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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Microbial corrosion of coal seam gas wells

In March 2019 EIN Presswire published an article on corrosion in Queensland's coal seam gas wells...

It had been at this link

Corrosion in coal seam gas wells seems systemic in Queensland

The now-deleted article included -

Xpandable Patches to extend the life of corroded CSG wells in Queensland, Australia

Charles Albouy,

  • Full-covered Xpandable Patches successfully isolated bacterial corrosion in coal seam gas wells;
  • Microbiologically-influenced corrosion seems to be systemic in the region, and other operators might encounter similar issues in their CSG wells.

Saltel Industries was approached in 2016 by one of Australia’s leading natural gas producers, to tailor a solution for their unusual problem: in some of their CSG wells in Queensland, the 7in production casing must cope with severe and localized external corrosion, developing at shallow depth. These corrosion cases are suspected to be caused by bacteria growing under specific pressure and temperature environments. ...

The corrosion damage can occur at very shallow depths (e.g., as little as a few metres below the wellhead), and corrosion damage can leave less than 80% of the casing metal thickness. In this situation, traditional patch setting methods that require high-pulling or explosive alternatives are complicated and risky for the casing and involve serious HSE downhole hazards. ...

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Five degrees of watergate separation

If you do a Google search on a name involved in the Angus Taylor / Barnaby Joyce / Watergate mire you may stumble upon the fact the Australian Government recently deleted its lobbyists registrer entry for the lobbying firm "The Fifth Estate".

Google search on name "Ian Wiskin" in Watergate mire

404 - page not found error - for Ian Wiskin at lobbyist "The Fifth Estate"
The cached copy of the Australian Government lobbyist entry for "The Fifth Estate"

After following a few search paths from the deleted lobbyist registrer entry you come full circle - back to a firm "MHPremium Farms" owned and founded by Sir Michael Hintze AM, where Angus Taylor's brother Richard Taylor is a director, and where former "The Fifth Estate" consultant Tim Mort now works as an analyst.

Tim Mort moves recently from "The Fifth estate" to MHPremium Farms

MHPremium Farms with Watergate connections Michael Hintze and Richard Taylor

Why the Australian Government deleted the lobbyists register entry of "The Fifth Estate" quite recently - it was cached by Google's search entry on 14 May 2019 with content last updated on 21 January 2019 - is not known.

The NSW and Queensland Governments still have current entries for "The Fifth Estate" on their lobbyist registers.

NSW Government Lobbyist Registry - listing The Fifth Estate

NSW Government Lobbyist Registry - listing The Fifth Estate - clients

NSW Government Lobbyist Registry - listing The Fifth Estate - employees

NSW Government Lobbyist Registry - listing The Fifth Estate - employees