19 November, 2021

Australian Newsletter - Issue 705

Australian LNG exports likely to be zero by 2050 as reserves dry up
Source: Damon Evans (EnergyVoice.com)

Australian exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) are likely to be zero in 2050 as all the existing projects are expected to have exhausted their proved plus probable (2P) reserves by then, EnergyQuest warned in its latest report.

“This is not because of net zero or potential lack of demand but because of insufficient developed natural gas reserves,” reported the Adelaide-based consultancy. The International Energy Agency (IEA) projects Australia will be exporting around 74 million tonnes per year (t/y) of LNG in 2050, similar to current levels, as demand shifts from North Asia to developing Asia, facilitating the transition from coal-fired power. However, in the absence of new fields and new projects, Australian LNG exports are more likely to be zero, argues EnergyQuest.  FULL STORY

Derailment disrupts coal deliveries to Australian port
Source: Jo Clarke (ArgusMedia.com)

Coal exports from Australia's 102mn t/yr Gladstone port in Queensland have been disrupted by a derailment on the train line entering the port.

A train derailed at the marshalling yard at Callemondah on 16 November, closing the track for some hours while the train was removed. The train has been removed and an adjacent track been made available for trains entering and leaving Gladstone, but the full track will not be operational until 23 November. The ship queue at Gladstone has grown to 34 from a more average of 19 on 6 October, as the Callemondah derailment compounds delivery disruptions caused by an outage on the Moura rail line earlier this month.  FULL STORY

Alpha HPA will build a new Alumina plant in Gladstone
Source: Ferret.com.au

Alpha HPA, a manufacturer of sustainable high purity aluminium (HPA) products, has purchased a 9.2ha site in the Gladstone State Development Area in Queensland to build a new $300 million high purity alumina industrial plant. 

Alpha HPA managing director Rimas Kairaitis said it’s an exciting time for the Australian company as it fast tracks construction of its Stage One, Precursor Production Facility (PPF). “We’ve operated a Brisbane demonstration plant since July 2019, and we are confident in the demand for high purity alumina,” Kairaitis said. “Stage One, which is fully funded, will enable us to commence commercial production from August 2022, tapping into this demand quickly. Stage Two, the full-scale project, will commence in parallel with Stage One and is scheduled to be commercially operating by 2024.”  FULL STORY

Australia’s Newcastle coal port blocked by environmental protesters
Source: Maritime-Executive.com

A group of protesters seeking to highlight their concerns that Australia is not doing enough to combat climate change is disrupting the coal operations in and around the Port of Newcastle, the world’s largest coal exporting facility.

Calling their organization Blockade Australia, they are entering their second week of ongoing random demonstrations and actions disrupting the train lines and now one of the loading operations in the port. The Port of Newcastle located on the southeast coast of Australia and coal mining are among the largest industries in Australia, both fueling domestic industry and providing a significant source of export income to the country.  FULL STORY

Port of Newcastle, world's largest coal port, looks for new cargoes
Source: Maritime-Executive.com

The Port of Newcastle is set to commence construction of a multi-purpose cargo terminal, a major investment that will help the port diversify its coal-heavy portfolio. 

Newcastle, the busiest coal export port in the world, has opened a tender for the construction of its Mayfield precinct multi-purpose cargo handling facility. The terminal is designed to expand the port’s activities and grow new and existing trades. It is a step towards a long-term goal to transform the Port of Newcastle into a multi-purpose deepwater container terminal.  FULL STORY 

Hydrogen hub weighed at Port of Newcastle
Source: Esmarie Iannucci (MiningWeekly.com)

Diversified multinational Idemitsu Australia (IA) has partnered with Port of Newcastle Operations and Macquarie Group’s Green Investment Group to jointly study the feasibility of export and bunkering of green hydrogen and ammonia at the Port of Newcastle.

The joint study is part of the Port of Newcastle hydrogen hub project to gradually commercialise manufacturing, storage, transport, sales and export of green hydrogen and ammonia. Phase 1 of the project involves building a 40 MW electrolyser, producing around 5 000 t/y of green hydrogen that will be used to produce 20 000 t/y of green ammonia for the local fertiliser market.  FULL STORY

SA attorney-general vickie chapman had conflict of interest in knocking back Kangaroo Island port, committee told
Source: Stacey Lee and Nick Harmsen (ABC.net.au)

South Australia's Deputy Premier and Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman, misled state parliament and should be referred to the state's ombudsman for a conflict of interest, a parliamentary committee has been told.

Rachael Gray QC, the lawyer leading the inquiry into Ms Chapman's refusal of a deep sea port on Kangaroo Island, has made the recommendations on the final day of a two-week committee looking into whether she had a conflict of interest.  FULL STORY

World's first ammonia-powered ship will be ready next year, says iron-ore billionaire forrest
Source: Gary Dixon (RechargeNews.com)

Magnate's Fortescue Metals Group aims to convert all its ore carriers to run on zero-carbon green ammonia — derived from renewable hydrogen — 'well within this decade'

Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) plans to have the world's first ammonia-powered ship ready by the end of 2022. Mining billionaire Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest, the Australian company's chairman and founder, told Bloomberg that the company has about 100 ships for transporting ore, "and we'll be converting all our own ships over to green ammonia at the earliest possible opportunity, well within this decade".  FULL STORY

WA winter crop harvest deliveries hit 3.8mt: CBH
Source: GrainCentral.com

Several rainfall events slowed down the rate of harvest deliveries to Western Australia’s CBH sites, with 1.8 million tonnes (Mt) received throughout the past week taking total deliveries to 3.8Mt, according to the latest CBH report released today.

CBH chief operations officer Mick Daw said significant rainfall events on Monday night and Tuesday morning halted harvest for a couple of days. “It has been a frustrating start to the harvest period for both growers and our operations team with the three to four rainfall events, however we managed to ramp up in the back half of last week with some sites staying open longer in the afternoon and over the weekend to capture as much as we could,” Mr Daw said.  FULL STORY

AAL keeps moving for Kwinana
Source: HeavyLiftPFI.com

AAL Shipping has handled four chimney sections, with a combined weight of nearly 500 tonnes, for the Kwinana waste-to-energy (WTE) plant in Australia.

The cargoes were loaded onboard the AAL Nanjing in Humen, China, and shipped on the carrier’s Asia – West Coast Australia monthly liner service to Henderson. According to Jack Zhou, general manager of AAL China, the project had to contend with Chinese Covid-19 restrictions, which created port congestion and slow productivity that resulted in unavoidable delays. “Heavy lifting operations of this kind require many hands-on-deck to assist with executing the complex shackling, lashing and stowage plan. On this occasion, local stevedores were not permitted to embark the vessel, and this caused delays and cost far more time and energy for our crew than would normally have been required,” he added.  FULL STORY

Increase in cargo helps drive record profit at Napier port
Source: Giles Beckford (RNZ.co.nz)

Napier Port has shaken aside the effects of Covid-related disruptions and fewer ship visits to post a record full year profit.

Cargo volumes hit a record with more container traffic handled despite a fall in the number of ships calling, while bulk cargo was driven by record volumes of logs. There were no cruise ship visits. Chief executive Todd Dawson said the result was pleasing given the disruptions to supply chains from shipping schedules and the backlog of containers. "Our success in attracting cargo from outside Hawke's Bay has been a factor in driving increased volumes, with cargo owners valuing our ability to meet and secure their supply chain requirements with access to global markets and a port operation that continues to provide efficient, reliable, and resilient services."  FULL STORY

Stevedore dislocates knee at South port
Source: Louisa Steyl (Stuff.co.nz)

A stevedore has dislocated a knee while working in a ship’s hold at South Port in Bluff on Monday morning.

A Maritime New Zealand spokesperson said the person was treated on site and taken to Southland Hospital for observation. Maritime New Zealand will not be taking the matter further, the spokesperson said. A police spokesperson confirmed that WorkSafe had been notified of the incident. A St John spokesperson said St John was called at 9.03am to an incident at Wharf Bluff, Foreshore Road. “One ambulance and one rapid response unit responded to the scene,” the spokesperson said. St John treated one patient in a moderate condition and transported them to Southland Hospital.  FULL STORY

Hawke's Bay's largest cattle export shipment: 14,000 animals off to China
Source: Maddisyn Jeffares (NZHerald.co.nz)

A ship carrying up to 14,000 cattle will leave Napier for China on Sunday, the single largest export of cattle from Hawke's Bay.

The Al Kuwait is a purpose-built live export ship and arrived in port overnight Thursday. The Ministry for Primary Industries has approved an application for Al Kuwait to export the beasts. However, the final number of cattle may change after veterinarians have inspected them before loading. It is expected to take four days to load the cattle onto the Al Kuwait.  FULL STORY

Waiting game on whether supply shortages will impact Scott base build
Source: Chris Tobin (Stuff.co.nz)

The impact of present supply chain disruptions on the recently announced Scott Base build at PrimePort Timaru remain unknown, the lead contractor for the project says.

"We have issues now, but whether they are there when it's time to build is difficult to say," Leighs Construction chief executive Gary Walker said. Antarctica New Zealand announced on November 5 that the new $344 million Scott Base would be constructed at PrimePort Timaru with work expected to start towards the end of 2022 once planning and design were completed. South Canterbury Master Builders president Stu Heap said the project was great news for Timaru but admitted their were issues getting qualified staff in the region at the moment.  FULL STORY

Cruise news update: November 13, 2021
Source: Emrys Thakkar (CruiseHive.com)

Cruise news update across the major cruise lines with more cancellations, extended protocols, and new ship updates.

It’s been a busy week of protocol extensions, cancellations, and restarts. The cruise industry is well and truly back, unless you’re in Australia, as there are further cancellations down under. There’s big news from Carnival Cruise Line on its third Excel-class vessel, extended protocols, and an update on the cruise line’s ship restarts.  FULL STORY

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