Woodside expects reduced output

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 20 : 12-Jun-19

Oil and gas producer Woodside Petroleum has advised that its production for 2019 will be at the lower end of its previous guidance of 88-94 million barrels of oil equivalent. Woodside has attributed the revised guidance to a delay in resuming production at the Pluto LNG plant due to maintenance issues. RBC Capital Markets estimates that a two per cent reduction in annual output would reduce Woodside’s earnings by around three per cent.

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WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP

Challenge to Australia’s gas dominance

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: Online : 4-Jun-19

Australia displaced Qatar as the world’s biggest LNG exporter in late 2018, but gas buyers say this status may be short-lived as more producers enter a competitive market. James Vigil of Japan-based JERA says LNG producers need to be competitive with regard to factors other than price, such as the terms and conditions of their supply deals and the length of their contracts. Meanwhile, Qatar plans to ramp up its LNG production, while the US has a rapidly growing LNG export trade.

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JERA, THE TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY INCORPORATED, CHUBU ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY INCORPORATED, WOOD MACKENZIE, CHEVRON CORPORATION, AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION, MITSUBISHI CORPORATION

Gas producers face export curbs

Original article by Perry Williams, Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 17 & 26 : 31-May-19

Manufacturing Australia CEO Ben Eade says the federal government must impose LNG export controls due to the high cost of gas in the domestic market. Resources Minister Matt Canavan has signalled that the government may be open to triggering the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism if domestic gas prices remain well above those in Asia. Manufacturers in the eastern states are currently paying more than $10 a gigajoule for gas, and Australian Competition & Consumer chairman Rod Sims has warned that many will be forced to close if gas prices do not fall.

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MANUFACTURING AUSTRALIA LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, AUSTRALIAN ENERGY MARKET OPERATOR LIMITED, INCITEC PIVOT LIMITED – ASX IPL, QENOS PTY LTD, EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION, AUSTRALIAN PAPER LIMITED, DOW CHEMICAL AUSTRALIA LIMITED, CLAYPAVE PTY LTD, REMAPAK PTY LTD

Forrest’s AIE leads LNG import race

Original article by Matthew Stevens
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 30 : 30-Apr-19

Australian Industrial Energy has secured regulatory approval to use Port Kembla in New South Wales as the location for its proposed LNG import terminal. At this stage, AIE, which is 50 per cent owned by Andrew Forrest’s Squadron Energy, does not have a CEO. Choosing a CEO is likely to be one of its two main goals before making a final decision on whether to proceed with its LNG terminal, along with securing some firm customers.

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AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRIAL ENERGY PTY LTD, SQUADRON ENERGY, MARUBENI CORPORATION, JERA, AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL

Woodside CFO upbeat on prospects for Kitimat LNG

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 23-Apr-19

Woodside Petroleum and Chevron plan to increase the proposed capacity of their Kitimat LNG project in British Columbia from 10 million tonnes a year to 18 million tonnes, and add a third production train. Woodside CEO Sherry Duhe says it is too soon to know whether Chevron’s acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum will impact on the Kitimat project. She has also downplayed concerns about a fall in LNG spot prices in Asia, citing factors such as increased global supply and a warmer-than-expected winter in the northern hemisphere.

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WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, CHEVRON CORPORATION, ANADARKO PETROLEUM CORPORATION, ENN GROUP, CANADA. NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD, CITIGROUP PTY LTD

Santos warns of PRRT tax hit

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 20 : 18-Apr-19

Santos has posted sales revenue of $1.01bn for the March quarter, which is 28 per cent higher than previously, while free cash flow rose to a record $327m. Santos has also advised that it produced 18.4 million barrels of oil equivalent during the quarter, which is up 33 per cent year-on-year. Meanwhile, Santos has indicated that its earnings could be adversely affected by changes to the petroleum resource rent tax that take effect on 1 July.

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SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC, CONOCOPHILLIPS, QUADRANT ENERGY PTY LTD, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS

Santos makes major gas discovery off WA

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

Santos has had promising results from a drilling program at its Corvus-2 well in the WA-45-R permit, which it acquired via the takeover of Quadrant Energy. Wood Mackenzie has suggested that the Corvus-2 discovery may hold 2.5 trillion cubic feet of gas and 25 million barrels of condensates. Meanwhile, Oil Search has reported revenue of $US398.1m for the March quarter, which is 21 per cent lower than the three months to December. Production fell by three per cent, to 7.25 million barrels of oil equivalent.

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SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, OIL SEARCH LIMITED – ASX OSH, WOOD MACKENZIE

US-China trade deal puts pressure on LNG exporters

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 20 : 12-Mar-19

China has sourced about 80 per cent of its LNG imports from Australia, Qatar, Malaysia and Indonesia over the last eight years. However, there is speculation that negotiations for a trade deal with the US could see China agree to significantly increase its LNG imports from the US. Any such deal could have major implications for Australia’s LNG exports to China, while other exports could also be affected if China agrees to ramp up its trade with the US.

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CHINA PETROLEUM AND CHEMICAL CORPORATION, CHENIERE ENERGY INCORPORATED, WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, CHEVRON CORPORATION, PETROCHINA COMPANY LIMITED, CHINA NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

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