Promised payments to government, communities and landowners have fallen short of forecasts.
Mechanical shutdown may lend some support to prices.
Though the startup of Shell's Prelude FLNG later and cost more than originally estimated, it is expected to further cement Australia's lead as the world's biggest LNG exporter.
Total remains committed to the Australian Ichthys LNG project and the French company would be holding on to its remaining 26% stake in Ichthys, says a company exec.
Australia overtook Qatar as the world's largest exporter of LNG for the first time in November, data from Refinitiv Eikon showed on Dec. 10.
Australia's competition watchdog, ACCC, said it will not oppose oil and gas firm Santos's $2.15 billion acquisition of Quadrant Energy.
Japan's Inpex Corp. said on Oct. 22 it has sent its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipment from the giant Ichthys project in Australia.
Australia's Woodside Petroleum said on Oct. 22 it has signed an agreement to work with China's privately owned ENN Group on potential business opportunities that could boost demand for Woodside's liquefied natural gas (LNG).
U.S. firm Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has agreed to sell its energy, chemicals and resources business to WorleyParsons for $3.3 billion, in a deal that will double the size of the Australian engineering services firm.
Woodside Petroleum Ltd. on Oct. 18 said it was aiming to bring forward the target date for approving the Browse gas project off northwest Australia by a year to 2020.