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Could Gladstone become more than just a great port?
01 Jun
How To Build A Stronger Gladstone
What could Gladstone become, now that the new LNG plants are quickly nearing completion, moving into operations and joining the throng of established businesses? Is "Gateway to Asia" still the right branding? How can Gladstone trigger its next wave of development, jobs and tax revenue flow? These questions were on my mind this week as I stared at the amazing scale of the LNG facilities that hug the shoreline of Curtis Island from the confines of a Rockhampton Helicopter
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. 
crystal ball, to help see the future
28 Jul
Only 63% Of My Predictions Come True

On Monday, July 21, the Australia Industry Group (a peak industry association of Australia's manufacturing companies) issued a report prepared by Deloitte on the state of gas prices in Eastern Australia, decrying the terrible situation facing manufacturers whose gas input costs are about to triple,...

9 Steps To Implement A Gas Factory (Part 2)

[caption id="attachment_250" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Gas Factory[/caption]This is part 2 of a continuing series of posts on how to implement a gas factory. Here are steps six through nine. Six - Adjust performance management and metrics In conventional oil and gas, metrics don't really emphasize coherence to...

Drawing of factory with trucks pulling in and out
19 May
9 Steps To Implement A Gas Factory (Part 1)

Some months ago, I wrote about how Australia needs to adopt a fundamentally different way of extracting gas from its great coal fields in Queensland and other hydrocarbons from its vast shale resources in places like the Cooper Basin and the Canning Basin. This different mode...

Drawing of factory with trucks pulling in and out
24 Feb
Australian Gas Factories: Aiming for Greatness

Have you ever seen a factory that is 10,000 square kilometers, 400 km wide and grows continuously? Did you know that Australia is developing not one but three of these factories in Queensland? These amazing businesses produce gas wells whose role is to supply methane...

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10 Feb
Gladstone LNG: Are you being served?

By Howard Thomas and Geoffrey CannGladstone is the epicenter of the global LNG trade, owing to the fact that 3 new LNG plants (of only 6 worldwide) are under development and cheek by jowl. Nowhere else on earth is there such a concentration of new...

March 2015
03 Feb
New of the Week – Jan 20 – Feb 1

Here's a summary of my favourite news stories from the world of natural gas and LNG for the period January 20 to February 1, 2014. Reposting to fix a broken link.Keystone XL - finally, the US State Department concludes what everyone else has concluded. Oil...

March 2015
03 Feb
Check out this summary of my favourite LNG news from Jan 20-Feb 1

Here's a summary of my favourite news stories from the world of natural gas and LNG for the period January 20 to February 1, 2014.Keystone XL - finally, the US State Department concludes what everyone else has concluded. Oil sands will be exported, pipeline or...

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