Program Schedule

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In a market that is experiencing the most disruptive period in a generation, the APPEA 2019 Conference Program will drive in-depth discussion and debate for the industry and its leaders with the theme – Navigating the future. 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 2019 is the place to form new partnerships and strengthen existing  ones.

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29 May
7:30 am 5:00 pm
Conference Registration
8:00 am 6:00 pm
APPEA 2019 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.

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8:00 am 6:00 pm
APPEA 2019 Technical and Business Poster Presentations
Exhibition Hall

The APPEA conference technical program incorporates an extensive poster series displayed in the exhibition hall. Enjoy your tea break whilst perusing the posters.


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.

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8:00 am 6:00 pm
APPEA 2019 Childcare

New for 2019, APPEA is delighted to offer a complimentary childcare facility for registered APPEA 2019 attendees, onsite at the conference venue. Attend conference sessions knowing your child is having fun, learning and in safe hands.

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8:30 am 10:30 am
PLENARY SESSION: Navigating a cleaner energy future — how does the oil and gas industry survive and thrive?
Great Hall
The UN Climate Change Conference held in Paris at the end of 2015 set the scene for the world’s response to climate change and continues to change the nature of the energy landscape facing the Australian oil and gas industry. Nearly four years on, and following the release at the end of 2018 of the ‘rulebook’ to underpin the Paris Agreement, this new landscape continues to provide both challenges and opportunities for the industry.
This plenary session will bring together local and global experts to consider how the oil and gas industry is to survive and thrive in this cleaner energy future and what it can and is doing to reduce its carbon footprint and provide cleaner energy to Australia and the region.
Session Facilitator
Paul Welton, General Manager - Strategy, Planning and Commercial, Chevron Australia
A tale of two gases
Dr Alan Finkel AO, Chief Scientist, Australian Government
The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative — delivering solutions for a sustainable low-emissions future
Gardiner Hill, Vice President Carbon Management, BP and Senior Representative of Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), BP
Riding the green wave: Are oil and gas companies jumping on board?
Marlene Motyka, Principal, Transactions and Business Analytics LLP, and US & Global Renewable Energy Leader, Deloitte
Climate change: The investor perspective
Emma Herd, Chief Executive Officer, Investor Group on Climate Change
10:30 am 11:15 am
Morning Tea in the Exhibition Hall
Exhibition Hall

Refuel with some tasty treats whilst catching up with colleagues and making new contacts in Australia’s biggest annual upstream oil & gas event.


11:15 am 12:30 pm
CONCURRENT SESSION 10: Advancing Australian exploration
Australia — how do we compare as an exploration destination?
M Quinn (IHS Markit)
Exploration for petroleum is critical to ensure ongoing supply.
In the second half of this session delegates will hear about exploration policies, tenure and other initiatives relating to petroleum exploration from the perspective from both federal and state regulatory and geoscience bodies.
CONCURRENT SESSION 11: Insights and opportunities for southern basins
New insights on Upper Cretaceous stratigraphy and sedimentology of the Bight Basin, Australia from IODP Site U1512
C Wainman, P McCabe*,  S Holford (University of Adelaide) and the IODP Expedition 369 Scientific Party
Regional paleodepositional environment of the Cretaceous in the Great Australian Bight – a support for frontier exploration
D Klauser-Baumgärtner, T Reichel and J Hansen (Equinor)
The Bight Basin: a tale of three deltaic megasequences
I Strømsøyen, E Schomacker, B Søderstrøm and B Waagan (Equinor)
The Gippsland Basin: reprocessing reveals new opportunities in a 'mature' basin
P Baillie (CGG)
CONCURRENT SESSION 12: Optimising production from analysis to outcome
The use of integrated production modelling to assess network efficiency and production system optimisation
Y Fei (University of Adelaide), G Lydyard, A Mantopoulos, D Marques and M Rondon (Santos)
Multiphase gas compression to boost non conventional production and reserves
R Perry (Hicor Technologies)
Rigorous gas field production data analysis
C Evans and A Corrie-Keilig* (RISC Advisory)
Panel discussion
CONCURRENT SESSION 13: The value of Australian LNG: Global influence and emerging markets
The emergence of China as an LNG super user
J Norman (Santos)
Signposts to a robust liquid LNG market
B Cullinane (Deloitte Consulting), S Sakmar (University of Houston Law Centre) and N Hill (Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu)
What’s your gas worth: a thrilling or a taxing matter?
K Wee (Deloitte)
Finding a home for Australian LNG in developing power markets
C Henderson (Advisian)
CONCURRENT SESSION 14: It’s a matter of safety: Understanding, improving and regulating
What were they thinking? How the brain is wired for Limbic Risk TM
R Wentzel and N Wentzel (The Jonah Group)
Reflections of a contemporary gas regulator in Queensland
B Date (Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy)
Eliminating fatalities from the upstream oil and gas industry
C Hawkes (International Association of Oil & Gas Producers)
Current trends in industry safety performance: applying scrutiny to safety issues associated with ageing facilities
D O’Keeffe (NOPSEMA) 12
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. Explore the exhibits that represent the complete supply chain of the oil and gas industry. Make new industry contacts and expand your business through international and national connections.


12:45 pm 2:00 pm
Hot Topics Discussion in the EY Collaboration Centre
Exhibition Hall

Whether it’s a meeting with a new business contact, following up a lead or simply sitting back to relax with a coffee, the EY Collaboration Centre is the place to be. A number are scheduled ‘hot topics’ and issues in the industry will be explored at the collaboration centre. Join fellow delegates, APPEA & EY specialists, along with conference speakers for lively discussion and networking.

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1:00 pm 2:00 pm
Meet the Authors - Poster Presentation
Exhibition Hall

Enjoy the gallery of technical and business posters inside the exhibition and meet the authors to discuss their work. Make sure you also vote for your favourite poster for the 2019 Best Poster.

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2:00 pm 3:15 pm
CONCURRENT SESSION 15: PESA — 2018 in review
PESA Australian exploration review 2018
D Lockhart and D Spring* (Senex Energy)
Australian petroleum production and development 2018
G Bethune (EnergyQuest)
“Back to the Future” A review of Australian reservation and other natural gas export control policies
J Plumb (Carter Newell)
CONCURRENT SESSION 16: Australia's potential
East coast gas—resource potential at different gas price scenarios (Part 1: quantification of unconventional gas resource potential)
I Cockerill, J Collins and Z Rasheed (RISC Pty Ltd)
Rock properties and in-situ stress state of the Egilabria Prospect, Lawn Hill Platform, Queensland
A Bailey, L Wang, L Hall and P Henson (Geoscience Australia)
The prospectivity of the Cape Vogel Basin, Papua New Guinea
S Amiribesheli (Discover Geoscience) and A Weller (Searcher Seismic)
Enabling a CCS industry through research at the CO2CRC National Otway Research Facility
M Raab (CO2CRC), C Jenkins (CSIRO Black Mountain), R Pevzner (Curtin University) and A Qader (CO2CRC)
CONCURRENT SESSION 17: Fracking the way to fresher findings
Challenges in modelling of hydraulic fracturing in low-permeability coal seams with complex cleat networks and stress regimes
M Aghighi, R Johnson Jr and C Leonardi (University of Queensland)
Pushing the boundaries - development of innovative drilling, completion and production technology to advance a deep coal seam play
R Branajaya, P Archer and A Farley (Strike Energy)
Influence of elastoplastic embedment on CSG production enhancement using graded particle injection
Z You, D Wang, C Leonardi, R Johnson Jr (University of Queensland) and P Bedrikovetsky (University of Adelaide)
Renewables, gas and batteries: reliable and efficient power for industry
T Lukatela (Woodside Energy)
Some economic estimates of gas-fired power generation in a carbon constrained Australia
C McConnell and C Dorgelo (Advisian)
Renewed energy in Asia’s upstream
G Farruggio and D Dixon (Rystad Energy)
Moomba reset — breathing new life into a 50 year old asset
V Santostefano (Santos)
CONCURRENT SESSION 19: Environmental approvals — the collaborative approach
A regulator's vision and perspectives on key environmental management challenges
Good, bad or ugly – all a matter of perspective?
J Lovell (Seafood Industry Australia)
Critical success factors for achieving environmental approvals
P Raitt (Green Light Environmental)
Reducing the complexity of environmental approvals — learnings from an industry-wide collaborative effort
M Smith (NERA)
3:15 pm 3:45 pm
Afternoon Tea in the Exhibition Hall
Exhibition Hall

It’s coffee o’clock! Share a coffee with one of over 2,000+ oil and gas professionals under the one roof of the APPEA 2019 Exhibition.


3:45 pm 5:00 pm
CONCURRENT SESSION 20: A new Cooper Basin is born
Geological and bioregional assessments — enabling future tight, shale and deep-coal gas development — Cooper Basin case study
D Robinson, ME Gunning, T Evans, L Hall, B Sundaram (Geoscience Australia), A Swirepik, A Stacey, R Dann and K Holland (Department of the Environment and Energy)
Old rocks, new tricks — a re-invigorated Cooper Basin offers growth opportunity
B Ovenden (Santos)
Results of hydraulic fracturing design improvements and changes in execution strategies for unconventional tight gas targets in the Cooper Basin, Australia
R Johnson, R Zhong (University of Queensland) and L Nguyen (Real Energy Corporation)
Panel discussion
CONCURRENT SESSION 21: Process safety — maintaining the status quo
Reducing maintenance burden on established facilities through a targeted risk review of safety critical equipment
B Innes (Upstream Production Solutions)
The hardy perennials of maintenance
N Clegg (Upstream Production Solutions)
Reduced manning with improved safety and reliability – how classification societies and digital solutions can support operators
M Tipping (Lloyds Register) Presenter only: J Baker (Lloyds Register)
Offshore structures — why all offshore facilities should have a demanning requirement
M Keys (Atkins SNC-Lavalin)
CONCURRENT SESSION 22: Project management 101: Fail to prepare, prepare to fail
Australia’s shale industry — how we can become globally competitive
P Cox (Worley)
Better project delivery: Australia’s value opportunity
A Rodger (Wood Mackenzie)
Industry 4.0 and the digital transformation journey
D Makin and E Boyle (Jacobs)
Integrated activity planning – a proven approach to optimising operations outcomes
B Farrell and V Mulgund (EY)
CONCURRENT SESSION 23: One industry, one workforce, one goal
Diversity and inclusion — moving the needle in Indigenous employment and engagement
M Williamson* (Broadspectrum) and M Wilson* (INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd)
Enhancing Indigenous partnerships in an increasingly digitised oil and gas sector
M Lynn* (Deloitte Consulting) and D Wirrpanda* (Wirrpanda Foundation)
How diversity can alleviate sharks and bandwagons in the gas sector
J Spanjaard* and S McAlister-Smiley* (Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu)
Panel Discussion
CONCURRENT SESSION 24: Environmental monitoring — a dip in the ocean
Innovation and technology in marine science: AIMS’ North West Shoals to Shore research program - an update
M Parsons, K Miller, M Thums, J Gilmour, L Ferreira (Australian Institute of Marine Science), R McCauley (Curtin University) and M Meekan (Australian Institute of Marine Science)
Biofouling risk management for the importation of a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility and the central processing facility (CPF); the world’s largest semi-submersible platform
N Gust*, A Coutts, P Lewis, R Tigges (Biofouling Solutions Pty Ltd), J Prout* and S Carter (INPEX Operations Australia)
Demonstrating an acceptable level of impact: an assessment of noise impacts to fishes from a seismic survey in an Australian marine park
J Edgell, J Colman (ERM Australia), S Jarvis (S2 Services) and o Glade-Wright (Cooper Energy)
Monitoring marine effects of produced formation water discharge in Bass Strait
L Barnes* (Cardno), K Hall* (Esso Australia), C Blount, M Hooper, D van Senden, A Costen, C Scraggs, D Provis and D Pygas (Cardno)
5:00 pm 6:00 pm
Happy Hour in the Exhibition Hall
Exhibition Hall

This event provides another excellent networking opportunity for all delegates, exhibitors and invited guests. Meet with colleagues and share ideas over a refreshing drink before you prepare for the Conference Dinner.


7:30 pm 12:00 am
Conference Dinner
Plaza Ballroom

Step out in style and join your colleagues to celebrate APPEA’s official Conference Dinner. This evening remains one of the most anticipated of the industry’s social calendar as delegates and guests enjoy a superb three-course dinner and world-class entertainment. A selection of  prestigious APPEA awards are presented at this, the oil & gas industry’s night of nights. Whether you book a single ticket or a table, this event will impress!

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APPEA Conference and Exhibition 2019
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