Australia`s Natural Gas Resource
With huge untapped reserves of Natural Gas, Australian gas is in demand. Of all the different fuel types, natural gas offers the best combination of cleanness, affordability, reliability and flexibility and underpins growing domestic and international production sectors.
Natural gas is also known as methane (CH4 – a chemical combination of Carbon and Hydrogen). It is found in several different types of rocks, including sandstone, coal seams and shales.
Australia is the world`s fifth largest Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) exporter with Japan being the primary importer followed by China, Taiwan, South Korea and India.
Australia`s rapidly expanding gas industry is driving enormous investment, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in gas and delivering more than $7 billion a year in tax revenue. In 2011, Australian LNG cargoes earned $11.1 billion in export revenue. Australia`s LNG exports are expected to increase 400 percent over the next five years.
Australia has an estimated 400 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves (enough to power a city of 1 million people for 8000 years). Geologists are optimistic that exploration will uncover more gas to add to this base.
Natural gas is now the third largest global energy source and accounts for around 21 per cent of energy consumption worldwide.
Existing Australian gas projects and LNG projects under construction
The North West Shelf Venture (WA) began production in 1989. Since then, the project has expanded to include five trains (a train is a production unit). In it’s entirety, the North West Shelf project today produces up to 16.3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG with an investment cost of some $50 billion.
In Darwin LNG production started back in 2006 with a one train project producing up to 3.5 million tonnes of gas per annum.
Pluto started production in April 2012. It has one 4.3mtpa production train.
There are 7 large Australian LNG projects currently at various stages of construction and development. Gorgon, Prelude, Wheatstone and Ichthys are gas fields off the north coast of Western Australia, with an additional three in Queensland (Queensland Curtis LNG, Gladstone LNG and Australia Pacific LNG).
All up, Australia has over$200 billion worth of LNG projects under construction at this time. The LNG sector in Australia has enjoyed phenomenal growth and the future looks very promising indeed, creating the opportunity for even more jobs in gas for those people who have the skills and qualifications.
Reference: Australian Gas | LNG projects in Australia
Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the worldâ€™s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queenslandâ€™s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
Caterpillar Haul truck 793
The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.
The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStarâ„˘
Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.
Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.