WA domgas supply likely secure for decade

Western Australia’s domestic gas market is likely to have sufficient supply for the next decade if Chevron's Gorgon domgas stage two proceeds on time and other replacement fields come online as anticipated, according to the latest Australian Energy Market Operator report.

Woodside installs battery power

Woodside Petroleum expects to cut costs and its environmental footprint after contracting ABB Group to replace one of the gas turbine generators at its Goodwyn A platform in the North-West Shelf with a battery storage micro-grid.

APPEA welcomes fracking reports

Most chemicals used in hydraulic fracking are not harmful, while precautions can be taken to prevent problems from those substances which are, according to a CSIRO report released today.

Chinese group launches $463m AWE takeover bid

A Chinese state-owned energy company has stepped up its efforts to gain control of the Waitsia gas field north of Perth, launching a hostile bid today for oil and gas group AWE after withdrawing its proposal for a friendly takeover earlier this week.

Decmil signs MOU for $275m solar contract

Decmil Group is well placed to secure a $275 million engineering contract for Chinese group Maoneng's 250-megawatt Sunraysia solar project in NSW, after signing a memorandum of understanding to complete early designs for the project.

AWE shares dive after Chinese withdraw bid

AWE shares have tumbled after the Chinese state-owned energy corporation interested in buying the Australian oil and gas group withdrew its $430 million proposal, after it was unable to conduct a final due diligence review on the target.

Pacific buys Nova power plant for $7.5m

Perth-based Pacific Energy has acquired the 10-megawatt Nova gas-fired power generation plant in Victoria for $7.5 million.

Zenith preferred in Tanami build

Belmont-based Zenith Energy has been selected as preferred contractor to build a 62-megawatt power station at Newmont’s Tanami gold mine, edging out incumbent provider Pacific Energy.

WA projects secure $4.8m in clean-energy funding

Three Western Australian projects with a focus on clean energy technology, including an artificial reef in Exmouth, will share in $4.8 million funding announced by National Energy Resources Australia today.

Canning Basin state agreement terminated

The state government has moved to terminate a state agreement with Mitsubishi Corporation and Buru Energy that was enacted in 2013 when there were high hopes that fracking in the Kimberley’s Canning Basin would lead to development of major onshore gas projects.

Indigenous groups take Carnegie solar farm stake

Carnegie Clean Energy has signed a binding term sheet with government agency Indigenous Business Australia and the Perth Noongar Foundation for a 50 per cent stake in the renewable energy company’s $17 million Northam solar farm.

TransAlta power station offically opened

TransAlta officially opened its new 150-megawatt combined cycle natural gas power station in South Hedland today, with Horizon Power as its sole foundation customer after Fortescue Metals Group backed out of an offtake agreement.

$2.6m Smart Cities money for blockchain trial

Curtin University, Murdoch University, Power Ledger and LandCorp are behind an $8 million project that will use blockchain technology to manage water and energy systems in the City of Fremantle.

Merredin refinances $44m, considers solar move

A local power generator majority owned by Rod Jones’s Hoperidge Capital has refinanced its bank debt through a $44 million bond issue which the company believes will give it more flexibility, including the potential to pursue a 100-megawatt solar farm.

mWave generates interest in Bombora

Perth company Bombora Wave Power will proceed with construction of its first commercial sized mWave device after securing multi-million dollar backing from international renewable energy consultancy Enzen.

Takeover talk sends Santos shares soaring

Shares in energy giant Santos have soared to a 15-month high after the company confirmed it recently rejected a takeover offer from a major US investor worth almost $9.5 billion.

Aust shares follow negative Wall St lead

The share market is following a negative lead from overseas markets, weighed down by weakness among miners and banks.

Western Power aims for $1bn savings

Western Power plans to reduce spending by nearly $1 billion in the next five years compared to the five years just gone, according to a proposal by the state-owned network operator to the state’s economic regulator.

Horizon in $7.1m Carnarvon distributed grid plan

Horizon Power will roll out a $7.1 million distributed energy pilot project in Carnarvon, while the state government has unveiled a trial to incentivise demand management by users during peak periods in Broome.

AWE raises $38m for WA gas project

Sydney-based gas producer AWE will raise $38 million via a share placement to fund the next stage of the Waitsia gas field project in the Perth Basin.