Oil Search says gas output will double in PNG

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 22 : 20-Feb-19

Oil Search has posted a 2018 net profit of $US341.2m, which is 13 per cent higher than previously, with revenue up six per cent to $US1.535bn. A sharp rise in the price of LNG and crude oil during the year helped offset a decline in full-year production due to an earthquake in Papua New Guinea early in the year. Oil Search still aims to double LNG production in PNG by 2024. Shareholders will receive a final dividend of $US0.085 per share, and a full-year payout of $US0.105 a share.

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OIL SEARCH LIMITED – ASX OSH, EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION, TOTAL SA, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS

Beach lifts profit guidance as more growth tipped

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 14-Feb-19

Beach Energy has posted a 2081-19 interim net profit of $282.9m and underlying earnings of $278.8m. Sales rose by 169 per cent to $1.057bn, and Beach has upgraded its full-year EBITDA forecast in response to its strong performance in the first half. CEO Matt Kay says the oil and gas group will consider acquisitions, but he stresses that any deals would need to add value for shareholders. Shares in Beach closed 5.3 per cent higher at $1.78 on 13 February.

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BEACH ENERGY LIMITED – ASX BPT, LATTICE ENERGY LIMITED, SEVEN GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX SVW, BP PLC, CUE ENERGY RESOURCES NL – ASX CUE, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, CITIGROUP PTY LTD

BHP’s $1.3bn to lift US oil projects

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 20 : 14-Feb-19

Production at the Atlantis oil field in the Gulf of Mexico will increase by about 38,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day following BHP’s decision to invest $US696m ($976.3m) in the third stage of the project. BHP will also spend $US256m on drilling an additional appraisal well at its Trion project off the coast of Mexico. The capital investment is part of BHP’s strategy to increase its conventional oil and gas output.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, BP PLC

Gas prices are resilient to LNG softness

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 12-Feb-19

Cooper Energy is seeking to market around 21 petajoules of gas in 2019-20, while its $355 million Sole gas project off the coast of Victoria is nearing completion. CEO David Cooper says talk of gas prices of between $13 and $15 per gigajoule has eased due to the weaker LNG export market, but buyers are still seeking to buy gas at prices between $9 and $11 per gigajoule. He says Cooper Energy does not tell users what they must pay.

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COOPER ENERGY LIMITED – ASX COE, O-I AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, SENEX ENERGY LIMITED – ASX SXY

LNG import plans pushed back to 2020

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 11 & 14 : 5-Feb-19

AGL Energy’s proposed import terminal at Crib Point in Victoria and Australian Industrial Energy’s planned LNG import terminal at Port Kembla in New South Wales are among five LNG import terminals flagged for Australia. However, Saul Kavonic of Credit Suisse says none of the five may be approved by the end of 2019. Labor’s energy spokesman Mark Butler says it has not ruled out LNG import terminals if it wins the upcoming election, while Australian Workers’ Union national secretary Daniel Walton has spoken out against importing LNG.

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AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRIAL ENERGY PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN WORKERS’ UNION-FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING EMPLOYEES, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED

Origin buoyed by record Australia Pacific LNG sales

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 23 : 1-Feb-19

Origin Energy has advised that its share of revenue from the Australia Pacific LNG project rose by 45 per cent year-on-year in the December quarter, to $740.9m. Origin received net cash distributions of $393 million from the project during the first half of 2018-19, compared with its guidance of $375m-$395m. Meanwhile, Origin’s domestic electricity and gas sales volumes fell by eight per cent and 21 per cent respectively quarter-on-quarter.

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ORIGIN ENERGY LIMITED – ASX ORG, AUSTRALIA PACIFIC LNG LIMITED, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, SHANDONG ORDER GAS COMPANY LIMITED

Woodside pushes ahead with Scarborough project

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 14 : 17-Jan-19

Woodside Petroleum has awarded contracts for front-end engineering design work on the Scarborough gas project to McDermott Australia, Subsea Integration Alliance, Saipem and Intecsea. Woodside and its partners are slated to make a final investment decision on the project in 2020. Woodside has a majority stake in Scarborough, while BHP holds a 25 per cent stake and has an option to increase this by 10 per cent.

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WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, McDERMOTT AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, SUBSEA INTEGRATION ALLIANCE, SAIPEM AUSTRALIA, INTECSEA PTY LTD, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED, EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION

Record LNG exports, but prices falling

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 13 : 9-Jan-19

The Gladstone LNG, Australia Pacific LNG and Queensland Curtis LNG projects’ export volumes rose to a record 5.4 million tonnes during the December quarter. Queensland Resources Council CEO Ian Macfarlane says the oil and gas industry contributed $8.2bn to the economy in 2017-18. Meanwhile, Saul Kavonic of Credit Suisse says declining gas production in Bass Strait has been the key contributor to rising gas prices on the east coast, and that prices would have risen much more if the three Queensland LNG projects did not sell gas into the domestic market.

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GLADSTONE LNG PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA PACIFIC LNG LIMITED, QUEENSLAND CURTIS LNG PTY LTD, QUEENSLAND RESOURCES COUNCIL LIMITED, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, ORIGIN ENERGY LIMITED – ASX ORG, CONOCOPHILLIPS, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, ENERGYAUSTRALIA PTY LTD, WOOD MACKENZIE

Quicker power as Origin upgrades

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 13 & 14 : 7-Jan-19

Origin Energy has upgraded its 224-megawatt Quarantine gas peaking plant in South Australia. As a result of the upgrade, which involved the fitting of an aero-derivative unit, it will now take Origin just five minutes to supply power to the national electricity grid, down from 15 minutes previously. Origin executive Greg Jarvis says the flexibility of its gas peaking power stations will help to support the growth in electricity being derived from renewable energy sources.

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ORIGIN ENERGY LIMITED – ASX ORG, ENERGYQUEST PTY LTD, WOOD MACKENZIE

Energy stocks crunched as oil price slides

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 13 : 20-Dec-18

The price of Brent crude oil has shed about 34 per cent since October, with shares in Australia’s three biggest oil producers falling by more than 20 per cent over the same period. London Capital Group’s Jasper Lawler says the downturn in oil prices will result in "significant" deflationary pressure. However, airlines, mining companies and motorists are set to benefit from the sustained fall in the oil price, while US Bank Wealth Management’s Rob Haworth says OPEC’s recent cut in oil production may not be sufficient to offset weakening global demand and rising US shale output.

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LONDON CAPITAL GROUP, US BANK WEALTH MANAGEMENT, ORGANISATION OF PETROLEUM EXPORTING COUNTRIES, WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, OIL SEARCH LIMITED – ASX OSH, WORLEYPARSONS LIMITED – ASX WOR, QANTAS AIRWAYS LIMITED – ASX QAN, INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY