Santos seizes Australian oil and gas crown

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 19 : 15-Oct-19

Santos expects a $US1.39bn deal to acquire the northern Australia assets of ConocoPhillips to boost its earnings by about 16 per cent. The deal includes the US group’s controlling stake in the Darwin LNG plant, as well as its interests in the Bayu-Undan, Barossa and Poseidon gas fields. Santos will now surpass Woodside Petroleum as Australia’s biggest oil and gas producer. ConocoPhillips still has a 37.5 per cent stake in the Australia Pacific LNG project in Queensland.

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SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, CONOCOPHILLIPS, WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, QUADRANT ENERGY PTY LTD, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, WOOD MACKENZIE, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED

BHP’s still pumped about petroleum

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 20 : 11-Oct-19

BHP’s head of petroleum Geraldine Slattery has told a recent question and answer session in London that oil and gas will remain an integral part of the group’s portfolio. However, whether its historical Australian oil and gas assets remain part of that portfolio is uncertain, with analysts suggesting it may seek to divest its interests in the North West Shelf and Bass Strait. Slattery added that BHP is upbeat about its long-term prospects in Mexico, where it has a stake in the Trion oil field.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP

BP’s grim warning on carbon emissions

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 : 7-Oct-19

BP’s chief economist Spencer Dale says everyone has a responsibility when it comes to steering the world towards a goal of zero net carbon emissions. He says energy companies like BP have a role to play in achieving cleaner energy, but that they cannot get too far ahead of governments and society. Dale adds that investing in new oil and gas fields is still important in terms of meeting energy demand in developing nations, while he says there is a growing mismatch between current emissions output and the wishes of society.

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BP PLC

Oil Search taps Wulff as legend Botten retires

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 16 & 22 : 2-Oct-19

Oil Search’s incoming CEO Keiran Wulff has downplayed suggestions that the Papua New Guinea-focused LNG producer may become a takeover target after Peter Botten steps down. Wulff says that succession planning has been in the works for some time, given that Botten has been at the helm for 25 years. Wulff, who currently heads Oil Search’s operations in Alaska, will succeed Botten in February. However, Botten will remain at Oil Search until August to ensure a smooth transition.

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OIL SEARCH LIMITED – ASX OSH, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, ALLAN GRAY AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION

Activists call for blanket cap on Qld LNG exports

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 21 : 26-Sep-19

The Australia Institute and the Lock The Gate Alliance are among the activist groups that have urged the federal governance to impose a cap on Queensland’s LNG exports. They contend that such a cap would put downward pressure on domestic gas prices. Another option that has been advocated by some activists is to amend the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism to include a price trigger. The federal government is reviewing the ADGSM, which has not been utilised to date.

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THE AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE LIMITED, LOCK THE GATE ALLIANCE INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE, ENERGY USERS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA, ORIGIN ENERGY LIMITED – ASX ORG, AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, ESSO AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, REMAPAK PTY LTD, CLAYPAVE PTY LTD

ExxonMobil to exit Bass Strait gas and oilfields

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 17 : 19-Sep-19

Oil major ExxonMobil is to put its 50 per cent stake in the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture on the market. ExxonMobil holds its 50 per cent interest in the GBJV through Esso, with BHP owning the other 50 per cent. It has been suggested that ExxonMobil could secure up to US2.5 billion ($3.65 billion) for its share of the GBJV, which houses offshore oil and gas assets in Bass Strait and the Longford and Long Island Point plants in Victoria. There is speculation that BHP might seek to put its share of the GBJV up for sale as well as a result of ExxonMobil’s announcement.

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EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION, ESSO AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP

Saudi attack to send oil prices soaring

Original article by Vesna Poljak,{SHARE}Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 13 : 16-Sep-19

Federal energy minister Angus Taylor has stated there are no immediate threats to Australia’s oil supplies, following attacks on Saudi Arabia’s energy infrastructure on 14 September. The drone attacks, by Iranian-backed Yemen Houthi rebels, are the most serious thus far on Saudi oil infrastructure, according to Ben Cleary from the Tribeca Global Natural Resources Fund. Saudi Arabia reported that over five million barrels oil production a day would be foregone immediately following the attacks, equivalent to between five and six per cent of global output. The attacks are tipped to spark a surge in oil prices when trading resumes on 16 September.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

Gas find off Victoria lifts hopes for supply from late 2021

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 7-Sep-19

Cooper Energy and Mitsui have reported a new gas find off the coast of Victoria, with the Annie-1 discovery being located near to an existing gas plant and pipeline. Cooper Energy MD David Maxwell indicated that drilling results indicated a discovery in line with expectations before the well was drilled, which suggests a ‘best estimate’ of 70.5 billion cubic feet, and possibly as much as 137 bcf. Supply from Annie-1 could commence as soon as late 2021.

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COOPER ENERGY LIMITED – ASX COE, MITSUI AND COMPANY (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED

Potential $50b wave of gas M&A deals around the corner

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 27 : 30-Aug-19

David Low of Wood Mackenzie says mergers and acquisitions activity in Australia’s oil and gas sector could increase in coming years. He identifies Cooper Energy and Senex Energy as being among the smaller companies that could become takeover targets, while Oil Search could also potentially attract suitors following its recent share price weakness. Low adds that international companies such as ConocoPhillips and Eni could opt to divest some or all of their assets in Australia.

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WOOD MACKENZIE, COOPER ENERGY LIMITED – ASX COE, SENEX ENERGY LIMITED – ASX SXY, OIL SEARCH LIMITED – ASX OSH, CONOCOPHILLIPS, ENTE NAZIONALE IDROCARBURI SPA, COMET RIDGE LIMITED – ASX COI, GALILEE ENERGY LIMITED – ASX GLL, WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, QUADRANT ENERGY PTY LTD

Staggering WA find raises cheap LNG hope

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 21 : 29-Aug-19

Warrego Energy MD Dennis Donald is bullish about the potential resource at the West Erregulla-2 gas discovery in Western Australia. Warrego and joint venture partner Strike Energy recently announced encouraging results from a drilling at the West Erregulla-2 well in the North Perth Basin. Donald says it may be part of a much larger onshore conventional gas resource that could prove to be more economical to develop for LNG production than some offshore gas fields.

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WARREGO ENERGY LIMITED – ASX WGO, STRIKE ENERGY LIMITED – ASX STX, BEACH ENERGY LIMITED – ASX BPT, MITSUI AND COMPANY LIMITED, AWE LIMITED, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, CSBP LIMITED