Blog Posts - Operating Cost



Darwin’s #LNG Sector: Are you being served?

Darwin is the next great growth opportunity for service companies keen to participate in Australia’s LNG growth spurt. But what are the opportunities, and how are they different from the experience in Gladstone?   If you’re not fami...
by Fuel Up! on Jul 24, 2016

Brexit and the oil and gas industry

    What could be the impact of Brexit on the oil, gas and LNG sectors? No one can say with any certainty what the outcome of Brexit will be but here’s my early views. Background   In case you missed it, the UK government... The...
by Fuel Up! on Jul 3, 2016

How to save billions in field service management

  Is there a better way to deliver services to unconventional gas fields besides taking the conventional approach to gas field service management and fiddling with it? Absolutely.   Backstory   Frequent visitors to Fuel Up! LNG will re...
by Fuel Up! on Jun 26, 2016

The $36b problem for Queensland LNG

If you were prowling for big improvement opportunities in Queensland’s coal seam gas to LNG sector, is there really $36 billion waiting to be had? While attention in Australia seems permanently focused on building yet more export trains, I thin...
by Fuel Up! on Jun 19, 2016

Australia’s #LNG Industry in Transition

APPEA returns to Brisbane this year and the conference (hopefully) will bring into focus the significant challenges facing the industry and stimulate a lively discussion about the future. I think we’re due for an industry reset. Here’s a...
by Fuel Up! on May 8, 2016

Episode 44 – 8 Ways Analytics Can Help Unconventional Gas

Many industries today benefit from applying analytics to their more vexing problems. Queensland’s coal seam gasindustry (and likely shale gas industries elsewhere) has all the ingredients to make it an ideal place to apply analytics to its ke...
by Fuel Up! on May 3, 2016

Episode 22 – Surviving the Services Recession

Australia’s onshore oil and gas services sector is experiencing its very own recession, thanks to gyrating oil and gas prices. And it’s going to last a while, if my calculations are correct. I haven’t seen conditions this bad sinc...
by Fuel Up! on Oct 20, 2015

Episode 18 – Productivity In the New Era (PINE)

  On August 27, 2015, I presented to the SEAAOC conference in Darwin on how the oil and gas industry might go about improving productivity. I recorded my remarks for this podcast. You can also find the slide presentation at Slideshare.net. Just...
by Fuel Up! on Sep 8, 2015

How To Succeed With Fixed Price Services Contracts

  A number of the field service suppliers to the oil and gas industry have been on the receiving end of new procurements that require fixed price bidding. For many, this is a radically new feature of the competitive landscape and is resulting in...
by Fuel Up! on May 3, 2015

Freeing Up $Millions Hidden In Your LNG Assets

This post was co-written with Jonathan Schneider and Lauren Folkard, who work for Deloitte in Perth.   Australia’s emerging LNG industry is potentially missing out on millions of dollars through its procurement practices and accounting tre...
by Fuel Up! on Apr 12, 2015

Episode 2 : Fit for $50 – Speech to TSBE

    The oil and gas world is undergoing a profound and lasting change. Oil production is stronger than oil demand, and OPEC has decided to allow the market to balance without interference. The resulting oil price collapse has implications f...
by Fuel Up! on Mar 27, 2015


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