Program Schedule

The APPEA 2020 Conference Program will drive in-depth discussion and debate for the industry and its leaders with the theme – Energy for a better Australia. International experts and Australian industry leaders will provide up-to-date analysis, case studies and technical know-how on the big issues facing our industry. Politicians, executives and analysts will discuss the policy concerns confronting us. Combined with an array of business networking events, APPEA 2020 is the place to form new partnerships and strengthen existing  ones.

New for 2020 is the APPEA Panel Series   3 sessions within the Technical and Business Program that will deliver free flowing discussion and debate on a current, relevant topic that is crucial for our industry. Subjects and line ups will be rolled out from March onwards.

APPEA’s keynote speaker program, boasting over 20 international and national industry leaders, stakeholders and global influencers, will be rolled out from March 2020.



Please note the most up-to-date version of the program is noted in the body of this web page below

Click the sessions below to expand and see further information. Plenary speaker information will be linked in late February 2020. * Depicts the presenter if not the lead author.

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19 May
7:30 am 5:00 pm
Conference registration
Central Foyer
7:30 am 8:20 am
Presenters' Breakfast

By Invitation Only

In recognition of the valuable contribution to the conference program, all presenters are invited to this breakfast. A great opportunity to meet fellow presenters and gain a valuable technical & audio visual briefing prior to presenting.

8:00 am 6:00 pm
APPEA 2020 Technical and Business Poster Presentations open
Exhibition Hall

Take time to view over 50 poster presentations from leading authors in the oil and gas, advisory and education sector displayed in the exhibition hall.

View the current poster presentation listing

8:00 am 6:00 pm
APPEA 2020 Exhibition
Exhibition Hall

Meet with the industry’s leading explorers, producers and suppliers in this one-stop-shop exhibition of the best the Australian and international oil and gas industry has to offer. The Exhibition will provide an exceptional opportunity to view the latest technologies and the newest advances in the oil and gas industry.

View the current exhibitor listing

Information on becoming an exhibitor…

8:00 am 6:00 pm
KPMG Meeting Zone
Exhibition Hall

Make sure you secure time for that crucial meeting with your key clients. The KPMG Meeting Zone – an ideal place to meet for an hour, with two private meeting zones.

Further information…

8:30 am 10:15 am
PLENARY SESSION 1: Energy for a Better Australia
Riverside Theatre
The opening session of APPEA 2020, the association’s 60th Conference and Exhibition, focuses on the conference theme, ‘Energy for a Better Australia’. This session will set the scene for three days of in depth discussion and debate as the industry considers its role in a cleaner energy future and what it will take for the industry to continue to provide affordable, reliable and sustainable energy to Australia and the regions to which we export for decades to come
Speakers include key political representatives and the APPEA Chairman, Mr Kevin Gallagher. Full speaker line up to be unveiled, early 2020.
10:15 am 11:00 am
Morning Tea in the Exhibition Hall
Exhibition Hall

Take the opportunity to network, view the poster display and peruse the exhibition whilst enjoying morning tea in the Exhibition Hall.

Sponsorship available…

11:00 am 12:30 pm
PLENARY SESSION 2: Energy Leaders’ Panel - An open conversation about our energy future
Riverside Theatre
The oil and gas industry has always faced challenges and has always positioned itself to grasp opportunities. But the breadth and depth of current challenges and opportunities is unprecedented. What is the global energy outlook? What is the future of energy in a carbon constrained world? What is the role of oil and gas in that world? How does the industry rise to the challenges and grasp the opportunities before it?
This panel session, facilitated by a world leading energy expert, will bring together Energy Leaders from across the industry, operating both in Australia and around the world, for an open and honest conversation about those challenges and opportunities and what companies need to do to provide energy for a better Australia, and for a better world.
Full speaker line up to be unveiled early 2020.
Sponsorship available
12:30 pm 2:00 pm
Networking Lunch in the Exhibition Hall
Exhibition Hall

All delegates are invited to enjoy lunch in the exhibition halls as you explore the exhibits that represent the leading producers and suppliers in the oil and gas industry.

Sponsorship available…

12:30 pm 2:00 pm
APPEA Members' Lunch

By Invitation Only – Unique Member Benefit

Senior representatives from the full industry supply chain take the opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the oil and gas business in this exclusive luncheon for APPEA member companies

1:00 pm 2:00 pm
Hot Topics Discussion in the EY Collaboration Centre
Exhibition Hall

Join EY specialists, APPEA representatives & conference speakers to discuss a number industry ‘hot topics’. A great opportunity to connect with oil & gas professionals with similar interests.

Further information…

2:00 pm 3:15 pm
CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Innovative geoscience
Implementation of seismic data quality characterization using supervised deep learning
J Thorp (Searcher Seismic), K Davies (Discover Geoscience), J Bluteau (Searcher Seismic) and P Hoiles (Discover Geoscience)
Implications of accurate geomechanical modelling and systematic core testing for sanding evaluation and sand control decisions — a case study from Perth Basin
S Asadi, A Khaksar (Baker Hughes GE), M Fabian, R Xiang (Mitsui and Co.), D Dewhurst and C Delle Piane (CSIRO Petroleum)
Creating a 3D image from 2D data using structurally conformable interpolation: A case study from the Beagle subbasin, NWS, Australia
S Notiyal and V Seesaha (TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Co)
Improving exploration efficiency in a frontier basin using CSEM
R Tharimela (EMGS ASA)
CONCURRENT SESSION 2: Operational, production and design innovation
Development of a highly automated mobile rig for the Australia CSG market
A de Mul (Huisman Equipment B.V.)
SURFIM Network: The value of sharing of lessons learned on the industry’s longest running joint industry project regarding SURF facilities integrity management
A Botto (Wood)
Mercury partitioning in oil and gas production systems — design optimisation and risk mitigation through advanced simulation
P Crafts and M Williams (TechnipFMC)
Realising the value from next generation Integrated Operating Centres (IOC)
JC Bernardini, M Lyons, C Stewart and W Merchant (Boston Consulting Group)
CONCURRENT SESSION 3: Decommissioning — new endings and new beginnings
Shaping the decommissioning landscape of tomorrow
A Taylor (National Energy Resources Australia [NERA])
King Reef: An Australian first in repurposing oil and gas infrastructure to benefit regional communities
J Florisson, A Rowland (Recfishwest), E Harvey (Curtin University), M Allen (Subcon), S Watts (Recfishwest) and B Saunders (Curtin University)
NORM inventory forecast for Australian offshore oil and gas decommissioned assets and radioactive waste disposal pathways
S Higgins, S McKay (Curtin University) and P Baker (Wood)
Decommissioning and rehabilitation: what’s tax got to do with it?
K Wee (Deloitte)
CONCURRENT SESSION 4: Digitisation and technology
The Digital Worker - How technology is enhancing safety and productivity in the field
K Taylor and T Walker (Broadspectrum)
Satellite monitoring of fugitive methane emissions from oil and gas facilities in Australia
JF Gauthier (GHGSat)
Shaping the future workforce for the oil and gas sector
J Andrews, L Rolland and T Cotton (EY)
Building an innovation culture and digital skills
S Kalms (Woodside)
3:15 pm 3:45 pm
Afternoon Tea in the Exhibition Hall
Exhibition Hall

Enjoy a cuppa and refreshments whilst making some new contacts, viewing the poster displays and the many exhibitors at APPEA 2020.

Sponsorship available…

3:45 pm 5:00 pm
CONCURRENT SESSION 5: Cooper Basin — Australia’s premier onshore basin keeps on delivering
A new concept for the extraction of gas from Permian ultra-deep coal seams of the Cooper Basin, Australia: Expanding reservoir boundary theory
E Dunlop (The University of Adelaide)
Outcome focused. How to deliver value in a field (re-) development. - A case study from the Cooper-Eromanga Basin, South Australia
S Molyneux, H Wu (Molyneux Advisors), S Delaney, S Presser and A Gongora (Beach Energy)
Re-evaluation of depositional models for the lower Permian Patchawarra Formation, Cooper Basin, South Australia: implications for petroleum exploration
C Wainman and P McCabe (The University of Adelaide)
Unlocking material gas resources - Moomba South case study
H Moriarty, J Clifford, J Donley, and L Maxwell (Santos)
CONCURRENT SESSION 6: The future with digital oilfields
Investment in interoperability reduces OPEX
E Krauss (Wood)
Innovative digital inspection methodology
S Anderson (Intertek)
Digital innovation in subsea integrity management
R Thethi, D Vadel (Clarus Subsea Integrity), M Haning and E Tellier* (2H Offshore Engineering)
Auto-control model building using machine learning regression for extreme response prediction
D Leong and A Bahuguni (Lloyd’s Register)
CONCURRENT SESSION 7: Collaboration — we’re better together
The case for shared infrastructure to unlock resources
K Eberspaecher (Bengal Energy)
Standardization of procurement equipment specifications: Establishing a strong foundation for oil & gas capital project development and delivery
A Postema and T Fletcher* (IOGP)
Making upstream infrastructure collaboration happen
F Tibi, W Lanagan and W Merchant (Boston Consulting Group)
Decision making in oil and gas — collaboration and comparison with space sector
J Crusan (Woodside)
CONCURRENT SESSION 8: People and technology — driving innovation
Investigating the potential human health impacts of coal seam gas development at a study site in the Surat Basin in southern Queensland
C Huddlestone-Holmes (CSIRO), S Rigby, S Van Niekirk, R Mackie (The University of Queensland) and A Walton (CSIRO)
Improving industry safety via real collaboration: A case study from the Queensland CSG sector
M Zaunbrecher (Arrow Energy) and S O’Donnell (Safer Together)
Deploying hydrocarbon monitoring technologies in the 2019 NOFO Oil-on-Water field exercise
X Qi, M Mainson, E Crooke, I Hay, A Ross (CSIRO) and P Irving (Australian Maritime Safety Authority)
Redefining the relationship between the oil company and its vendor
C Davies (BHP) T Allen, C Dempsey and K Mishra (Schlumberger)
Join us for the first of three sessions that will deliver free flowing discussion and debate on a current, relevant topic that is crucial for our industry.
Subjects and line ups will be rolled out from March onwards.
5:00 pm 6:00 pm
Happy Hour in the Exhibition Hall
Exhibition Hall

Time to network and debrief on the current topics and key discussions of the day. Don’t miss the Happy Hour sponsor Yokogawa bring alive APPEA Boulevard with their dynamic ‘breaking of the saki’ to celebrate Day 1 drawing to a close.

Further information…

6:00 pm
Evening Free

Take the opportunity as an oil and gas supplier to host your clients in the vibrant city of Perth. As a delegate – accept the invitations from suppliers and clients or from fellow delegates to expand your networks or reinforce current partnerships.

APPEA Conference and Exhibition 2020
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