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Editor’s comment

In the lead up to the South East Asian Offshore Conference in Darwin from 9-11 September, this edition features what’s happening with offshore gas. Our cover story features the proposed development of one of Australia’s largest undeveloped gas fields, the Ichthys Field, located in the Browse Basin.

Another offshore highlight in this edition takes us back over the 40-year development of the Bass Strait gas fields originally discovered by Esso. Meanwhile, Lyndsie Mewett caught up with MEO’s CEO Jürgen Hendrich to talk about the company’s plans to develop a Timor Sea LNG Hub.

Further afield, this edition looks at the development of natural gas resources in Papua New Guinea, where four major projects are on the drawing board.

We also wrap up natural gas developments in the Browse Basin and take a look at the proposed development of the Kimberley LNG Hub.

The upstream industry gathered in Darwin for the 2009 Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) 2009 Conference & Exhibition in early June.

Over 1,600 people attended the three-day event and this edition features highlights from the conference, including the dominance of LNG in conference discussions. Despite some demand and supply challenges, the conference highlighted the fact that the industry can make a significant contribution to stimulating Australia’s economy, to securing energy supply in the local and global markets, and to reducing emissions. Read more about the APPEA 2009 event and this year’s upstream industry award winners.

Further downstream, networks and distribution, and gas appliances are also featured in this edition. Energy Networks Association CEO Andrew Blyth discusses the National Energy Customer Framework, we look at Jemena’s work to rehabilitate distribution networks along the east coast, and we catch up with a gas-fitter to find out how the industry has changed and where it’s heading for Aussie plumbers.

The network sectors’ annual event, Energy 21C, is also coming up, with a major gas stream lined up for the event. Gas Today will be exhibiting at the event and we’re looking forward to catching up with everybody there.

Gas detection and pressure equipment are again on show. HRL Technology’s Russell Coade discusses the increasing pressure on gas plant pressure equipment and there are two new detectors on display.

Project features include Wesfarmers new Kwinana LNG Plant and ATCO Power’s Karratha Power Station. And don’t miss the story on Nacap’s efforts to conserve Australia’s rare snakes and other animals while developing the Wallumbilla Pipeline Project.

After the success of the inaugural FutureGAS 2009 event in March this year, the FutureGAS team is working on hosting another successful event in Brisbane from 9-11 March 2010. Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are available today. For more information visit here.

You can stay up to date with all the latest gas industry news and FutureGAS 2010 updates here. If you haven’t already done so, sign up online for the free monthly update.

Sarah Robertson

Editor

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