||Technology in Australia 1788-1988
Table of Contents
I The Present Energy Economy
II Australian Energy Consumption
III Research And Development
V Oil And Natural Gas
i Background to discovery
ii Discovery in Bass Strait
iii North West Shelf
v Innovation and incidents
VI Solar Energy
VII Nuclear Energy
VIII Bagasse Firewood And Other Biomass
IX Electric Power Generation And Distribution electric Power Generation And Distribution
X Manufactured Gas
XI Industrial Process Heat
A different type of problem arose in transporting crude from the Jackson field to Brisbane in the Moonie pipeline. This crude, under certain conditions of operation, could solidify. Professor David Boger, Chemical Engineering, University of Melbourne, working with the operators of the pipeline, was able to define an effective method of modifying the flow conditions with a pour-point depressant. This enabled ICI Australia to screen rapidly in their Research Laboratory a range of pour-point depressants to arrive at their RP39G, which is now being used in the pipeline. It was a good example of University-Industry collaboration to provide state of the art solutions to serious problems in the field.
In the Bass Strait and North West Shelf developments, there were some important engineering construction initiatives which are described in Chapter 6; these include (1) the Woodside North West Shelf Plough, (2) the Snapper post-trenching plough, (3) Mackerel and Tuna platform jacket design and construction, (4) the Cobia 2 sub-sea completion and (5) highly deviated wells.
By 1984 Bass Strait oil production had reached 455,000 barrels a day and in 1985 510,000 barrels. The record all-time daily production was 537,000 barrels in September 1985 and the Government for the first time allowed the Gippsland producers to export production in excess of 385,000 barrels a day.
The foregoing is in no sense a record of technology in the oil industry but rather an attempt to identify some of the innovative and unusual technology introduced during the development of the Bass Strait oil and gas fields and Western Australia's North West Shelf Natural Gas Project. These are two of the largest engineering construction projects ever undertaken in Australia.
Organisations in Australian Science at Work - BWN Vortoil Pty Ltd; Esso Australia; I.C.I. Australia Ltd
People in Bright Sparcs - Boger, Prof. David
© 1988 Print Edition pages 801 - 802, Online Edition 2000
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