and
                                                                                  construct infrastructure for the     destroying and dangerous              pipelines and automotive and
                                                                                  resources sector throughout          nature of the work – with the risk    heavy vehicle servicing.
                                                                                  Australasia these days means         of accidents of spark hazards            “These big resources and
                                                                                  companies need to have a             from hammers and other high
                                                                                                                                                             energy companies are leading
                                                                                  clear appreciation of the best       impact tools– such procedures
                                                                                                                                                             the way in encouraging strong
                                                                                  technologies to get bolting jobs     offer no control over the amount
      we’ve got                                                                   completed within deadline and        of applied tension.                   cultures of safety – and keenly
                                                                                                                                                             keep themselves abreast of the
      something to                                                                without costly failures.               “They also run the risk of
                                                                                                                                                             latest technologies that can
                                                                                     Correct joint assembly,           failures resulting from uneven
      shout about.                                                                controlled bolt tensioning and       loading across the joint,” said       further its safety practices,” said
                                                                                  tightening, and safe separation      Mr Cooper, who has been               Mr Cooper.
                                                                                  when         decommissioning         involved in some of Australasia’s        Enerpac demonstrated to
      visit our newly revamped website                                            or separating joints for             and Europe’s major hydraulic          engineering staff some of
                                                                                  maintenance are all operations       engineering projects over the         Enerpac’s family of professional
                                                                                  that require personnel trained       last 15 years.                        bolting technologies, including
                                                                                  and competent in torque                Enerpac has assembled a             its advanced torque wrenches
                                                                                  tightening and bolt tensioning,      team of territory managers and        (incorporating S square drive
                                                                                  said global hydraulic authority      professional bolting specialists      and W low profile hexagonal
                                                                                  Enerpac.                             throughout Australasia who
                                                                                                                                                             wrenches) and Z series torque
                                                                     “Safe workplace procedures
                                                                                  have come a long way from the
                                                                                                                       work with distributors to provide
                                                                                                                       safety and better use bolting
                                                                                                                                                             wrench pumps.
                                                                                  crude, time-consuming and            solutions training.                      Enerpac presentations focus
      you’ll understand why                                                       dangerous practices involving          They are happy to arrange           on areas critical to safety and
                                                                                  flogging and impacting tools,”       presentations to efficiency-          efficiency, such as joint assembly
      we’re the cat’s miaow.                                                      said Enerpac engineering             conscious companies in the            and separation, controlled
                                                                                  and operations manager Tony          mining and energy, oil and            tightening, bolt tensioning, bolt
                                                                                  Cooper.                              petroleum, metal working and          breakout and avoidance of risk.

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Heaviest lift lands safely

   Heavy load: SAL’s MV ‘Lone’ carried
   eight reactors from Japan to Trinidad.

SAL, one of the world’s leading        oil into high quality refined fuel     be temporarily stored before being         The expertise of the SAL crew         It has a lifting capacity of 2000
heavy lifting shipping companies       products.                              carried to their final destination of   was matched by the necessary           tonnes, a speed of 20 knots and
servicing the resources industry          The project was awarded to SAL      Puerto La Cruz in Venezuela.            infrastructure on board the vessel;    the Dynamic Positioning System
recently completed a unique            by the Dutch heavy lift specialist       After careful preparation, the        a lifting arrangement of 40 tonnes     DP2. With these features, the
lifting project with its innovative    Mammoet Logistics BV.                  reactors were discharged in             and shackles weighing about four       MV ‘Lone’ has all the necessary
lifting equipment. The company’s                                              record time: the heaviest reactor of    tonnes – equivalent to the weight of   elements for undertaking highly
                                          On its voyage, the MV ‘Lone’
vessel, MV ‘Lone’ performed                                                                                           two passenger cars. With this job,     complex projects for the oil and
                                       first called at the Japanese port      1719 tonnes was set ashore in only
SAL’s heaviest lift ever during its                                                                                                                          gas industry as well as for the
                                       of Higashi Harima where two            two and a half hours.                   the vessel almost fully exploited
maiden voyage recently, loading
                                       hydrocracking reactors were              The speed and performance             its unrivalled lifting capacity only   offshore sector.
eight reactors weighing up to
                                       loaded, before continuing on           of the loading and discharging          weeks after being introduced into        Apart       from     its     high
1,719 tonnes onto the ship.
                                       to Muroran to take on board a          operation was the result of the         the market. From Trinidad the          performance, the MV ‘Lone’ also
   As part of a project in
                                       further six hydrotreating reactors     successful interplay between            reactors will eventually be brought    has an Environmental Passport,
Venezuela, the massive reactors,
manufactured in Japan, were            on board.                              extensive preplanning by the joint      to Venezuela by barge.                 which means it meets the highest
destined for a refinery in the South      From Muroran the vessel sailed      team of SAL and Mammoet, the               Together with is sister vessel,     environmental standards.
American country where they            through the Panama Canal directly      highly skilled and experienced          SAL’s MV ‘Svenja’, the MV ‘Lone’         The heavy lifter has a loading
would facilitate the conversion        onto the port of Chaguaramas in        crew, and the innovative lifting        is one of the two largest heavy-lift   capacity of 11,000 tonnes and
of heavy and extra heavy crude         Trinidad where the reactors will       equipment on board.                     vessels in the world.                  40,000 cu m.

New heavy-duty engine coolant                                                                                         Ideal opportunity to bring
ticks all environmental boxes                                                                                         together state’s players
                                                                                                                      The Queensland Gas Conference          regulators is they need to be
Cummins Filtration has launched        Cummins Filtration. Being able         tolerant of extreme operating           and Exhibition, to be held in          getting the message out there
its Fleetguard PG Platinum             to support sustainability with a       conditions, often found in mining       Brisbane from 16-17 August, will       about rights and regulations for
heavy duty engine coolant to           NAPS free coolant that also offers     applications.                           present an ideal opportunity
the Australian and New Zealand                                                                                                                               landholders, communities and gas
                                       excellent protection is important to     With proper maintenance this          to bring the state’s gas sector
markets.                                                                                                                                                     exploration companies.
                                       our mission,” said Gordon Schlieff,    product is a life-of-engine coolant,    together with farming and
   PG Platinum consists of an          South Pacific sales manager, for                                                                                         “Anything like QGCE which
                                                                              equating to 1.5 million km (20,000      community groups to address key
improved environmental (NAPs           Cummins Filtration.                                                                                                   helps to do this, in a forum which
                                                                              hours).The new formulation              issues affecting the industry.
free) formulation that meets global      “This release builds on the                                                                                         actually helps people get all sides
OEM specifications for containing                                             meets ASTM and the performance             Dart Energy country manager
                                       success of our PG Plus coolant, and                                                                                   of the arguments and hear them
no nitrites, amines, phosphates,                                              specifications of most major OEMs       Australia, Robbert de Weijer; LNG
                                       we are very pleased to introduce a                                                                                    all in one place, I think is going to
borates or silicates, making it an                                            including those for Cummins,            Enforcement Unit head, Andrew
                                       new global standard in coolant                                                                                        be extremely beneficial,” he said.
environmentally friendly choice.                                              Detroit Diesel, MAN, Volvo, MACK,       Brier, and Surat Basin Engagement
                                       technology. It is a product truly                                                                                       Mr de Weijer said the key issue
   Using propylene glycol (PG) as                                             and Navistar.                           Group independent chair, John
                                       suitable for any engine, anywhere.”                                                                                   for the CSG sector was community
the base of the coolant means it                                                It is approved for use in all         Cotter, will all be speaking at the
                                         Cummins Filtration conducted                                                                                        support.
is a non-hazardous product and                                                diesel, petrol, LPG, and natural        conference.
is thus much safer for human           extensive testing before the new
                                                                              gas engines and is also suitable           “Some of the things that are          “Both government and industry
handling.                              formulation was approved for the
                                                                              for engines using biodiesel.            now happening, such as the Surat       have to play key roles to replace this
                                       market, according to Mr Schlieff.
   Additionally,               the                                                                                                                           with accurate factual information
                                         All tests confirmed that PG            With extended service intervals       Basin Engagement Group, which
2-ethylhexanoic (2- EH) acid-free                                                                                                                            and to be fully transparent about
formulation is compatible with         Platinum provides the anti-            of 500,000 km (6,000 hours), PG         is bringing together industry and
                                       freeze, anti-boil, heat transfer and   Platinum offers freeze protection,      the local communities, should          their plans,” he said.
all gaskets, elastomers and other
non- metallics in the engine, such     corrosion protection that today’s      anti boil protection and provides       have been done a couple of years         I n f o r m at i o n : w w w.
as silicon seals and hoses.            heavy-duty engines demand.             ultimate liner pitting, corrosion,      ago,” said Mr Cotter.        
   “We     take    environmental         This coolant is specifically         aluminum and solder protection             Mr Brier said the main issue        au.
responsibility     seriously     at    formulated to be more robust and       for longer system life.                 for the industry and government                                  ADVERTISING

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Remotely-controlled                                                                                                                                      use tool
unit a key feature
In the first of several planned         all the benefits and simplicity of
extensions, Rockwell Automation         Rockwell Automation Integrated                                                                                   AMS Instrumentation’s Noshok
has expanded the power range of         Motion on EtherNet/IP, while                                                                                     1800 Series Attachable Loop-
the Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 755         getting complete machine support                                                                                 Powered Digital Indicator provides
AC drives to 450kW while also           on a single, flexible EtherNet/IP                                                                                convenient local indication and is
including Integrated Motion.            network architecture.                                                                                            easily inserted into a variety of
  A key feature of the PowerFlex           Integrated Motion on EtherNet/                                                                                Noshok transmitters, including
755 drive is its roll-out capability,   IP not only provides high                                                                                        300 Series Compact OEM
which allows easy access to the         performance closed- and open-                                                                                    Pressure Transmitters, 615/616
drive for fast installation and         loop drive control on a single                                                                                   Series High Accuracy Pressure
maintenance.                            network, but— with motion profiles                                                                               Transmitters, and 800 Series
  The drive’s modular design            and instructions embedded in                                                                                     Platinum Resistance Temperature
helps simplify replacement              the controller also helps ensure                                                                                 Transmitters.
of drive components, such as            precise and synchronised device                                                                                     It is loop powered, and can
cooling fans, circuit boards and        movement.                                                                                                        be simply inserted between
major subassemblies.                       Adding safety options creates                                                                                 the transmitter body and the
  This modularity also allows the       an AC drive that can make a                                                                                      connector without the need for
drive’s converter and control pod       massive difference in machine                                                                                    additional wiring or power source.
to remain in the unit while the         performance.                                                                                                     It is programmable to display a
inverter is rolled out so control          Integrating the PowerFlex 755                                                                                 range of -1999 to 9999 and may be
wiring can remain connected.            with ControlLogix controllers                                                                                    tilted for better viewing.
  An added advantage is that            through Integrated Motion allows                                                                                    There is a simple menu-
the control pod can be mounted          users to expand their system                                                                                     driven programming provides
remotely for hassle-free access         solutions to include drives with                                                                                 user selectable digital filtering
to low-voltage control and              a higher power range, wider                                                                                      to improve readability in
diagnostics.                            selection for feedback and motor                                                                                 rapidly varying applications
  The PowerFlex 755 now also            support along with configuring,                                                                                  and all parameters are stored
supports Integrated Motion,             controlling and monitoring.                                                                                      in non-volatile memory so that
which means, for the first time,           Operators will benefit from a                                                                                 reprogramming is not necessary
PowerFlex and Kinetix drives            common user experience using                                                                                     in the event of a power failure.
can be on the same EtherNet/            the same motion instruction sets                                                                                    The device is CE compliant for
IP network and configured,              for configuring, programming,                                                                                    RFI, EMI, and ESD immunity and
programmed and controlled               commissioning and diagnosing                                                                                     is also available with an optional
using RSLogix 5000 via motion           a PowerFlex 755 within an            New: Power Flex AC drives deliver higher power range and                    relay that is programmable
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QGC places major order
Power and automation technology                                                                                                                             ABB completed the initial front-
group, ABB, has won a $58                                                                                                                                 end engineering and design study
million order from QGC, a BG                                                                                                                              for the project in early 2011.
Group business, to provide
                                                                                                                                                             The scope of supply includes
integrated automation, safety
                                                                                                                                                          its Extended Automation System
and telecommunications systems
and related equipment for a new                                                                                                                           800xA for process control and
upstream coal seam gas project in                                                                                                                         integration with other plant and
Queensland, Australia.                                                                                                                                    remote pipeline systems, as well
  ABB was appointed the main                                                                                                                              as integrated safety, compressor
automation contractor for the                                                                                                                             protection, emergency shutdown,
project.                                                                                                                                                  fire and gas applications and other
  Coal seam gas is natural gas                                                                                                                            related automation equipment and
extracted from coal beds. It                                                                                                                              services.
provides the same amount of                                                                                                                                 It includes telecommunication
energy as coal, but carbon dioxide                                                                                                                        systems infrastructure and
emissions are 40 percent lower.
                                                                                                                                                          equipment, as well as installation,
  QGC’s Queensland Curtis
                                         Expertise: ABB will provide services worth $58 million to the QCLNG Project.                                     commissioning support and
LNG Project is one of Australia’s
                                         and remote operation for the          8.5 million metric tons of LNG a     services is the comprehensive         related     project     services.
largest capital infrastructure
projects. ABB’s delivery will            540km buried pipeline network         year.                                approach needed to successfully       The project will be commissioned
optimise the efficiency of               that will transport gas to a            “ABB’s extensive oil and gas       execute these complex projects        in several phases, with first
the upstream gas gathering               liquefied natural gas processing      project delivery and management      for our customers,” said Veli-Matti   deliveries scheduled in 2011
and compression facilities,              facility at Gladstone, Queensland.    expertise combined with our          Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process     through to project completion in
and provide communications                  The plant will initially produce   large portfolio of technology and    Automation division.                  2014.

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Customised solution tool
Allen-Bradley           Micro800                                                                                  enable machine builders to           three standard IEC programming
controllers     and     connected                                                                                 personalise the controllers to       languages: ladder diagram,
components workbench software                                                                                     increase functionality without       function block diagram and
offer fully customisable solutions                                                                                expanding the product footprint.     structured text. In addition, the
for nano- and micro-level                                                                                         The new controller family also       programming software features
controller applications                                                                                           offers removable terminal blocks     run-time download, which enables
  Machine builders and end                                                                                        (most models) and simplified         live program adjustments.
users who need a cost-effective                                                                                   communication via point-to-point        “Machine builders seek the best
control solution for their small                                                                                  data exchange.                       of all worlds: they want solutions
applications will benefit from                                                                                      Complementing the new line of      that are priced to provide not
the new family of Allen-Bradley                                                                                   controllers, the new Connected       only the essential capabilities
Micro800        component-class                                                                                   Components Workbench software        that they require, but also
micro programmable controllers                                                                                    follows established IEC-61131        feature convenient, easy-to-use
and connected components                                                                                          standards. A single package that     programming and configuration
workbench        software    from                                                                                 is easy to acquire, install and      tools that minimise set-up and
Rockwell Automation.                                                                                              update, the software makes it        start-up times to maximise their
                                     Useful: The Micro800 programmable controllers provide flexible
  Together, the controllers and                                                                                   convenient and cost-effective for    profitability,” said Craig Resnick,
software are easy-to-configure,                                                                                   machine builders and end users       research director, ARC Advisory
install and maintain.                   “With this new line, Rockwell       connected components workbench        to leverage one platform for their   Group.
  Designed to be used with other     Automation is delivering the           software.                             programming and configuration           “The Allen-Bradley Micro800
Allen-Bradley component class        functionality and flexibility of          Leveraging the controller’s        needs. It allows machine builders    PLCs and Connected Components
products, such as drives, motion     a micro PLC for the price of a         embedded USB and serial ports,        to program Micro800 controllers      Workbench         software     from
control and operator interface       smart relay. Yet the greatest value    machine builders can quickly          and configure other devices in       Rockwell Automation appears to
products, the controllers are part   of the new Micro800 family is          program the controllers and           the system, including PowerFlex      meet this machine builder demand
of a solution bundle that offers     the simplicity and convenience         link them to HMI and other            drives and PanelView Component       for a customisable, cost-effective
machine builders easy selection,     it offers users – namely, that it      serial devices – ultimately           HMI products.                        solution suited to standalone
installation and commissioning       provides ‘just enough control,’ so     helping minimise selection and          Based on proven Rockwell           applications that require simple,
of their low-cost, standalone        they’re only paying for what they      installation time for themselves,     Automation       and    Microsoft    time-efficient        installation,
machines.                            need.”                                 and the total cost of ownership for   Visual     Studio     technology,    configuration, programming and
  “Machine       builders    need       Ideally suited for standalone       end users.                            the new software provides            updating tools.”
economical, convenient control       machine applications with fewer           The Micro800 controllers           controller programming, device          The Micro810 and Micro830
solutions they can customise         than 48 I/O, the initial launch        offer a wide range of plug-in         configuration and data sharing       controllers       are     available
to suit their customers’ specific    consists of two controllers – the      modules for analog/digital I/O,       with the HMI editor for PanelView    immediately. Additional plug-in
application needs,” said David       Allen-Bradley Micro810 and             communications, and expanded          Component operator products. In      capabilities for the controllers will
Black, of Rockwell Automation.       Micro830 controllers – and             memory. The plug-in modules           addition, the software supports      be available later this year.

Flexible hardware platform                                                                                        ‘Time Machine’ takes
creates time and efficiencies                                                                                      troubleshooting to a
Schneider Electric has launched
MachineStruxure, an automation
offer designed to give original
                                     efficient, productive and reliable
                                     machines in short timeframes,
                                     all at a reduced cost,” said Scott
                                                                            by providing better performing
                                                                            machines, and increase their
                                                                            profitability by reducing the
                                                                                                                  whole new level
equipment manufacturers (OEMs)       Wooldridge, vice president,            overall cost of the machine and
                                                                                                                  An interesting new product has          In addition to instantly
the ability to engineer an entire    industry business, Schneider           time to market,” Mr Wooldridge
                                                                                                                  been produced by Fluke Networks,     identifying server versus network
machine from one software            Electric.                              said.
                                                                                                                  launching a new version of its       problems, the new user interface
package - creating time, cost and       “Our discussions with machine         MachineStruxure is the latest       leading Network Time Machine,        features       user-configurable
energy efficiencies.                 builders, both in Australia and        addition to Schneider Electric’s      with all new capabilities.           dashboards that automatically
   MachineStruxure is based on       internationally, show there is         comprehensive       EcoStruxure                                            identify and display key
                                                                                                                    The innovation makes it the
flexible hardware platforms and      demand for a vendor they can           energy management architecture                                             performance metrics with instant
                                                                                                                  first all-in-one, plug-and-play
a comprehensive single software      truly partner with to have access      portfolio.                                                                 drill-down capability into root
                                                                                                                  appliance that provides both
suite, SoMachine, which simplifies   to an extensive product offering         EcoStruxure connects five                                                cause analysis.
                                                                                                                  instant identification of network
programming and commissioning        and solutions tailored for their       domains of business expertise         versus server problems and root         The software, a free upgrade for
of the machine by building all       machines.                              – power, data centres, process        cause analysis of network and        existing customers with an active
the required elements into one          “Our        MachineStruxure         and machines, building control,
                                                                                                                  application problems.                support agreement, is available
software environment.                solutions are tested, validated and    and physical security – within
                                                                                                                     The new features in version 8     immediately.
   “We know that the $16 billion     documented and give the ability to     an open and flexible technology
                                                                                                                  incorporate the Fluke Networks’         Network Time Machine features
OEM market in Australia is hugely    deliver up to 50 per cent savings      architecture that delivers up to
                                                                                                                  proprietary visual fault domain      a ClearSight Analyser, with
competitive, and it is vital our     in design and installation time.       30 per cent savings in energy
                                                                                                                  isolation technology.                application-centric analysis that
customers are able to supply more    OEMs can develop their business        efficiency.
                                                                                                                     This graphically identifies       automatically analyses application
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                                                                                                                                                   HUMAN RESOURCES


Next big thing
for risk taker
It could be considered a pretty        proponent to an international oil      play a leading role in negotiations
brave move to leave the safety         and gas explorer, Mr Noske had         with a number of potential farm-
of employment with a high              no fears he was making the right       in partners interested in working
profile international petroleum        decision.                              with WHL to further progress the
company to take up a position            He      quickly       recognised     prospectivity of the Seychelles
with a Greenfields oil and gas         the potential of the sizeable          acreage.
explorer with a key focus on a         exploration holdings WHL was              After earning a Bachelor of
largely unknown offshore area in       acquiring (around 20,700sq km          Engineering (Mech) with Honours
East Africa.                           or >5 million acres) in prospective    from Melbourne University in
   But that is the faith new WHL       shallow water areas located            1984, Mr Noske began his lengthy
Energy managing director, Steve        about 100km off the coast of the       career in the oil and gas sector
Noske, has in the company and          Seychelles islands.                    with Woodside in 1985. He
its exciting offshore Seychelles         Since joining the WHL team,          spent five years with the leading
acreage.                               Mr Noske has played an integral        Australian oil and gas company,
   Mr Noske, who has worked with       part in the company’s successful       working on major developments
some of the biggest oil and gas        acquisition of 7,887km of modern       such as the third LNG Train and
names in the Australian region,        2D seismic data over selected          the Goodwyn Project.
recently chose to leave his seven-     areas of the company’s Seychelles         Mr Noske then spent three years
year role as manager, business         exploration interests and the fast-    with Shell in Brunei as a senior         marketing management; and             Mitsui Australia for seven years.
development with Mitsui E&P            tracking of interpretation of that     engineer undertaking design,             contracts management with major         That total wealth of experience
Australia (a participant in the        data.                                  specification and implementation         energy utilities.                     will provide Mr Noske with a
world scale North West Venture           He has also recently helped          for onshore and offshore projects.
                                                                                                                         He     then     resumed   his       strong grounding as he works
LNG projects and a major investor      build a highly skilled exploration        From Brunei, Mr Noske returned
                                                                                                                       relationship with Woodside and        to take WHL Energy from a
in Australia’s coal seam gas           team at WHL made up of Matt            to Australia to join BHP Petroleum,
                                                                                                                       Shell, which were major clients       diversified energy company
sector) to take up the position        Fittall in the role of exploration     where he was involved in major
of leading WHL Energy in its                                                                                           during a stint as a partner,          to a significant international
                                       manager, Kim Morrison as               Timor Sea projects, spending the
development of its large, but                                                                                          with BNA Petroleum Asset              petroleum explorer with a major
                                       consulting exploration advisor,        final two years of his six years with
considerably       underexplored,      and is constantly on the lookout for                                            Management, before taking up          focus on the increasingly popular
                                                                              BHP at the production manager,
Seychelles interests.                  the best geophysical interpreters                                               a senior management role with         East Africa region.
                                                                              for Elang Operations – based
   Mr Noske was sought out last        to become key players in the           in Jakarta, Indonesia, with his
year to strengthen the oil and         growth of the WHL Energy.              responsibilities including project
gas expertise of the WHL Energy          The exploration team brings          development/management,
                                                                                                                         Steve’s track record
Board and jumped at the chance         a wealth of experience with            commissioning and handover.
                                                                                                                         • 27 years’ experience with major utility and energy organisations.
to join WHL in September 2010          companies of the ilk of Shell,            From 1999 to 2002, he was the             Highly experienced in energy project development
as a non-executive director at         BHP Billiton, Total, Woodside and      asset manager for Texas Utilities          • Negotiation/economics – managed US$30 million deal with
a time when the company was            Mitsui to the WHL exploration          Australia’s Western Underground              major oil and gas company
investigating the potential            team that is playing a key role        Gas Storage and Processing
acquisition of 35 exploration          in identifying potential drilling                                                 • 1985 to 1990 - Woodside Energy, Perth
                                                                              Facility where he was responsible
blocks off the Seychelles coastline.   options in areas that have been        for total asset management of              • 1990 to 1993 - Brunei Shell, Brunei
   While it may seem a pretty          initially assessed to have the         what was initially a Greenfield            • 1993 to 1999 - BHP Australia, Jakarta, Indonesia
big gamble to leave the safety         potential to contain multi-billion     development and his duties                 • 1999 to 2002 - Texas Utilities, Melbourne
net of such a well established         barrel targets.                        included the establishment of              • 2002 to present - BNA Petroleum, Melbourne, Malaysia,
petroleum company to join a              Currently Mr Noske is using          the operations team and systems              Indonesia
small organisation that was            the depth of his own experience        including project design input,            • 2004 to present - Mitsui E&P, Melbourne, Perth
in the process of transforming         with some of the major global and      commissioning and handover;                • 2010 to present - WHL Energy, Perth.
itself from a renewable energy         local oil and gas companies to         operations management; gas

   WHL Energy has announced the                                                 Mr Fittall has been                   Energy a wide ranging knowledge      fields in the Carnarvon Basin,
   appointment of a high calibre                                              instrumental in building and            of the Asia Pacific region, a        studies resulting in successful
   exploration team to carry forward                                          managing exploration portfolios         proven ability to identify new and   bids for acreage release blocks.
   its exploration program in the                                             through successful farm-in and          overlooked plays and the ability        Commenting on the WHL
   Seychelles and also to grow the                                            farm-out programs, including            to focus on the essential criteria   Energy exploration team, WHL
   company through its new venture                                            the farm-out and divestment             for exploration success.             Energy managing director
   program.                                                                   of BHPB’s Timor Sea assets                 Cliff Ford joins the WHL          Steve Noske said, “For a junior
      The exploration team is                                                 and farm-out of the Exmouth             Energy exploration team as           exploration company such as
   characterised by a great depth                                             exploration block WA-351-P.             geophysical advisor. Mr Ford         WHL Energy, it is a credit to the
                                        Seychelles exploration program,
   and diversity of successful                                                  Kim Morrison joins the WHL            is a geophysical consultant          quality and prospectivity of our
   oil and gas exploration, with        completing a successful farm-out      Energy exploration team as              with 30 years of experience in       very large Seychelles exploration
   a proven track record of             of the Seychelles project and         consulting exploration advisor.         petroleum exploration appraisal      project, and our new ventures
   commercial discovery and a           growing the company through           He has over 25 years of senior          and development projects with        program.
   proven track record of managing      the addition of value adding          technical and managerial                expertise in drilling and seismic       “With the WHL Energy
   exploration portfolios through       opportunities.                        experience in major oil and gas         field operations, interpretation     exploration team now in place,
   farm-out.                              He is a geologist with 27 years’    companies such as Woodside,             and mapping studies.                 farm-out discussions will
      The WHL Energy exploration        of oil and gas experience and         Shell and Marathon Oil, and as             Highlights of Mr Ford’s 30        continue to be progressed, whilst
   team will be led by Matt Fittall     brings a wide range of oil and        well as small-cap oil and gas           years of experience include          at the same time new venture
   in the role of exploration           gas technical, management and         companies such as Fletcher              development of several prospects     opportunities will be evaluated
   manager. Mr Fittall will be          commercial experience to WHL          Challenge and Hartogen.                 for drilling which resulted in       with a view to growing WHL
   responsible for implementing the     Energy.                                 Mr Morrison brings to WHL             discoveries of multi TCF gas         Energy’s exploration portfolio.”                                                            OIL & GAS BULLETIN VOL. 16, NO. 8                                                                  PAGE 19

                                                                                                                                                              JV inked
Conference ready to                                                                                                                                           leads to
help fill skills gap
The Queensland Gas Conference                                                  skilled workers from other related      (,
                                                                                                                                                              more job
                                                                                                                                                              PetroChina Company and INEOS
and Exhibition, to be held in                                                  industries.                             designed to provide information        Group formed a trading and
Brisbane from 16-17 August, is set                                                “Unfortunately, the mining           about      opportunities         and   refining joint venture between
to play a significant role in helping                                          sector has done too much of this        occupations within the sector.         PetroChina International (London)
address skill shortages in the                                                 over the years, relying heavily            “It includes information on         Company, and INEOS Investments
state’s fast-growing gas industry.                                             on attracting skilled labour from       training and development – both        (Jersey) at the beginning of July.
   Energy Skills Queensland, as                                                other sectors, attracting them in       through vocational education and          The formation of the joint
one of the major participants in the                                           with large remuneration packages        higher educational studies – so        ventures creates a strategic
Queensland Gas Conference and                                                  rather than developing its own          it’s important for getting that        partnership       between     both
Exhibition (QGCE), will conduct                                                work force,” he said.                   information out there about the        companies and secures jobs and
a series of presentations and                                                     “Instead, we’re advocating           career opportunities,” said Mr         skills in both the UK and France.
workshops designed to connect                                                  very strongly that the energy           Porter.                                   The JV will also strengthen the
enterprises within the sector to                                               sector, particularly the CSG/LNG           “We will use QGCE as an             long-term sustainability of both
potential workers.                                                             industry, should be more proactive      industry forum to provide              the Grangemouth refinery in
   It will highlight available work                                            and strategic in developing its         examples of strategies that we         Scotland and the Lacra refinery
                                         Significant role: Glenn                                                                                              in France and enhance security of
and career opportunities in the                                                future work force.”                     believe should be adopted.
                                         Porter, CEO of Energy Skills                                                                                         supply for customers.
state’s coal seam gas (CSG) to                                                    According to Mr Porter, work            “For example taking on more
                                         Queensland.                                                                                                             The business currently employs
liquefied natural gas (LNG)                                                    force development, which includes       apprentices is a key issue; we
industry, where skills shortages         causing a huge economic loss to                                                                                      about 1000 people and has a
                                                                               attracting      developing       and    really have a lack of skilled trades
are a major issue for the industry,      the Australian economy.”                                                                                             turnover of $15 billion, according
                                                                               retaining the work force to initially   people here in Queensland to meet
                                           “Events such as The Queensland                                                                                     to reports.
according to Glenn Porter, CEO of                                              build the required infrastructure       the future needs of the energy and
Energy Skills Queensland.                Gas Conference and Exhibition         and then to operate the plants and                                                “We are delighted to have
                                                                                                                       the resources sectors.
                                         (QGCE) assist us in helping           equipment in the longer term, is a                                             PetroChina       as    our   long-
   “Queensland CSG to LNG sector                                                                                          “Going through major booms as
                                         enterprises and industry in                                                                                          term strategic partner in both
is a multi-billion dollar industry,                                            major issue.                            we are now, there will be massive
                                         general understand what their                                                                                        the Grangemouth and Lavra
which currently has four major                                                    “Getting a positive message          shortages in the major trades
                                         collective skills needs will be,                                                                                     refineries”, said INEOS Refining
projects with the potential to of                                              out there about this industry is        like electricians, technicians,        CEO Calum MacLean.
sfer 18,000 direct and indirect          where the potential shortages         critical.                               fitters and the like. The only way
                                         are – and encourage them to                                                                                             PetroChina       paid    $1.015
jobs over the next eight years,”                                                  “The industry needs to promote       to train these people is through
                                         proactively put strategies in place                                                                                  billion cash for the shares
said Mr Porter.                                                                itself as a growth sector, requiring    apprenticeships.                       in     the     joint     ventures.
   “If you look at the recent            to build their own work forces.”      significant numbers of skilled             “At the professional end,           PetroChina’s parent company,
federal budget, you’ll see that the        Porter said that Energy Skills      workers, an industry with career        there is going to be a significant     China      National     Petroleum
government has identified a skills       Queensland is encouraging the         paths and opportunities – so we         shortage of engineers – so we          Corporation, and INEOS are
shortage as the number one issue         CSG/LNG industry to invest in the     attract a work force that’s keen to     need to encourage more young           also progressing a strategic
at the moment.                           development of its own work force.    move into a vibrant and growing         people to study engineering at         co-operation           agreement
   If we don’t have the supply of          “We’re       advocating      that   industry,” he said.                     university – and then provide good     to     share      refining     and
skills we need, a lot of projects will   this industry and individual             Energy Skills Queensland             opportunities for these people         petrochemical         technology,
have to be postponed and some            enterprises need to grow their        has      recently    launched       a   to gain experience in the sector       expertise and skills between
may even be cancelled, potentially       own skills – rather than poaching     Careers in Energy website,              while completing their degrees.”       their respective businesses.

Red tape impedes employment Making the most of
The      Western
                            marketing messages
Government has said its efforts
to lure workers to the state from
Britain are being hampered by                                                                                          Over the years, a leading design       major internal campaigns fall flat
federal immigration red tape                                                                                           agency servicing the resources         or receive a hammering because
according to The West Australian.                                                                                      sector has come to realise that        they were too focused on PR spin.
                                                                                                                       there is something strange about          “They forgot to keep in mind
  Training      and     Workforce
                                                                                                                       the internal marketing needs of        that most resource employees
Development Minister Peter Collier
                                                                                                                       their clients.                         like to call a spade a spade.”
spent a week in Britain recently
as part of a delegation trying to                                                                                        “Employees in the mining,               Being honest means using
sell the positives of living and                                                                                       oil and gas and construction           language and images that are
working in WA to potential skilled                                                                                     industry are a unique bunch,”          close to employees.
migrants.                                                                                                              said Sebastian Long of Media
                                                                                                                                                                 “Managers can talk about
                                                                                                                       Panic!, a design agency based in
  The       group        included                                                                                                                             ‘safety cultures’ and ‘productivity
                                                                                                                       Perth, with a successful record
representatives       from     the                                                                                                                            levels’, but what are the words
                                                                                                                       servicing clients in the sector.
WA Government, Chamber                                                                                                                                        the guys on the ground use?
of Commerce and Industry,                                                                                                “Trying to get ‘corporate’
                                                                                                                                                                 “There’s an image of a dirty
Chamber of Minerals and Energy,                                                                                        messages across to these
                                                                                                                       employees can be fraught with          miner’s face that we see getting
Australian Hotels Association and        Concern: WA faces a shortage of up to 150,000 skilled workers by
                                                                                                                       danger,” he said.                      used all over the place.
Motor Trade Association.                 2017 as resources and infrastructure projects such as Woodside’s
                                         Pluto development and Chevron’s Gorgon project of come on stream.               Media Panic! has a few tips             “But who is he? Does he work
  Acting Workforce Development                                                                                                                                on your mine site? Keeping it real
Minister Troy Buswell said the                                                                                         from its design and marketing
                                         visas to be widened, the new          many of which will be in WA,” Mr                                               is really important.”
delegation found British workers                                                                                       experience for those tasked in
                                         English language test to be relaxed   Bowen’s spokesman said.                                                           In addition, one of the biggest
were keen to move to WA but                                                                                            the industry with getting their
                                         and the points requirement of the        “In addition, through the State      message across.                        challenges is the growing
faced major hurdles with the visa        skilled migration program to be       Migration Plan we allocated 6240
                                                                                                                         “The first thing to remember is      diversity of the workforce.
process.                                 reviewed.                             places to WA in 2010-11 - the
                                                                                                                       that this is a busy industry.             “Thousands of people in
  The State Government believes            A spokesman for Mr Bowen said       largest number of places allocated
Canberra has been too slow                                                                                               “Operational crews on site           the industry today don’t fit the
                                         changes had been announced in         to any state or territory, and over
responding to its requests for                                                                                         have little time to pay attention to   stereotypical image of what we
                                         the Federal Budget.                   a quarter of all places in the
changes to immigration rules.                                                  program.”                               complicated messages,” said Mr         assume a tradie to be,” said Mr
                                           “The (Federal) Government
                                                                                                                       Long.                                  Long.
  At a meeting with Federal              announced a number of new                Mr Buswell said the measures
Immigration Minister Chris               migration measures to help            did not go far enough.                    “You don’t want to risk                 “We need to think about all the
Bowen in March, Mr Collier pushed        tackle skills shortages, including       There is a lot of concern in WA      employees turning away from            different folk who are listening
for Perth to be reclassified as a        increasing the skilled migration      that the state faces a shortage of up   a poster or a flyer because the        when we deliver our messages.
regional area for the purposes of        program by 12,000 places to a         to 150,000 skilled workers by 2017      content is too complex.”                  The final challenge is how to
the regional sponsored migration         total of 125,850 and introducing      as resources and infrastructure           Messages also need to be             reach such a difficult audience
scheme. He also wanted the range         Enterprise Migration Agreements       projects of $225 billion come on        honest.                                without them knowing they are
of jobs eligible for subclass 457        for major resources projects,         stream.                                   “Media Panic! has seen some          being targeted, said Mr Long.

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                                                                                                                SERVICE & SUPPLY - AIR LOGISTICS

                                                                                                                                                          Testing time: A remote tower is
                                                                                                                                                          being trialled in Alice Springs.

Remote tower tech trial
Airservices       Australia     has   the potential introduction of the      reducing over time,” Mr Rodwell          “For example, using an available    closely with our partners and
committed to trialling remote         technology to Australia over the       said.                                  alternative fibre-optic route         regulators to place the technology
tower technology in Australia with    past 12 months.                          Weather presents another issue       for path diversity will involve a     in the air traffic control toolbox for
the signing of a contract with Saab     Airservices acting general           to be contended with. “Unlike          transmission distance of around       future use.”
yesterday in Canberra.                manager air traffic control, Mark      Europe, we will have to deal with      7,000km,” Mr Rodwell said.              The technology has been
   The nation’s air navigation        Rodwell, said the proposed             heat, dust and very occasionally,        He said continued engagement        developed by Saab in conjunction
service provider intends to           evaluation of the technology would     heavy rain at our site in Alice        with regulators, the industry,        with the Swedish Air Navigation
evaluate the technology at Alice      provide a good test of its viability   Springs,” he said.                     air traffic control workforce and     Service provider, LFV, and has
Springs in Central Australia from     in remote and harsh conditions.          A lack of multiple communi-          the community would also be           already undergone thorough live
late 2012, with the control centre      “Due to the cost of primary and      cation systems in Australia’s          required.                             testing in Sweden.
in Adelaide – more than 1500km        back-up data communications in         sparsely populated interior means        “Such a leading edge technology       Saab Security in Australia
away.                                 Australia, we estimate the initial     providing appropriate back-up          will take a considerable amount       general manager, Dean Rosenfield,
   Airservices has been studying      operating costs of a remote tower      paths for critical data in the event   of thought and discussion before      said the company is pleased to
the technical, engineering, human     centre are roughly the same as a       of an outage is also a challenging     gaining regulatory approval for its   continue its relationship with
factors and regulatory aspects of     traditional tower to start with, but   task.                                  use. We look forward to working       Airservices Australia.

Expanded airline network ready to service African clients
Present for the past 75 years         to new destinations within the         African destinations.                  in Kenya, Lilongwe in Malawi,           This cooperation was extended
in Africa, Air France and KLM         African region, with additional          Thanks to three African airline      Lusaka in Zambia, and Mombassa        to include Air France via a code-
continue to expand their services     frequencies.                           partners, Air France and KLM are       in Kenya.
                                                                                                                                                          share agreement between Nairobi
to the African continent.               Key figures for the summer 2011      now able to offer an even more            Since 1996, KLM has been
                                                                                                                    offering flights out of Kenya         and Charles de Gaulle airport in
  By combining their strengths        season show that the Air France        extended network covering a total
                                                                                                                    via a joint venture partnership       Paris France, and subsequently by
with those of their African           KLM group has increased its            of 45 African destinations in 31       with Kenya Airways – notably
partners, Air France and KLM          capacity in the region by 4 per cent   countries.                                                                   the extension of the joint venture
                                                                                                                    connecting Mombassa to the rest
are now offering customers an         from the previous year – operating       Destinations          include :      of the world, via Amsterdam in the    in 2009.
increasingly expanded network         201 frequencies to a total of 38       Bujumbura in Burundi, Kisumu           Netherlands.                                                    ADVERTISING                                                           OIL & GAS BULLETIN VOL. 16, NO. 8                                                                   PAGE 21

                                                                                                                                                    New horizons: Heliwest now offers
                                                                                                                                                            crew transfers for Roc Oil.

Heliwest has moved into the          operations is an exciting one for
offshore operations area, securing   us and sits perfectly within our
a contract with Roc Oil (WA) to      strategic aims,” said Mr Grimes.
provide service and maintenance        “ROC is a great client for us
crew transfers for its Cliff Head    and we’re delighted to have been
project off the Western Australian   given the opportunity to provide
coast from Dongara.                  their service and maintenance
  Heliwest CEO David Grimes          crew transfers between Dongara
said the contract, previously        and the nearby Cliff Head facility.”   1.4 million barrels in 2010 and      crew changes when required.            helicopters to support offshore oil
operated by Bristow, was a             The     ROC-developed        and     continues to deliver in line with      Heliwest is also expanding its       and gas operations for Saipem.
major win for the local company,     operated facility at Cliff Head has    reserve expectations.                                                          Heliwest now operates six
                                                                                                                 operations in Papua New Guinea
signalling a strong, new presence    been producing oil since May             Heliwest is operating a BO105LS                                           B212 helicopters in PNG in a
in the offshore helicopter sector.   2006.                                  twin engine helicopter on the        with the anticipated completion of     joint venture with Helifix of Port
  “The move into regular offshore      The field produced more than         contract and a B212 machine for      a new contract to supply two B212      Moresby.

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                                                                                                                 SERVICE & SUPPLY - AIR LOGISTICS

Services take off up north

  Australian launch: CHC will be using helicopters similar to this for its Woodside contract.

CHC Helicopter has launched            a five-year agreement plus two         other bases along the North West       chosen to assist their continued         the industry’s fastest growing
operations in Australia by             two-year extensions valued at          Shelf of Australia as required.        development,” Mr Burt said.              regions,” Mr Burt said.
providing helicopter services for      $500 million, commenced March          Rick Burt, managing director              CHC     Helicopter     recently          CHC will be making a total
Woodside Energy’s Australian           2011 with the early introduction       for CHC Helicopter’s Australian        completed the move of its                capital investment of about $150
operations.                            of two AW139 aircraft based at the     operations, said he is proud of the    Australian headquarters to Perth
                                                                                                                                                              million to provide the requisite
In June, three EC225 aircraft          company’s new hanger complex           work being done with Woodside.         to be closer to customers involved
                                       in Karratha.                                                                                                           aircraft, spare parts inventory
began operations for Woodside                                                   “Woodside continues to play a        in Australia’s major offshore oil
based out of Karratha and Broome,      The Woodside contract is in                                                   and gas province.                        and base infrastructure. With
                                                                              lead role in developing the North
with a fourth aircraft starting        support of both production and         West shelf oil and gas region into        “We play a significant role in        an estimated value of over $500
service in August 2011 out of the      drilling campaigns and over the        one of the premier investment          the offshore oil and gas industry        million, the contract will run for
third Woodside base, Exmouth.          contract term it is expected the       and production areas globally,         globally and our goal is to              five years, with up to four years of
The Woodside Energy contract,          aircraft will be moved to various      and we are extremely proud to be       increase our presence in one of          extension options.

Civil aviation body strengthens Cloud computing
its oversight of safety issues  app benefits sector
                                with real time info
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority
has strengthened the oversight of
aviation safety across key areas of
                                                                                “I want each CASA office to have
                                                                              a clear focus on a region and the
                                                                              type of aviation that is going on in
regional Australia.                                                           that region.                           A hand-held cloud computing              meets safety and regulatory
  CASA is reorganising its                                                                                           (connecting multiple servers and         obligations
                                                                                “For example, in the North-West
resources to focus on growing                                                                                        computer devices) application              “The difference here between
                                                                              of Western Australia helicopter
areas of aviation activity in South                                                                                  could provide serious benefits           Onesafe and other systems is that
                                                                              operations have been expanding
Australia, Western Australia,                                                                                        for those in the minerals and            Onesafe is the first organisation
                                                                              steadily and CASA must provide         resources sector.
North Queensland and the                                                                                                                                      to develop a system exclusively
                                                                              appropriate safety oversight and
Northern Territory.                                                                                                     A recent conference in Perth          around cloud technology,” Mr
                                                                              regulatory services.”                  was the venue for the unveiling
  CASA’s regional office structure                                                                                                                            Bartsch said.
                                                                                The changes came into effect         of Onesafe, a high-tech risk
is changing in these regions to
                                                                              from 1 July 2011.                      management and compliance                  “That means that any safety
deliver better safety oversight,
                                                                                CASA staff levels will not be        system that offers real-time, live       threats or changes in regulations
particularly for aviation operations
                                                                              affected by the reorganisation of      safety information.                      are instantly entered remotely.”
supporting the booming mining
                                       Safer: CASA director of aviation                                                                                         The launch comes with the
industry.                                                                     regional offices.                         The system is a world-first in that
                                       safety, John McCormick.                                                                                                approach of the anniversary of the
  A new Central Region will be                                                  The Civil Aviation Safety            it has been developed exclusively
created to cover South Australia                                              Authority (CASA) was established       upon cloud technology. Airlines          crash of a charter flight that killed
and the Northern Territory,            will be able to concentrate its                                               and companies that use aviation          the Sundance Mining board in the
                                                                              on in 1995 as an independent
utilising existing offices in          resources on the state, particularly                                          charter services can access              Democratic Republic of Congo.
                                                                              statutory authority.
Adelaide and Darwin.                   the North-West.                                                               instant updates on aviation risks
                                                                                Under section 8 of the, Civil                                                   Mr Bartsch said if such a system
  This will deliver a better             In the same way, CASA’s                                                     via portable tablets and phone           had been available 12 months ago
                                                                              Aviation Act 1988, CASA is a
capability to focus on the safety      Northern region will concentrate                                              devices.
                                                                              body corporate separate from the                                                the tragic accident that resulted
oversight of aviation operations       on North Queensland, where there                                                 The system is expected to
                                                                              Commonwealth.                                                                   in the deaths of Sundance board
across this region, while              is also strong growth in aviation                                             make commercial air travel safer,
                                                                                Its primary function is to                                                    members could have been averted.
maintaining a strong presence          activity.                                                                     more efficient and therefore less
                                                                              conduct the safety regulation of       expensive for passengers.                  “The Onesafe system can be
throughout the Top End.                  CASA director of aviation safety,
                                       John McCormick, said the changes       civil air operations in Australia                                               tailored to suit a major commercial
  Previously, South Australia was                                                                                       The technology supporting this
                                       will make sure the right safety        and the operation of Australian        system had previously only been          airline all the way down to a
part of CASA’s Western Region
and the Northern Territory was         oversight resources are focussed       aircraft overseas.                     available to airlines but is now         regional carrier, and companies
part of the Northern Region, which     in the right places.                     It is also required to provide       available to all air operators and       only pay for what they use.
included North Queensland.               “We need to make sure the way        comprehensive safety education         to the resource and mining sector.         “It creates one system, one
  With aviation growing rapidly        CASA is organised reflects the         and     training     programmes,          Onesafe director Ron Bartsch          culture and one method for
in regional Western Australia,         way aviation activity is changing      cooperate with the Australian          said the invention revolutionises        managing safety across the entire
CASA’s Western Region office           and growing,” Mr McCormick said.       Transport Safety Bureau.               the way the aviation industry            organisation.”                                                             OIL & GAS BULLETIN VOL. 16, NO. 8                                                                    PAGE 23

Second contract secured
AGC Industries has won its second
contract by Chevron Australia for                                                                                                                                    Awards: AGC Industries has won
the Gorgon upstream project, off                                                                                                                                   its second contract for the Gorgon
the north-west coast of Western                                                                                                                                        upstream project, offshore WA.
  The project is one of the world’s
largest natural gas projects and
the largest single resource natural
gas project in Australian history.
  The $12 million contract,
awarded on 30 June, has a
project scope which includes
the fabrication, supply, testing,
inspection, storage and delivery
of adjustable pipe support             Congratulations: WA Commerce
structures weighing in excess of       Minister Simon O’Brien said
900 metric tonnes.                     the two consecutive wins
  This is the second contract of its   would bring jobs to Western
kind recently awarded by Chevron       Australians.
to AGC for local fabrication to the    enable the safe and effective
Gorgon project.                        delivery of this contract, while
  AGC said it will utilise its         maintaining our Perfect Day
fabrication facilities in Kwinana,     safety philosophy,” Mr Kenny
south of Perth with completion         said.
due in 2012.
                                         WA Commerce Minister Simon
  “The Gorgon project is a             O’Brien congratulated AGC on the
significant investment for Western
                                       day of this second contract win
Australia’s energy production and
                                       for Chevron’s $43 billion project.
for AGC,” said AusGroup acting
managing director and CEO,               Mr O’Brien said that in just
Stuart Kenny.                          over a month, AGC had won $62
  “This latest contract award          million worth of contracts that
                                                                             our recent communications with                    projects taking place throughout         engagement is helping to achieve
continues to underline the             would create in excess of 200                                                                                                    positive outcomes for the state.
                                                                             major project proponents,” Mr                     the state,” he said.
excellent      relationship     we     local jobs in WA.
                                                                             O’Brien said.                                       Mr O’Brien said this latest win           “There will undoubtedly be
have built with Chevron, while           “Western Australian service                                                                                                    comments that these contracts
                                                                               “The State Government is                        came directly after a $50 million
demonstrating our ability to           and supply companies have the                                                                                                    are not enough but I believe this is
deliver fabrication projects using     skills and capabilities to support    serious about ensuring local                      contract to manufacture 8200
                                                                                                                                                                        just the start. This announcement
local resources.”                      resource projects in every phase of   industry receives full, fair and                  pipe spools, also for Gorgon.            is a win for AGC, a win for local
  “Our recent growth in both           development – a point the Premier     reasonable    opportunity     to                    “With the awarding of these two        workers and a win for the State,”
capability and experience will         and I have been emphasising in        participate in major resource                     contracts we are confident this          he said.

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                                                                                                      SERVICE & SUPPLY - PIPES & PIPELINES

additions                             Polyethylene pipe
pipe line                             range goes on show
                                      David Moss Corporation featured           An independent, accredited
Stainless     steel     specialists   an updated polyethylene pipe           NATA laboratory and Registered
Blucher Australia will showcase       range at its stand during the recent   Training Organisation, MTTL
two new additions to its Mapress      2011 Mining and Engineering WA         undertakes moisture testing of
stainless steel piping range along    exhibition at the Perth Convention     resins, OIT testing of pipes, melt-
with a new press-fit system in        and Exhibition Centre in early         flow requirement measurements
carbon steel at its stand during      July.                                  and hydrostatic testing of pipes
                                         The PE100 pipe range has            and fittings.
the Queensland Gas Conference
and Exhibition (QGCE).                been developed following the              MTTL also has staff accredited
                                      company’s expansion of its PE          by the Training Accreditation
   The conference will be held
                                      pipe production facility with the      Council (WA) to teach trade
at the Brisbane Convention
                                                                             personnel to poly weld and
and Exhibition Centre on 16-17        installation of multiple extruders
                                                                             conduct courses in butt welding,
August.                               that operate 24 hours a day, seven
                                                                             hand extrusion and electrofusion
   Headlining the releases will       days a week.
                                                                             welding which was demonstrated
be what Blucher describes as             The range is available in 20mm      live at the exhibition.
“super-size” additions to its 316     up to 1200mm in a complete
                                                                                Headquartered in Neerabup,
stainless steel Mapress range –       range of pressure ratings with         WA, David Moss Corporation
its 139mm and 168mm diameter          co-extruded and striped pipes to       has branches in Kalgoorlie,
tube and fittings.                    meet all standards required.           Brisbane and Adelaide. As well as
   As with other components of           Meanwhile,       David      Moss    polyethylene and PVC pipes, the
the Mapress system, these do not      Corporation has also established       company supplies underground
require welding to join, resulting    its own testing and training           ventilation systems and rubber
in faster installation times and a    laboratory, the Material Technology    liners to Australian and overseas      New and improved: David Moss Corporation’s updated pipe range.
consistent join each time, Blucher    and Testing Laboratory (MTTL).         markets.
Australia said.
   According to the company,
the Mapress press-fit pressure
system has proven successful for
                                      Onslow pipeline contract inked with BHP
potable water supply, compressed      Engineering and construction                                                                                       Australian project,” said Clough
air, fuel, dust suppression and       company Clough has awarded a                                                                                       CEO John Smith.
safety shower installations at        circa $45 million contract to the                                                                                    “We will utilise resources
mining and other industrial           STREICHER-Clough Joint Venture                                                                                     and expertise from our Clough
project sites across Australia.       (SCJV) for pipeline construction                                                                                   Seam Gas division and partner
   QGCE will also see Blucher         work on BHP Billiton’s Macedon                                                                                     STREICHER to deliver the best
release the Mapress press-fit         Project, off the coast of Onslow,                                                                                  possible project outcomes”.
system in carbon steel.               north-west Western Australia.                                                                                        The Macedon project involves
   Blucher said this range of tube,     SCJV is a 50/50 per cent joint                                                                                   four offshore production wells
fittings and adaptors, which          venture between Clough and                                                                                         supplying a wet gas pipeline to an
uses the same ring seal-pressed       Germany’s pipeline engineering                                                                                     onshore gas treatment plant to be
connections as its stainless-steel    and construction specialists,                                                                                      constructed at Ashburton North,
range, is ideal for fire sprinkler    STREICHER Group.                                                                                                   17km south-west of Onslow.
systems, fuels and oils, and            The scope of work includes                                                                                         BHP is operator of the project
compressed air lines.                 horizontal directional drilling,       and umbilical installation. Work       May 2012.                            with a 71.43 per cent interest,
                                      construction of an onshore wet gas     is due to commence in June 2011          “We are delighted to be working    with joint venture partner Apache
   It is available in 15mm to
                                      pipeline and sales gas pipeline        with completion anticipated in         on this important Western            Northwest.
108mm diameters.

Pipeline purchase in NT reinforces firm’s synergies
Australia’s largest natural gas       other locations principally to fuel    has managed and operated the             The agreement provides for         strong relationship with Power
infrastructure business APA           power generation in the Northern       pipeline.                              services on the pipeline to meet     and Water Corporation and our
Group in mid June announced           Territory.                               APA holds a 96 per cent interest     the growing energy needs of the      commitment to meeting the
that it will purchase the 1630km        Gas is delivered into the pipeline   in NT Gas and the Amadeus Gas          Northern Territory and underpins     energy requirements of the
Amadeus Gas Pipeline in the           via the Bonaparte Gas Pipeline as      Trust. APA said it will be acquiring   the acquisition.
                                                                                                                                                         Territory for the long term.”
Northern Territory for $63 million.   well as from the Amadeus Basin         the pipeline and associated assets       APA managing director, Mick
                                                                                                                                                           The acquisition of the pipeline
  The acquisition is supported by     in Central Australia.                  at the end of that lease.              McCormack said the acquisition
a long term gas transportation                                                                                      ensures APA’s continued presence     complements APA’s interest
                                        Since 1986 the Amadeus Gas             APA has entered into a long term
agreement.                            Trust has leased the pipeline          gas transportation agreement with      in the Northern Territory.           in the Bonaparte and Wickham
  Commissioned in 1986, the           from a consortium of financial         Power and Water Corporation, the         “This acquisition, together        Point pipelines and reinforces
Amadeus Gas Pipeline transports       institutions, and NT Gas as            Northern Territory’s government-       with our gas transportation          operational synergies between the
gas to Darwin, Katherine and          trustee for the Amadeus Gas Trust      owned electricity provider.            agreement, strengthens our           three assets.

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Züblin Australia (Züblin) was         Australia and is set to offer the      mode thus enabling tunnelling          tunnelling and pipe production       tunnelling requirements in the oil
established in late 2006 to           national oil and gas industry          to continue in difficult ground        solution. Its in-house design team   and gas industry with exemplary
become part of a key partnership      supreme tunnelling infrastructure      conditions.                            and pipe manufacturing factory       skill and precision.
with Brookfield Multiplex and         capabilities. It can bore tunnels        This was exemplified when            ensure quality and consistency         “We have completed each project
MacMahon Contractors, for             from 1m in diameter to as large                                               while its highly knowledgeable       in Australia on time, below budget
                                                                             boring through highly variable
the delivery of the ALKIMOS                                                                                                                              and with an outstanding level of
                                      as 12m.                                ground conditions in India and         project management ensures client
Wastewater Scheme, north of                                                                                                                              accuracy,” said Züblin commercial
                                        For the Western Australia            Singapore. The 15m long TBM also       satisfaction through efficient and
Perth.                                                                                                                                                   manager, Andrew Hall.
                                      projects, Züblin employed a dual       includes a bi-directional cutting      effective project supervision.
  Züblin brought unparalleled                                                                                                                              “We can offer the oil and gas
tunnelling      and      project      mode tunnel boring machine             head with maximum torque of              Züblin also has the capability
                                                                                                                                                         industry solutions for encasing
management expertise to the           (TBM), designed by Herrenknecht        800kNm, an integrated stone            to manufacture non-standard          gas pipelines for shore-crossings,
partnership.                          and Züblin engineers in Germany.       crusher and built in airlock.          precast concrete elements for the    water infrastructure or any other
  Since 2006, Züblin has                The TBM can bore using earth           Züblin’s depth of knowledge          industry.                            trenchless solution required.”
tunnelled almost 10km in Western      pressure balance mode or slurry        provides the industry an end-to-end      Züblin can complete any                                   ADVERTISING                                                           OIL & GAS BULLETIN VOL. 16, NO. 8                                                               PAGE 25

Keep an eye on bargains
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          travel to events such as internal
   The study was conducted                                               clients.                                                                     A selection of 20 domestic                                               manager Chris Preston that                                                 meetings, training or conferences,
between 1 January 2011 and 31                                               As part of the study the average                                        routes showed that by using best                                           if best fare of day tickets were                                           which are of a fixed nature versus
March 2011 and analysed ticket                                           price of all ticket types sold for a                                       fare of day companies could save                                           used by every traveller across the                                         new customer/prospect meetings
prices across airlines for 160,078                                       single-leg journey were compared                                           on average between $11 to $154                                             one company for as many trips                                              that may need flexible conditions,
one-way trips using fare data                                            to the average price of tickets                                            per one way trip.                                                          as possible, the strategy had the                                          said Mr Preston.

Fast reaction in a crisis key to a mobile workforce
For companies that work in                                               of a travel management company                                             travel support, round the clock                                            leader Gregory Lording said that                                             “Our travel managers made
the mining, and oil and gas                                              when disaster strikes are in the                                           assistance with all travel bookings                                        during the Chilean ash cloud                                               hundreds of phone calls to provide
industries, the involvement of an                                        best position to not only look after                                       and provide the latest industry                                            disruptions FCm drew upon                                                  assistance with the re-bookings
experienced travel management                                                                                                                       updates.                                                                   a number of resources to offer                                             and we made contact with our
                                                                         staff but achieve some level of
                                                                                                                                                      A travel manager can also tap                                            travel alternatives for mining, oil                                        preferred car hire companies to
company is now more than ever                                            business continuity.
                                                                                                                                                    into a wider pool of resources to                                          and gas clients.                                                           ensure we had cars ready to go
a crucial part of managing the                                             When a situation such as the                                             source accommodation, air travel                                             “As soon as we heard news                                                for clients.
challenges of a mobile workforce.                                        recent Chilean ash cloud crisis                                            and car hire that may not be                                               of airlines cancelling flights, our                                          “One-way car rental was
  And with the regularity of                                             strikes, a travel manager not only                                         available to the general public                                            travel managers ran ‘where are                                             provided as an option as well as
natural disasters and other major                                        acts as a central point of contact                                         or travellers that have booked                                             they reports’ so we knew which                                             water transport for clients that
travel disruptions on the rise,                                          but can help companies track and                                           ad-hoc over the internet.                                                  of our clients and their travellers                                        needed to travel between Victoria
companies that have the support                                          locate their staff, provide personal                                         FCm Travel Solutions brand                                               were affected,” Mr Lording said.                                           and Tasmania.”

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Employee-friendly                                                                                                                                                                                                     airports
travel reaps benefits
Low unemployment rates and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      set for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      More than $8 million will be
stiff competition to attract the
best staff in the resources sector
                                                                                                                                                                           Corporate Traveller                        spent on improvements to
                                                                                                                                                                           now offers its                             29 regional airports across
has an increasing number of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Western Australia.
companies using employee-                                                                                                                                                  mining, oil and gas
friendly travel policies to gain a                                                                                                                                                                                      Record funding has been
competitive advantage.                                                                                                                                                     clients membership                         provided by the WA government
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      through the 2011-12 round
   James Kavanagh, Queensland                                                                                                                                              to a dedicated                             of the Regional Airports
general manager of business
travel    specialist      Corporate
                                                                                                                                                                           travel club with                           Development Scheme (RADS).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Transport Minister Troy Buswell
Traveller, said one of the main                                                                                                                                            deals and special                          said $6.4 million would come
priorities for its corporate                                                                                                                                               benefits for travel                        from the Royalties for Regions
clients in the mining, oil and gas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      program and $2 million from
industries was attracting and
                                                                                                                                                                           Employers are looking to be far            the Department of Transport
retaining the best staff.
                                                                                                                                                                           more competitive to attract a              for infrastructure upgrades and
   Mr Kavanagh said one of the                                                                                                                                                                                        maintenance programs.
methods companies were using                                                                                                                                               quality workforce,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                                             “Conversations between clients             Among the 2011-12 grants
to highlight their competitive                                                                                                                                                                                        are $1.28 million for passenger
advantage to new employees was                                                                                                                                             and our people more often than
                                                        Incentive: Corporates promote employee-friendly travel policies to                                                                                            security screening facilities and
to promote flexible and employee                                                                                                                                           not, include what we can do to
                                                        lure top staff.                                                                                                                                               an apron extension at Esperance,
friendly travel policies.                                                                                                                                                  help them provide added traveller
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      as well as $1.25 million for a
   “Having the right kind of travel                       Mr      Kavanagh      believes                         packages that include a company-                          safety and comfort.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      review of the airport master plan
policy is now an essential tool                         companies were not as demanding                          paid allowance for leisure travel                           “They don’t mind so much if              and building passenger security
for gaining the best and most                           on their travellers as they had                          are also being offered as an                              travel has to occur in work hours          screening facilities at Albany in
experienced staff for companies                         been in the past.                                        incentive for top level staff.”                           because they know travellers will          the Great Southern region.
working in the booming resources                          “What we’re seeing is that                                He added that in response to                           arrive rested and ready to focus             More       than       $800,000
sector,” Mr Kavanagh said.                              companies don’t seem to mind                             the changing business travel                              on core tasks, making them more            will be spent on taxiways
   “While cost reduction is                             if their employees travel on                             market, Corporate Traveller now                           productive in the workplace and            and terminal works at Port
always going to be the number                           work time rather than in their                           offered its mining, oil and gas                           beneficial to the business.”               Hedland International Airport
one issue for companies, travel                         own time.                                                clients membership to a dedicated                           Mr Kavanagh said travel                  in the Pilbara, while more
policies and what they allow and                          We’re also noticing in some                            leisure travel club that provided                         policies for some companies had            than $1 million will be spent
don’t allow travellers as well as                       situations higher levels of                              clients with deals and special                            become less about how to knock             on    constructing      dedicated
traveller safety and security have                      comfort for employee air travel                          benefits for leisure travel.                              $10 off the price of an air ticket         helicopter and general aviation
all become a hot topics for the                         and accommodation and in some                               “The business travel market is                         and more about how to use travel           apron areas at Learmonth in the
mining, oil and gas sector.”                            cases I know of, remuneration                            rapidly changing in this sector.                          to become an employer of choice.           Gascoyne region.

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                                                                                                                                                  CORPORATE TRAVEL

Sky high levels of service
A new level of service has been
launched for business travellers
on the important Sydney to Perth
  Virgin Australia’s Airbus
A330 Coast to Coast service now
includes a luxury business class
cabin, a first for the company
airline on an Australian domestic
  The service began in May this
year after the airline revealed
that the Airbus A330s would be
the first aircraft to offer business
class on the Virgin Australia
domestic network. The cabins,
both economy and business, have
been specially fitted out by Virgin
Australia’s creative director, Hans
  Virgin Australia group of
airlines CEO and managing
director, John Borghetti said of the
new service: “For the first time in
almost a decade, travellers will
have a choice in business class        Excellence in the sky: The new business class cabin (left) offers supreme comfort, while onboard catering is taken to another level.
within the Australian domestic
market. With our excellent             every guest a stylish way to travel,”     Travellers would be forgiven        are three course lunches and           and the upgrade of our existing
service, luxury leather seating,       said a spokesman for the airline.       for thinking they were travelling     dinners, plus delicious gourmet        lounges, Virgin Australia is
62 inch seat pitch business class        “After the recent introduction of     internationally with the range        breakfasts and tasty snacks to         making the airport experience
pitch, multi-channel in-flight         our new uniforms, A330 business         of in-flight experiences on offer,    make the hours fly by.                 even smoother for premium
entertainment and our range of         class, Sydney Lounge Premium            including toiletries from Bulgari,      There is barista-style coffee        guests. This is just the beginning.
high quality meals designed by         Entry and Premium Valet parking         plus blankets, pillows and noise-                                            Virgin Australia will continue to
                                                                                                                     and an expertly-sourced choice
Luke Mangan, Virgin Australia’s        and the new Luke Mangan                 cancelling headsets as well as a                                             evolve over the next 12 months
                                                                                                                     of fine wine, beers, spirits and
Airbus A330 service will provide       inspired in-flight menus, we are        choice of viewing options from                                               catering for more business and
an unparalleled experience in          now excited to be able to share the     the latest movies to TV and audio                                            leisure travellers alike.”
Australian skies.”                                                             programmes on the personal 10           “We’re putting the magic back
                                       look of our new airline.”                                                                                               Virgin Australia’s Airbus A330
                                                                               inch entertainment system.            into flying with our new fleet of      Coast to Coast business class
  Virgin Australia has recently          The new business class cabin
rebranded its offering, underlining                                              If hunger strikes mid-air,          Airbus A330 aircraft taking to the     service operates from Sydney to
                                       will include 27 spacious business
the company’s position as an                                                   business class travellers can         skies,” said Mr Borghetti.             Perth, three times a day, Monday
                                       class seats, with luxurious leather
exciting alternative for Australian    upholstery and ergonomic foot           expect more than the usual              “With the introduction of            to Friday
business and leisure travellers.       rests to take the stress out of         in-flight fare.                       Australia’s first kerbside-to-            For    pricing      and    more
  “Virgin Australia is a vibrant       travelling from coast to coast.           Meals are prepared on board,        lounge Premium Entry to Sydney,        information about the new
and professional airline that offers                                           not simply re-heated, and there       new lounges being introduced           service, visit

Taking off: Alliance acquired four additional aircraft to support the rapid expansion currently being experienced by the resources industry.

Fleet increases for FIFO market as demand grows
Alliance Airlines, one of the          seaboard to Western Australian          coast direct to Western Australian    range of other tasks on the eastern       “These fleet additions provide
leading providers of fly-in, fly-out   mine sites.                             mine sites, avoiding the additional   seaboard.                              a significant enhancement to
(FIFO) air services for Australia’s       The additional aircraft, the first   cost, longer journey times and           “The decision to buy the Fokker     Alliance Airlines’ capability to
resources industry, has acquired       of which arrived in Australia over      peak-period congestion at Perth       F70LR aircraft was made after a        provide customised and efficient
four additional aircraft.                                                      Airport.                                                                     FIFO solutions.”
                                       the weekend, are being introduced                                             review of the operating capabilities
  Two of these aircraft are 100-       specifically to support the rapid         Brisbane-based Alliance has         of a number of aircraft types,”           Following the delivery of the
                                                                               already reached agreement with                                               additional aircraft, the Alliance
seat Fokker F100 twinjets and the      expansion      currently      being                                           said Scott McMillan, managing
                                                                               one major customer to operate                                                fleet will comprise 18 100-seat
remaining two, which are new to        experienced by the resources                                                  director of Alliance Airlines.
                                                                               Fokker F70LRs nonstop from                                                   Fokker F100 and two 75-seat
Australia, are 70-seat Fokker F70      industry.                                                                       “The capabilities of the F70LR
                                                                               the east coast into a mine site in                                           Fokker F70LR jets and five
Long Range jets (F70LR).                  As an example, the long range        Western Australia’s North West,       and the ability to easily integrate    50-seat Fokker F50 turboprops.
  The F70LR can fly nonstop            capability of the Fokker F70LR          and is in discussions with other      the aircraft into our existing fleet   The airline operates from bases
from all major regional centres        will enable the delivery of a high      companies. The airline also has       made the F70LR a natural choice,”      in Brisbane, Townsville, Adelaide,
and capital cities on the eastern      quality FIFO product from the east      plans to use the aircraft for a       he said.                               Perth and Cairns.                                                             OIL & GAS BULLETIN VOL. 16, NO. 8                                                                PAGE 29

Memories improving
A new study confirms it: Google is                                                                                     aunt’s birthday or the name of a
                                                                                                                                                                saga with
altering our brains.
   More precisely, our growing
                                                                                                                       high school teacher - but someone
                                                                                                                       we know does.
                                                                                                                                                                the twist
                                                                                                                                                                of truth
dependence on the internet has                                                                                            “We all have these people in our
changed how and what our brains                                                                                        lives who know certain things.
choose to remember but it doesn’t                                                                                      And we dip into what they know,
mean it’s making us stupid,                                                                                            when we need it,” said Dr Sparrow.
according to a recent study.                                                                                           “We allow them to be responsible
   A team led by psychologist Betsy                                                                                    for it.”
Sparrow from Columbia University
                                                                                                                          “I really think we are using the
in the US has found that when we
                                                                                                                       internet the way we used to use
know where to find information,
we’re less likely to remember it – a                                                                                   people,” she said.
form of amnesia the team dubbed                                                                                           While Google said it could not
‘The Google Effect’.                                                                                                   comment on the premise of the
   The finding, published in the                                                                                       paper, spokesman Gabriel Stricker
latest issue of the US journal                                                                                         said: “Search is how Google began,
Science, doesn’t prove that Google,                                                                                    and we’re constantly working to
Yahoo or other search engines                                                                                          improve it. Search can always get
are making us less intelligent,                                                                                        better and faster at helping you
as some have asserted. Instead,                                                                                        find what you want, when you want
it suggests the human memory                                                                                           it, where you want it.”
is reorganising where it goes                                                                                             Dr Sparrow disagrees with
for information, adapting to new                                                                                       Nicholas Carr, whose 2008 article
computing technologies rather
                                                                                                                       Is Google Making Us Stupid?
than relying purely on rote
                                       Shift: Our memory is changing where it goes for information due to              explained what he saw as the             BY KAMI RAMINI
                                       the rise in the search engine.                                                  brain-corrosive side effects of
   We’re outsourcing “search”                                                                                                                                   Brothers by Antonio Buti
                                                                                                                       digital devices.
from our brains to our computers.         In a series of four experiments        facts themselves. The students,                                                Published by Fremantle Press
                                       at Columbia and Harvard, Dr               they found, recalled the names           It doesn’t prove that we’re
   This reorganisation isn’t                                                                                                                                    RRP: $32.95
                                       Sparrow and her team found that           of files where information was        incapable of thinking long and
a negative change however,
according to Dr Sparrow.               students are more likely to recall        stored, rather than the information   hard about anything, Dr Sparrow
                                                                                                                       said.                                    For fans of true crime, there
   “We’re not thoughtless empty-       a trivial fact if they think it will be   itself.
                                                                                                                                                                is nothing better than reading
headed people who don’t have           erased from the computer – and               But in many ways, this is no          “And it could be that once we
                                                                                                                                                                about a case you remember, and
memories anymore,” she said.           forget it if they’re assured it will      different than our age-old reliance   stop worrying about memorising
                                       be there.                                                                       dates and facts and names, we’re         the Mickelberg saga is one of
“But we are becoming particularly                                                on the so-called ‘group memories’
                                          Similarly, the team proved that        shared by friends, families and       better able to concentrate,” she         those very cases.
adept at remembering where to
go find things. And that’s kind of     people are better at remembering          tribes and therefore shouldn’t be     said.                                       On 22 June 1982 somebody
amazing.”                              where to find facts, rather than the      alarming: We may not recall our                                         AAP    swindled the Perth Mint out of
                                                                                                                                                                more than $600,000 worth of
                                                                                                                                                                   Already         accused        of
   Book your package tour of the universe                                                                                                                       extravagantly          defrauding
                                                                                                                                                                millionaire Alan Bond by
                                                                                                                                                                manufacturing a fake gold
                                                                                                                                                                nugget, brothers Ray, Peter and
                                                                                                                                                                Brian Mickelberg were the prime
                                                                                                                                                                   Tried and convicted of the
                                                                                                                                                                crime, despite the gold never
                                                                                                                                                                actually being found, Australia
                                                                                                                                                                watched while the brothers spent
                                                                                                                                                                the next 28 years fighting to
                                                                                                                                                                prove their innocence.
                                                                                                                                                                   Antonio Buti’s latest book
                                                                                                                                                                Brothers, is the gripping, fast-
                                                                                                                                                                paced account of the Mickelberg
                                                                                                                                                                brothers’ story.
                                                                                                                                                                   Based on courtroom transcripts
                                                                                                                                                                and interviews with major
                                                                                                                                                                players, Brothers investigates the
                                                                                                                                                                Mickelberg’s trial, their jail time,
                                                                                                                                                                and the subsequent tragedy that
                                                                                                                                                                stalked the police who worked on
                                                                                                                                                                the case and contributed to their
                                                                                                                                                                   Nothing can spin a better story
                                                                                                                                                                than history itself and Brothers is
                                                                                                           People carrier: Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft            a prime example of this.
                                                                                                           will soon inherit exclusivity in space flight.          Packed full of police corruption,
                                                                                                                                                                corporate fraud, and mysterious
While the countdown to the last        for a number of years. So once            space agency NASA more than $55       would not withdraw from space            and violent twists – the plot
days of US space shuttle Atlantis      Atlantis completes its program            million per seat until 2014 and       research.                                couldn’t have been more gripping
has begun, the space flight            after 30 years in orbit, Russia’s         about $62.7 million after that.          Fifty years after the dawn of         if someone had made it up.
community is preparing for a           Soyuz spacecraft will be the                But Soyuz will not only be          manned space flight, mankind                But of course they didn’t –
significant shift in the balance of    world’s exclusive carrier to the                                                remains “only at the very start of the   every last detail of this infamous
                                                                                 carrying astronauts to space.
power.                                 International Space Station (ISS).                                              path”, Mr Medvedev said at an event
                                                                                   “In order to earn money, Russia                                              tale is true.
  US efforts to develop a                 According to reports, Russia                                                 to celebrate the late Russian legend
                                                                                 will again carry into space                                                       Buti, a former law professor
commercial space industry to fly       intends to use this unprecedented                                               Yuri Gagarin, the first person to
                                       monopoly to raise funds to build          wealthy tourists,” said former                                                 at UWA, is now a member for
astronauts into orbit are at least                                                                                     fly into space on 12 April, 1961.
a few years away, government           its new spaceport in Vostochny,           German astronaut Sigmund Jaehn.       “There remains a dream, of course,       Armadale in the WA Parliament.
plans for a long-distance vessel       near the Chinese border, which is         “Capitalism rules in space, too.”     a dream about conquering other           His biography, A Matter of
are even further off, and new          expected to cost over $850 million.         Russian President Dmitry            planets, other solar systems,” he        Conscience: Sir Ronald Wilson
Russian-manned spacecrafts are            A trip aboard the Soyuz to the         Medvedev recently announced           said.                                    won the 2007 WA Premier’s Book
not expected to be in operation        ISS is estimated to cost the US           that despite tight budgets, Russia                                      AAP    Award.

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                                                                                                                                                             ROSTERED OFF
   BURLESON ENERGY                                                                                               ninetofive
  Mike Sandy is a geologist with more than 35 years’ experience in the resources industry. He holds a
  Bachelor of Science (Hons) majoring in geology from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the
  Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
    He is the principal of consultants Michael J Sandy and Associates, which provides services to energy
  companies in Australia, the US and internationally.
    He began his career as a minerals geologist with various mining exploration companies as well as the
  Australian research organisation, CSIRO. In 1982 he moved into petroleum geology, initially with the PNG
  government and later with Oil Search and as a consultant to various oil and gas exploration companies.
    In 1994, Mr Sandy helped establish Novus Petroleum and held various senior roles including executive
  committee member, business development manager and president of Novus USA, the latter based in
  Houston, until Novus was taken over in 2004.
    He is a non-executive director of three ASX-listed energy companies, Caspian Oil & Gas, Tap Oil and Hot
  Rock as well as managing director of Burleson Energy.

How do you like to start your
working day?                                                                                                                                                I would like to
My main role is managing director
of Burleson Energy but I also have                                                                                                                          discuss business
a couple of non-executive director
roles with other companies. Most
                                                                                                                                                            opportunities with
days I work from my home office                                                                                                                             British academic
so I start the day with a coffee from
our espresso machine (I make a
                                                                                                                                                            and author
mean flat white) and sit down,                                                                                                                              Richard Dawkins
read the papers and compile a ‘to-
do’ list for the day.                                                                                                                                       over lunch.
                                                                                                                                                            Actually there
What would you be doing if you
weren’t doing this job?                                                                                                                                     would be little
I would be doing this job –                                                                                                                                 actual business
however with more travel with my
wife, Penny, now that our three                                                                                                                             discussed but
daughters are all at university and
living away from the family home.
                                                                                                                                                            it would be an
However, Penny’s medical career
                                        Strong alliance: Petroleum engineer Karras Kugler, geophysicist and Burleson Energy director Khib                   interesting lunch
is now taking off again, so I am
                                        Kugler, Mike Sandy and petroleum landman Greigh Kugler in front of a rig drilling the first chalk well in
currently biding my time.               Burleson County, Texas. The Kuglers are part of AKG Energy, the US partner of Burleson Energy.                      on 1.8 hectares in the northern
                                                                                                                                                            suburbs of Sydney, on the edge of
What piece of technology                Richard Dawkins over lunch.           challenge as the market and oil         for Papua New Guinea as I lived       a national park and minutes from
couldn’t you do without?                Actually there would be little        price at the time (~1994/5) were        there for many years, but the one     Pittwater (Sydney’s gem) and surf
I am not rabid about keeping up         actual business discussed but it      very ordinary and all the early         region I would like to spend more     beaches. I also enjoy the variety
with the latest technology, as I do     would be an interesting lunch.        participants worked “on spec” i.e.      time is South America.                which comes from involvement
not enjoy sitting for hours in front                                          if the IPO failed (and it nearly did)   What do you like to think about       with a range of companies working
of a computer screen or using a         What is your management style?        there would be no reward.               on the way home?                      in different regions and sections
smart phone. That being said, all       Burleson has only three local            That being said I expect my          My home office is only 20m from       of the energy industry.
I need to run my businesses is          employees (none full time) so this    greatest achievement lies in the        my house so the thought process
a decent internet connection, a         is a bit hard to judge but I would    future as I have been involved in       is fairly limited on those days. If   Where do you see yourself in 10
basic laptop and Skype.                 like to think: overall casual and     Burleson Energy from conception,        I have been in Burleson’s Sydney      years’ time?
                                        relaxed but sharp and hard-nosed      and recent successes lead me to         office for the day, the bus trip      Doing what I am doing now but
Who would you most like to              when required.                        believe it is on the verge of great     home usually involves catching        with fewer administration tasks
share your working lunch with                                                 things.                                 up on reading, a deal of business     and more business and fun travel.
and why?                                What      is   your     greatest                                              plotting and scheming and             I expect there will be a NED role
Other than having a management          professional achievement to           Where would you most like to            listening to music.                   or two in companies I have helped
meeting with my wife (the               date?                                 visit on an overseas working                                                  establish. I will still enjoy helping
other director of our consulting        I was involved in the listing of      trip?                                   What’s the favourite aspect of        to set up new companies but
company, MJSA) I would like to          Novus Petroleum (still, I believe,    I have travelled extensively for        your job?                             will make sure that other people
discuss business opportunities          the largest ASX oil and gas IPO       business (Novus had assets all          Most days I work from home which      run them so I can take a strictly
with British academic and author        at ~$160 million). It was a real      over the world). I have a soft spot     has distinct advantages – we are      advisory role.

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