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Gas giants: the next wave

The Tech Drill 24 November 2014

The Prelude floating LNG facility is huge because it incorporates all the components of a conventional onshore LNG plant – but in an area just one-quarter of a land-based plant.

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Greens hypocrisy evident in energy policy ‘debate’

Blog Post  |  by Martin Ferguson 21 November 2014

The hypocrisy and bald zealotry that often masquerade as energy policy “debate” in Canberra have been of an unusually high quality of late. The “Climate Pact” signed by the USA and China to reduce greenhouse gas emissions appears to be the ro...

APPEA response to SMH on Southern Cross University research

Blog Post 20 November 2014

Yesterday, APPEA Chief Technical Officer Rick Wilkinson responded to a number of questions from the Sydney Morning Herald relating to a Southern Cross University study on methane emissions in Tara, Queensland and northern NSW. While none of these res...

Australia Institute fails to add value to debate

Blog Post  |  by Damian Dwyer 18 November 2014

To achieve maximum economic benefit, the smart thing to do is to allow resources to flow to higher value-adding activities, like oil and gas, from lower value-adding activities, like many parts of manufacturing. If, like The Australia Institute (lett...

LNG compass

Cleaner natural gas opens up enormous opportunity for Australia

Media Release 13 November 2014

The International Energy Agency’s recognition of natural gas as a growing part of the global energy mix – and a key pillar for stabilising global energy markets, reducing CO2 emissions, and improving quality of life – should reinvigorate effort...

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Oil and gas one of Australia’s top value-adding industries

Media Release 13 November 2014

Oil and gas has been identified as one of Australia’s highest value-adding industries in a new analysis that highlights the sector’s growing importance to the national economy. The analysis, by PwC, shows that for every dollar of production, the...

Aussie money

Oil and Gas Industry Cost Trends

Publication 13 November 2014

Petroleum industry costs have been increasing globally since 2000. Finding and development costs for new reserves increased six-fold between 2000 and 2013.

ERF detail crucial for international competitiveness

Media Release 31 October 2014

Legislation passed in the Senate includes several amendments that improve the operation of the Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), but further detail and significant consultation is needed on some key aspects of the scheme.

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NSW Labor should look closer to home for gas price fix

Media Release 31 October 2014

Rather than asking other states for a hand-out, the NSW ALP should reverse its own opposition to natural gas production in the state, as this is clearly the simplest and the most effective way to put downward pressure on rising NSW gas prices.

Domestic Gas

Report rightly calls for removal of gas supply barriers

Media Release 20 October 2014

Grattan Institute report concludes governments should remove inappropriate barriers to the production of gas resources and minimise the regulatory burden on gas producers to provide a stable environment for future development.

The facts

EPA report undermines anti-gas scare campaign

Media Release 20 October 2014

The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority has reaffirmed that the state's regulatory framework is sufficient to manage any risks associated with current onshore gas exploration activities.


Even ANU cannot run very far from fossil fuels

Blog Post  |  by David Byers 15 October 2014

Far from quitting a dying industry, ANU will find that fossil fuels will keep their place. Helping to improve them would make more sense. Thirty years ago, today’s chancellor of the Australian National University brought an end to his career as...

Gas leases not broken so no fix needed

Blog Post  |  by David Byers 15 October 2014

An opinion piece by Nev Power (“Cobra regulation restricting conventional gas supply”, Australian Financial Review, 13 October) is right to point out the need to develop our gas resources, including onshore resources in eastern Australia, as a k...

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ANU divestment flies in the face of reality

Blog Post  |  by David Byers 14 October 2014

In defending the Australian National University’s share divestment campaign, vice-chancellor Ian Young says he is confident that in 20 to 30 years Australia’s jobs and industries “will not be in producing fossil fuels” (Sydney Morning Herald...

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Time to lift moratoriums on Victorian gas development

Media Release 13 October 2014

Victoria’s Energy Statement highlights the importance of natural gas to the state’s 1.8 million households and manufacturing businesses yet makes no mention of lifting moratoriums on gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Publication 12 October 2014

APPEA's Annual General Meeting will be held at the Perth Parmelia Hilton Hotel, 14 Mill Street, Perth, WA on Thursday 27 November 2014 at 4.15pm.

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Beware “misleading and deceptive” anti-gas advertising

Blog Post 11 October 2014

West Australian Newspapers Ltd has ruled that claims made in a full-page anti-gas advertisement were ruled to be “deceptive and misleading”. The Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA) advertisement, published in the Geraldton Guardian o...


Grave reservations: AWU should call for free market, not free lunch

Media Release 29 September 2014

A campaign launched today by the Australian Workers Union calling for gas subsidies for chosen industrial sectors is nothing more than protectionism dressed up as energy policy. Only new gas supplies, not new government interventions, will put downwa...

Dead end

NSW natural gas freeze

Media Release 25 September 2014

The oil and gas industry finds extraordinary both the timing and the content of reports that the NSW Government plans to extend its freeze on natural gas exploration.

Domestic Gas

Green Paper recognises importance of natural gas

Media Release 23 September 2014

An improved energy policy framework, including a reform of Australia’s labour markets, would remove unnecessary barriers to continued investment in exploration and production and enable the industry to increase domestic gas supplies.

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Harbouring regret as NSW misses the boat

Blog Post  |  by Paul Fennelly 23 September 2014

It’s unlikely to be an event noticed by Sydney’s millions. But sometime between now and Christmas, a ship will leave Gladstone harbour in central Queensland, with a cargo that will have a profound effect upon the lives of all who inhabit NSW’s...


Complaint over CCWA advertising upheld

Blog Post 23 September 2014

West Australian Newspapers Ltd has found that a Conservation Council of WA advertisement in the Geraldton Guardian on 11 July 2014, featured multiple false claims regarding risks associated with hydraulic fracturing, a process used to extract natural...

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APPEA welcomes appointment of new NOPSEMA CEO

Media Release 18 September 2014

Australia’s oil and gas industry welcomes the appointment of Stuart Smith as the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA). APPEA Chief Executive David Byers said: “Mr S...

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Gas production critical to eastern gas prices

Media Release 18 September 2014

Gas producers support calls by manufacturers to remove regulatory impediments currently restricting the production of natural gas for eastern Australia’s domestic supply.

Scales of justice & gavel

APPEA welcomes Federal Court visa ruling

Media Release 16 September 2014

Australia has one of the world's most stringent offshore visa systems. Any changes that make it more difficult to employ temporary workers would undermine global competitiveness and ultimately put projects and Australian jobs at risk.

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Science-based Marine Reserve Review good for environment and economy

Media Release 11 September 2014

APPEA welcomes the announcement on the review of Australia’s marine reserve network made today by Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Senator Richard Colbeck. APPEA supports the Australian Government’s commitment to use rigorous science and broad...

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APPEA welcomes legislation to validate environmental approvals

Media Release 10 September 2014

Legislation to validate environmental approvals in Western Australia has been welcomed by the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association. The legislation was introduced into the WA Parliament today after a review found a number of...