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25 Jul
Darwin’s #LNG Sector: Are you being served?
Darwin is the next great growth opportunity for service companies keen to participate in Australia's LNG growth spurt. But what are the opportunities, and how are they different from the experience in Gladstone?  
20 Apr
Episode 42 – The Well Workover Service Opportunity in Queensland

Well work overs are going to be an in demand service treatment for Queensland’s abundant gas wells. I wrote this story back in July, 2014, and it's still pretty relevant today, particularly as the well volume grows and the wells demonstrate some temperamentalism. Duration: 7m 50s ...

16 Sep
Episode 19 – Out of Work in Oil and Gas? Now What?

Have you been laid off from your great job in the oil and gas industry? Are you wondering what to do next? Is it time to write the industry off and move on, or is there still work to be had, if you knew where...

Hey Graduate! Where's That Oil and Gas Job?
11 May
Where’s The Next Oil and Gas Job?
A graduating petroleum engineer from Perth called me this week to get some insights into job prospects in Australia's oil and gas sector as he joins what looks like a gutted job market. While I admired his gumption in tracking me down on LinkedIn and requesting a meeting, he was asking important questions and they deserve a more thoughtful response than our 30 minute chat afforded. And conveniently I happen to be working on some labour market analysis into emerging workforce needs in Australia's gas sector. Hence this post. 
drawing of Cat front end loader
04 May
How To Succeed With Fixed Price Services Contracts
A number of the field service suppliers to the oil and gas industry have been on the receiving end of new procurements that require fixed price bidding. For many, this is a radically new feature of the competitive landscape and is resulting in margins under 10%. Field services buyers are pushing more delivery responsibility to suppliers in exchange for larger contracts and cost assurance.Many of Queensland's field services suppliers are not prepared to contract under this brave new world. I'm sensing a number of shortcomings that will require attention or someone is going to get burnt.This post is a collaboration with Andrew Willims, one of my colleagues at work.
Freeing Up $Millions Hidden In Your LNG Assets
13 Apr
Freeing Up $Millions Hidden In Your LNG Assets
This post was co-written with Jonathan Schneider and Lauren Folkard, who work for Deloitte in Perth. Australia's emerging LNG industry is potentially missing out on millions of dollars through its procurement practices and accounting treatment of its large engineering works, of which there are now many. Large engineered assets (power plants, camps, LNG facilities, gas plants) built under contract from engineering, procurement and construction (or EPC) firms get handed over to their customers on completion accompanied by operating manuals, maintenance instructions, etc. But the bookkeepers might only get a single accounting entry: One (1) gas-fired power plant, steel and copper, 250 megawatt, silver trim: $1b. Think this might be a bit limiting? Yes it is. Here's why and what can be done about it. 
100k jobs lost in oil and gas. What to do if you've lost yours?
16 Feb
You Just Lost Your Oil and Gas Job. Now What?
 Once again the global oil and gas industry is scaling back its workforce as a way of coping with the dramatic collapses in the prices of oil and gas. The headline job losses are staggering -100,000 or more, depending on which source you read. If you're among the thousands, this must feel pretty crappy. But there's usually a silver lining to these events, and I thought I'd share a few observations from the many previous such bloodlettings that I've been through over the years. 
Tablets and smart phones can play a growing role in Queensland's gas fields supporting a mobile workforce
01 Dec
How Smart Phones Could Transform Coal Seam Gas
I've been amazed at the unbelievable pace of development in the world of mobile enablement of business. Fast web browsers for smart phones, apps (downloadable widgets of software for your phone or tablet) and fast and "available every•where" wireless networks have transformed how we interact with whole sectors of commerce. Industries like banking that I thought would never be willing to open up and use apps or make their systems web enabled for smart phones (for privacy reasons, or because of the complexity of their businesses or perceived customer backlash) have embraced mobility with considerable swiftness. If there's one industry that ought to be at the forefront of being mobile friendly, it would have to be Queensland's coal seam gas sector. Consider:
Darwin LNG Plant from end of jetty
13 Oct
Australia Gas Sector: Issues and Opportunities
From time to time, it's useful to step back and take stock of your surroundings and a sounding of the issues and opportunities facing you. I had occasion to do exactly that, with some thinking on the state of the Australian gas sector on Thursday, October 9 2014, as I was one of four panelists at a CEDA luncheon in Adelaide, Australia. The panel included Professor Paul Stevens of Chatham House and visiting professor at UCL, Barry Goldstein of the Australian Geothermal Energy Group, the Honourable Martin Ferguson, retired MP, and me. It was delightful to meet these esteemed industry colleagues, each of whom had a different take on the industry. Barry provided an uplifting review of the exploration activities in South Australia. Paul dug into a macro view of the sector with a specific focus on the impacts of the US shale gas developments on global gas markets. Finally, the Honourable Mr Ferguson provided a perspective on the labour and taxation policy issues that are confronting the Commonwealth. My task was to provide a current state appraisal of the Australian gas sector in 10 minutes or less. Here goes. 

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