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.

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20 May
7:30 am 5:00 pm
Conference Registration
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.

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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 at the end of 2019 is expected to note the world is not on track to meet its emissions reduction obligations and to call 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 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.
Speakers, subjects and further details will be released from March 2020 onwards.
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)
Redefining confined space safety
E Daher (Southern Cross University)
Earthquake risk management for oil and gas infrastructures in north west of Australia
M Banimahd, S Tyler, M Kuo, D Warwick, S Naomis and F Chow (Woodside Energy)
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 (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
J Connolly (Woodside)
Chevron’s journey in keeping diversity and inclusion on the agenda
E Shaw (KPMG) and C Watts (Chevron Australia)
Indigenous employment initiatives — a focus on Indigenous procurement policies in the oil and gas sector
K George (PricewaterhouseCoopers Indigenous Consulting) and J O’Hare* (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Indigenous employment: where we’ve come from, where we’re going
R Lyall (Woodside) NEW
This technical and business 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.
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.

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 highresolution 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 (CSIRO), A Avijenon (GASS Petroleum Consulting), L Stalker (CSIRO) and A Hortle* (CSIRO Energy)
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 (CSIRO), D Dewhurst (CSIRO Petroleum), B Clennell (CSIRO), P Kitson, Y Suhardiman and A Maxwell (ENI Australia)
CONCURRENT SESSION 17: The cutting edge of industry technical innovations
The importance of ambient cure for high-temperature coatings
G White (Akzo Nobel NV)
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 vacuum drying operation during pre-commissioning
D Chen, A Duff and J Willcocks (Wood)
A new generation of catalyst handling technology
M Draca (Santos) and G Derman (EnerMech)
CONCURRENT SESSION 18: Developing markets — renewables and hydrogen
Understanding the fit of gas with renewables 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, P Sharma and B Gallagher (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
High risk environment training — psychological resilience
J Hawes (Critical Components)
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 the health and well-being of FIFO employees on organisational outcomes: What organisations can do to mitigate the risks and improve wellbeing and performance
E Brook (Murdoch University) and M Freeman and G Ditchburn (Performance Science HPO)
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), D Revie, R Eid, (Geological Survey of Victoria) and T Hill (South Australia Department for Energy and Mining)
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, A Mills (Wood) and S Collins (Origin Energy)
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©
O Martins, G Ballard, L Slater and E Walsingham* (IOGP)
From global upstream safety data to action
O Skår (IOGP), K Walker (Schlumberger), M Carvalho and W Poore (IOGP)
Upstream industry collaboration delivers refreshed life-saving rules
M Carvalho, O Skår (IOGP), K Walker (Schlumberger), O Adeogun (Husky Energy) and K Pedersen (Equinor)
Putting safety leadership thinking into practice
S Robinson (BP), M Carvalho* and O Skår (IOGP)
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)
On neutral ground — communication and engagement by an independent statutory authority
GasFields Commission Queensland
Lessons from 5 years of onshore gas socio-economic research in Australia
T Measham, D Fleming-Munoz, L Poruschi, and R Martinez (CSIRO)
This technical and business session 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.

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7:30 pm 12:00 am
Conference Dinner
Bellevue 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 2020
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