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Australian developers scale up investments

High prices bolster Australian upstream developments

Australia’s largest upstream companies—Woodside, Santos, Oil Search and Beach Energy—have been buoyed by this year’s surge in oil and gas prices, encouraging a major ramp-up in planned investments. Investment bank Jarden predicted in June that the four firms would more than double their annual spend on new projects, rising from an average of $2.9bn over the last five years to $6bn between now and 2026. The four remain committed to new production projects. That growth will also be accompanied by consolidation, as Woodside and Santos prepare to wrap up their mergers with Australian conglomerate BHP’s petroleum division and Oil Search respectively within the next six months. Woodside Woodsi



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