Posted by Brian Wickins
15 May 2013

On Tuesday 4 June, Michael Choi will be presenting at the WA Section luncheon meeting. His presentation focusing on the liquefaction process and equipment. This presentation will be recorded and loaded as a webcast onto http://spenewsaustralasia.org/media.aspx for viewing after the event.

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Posted by Brian Wickins
15 March 2013

The BBC recently reported that a study into the size of offshore oil workers has been announced.

Current data indicates that the average offshore worker has 'grown' by almost 20% since the mid 80s. The article can be accessed at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-21763429

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Posted by Brian Wickins
15 March 2013

On 13 March Lafeyette's KATC.com posted an AP story on the testimony of Joseph Keith, a Halliburton Mud Logger who survived BP's 2010 Macondo blowout.

It's a harrowing story, in which Keith, choking back tears, stated: "I'm sorry it happened,"  "I wish it would have never happened." 

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Posted by Brian Wickins
13 March 2013

If you are in Perth during the next month or so here are three SPE events you may want to attend:

1) March Luncheon meeting, 27 March 2013:

Opening the Door for Local Content

http://www.spe-wa.org/seminars/details/seminar_id/119/

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Posted by Brian Wickins
18 February 2013

Last week's selection of articles got members doing some serious clicking checking out the latest news.

The most popular articles were:

Australian oil and gas workers are highest paid

http://spenewsaustralasia.org/article.aspx?p=1&id=1841

Video records Iranian oil platform sinking

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Posted by Brian Wickins
17 December 2012

As the Christmas holiday season draws nearer, many members will have been attending company end of year networking gatherings (PC term for parties), and many of these are being held outside of normal office hours.

One such gathering which has been held in Perth for a number of years is the annual DownUnder GeoSolutions Xmas Party. Forgive me for highlighting one company's event, but if you have been fortunate enough to attend - you will understand why it is worth doing so.

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Posted by Brian Wickins
3 December 2012

Either it was a quiet news day in the UK on 24 November or there could be some unthought of long-term benefits to building our cities into oil and gas technology resource hubs.

While a recent Edith Cowan University study (reported on in our Recruitment, Training & Migration feature) suggests that Eastern States workers would rather stay in their home states, citing cost of living, remoteness and lack of infrastructure as reasons for not heading west to work on one of WA's many resource projects, it appears that those in the West shouldn't despair.

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Posted by Brian Wickins
23 November 2012

In his keynote address to the Australian Institute of Energy 2012 Conference in Sydney, Santos CEO David Knox spoke about changes in the US energy economy, the energy challenge facing our region and the pivotal role natural gas is playing in addressing it, and what Australia can and must do to ensure we attract the investment required to develop our gas resources and take advantage of Asia's transformation.

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Posted by Brian Wickins
23 November 2012

America Revealed

This is a great new and interesting series that recently commenced on SBS TV. It aires on Friday evenings, 8.30 pm and is then available to stream on SBS Ondemand for two weeks.

The first epsiode told us all about America's Food Machine. The second episode - Electric Nation aired - 16 November 2012 and is available on SBS Ondemand for about one week more. I recommend this series to members - learn about the various sources of power the USA employs to provide its electricity from. As you may have guessed, gas (LNG and unconventionals) is playing an increasing role in the nation's self sufficiency.

America's modern electric power grid has been called the biggest and most complex machine in the world - delivering electricity over 300,000 km of high-tension transmission lines. Host Yul Kwon travels around the country to understand its intricacies, its vulnerabilities and the remarkable ingenuity required to keep the electricity on, every day of the year. Along the way, he visits New York State's governing control room, the country's largest coal mine, takes a tour of a nuclear plant and travels on a massive tanker.

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Posted by Brian Wickins
15 October 2012

Mission aims to develop trade relationships between the two nations

The Consul General of Canada in Sydney, will lead a delegation of Calgary companies to Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth, October 14-23, 2012.

The focus of the mission is natural gas and is aimed to build awarenessof Calgary as a global energy centre. The mission will match Alberta companies with Australian producers to explore trade and investment opportunities.

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