DAP approval for $160m Cunderdin solar farm

A $160 million project to build a utility scale solar farm near Cunderdin has received Development Assessment Panel approval and could be producing at 100 megawatts in time for Christmas next year.

Chevron, AWE moves improving gas certainty

Certainty around the state's domestic gas supply received a boost today, with the Chevron-led Gorgon project delivering first domgas to Synergy and AWE taking the next step towards the development of stage two at the Waitsia gas field.

Chevron to spend $US2bn on Gorgon, Wheatstone

Energy giant Chevron has committed $US2 billion ($A2.7 billion) next year towards completing its Gorgon and Wheatstone projects in Western Australia.

WA assets in Santos spin-off

Four Western Australian projects will be included in a planned spin-off from energy player Santos in a bid to increase cash flow and cut debt, including facilities at Thevenard and Barrow islands.

Risks to excess gas supply

The state's domestic gas market is expected to have excess supply of 640 terajoules per day by 2021, according to the Australian Energy Market Operator, although a delay in commencement of production at the Wheatstone or Gorgon domestic gas facilities could lead to a tightening of the supply as early as next year.

Transerv blindsided by Origin's spin-out plans

Shares in oil and gas explorer Transerv Energy tumbled today as managing director Stephen Keenihan announced his resignation in the wake of news yesterday that the company's proposal to acquire assets owned by Origin Energy had been terminated.

Origin to spin-off upstream assets

Gas and power retailer Origin Energy has outlined a scaled-back version of its long-anticipated plan to split the company's major businesses.

Tap names new chairman

Oil and gas play Tap Oil has confirmed James Menzies as its new chairman, after he joined the board in May as a director and was earmarked as Doug Bailey's successor.

Duet receives $7.3bn takeover offer

Shares in DUET Group have jumped 16 per cent after the energy utility operator confirmed it has received an indicative and conditional takeover offer from Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing's Cheung Kong Infrastructure.

TTE recruits former LNG boss

Perth-based oil and gas explorer TTE Petroleum has recruited former Liquefied Natural Gas boss Maurice Brand as part of a board restructure that includes the resignation of current chair Darren Levy and the movement of chief executive Paul Garner to a non-executive role.

Tap mends fences with dissident shareholder

Perth-based Tap Oil has settled its outstanding disputes with its second-largest shareholder, days before the matters were to hit the courts in Singapore.

Kalbarri to get renewable energy microgrid

A $10 million renewable energy-powered microgrid, which has the potential to become Australia's largest, has been given the green light for development in Kalbarri.

Distance cuts both ways for WA gas

ANALYSIS: Vienna is a long way from Perth, but what might happen there on November 30 could have a profound effect on the Western Australian economy.

SCEE JV wins more Wheatstone work

Perth-based Southern Cross Electrical Engineering says its joint venture with Kentech has grown its order book at the Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG project near Onslow to $60 million.

Deloitte recruits Perth oil and gas leader

Professional services firm Deloitte has snared its second senior recruit from Accenture's Perth office, hiring Bernadette Cullinane as its national oil and gas practice leader.

Early moves in cobalt space

SPECIAL REPORT: Electric vehicles and other technology applications have driven investor interest in graphite and lithium, and cobalt might be next.

AGL to enter WA gas market

AGL Energy is set to take on Alinta Energy and Wesfarmers' subsidiary Kleenheat in Western Australia's retail gas market, with the company targeting 100,000 customers within two years.

Macfarlane joins Woodside board

Former Howard and Abbott government minister Ian Macfarlane has been appointed non-executive director of Woodside. 

Australia LNG exports up 6.6% in October

Australia's liquefied natural gas exports have risen 6.6 per cent in October to 4.3 million tonnes, according to estimates by consultancy EnergyQuest.

Stag oil field sold for $US10m

Singapore-based Mitra Energy has completed the $US10 million ($A13.3 million) purchase of the Stag oil field off the Pilbara coast, but is still awaiting regulatory approval to take over as operator.