Woodside Energy Group and officials representing workers at some of its liquefied natural gas facilities are likely to hold more talks next week after failing to reach agreement on issues that could trigger strikes and disrupt global exports.
North West Shelf
The UK is about to receive liquefied natural gas from far-off Australia for the first time in at least six years, highlighting the European region’s desperation in grappling with its worst energy crisis in decades.
Analysts reckon Jadestone Energy (LON:JSE) has its sights set on acquiring a bigger share of the producing North West Shelf oil fields offshore Western Australia that are currently operated by Woodside Energy (ASX:WDS). Ultimately, Singapore-based Jadestone will be seeking operatorship to maximise profitability, the analysts told Energy Voice.
Jadestone Energy has announced the acquisition of a 16.67% interest in the producing North West Shelf oil fields offshore Western Australia from BP. The deal is in line with the London-listed company’s strategy of acquiring low-cost barrels at less than US$3/barrel, while establishing an entry position into what it describes as a "very high-quality long-life asset with very low decline rates."
Australia’s offshore environment and safety regulator NOPSEMA has ordered BHP to clean up three offshore fields following years of “limited action” and equipment sinking to the seabed, reported BoilingCold. This will add to the decommissioning burden Woodside will inherit if it absorbs BHP’s oil and gas assets as part of a deal announced last month.
A strategic merger between BHP and Woodside has been on the deal dream list in oil and gas circles going back three decades. Yesterday the pair confirmed that they will enter into a merger of their respective oil and gas portfolios in an all-stock deal that creates an LNG powerhouse.