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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20 May
7:30 am 5:00 pm
Conference Registration
Central Foyer
8:00 am 6:00 pm
APPEA 2020 Exhibition
Exhibition Hall

Develop your business relationships, do deals, collaborate, share ideas, and be inspired as you meet the leading explorers, producers, suppliers and educators of our industry all showcasing their brands and products in the APPEA Exhibition Hall.

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

Need a private meeting with your client? APPEA in partnership with KPMG delivers the KPMG Meeting Zone – a custom made section of the exhibition floor delivering the ideal place to meet in hourly segments, with two private meeting zones.  Available for bookings in advance and/or onsite.

Further information…

8:00 am 6:00 pm
APPEA 2020 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.


8:30 am 10:30 am
PLENARY SESSION 3: Is the oil and gas industry part of a net zero emission future?
Riverside Theatre
The UN Climate Change Conference held in Madrid noted that the world is not on track to meet its emissions reduction obligations and called for efforts to reduce emissions to be accelerated. As part of this, the role of oil and gas in a low carbon future, particularly a future heading towards net zero emissions, is under question.
This plenary session will bring together national and global experts to consider how the oil and gas industry is to survive and thrive in this cleaner energy future and what it is doing to reduce its carbon footprint and provide cleaner energy to Australia and the region.
Speaker line up to be unveiled in early 2020.
Sponsorship available.
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.

Sponsorship available…


11:15 am 12:30 pm
CONCURRENT SESSION 10: Opening new prospectivity on the North West Shelf
Comprehensive basin-wide 3D petroleum systems modeling providing new insights into proven petroleum systems and remaining prospectivity in the Exmouth Sub-basin, Australia
O Schenk (Schlumberger) C Dempsey, R Benson, M Cheng (BHP Billiton), S Tewari (Schlumberger), A Karvelas and G Bancalà (Schlumberger)
The Paleozoic prospectivity of the Browse Basin, Australia
S Amiribesheli, J Davies (Discover Geoscience) and J Thorp (Searcher Seismic)
Dorado discovery — unlocking a major new oil and gas play in the Bedout Sub-basin
M Thompson (Santos)
CONCURRENT SESSION 11: Maintenance, safety and risk 1
Real-time integrated process monitoring systems for operational guidance
K Alef, J Curry, R Malhotra and D Golczynski (Wood)
Cost reductions through converting offshore platforms from permanently manned to manned-evacuated
M Keys (Atkins)
Revolutionising confined space safety management – a case study
E Daher (Southern Cross University) and D Dowd* (United Safety)
Earthquake risk management for oil and gas infrastructures in north west of Australia
M Banimahd, S Tyler, M Kuo and F Chow (Woodside)
CONCURRENT SESSION 12: Environmental research and innovation — protecting Australia’s marine environment
The effect of marine seismic surveys on the movement, abundance and community structure of demersal fish assemblages on the North West Shelf, Australia
M Meekan, C Speed, R McCauley, J Semmens, S Newman, R Fisher and M Parsons (Australian Institute of Marine Science)
‘Who’s down with OPP?’ Learnings from recent submissions
C Weller and N Kerp (Green Light Environmental)
Identifying pan-industry common contributors to major accident events
J Mitchell and A Turnbull (NOPSEMA)
Working together to establish a world class mercury recovery facility for the Australian LNG industry
J Pittson (Woodside) and J Kerferd (Contract Resources)
CONCURRENT SESSION 13: Diversity and inclusion
From diversity to inclusion
R Lyall (Woodside)
Chevron’s journey in keeping diversity and inclusion on the agenda
E Shaw (KPMG) and C Watts (Chevron Australia)
Presentation on Diversity - TBC
APPEA presents the second of three panel 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.
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.

Sponsorship available…

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.

View the current poster presentation listing.

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 15: PESA — 2019 in review
Australian exploration review 2019
Cockerill (Risc Advisory)
Production and development across Australia 2019
M Quinn (IHS Markit)
Business environment review 2019
S Molyneux (Molyneux Advisors)
CONCURRENT SESSION 16: Carbon capture and storage — the new frontier
CarbonNet progress towards a declaration of identified storage formation at the Pelican site, with a new high-resolution 3D seismic data
N Hoffman (Victoria Department of Economic Development Jobs Transport and Resources)
The CSIRO in-situ Laboratory in south western Australia: A field laboratory for de-risking carbon storage
K Michael, L Ricard, L Stalker, A Hortle* (CSIRO Energy) and A Avijegon (GASS Petroleum Consulting)
Technical de-risking of a CCUS project for final investment decision in Australia
M Bagheri (CO2CRC), R Pevzner (Curtin University), C Jenkins (CSIRO), M Raab and P Barraclough (CO2CRC)
Evaluation of the Petrel Sub-Basin as a northern Australia CO2 store: Future decarbonisation hub?
L Stalker, D Dewhurst, B Clennell (CSIRO), Y Suhardiman A Maxwell (ENI Australia), F Masserano, F Boccuni, C Toscano and D Castano (ENI Milan)
CONCURRENT SESSION 17: The cutting edge of industry technical innovations
The importance of ambient cure for high-temperature coatings
G Ross (AkzoNobel Powder Coatings Ltd) Presenter only: G White* (AkzoNobel Powder Coatings Ltd)
Coal fracturing through liquid nitrogen treatment: A micro-computed tomography study
H Akhondzadeh, A Keshavarz, AZ Al-Yaseri, S Iglauer (Edith Cowan University) and M Lebedev (Curtin University)
The application of dynamic modelling technique on the pipeline drying operation during pre-commissioning
D Chen, A Duff and J Willcocks (Wood)
A new generation of catalyst deactivation, removal and loading technology in the LNG industry
M Draca and S Tyszta (Santos)
CONCURRENT SESSION 18: Developing markets — renewables and hydrogen
Reconciling the marriage of renewables and gas in the Australian energy market
J Stabler (Energy Edge)
A hydrogen future?
J Arnott (KPMG)
Is hydrogen Asia’s new energy commodity? Opportunities and challenges for Australia
D Low, A Rodger, B Gallagher and P Sharma (Wood Mackenzie)
Hydrogen innovation: discover development hotspots with patent landscaping
R Baddeley (Watermark)
CONCURRENT SESSION 19: Employee wellbeing and resilience - approaches to a happy, healthy workplace
Adjusting to working away and as an expatriate: Learnings on what organisations can do to promote the mental health and well-being of workers and their families
M Freeman (Performance Science HPO)
The impact of FIFO on the health and well-being of employees: What organisations can do to mitigate the risks and improve outcomes
E Brook (Murdoch University), M Freeman (Performance Science HPO), and G Ditchburn (Murdoch University)
Smashing the stigma in mental health — the role of leaders in creating a psychologically safe environment
A Feringa (The Jonah Group)
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 2020 Exhibition.

Sponsorship available…

3:45 pm 5:00 pm
CONCURRENT SESSION 20: New life for the southern margins
New insights into the stratigraphy of the Otway Basin
B Bendall (South Australia Department for Energy and Mining), A Forbes (Chemostrat Australia Pty), D Revie, R Eid, S Herley (Geological Survey of Victoria) and T Hill (South Australian Government)
New insights into the organic geochemistry of the Otway Basin
T Hill, B Bendall (South Australia Department for Energy and Mining) and A Murray (Murray Partners PPSA)
Santonian to Maastrichtian organic-rich mudrocks of the Hammerhead Delta, Bight Basin: Analogues for the White Pointer and Tiger deltaic sequences?
R Kempton, A Ross*, R Schinteie (CSIRO), A Partridge (Biostrata), S Gong, A Talukder, A Pickard, C Trefry and C Stalvies (CSIRO)
Creative steps to bring new gas supply to the south-east Australia domestic gas market – Sole after 42 years
E Glavas (Cooper Energy)
CONCURRENT SESSION 21:Maintenance, safety and risk — next generation learnings
Process safety ‘learning the hard way’
S Cooper (Advisian)
Management of well integrity risks: Understanding ageing facilities and inactive wells
D O’Keeffe (NOPSEMA)
The next generation of risk based inspection for CSG wells
J Everson*(Wood) and S Collins* (Origin)
Using machine learning to enhance operator performance
D Walker and R Byfield* (Yokogawa)
CONCURRENT SESSION 22: IOGP — learnings and discussion from around the globe
IOGP Global Production Report and Production Indicator©
A Checchi (IOGP)
From global upstream safety data to action
O Skår, M Carvalho (IOGP), K Walker* (Schlumberger) and W Poore (IOGP)
Upstream industry collaboration delivers refreshed life-saving rules
O Skår, M Carvalho (IOGP), K Walker (Schlumberger), O Adeogun (Husky Energy) and K Pedersen (Equinor)
Putting safety leadership thinking into practice
O Skår, M Carvalho, S Robinson (BP) and T Andersen* (Woodside)
CONCURRENT SESSION 23: Community engagement — we’re in this together
Mapping traditional ecological knowledge of sea country to understand biodiversity and areas of cultural importance
C Streten, H Davies, R Galaiduk (Australian Institute of Marine Science), T Lui Yuen and T Rangers (ENI Australia)
Lessons Learnt from the GasFields Commission Queensland Experience - a unique communications and engagement model
C Collins (GasFields Commission Queensland)
Lessons from five years of GISERA economic research
T Measham, D Fleming-Munoz, L Poruschi, and R Martinez (CSIRO)
APPEA presents in this new series for the Conference, a truly interactive panel session 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

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

Further information…

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

APPEA invites you to a special evening of mystery and glamour at the APPEA 2020 Conference Dinner Masquerade Ball. Recognising the 60th year of the conference, the evening will include all the glamour of the APPEA dinner and the announcement of the prestigious APPEA Excellence Awards. Its a chance to relax and party as award winning entertainment will light up the stage as we dance the night away.

Last year’s event sold out, so book your individual ticket or table now to avoid missing out on one of the most popular events on the industry calendar.

Further information…

APPEA Conference and Exhibition 2020
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