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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?  
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04 Jul
Brexit and the oil and gas industry
  What could be the impact of Brexit on the oil, gas and LNG sectors?No one can say with any certainty what the outcome of Brexit will be but here's my early views.
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20 Jun
The $36b problem for Queensland LNG
If you were prowling for big improvement opportunities in Queensland's coal seam gas to LNG sector, is there really $36 billion waiting to be had? While attention in Australia seems permanently focused on building yet more export trains, I think there's more than enough prize out there that does not involve spending scarce capital to add more supply to an over supplied market. This post is part of a series on gas factory thinking. 
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04 May
Episode 44 – 8 Ways Analytics Can Help Unconventional Gas

Many industries today benefit from applying analytics to their more vexing problems. Queensland's coal seam gasindustry (and likely shale gas industries elsewhere) has all the ingredients to make it an ideal place to apply analytics to its key problems.Here's 8 solution ideas that I think have great promise in the...

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. 
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30 Mar
Ready for the Gas Battle? Will you win and reap the spoils?
 This week's post was written by Nicholas Harwood, a friend and colleague in professional services. I suspect the alarming drop in the oil price will impact much of the supply chain. This will only raise the stakes and complexity in the battle for efficiency and effectiveness, the imperative to remain relevant in a changing industry. This disruption comes on top of the looming transitions of our major projects from development to production, and the service requirements will dramatically change. 
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20 Mar
Episode 1 : Richard Hughes

This is Episode 1 of a podcast series for Fuel Up! The interview is with my colleague and restructuring specialist, Richard Hughes. In it we discuss the pressures facing the gas field services industry, how to know when there's trouble brewing, how to react appropriately...

The cupboard is bare - LNG royaties are missing in action.
09 Mar
Australia’s Incredible Shrinking LNG Royalty
 This week's post is from my colleague and friend John Bland, on the topic of taxes and royalties in Queensland's emerging LNG export industry.  Oil prices have been on a tumble for several months now. Since contracted LNG is often priced with reference to oil (unlike LNG available on the spot market, which is based on what buyer and seller agree), it means LNG prices are also falling. But what about the taxes that Australian governments collect from the gas sector? Will those taxes be less than planned?  

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