SA Mines and Energy Journal : October-November 09
11 OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2009 SA MINES & ENERGY JOURNAL INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS The City of Adelaide is the centre of South Australia's commercial, cultural and government activities. An increasing number of firms in the resources sector are recognising the advantages the City offers in providing the best range of accommodation options, attracting and retaining staff as well as its proximity to key government decision makers. " " To find out more about the assistance Adelaide City Council can tailor to suit your business needs, please contact us on (08) 8203 7518. " " Adelaide CBD, as a base for an international business operation, offers many advantages such as superior business facilities, adequate car parking and access to all modes of transport. Through Council's outstanding Workforce Relocation and Organisation Expansion program, Terramin received invaluable assistance in identifying potential ideal office sites. We also received constructive, practical advice on how to relocate and in June 2007 we relocated to Westpac House and now enjoy the many benefits of the CBD setting. Adelaide City Council can help your business move into the City by assisting you identify accommodation options, streamlining Council processes and providing practical advice on business relocation or opening of a new office. Quotes by Kevin Moriarty, Executive Chairman of Terramin Australia Limited of about 150 metres at Ultima Dam West. Director Ian Finch said the company was continuing its in-house feasibility study and proceeding with native title and heritage clearances. Approvals are also underway for the conversion of exploration leases to mining leases. Angaston mine upgrade Penrice Soda Holdings is undertaking a $1 million upgrade at its Angaston mine in the Barossa Valley as part of the company's ongoing program to reduce noise, drag out and dust from the operations. The money will go toward upgrading the entrance to the Penrice quarry, widening the road near the entrance, road sealing, street sweeping machines and new equipment. Penrice Managing Director Guy Roberts (pictured) said the measures had been designed to address community concerns. "We believe it will have a significant effect on the amount of dust, noise and drag-out at the entrance, " he said. Cracking caused well incident Geodynamics says a well incident at Habanero-3 in the Innamincka joint venture in the Cooper Basin was caused by cracking of the casing material due to hydrogen embrittlement. Work on the Habanero geothermal project was delayed after an incident at the well on April 24 resulted in water and steam flowing to the surface. Investigations found that dissolved gases in the reservoir fluid, such as carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide, had reacted with the steel casing materials. This caused the release of free hydrogen, which was absorbed by the steel in the low-temperature zone of the well under shut-in conditions. Along with temperature fluctuations, this led to hydrogen embrittlement that made the casing steel more prone to cracking when stressed. Geodynamics and its partners have now taken measures to ensure the security of existing wells that have come into contact with the reservoir fluid.