Billion-dollar pipeline to put Australia’s Northern Territory on the gas map: to move shale later

A gas pipeline connecting the Australian province of the Northern Territory to the east coast grid is now “almost certain” to be built, opening up massive potential development opportunities and expected cheaper domestic prices, Chief Minister Adam Giles said. APA Group, DDG Operations, Merlin Energy Australia and SGSP Assets have been chosen from a shortlist…


Geothermal project could see fracking wells re-used in Lancashire, UK

A project which could lead to fracking wells in Lancashire being re-used to deliver geothermal heat has been agreed by gas exploration firm Cuadrilla and Geothermal Engineering Ltd. The two firms have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and the feasibility study is being backed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The project will…


Sinopec, PetroChina stick with shale gas as drilling costs fall

China’s top two state-owned companies PetroChina and Sinopec are pushing ahead with efforts to commercialize their dedicated shale gas projects in China, mainly because drilling costs have fallen. Speaking last week at the company’s annual results briefing, Sinopec Chairman Fu Chengyu said shale gas and unconventional gas will continue to be a strategic point of…


Research flights probe why some US oil & gas basins pollute more than others

Researchers from the University of Colorado and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder have begun a study to measure air pollution from oil and gas fields across the Western US. The scientists are flying a small airplane across numerous oil and gas basins, from North Dakota’s Bakken oil field, through Wyoming, Colorado, and…


Marcellus Shale drillers to begin monthly gas production reporting

The US Marcellus Shale drillers will begin filing monthly production reports next week, to comply with a new law enacted last fall. Monthly production reports bring Pennsylvania in line with other major gas-producing states. The data was previously collected by the state Department of Environmental Protection twice a year. Transparency around gas production data has…


Chevron exits Australian shale gas, sells its share of refining joint venture

Chevron abandoned Australian shale exploration and has sold its 50% stake in that nation’s largest oil refiner. Chevron notified Beach Energy, its partner in the central Australian shale project, that “the opportunity does not align strategically” with the US explorer’s portfolio, according to a statement from Beach. Chevron said it has completed the sell down…