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UGL wins massive Santos GLNG services contract

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015


UGL has won a $120 million contract to provide services at Santos’ Curtis Island LNG facility.

The contract will run over three years and includes an option to extend work at the site for an additional four years.

Under the agreement UGL will perform maintenance, shutdown, engineering, and project services for the LNG facility.

It will mobilise to site in the second quarter of the year.

UGL welcomed the win, with CEO Ross Taylor stating: “This contract, along with the recent announcement of the APLNG maintenance contract further enhances UGL’s strong base of recurring revenue and positions us well for future maintenance opportunities as LNG facilities currently under construction move into their operational phase.”

The final module for GLNG was installed in November last year, with first gas reaching the project earlier this month.


Santos have announced yet another milestone for their Curtis Island gas liquefaction plant, with the installation of the final LNG train module.

With two trains in the GLNG plant comprised of 111 modules constructed in the Philippines, the final module was installed early this week.

LNG trains are used to cool natural gas down to a liquid form which can be stored in tanks and pumped onto ships for export.

Santos GLNG general manager for downstream operations Brenton Hawtin said the installation was a key project milestone.

“Once we’re in full production, these massive pieces of infrastructure will together produce up to 7.8 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas each year,” he said.

“Each module had to be built with a margin of error of only 2mm, which is amazing when you think the heaviest weighed more than 2,500 tonnes and longest stretched nearly 75 metres.”

Construction works on GLNG undertaken by contractor Bechtel now include final pipework and cabling, followed by commissioning of the plant which will begin later this year.


Henry Sapiecha


Monday, May 14th, 2012


CHEVRON remains bullish on the outlook for conventional liquefied natural gas prices after signing a non-binding heads of agreement with the Japanese utility Tohoku to sell gas from its $US29 billion Wheatstone development near Onslow in Western Australia.

Chevron Australia’s managing director, Roy Krzywosinski, said the deal to sell Tohoku 1 million tonnes a year over 20 years was in line with traditional pricing for conventional LNG, adding ”we have not seen a degradation in prices”.

Mr Krzywosinski questioned whether low Henry Hub gas prices in the US, caused by a glut of shale gas, were sustainable and said while it was likely that LNG exports from North America would grow, he did not expect they would be ”of a volume that will have a material impact on what we believe will be the LNG demand coming out of the Asia-Pacific region”.

He said the Wheatstone project now under construction and the first LNG hub in Australia to accept third-party gas, was off to ”a flying start” and Chevron expected further gas discoveries would be made in the Carnarvon Basin.

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”We estimate there is between 25 and 35 trillion cubic feet of gas of what we would call uncommitted or yet to be discovered gas in the Carnarvon Basin and much of that gas … will need a home, so we think the hub concept is going to be the right concept to support this gas.”

After yesterday’s deal, struck with partners Apache Energy and Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, Chevron has long-term contracts over 80 per cent of its gas to come from the two-train Wheatstone project. It expects to expand it, potentially up to 25 million tonnes a year.

Chevron is also developing the giant three-train, 15 million tonnes a year Gorgon LNG project at Barrow Island, where it is sticking to its $US43 billion budget and target of first LNG by 2014. The project – Australia’s largest – is 40 per cent complete. Mr Kryzwosinski said front end engineering and design on a $US10 billion-plus fourth train would begin later this year, before a final investment decision planned for next year.

Gorgon is running two years ahead of Wheatstone, which Mr Krzywosinski said was a ”sweet spot” offering significant synergies in terms of purchasing power and equipment from running the two projects as a portfolio.

Chevron is a partner in the Woodside-operated Browse project, where design work is under way on the controversial $US35 billion plan to build an LNG hub on the Kimberley coast. Chevron was supporting the design work, but Mr Krzywosinski said Browse ”does have a lot of challenges – technically, environmentally and from a heritage perspective”.


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Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Various articles on commodities from mining magazine

$25 million spent in Albania by Tirex Resources going a long way

Receives unanimous community support for mining permit applicationsSubmits all required mining application documentation

New Gold goes all-in at Blackwater

Vancouver – New Gold (NGD-T, NGD-N) has put pen to paper with two B.C.-focused junior gold explorers holding land near the company’s most recent acquisition, the Blackwater gold-silver project, located 150 km southwest of Prince George.

La Ronge Gold Corp Announces a Private Placement

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – Oct. 18, 2011) – La Ronge Gold Corp. – (TSX VENTURE:LAR) (the “Company”) announces it will undertake a private placement (the “Placement”) consisting of 1,600,000 flow-through units (the “FT Units…

Pebble to challenge borough ordinance in Alaska Superior Court

VANCOUVER, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – By a narrow 280 – 246 (53 – 47%) margin, voters in Southwest Alaska’s Lake & Peninsula Borough have supported a ballot measure that, if upheld by the courts, would restrict future development that affects more than one square mile of land within the 31,000 square mile borough. The Pebble Limited Partnership (the “Pebble Partnership” or “PLP”) and the State of Alaska view the initiative sponsored by anti-Pebble activists as unconstitutional and unenforceable because it seeks to restrict development of state-owned resources on state lands through a municipal ordinance, and will challenge it in Alaska’s Superior Court.

Northern Vertex announces $12.65 million non-brokered private financing

VANCOUVER, Oct. 18, 2011 /CNW/ – Northern Vertex Capital Inc. (TSXV: NEE) (“Northern Vertex”) is pleased to announce a Non-Brokered private placement (the “Private

Alaska voters say no to gold, copper mine 1:58 am APNews

Voters of a small southwest Alaska borough narrowly passed a measure blocking a proposed gold and copper mine that conservationists said would have threatened one of the world’s premier wild salmon fisheries in a local election that gained national…

Barkerville Gold Mines intercepts 21.5 meters (70.5 feet) of 9.97 g/T (0.291 oz/t) gold including 2.8 meters (9.2 feet) of 52.0 g/T (1.516 oz/t) gold on Cow Mountain

Further to the news releases on the high grade VG-cosalite-quartz-pyrite zones discovered by the Company on Cow Mt. reported by the company respectively on June 27, July 26 and September 13, Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:BGM)(FRANKFURT:IWUB) (the “Company”) reports the more significant intercepts of drill results conducted on Cow Mt. recently.

Greens tying up Olympic Dam with new parliamentary inquiry, $30 billion project faces delays

News reports from Australia say BHP Billiton may face delays in getting approvals for its $30 billion Olympic Dam expansion, as Greens and other minor parties holding the balance of power in the South Australian Parliament push for an inquiry into the project. The legal agreement between BHP and the State Government will be introduced to parliament on Tuesday or Wednesday, but the Greens now want BHP Billiton officials to appear before a parliamentary committee to investigate the indenture legislation for the expansion. The project will create an open pit mine adjacent to the current Olympic Dam underground operation that would be the world’s biggest – trucks will haul overburden 24/7 for five to six years just to reach the ore body.

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Friday, August 26th, 2011

Weir Minerals Africa wins major screening

order in Indian iron ore mining


Weir Minerals Africa has received its biggest order from India to date – seven Linatex vibrating screens of various sizes for RBSSN, a mining and metals company based in Hospet, in northern Karnataka.

The order includes the biggest screen Weir has supplied to India, with dimensions of 2.4 m by 4.8 m. Weir Minerals Africa’s Chris Dorlas says the order, which is destined for an iron ore application, is a milestone for the company, since it firmly establishes Weir Minerals’ footprint in India and will serve as a reference base for further sales in that country.

The RBSSN order includes three VD18/38, one VD15/38 and one VD21/48 dewatering screens. Linatex dewatering screens incorporate a 45o sloping back section, fitted with slotted apertures across the direction of the flow. Incoming slurry is fed uniformly along the top of this back section, which acts as a vibrating drainage panel. The screen’s main deck slopes upwards at 5o and is fitted with smaller slotted apertures.

“This design achieves exceptionally high dewatering and draining capacity,” Dorlas says, “making it possible in many cases to use smaller units than if one was using conventional dewatering screens. This, in turn, reduces the cost of the initial investment in the screens.”

At the lowest point of the screen, where the sloping back and main deck meet, a pool of partially dewatered slurry forms. Here, solid particles bridge over the apertures and form a cake, which acts as a filtration platform, allowing only quite fine particles to pass through. The vibration action conveys the cake along the screen and out of the pool, where further dewatering takes place, depending on the porosity of the cake, which is finally discharged over the adjustable weir into the product chute.

Vibration is produced by two linear motion low noise exciter motors operating at 980 or 1460 rpm. Alternatively, geared exciters with an external drive motor can be fitted to the larger screens. Both the vibrating motors and the geared exciter have been specifically designed to ensure long life, with minimum maintainance requirements.

Easy adjustment of the amplitude of vibration and deck inclination, as well as the discharge weir plate, are features incorporated to suit changes in process requirements. A high solids recovery outcome is achieved when the screen underflow is kept in closed circuit, with the only solid losses occurring as the very fine material exits in the cyclone overflow.

The two large Linatex HG24/48 screens included in the RBSSN order are horizontal linear motion screens. Linear motion is produced by the action of counterweights on separate shafts, geared together to produce a straight line “throw”. The mechanism’s direction of rotation does not affect the pattern of motion.

“Linear motion provides excellent performance in applications such as wet screening, desliming and dewatering, owing to the ability to break the surface tension between deck apertures and the pulp being screened,” Dorlas says. “Screen capacities vary widely, depending on the material characteristics and the separation required.

“Screen design has evolved and improved over many years of operational experience and industry know-how. However, the company has actively taken these improvements to the next level and introduced the Finite Element Analysis (FEA) method of design to our development technology some years ago. Our in-house FEA capabilities have assisted in optimising the mass and strength of the screens, helping to provide lower cost solutions, both in terms of capital and operational costs.”

The Weir Group acquired the Linatex group of companies in September 2010, now marketed as Lintex® rubber products. Dorlas says that these products are proving a valuable addition to the Weir Minerals product line and assist the company in positioning itself as a solutions provider. The South African Linatex manufacturing facility in Alrode is capable of producing screens up to 4.9 m wide by 10 m in length.

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Friday, August 26th, 2011


Rio Tinto has awarded two indigenous joint venture (JV) contracts, collectively worth $184m, for its Hope Downs 4 mine site located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The mining giant awarded an earthworks contract worth $104m to a JV between Leighton Contractors and Ngarda Civil and Mining, and an $80m contract to a JV between Pilbara Logistics and Cimeco for the construction of the mine support facilities.

Rio Tinto Iron Ore and Australia CEO Sam Walsh said that the contracts demonstrated the high priority the firm placed on developing sustainable indigenous business capacity and long-term employment and training opportunities in the region.

“These latest two contracts are another step towards the successful implementation of our goal to achieve 333Mtpa capacity in the Pilbara in 2015,” Walsh said.

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Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Ausdrill contract win to generate A$75 million

over three years in Fortescue’s iron ore

and it goes undergroundInternational Mining

Ausdrill has received a Letter of Intent from Fortescue Metals Group for the award of a mining services contract at Fortescue’s Solomon iron ore project, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

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