Day One

Tuesday 17 April 2012



8:00 Registration and welcome coffee

9:00 Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Ralph Gunness, Field Environmental & Sustainability Manager, GLNG Project, Fluor Australia

9:10 10th Anniversary CSG 2012 Welcome Address
Martin Smith, Sales Manager, Clarke Group

9:45 CSG-15 years of upstream development

  • Brief history of CSG developments in Eastern Australia
  • Gas reserves and resources
  • CSG production
  • Gas infrastructure
  • LNG developments and impacts
  • Shale and other unconventional gas developments
  • Gas pricing
  • Current community issues such as land, water and fraccing
  • The future

Grahame Baker, Senior Advisor, RLMS

10:20 Morning refreshments

10:50 CSG in the Media

  • An analysis of how the CSG industry is perceived (and reported on) by the wider Australian media
  • What can be done to move forward in the future?

Paddy Manning, Senior Writer, Fairfax Media



11:30 Considerations for Stimulating Unconventional Gas Resources in Australia’s Low-Permeability Sandstone, Coal Seam and Shale Reservoirs

Unconventional gas resources, defined as low-permeability sandstone, coal seam and naturally-fractured shale oil/gas reservoirs, represent an emerging Australian resource base. Because low individual well-production rates from vertical wells are often the norm, unconventional reservoir development requires optimised lateral drilling, completion and stimulation strategies to enhance the economics. Often, stimulation costs are the most significant well expenditure, thus cost-effective methods of completion and stimulation are necessary in these technically challenging reservoirs. This presentation will discuss the trends in technology and stimulation strategies instrumental in progressing unconventional projects.

Ray Johnson, General Manager, Exploration & Production, Armour Energy

12:10 Finding, developing and monetising shale-gas in Australia’s centre

  • Central’s shale-gas prospects and security, environmental and social aspects of remote shale-gas developments.
  • experience with hands-on shale-gas development in the USA and how shale-gas has changed the way Americans consider their ‘energy future’
  • Monetisation scenarios for shale gas inclusive of LNG, GTL and methanol.

Dr. Mike Clarke, Senior Consultant, Infrastructure Development, Central Petroleum Ltd
Dalton Hellgren,
Chief Operating Officer, Central Petroleum Ltd

12:50 Lunch



2:00 Exploration and project approvals in South Australia – A regulator’s perspective
Barry A Goldstein, Executive Director – Energy Resources, Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy, State Government of South Australia

2:40 Development of a CSG Industry in NSW

  • What is the case for action to introduce a CSG industry of scale in NSW?
  • What are the critical success factors?
  • What are the current impediments?
  • What type of CSG development is Dart Energy itself proposing in NSW.
  • Dart’s broader role in Australia and beyond.

Robbert De Weijer, Chief Executive Officer, Australia, Dart Energy

3:20 Afternoon tea

3.40 Comet Ridge

  • Outline of Comet Ridge’s exploration and CSG appraisal drilling programme for 2012
  • Explanation of the recent transaction to divest all or part of Mahalo CSG asset
  • Discussion of the potential for the Galilee Basin to become a major CSG producing basin
  • Update on Comet Ridge activities in New Zealand and the NSW Gunnedah Basin

Tor McCaul, Managing Director, Comet Ridge

4:20 CSG Water Treatment – Dissolved Oxygen Removal

  • Technology review of De-aeration processes for water

Tristan Holland, Senior Process Engineer, Flour

5.00 Closing remarks from the chair

5.00 Networking drinks

Wednesday 18 April 2012

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Welcome coffee

9:00 Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Grahame Baker, Senior Advisor, RLMS


Infrastructure and Engineering

9:10 Pipelines and completions – New ideas for CSG
Don McMillan, Principal Engineer, Oil Gas CBM Services

9:50 Overcoming supply chain challenges to deliver successful CSG-LNG projects

  • Counter intuitive outcomes
  • Mathematics has a role to play in supply chain modelling
  • Risk! How can you manage it without visibility over status?
  • You can’t “just build it” without an aligned supply chain

Liam Stitt, Managing Director, EsSCO Pty Ltd

Morning refreshments


Social License to Operate, Stakeholder Engagement and Land Access

11:00 Mapping for sustainable futures: Extending the use of GIS – Geospatial Information Systems – in Coal Seam Gas and mining projects to minimise conflict and project timelines – A PhD Research Project

  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Participatory GIS
  • Sustainable livelihoods

Jennifer Joi Field, Doctoral Research Project, Mapping for Sustainable Futures, Western Australian School of Mines

11:40 Strategies to better engage stakeholders and resolve conflicts
Barbara Sharp, Managing Director, PaxPopulus


1:00 Native title and Aboriginal cultural heritage compliance for CSG project approvals

  • Legislative requirements and recent developments
  • Negotiating, drafting and concluding an Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) and Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMPs) for project compliance – useful terms
  • Developing negotiation processes for long term relationships

Sunil Sivarajah, Senior Associate, Gilkerson Legal
Cassie Lang, Lawyer, Gilkerson Legal

1:40 Salaries and employment trends in today’s global oil and gas industry: Strategies for successful hiring in a skill short market
Matt Underhill, Managing Director, Hays Oil and Gas

2:10 Safety – the first priority
Stephen Matheson, Chief Inspector, Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate, Safety and Health, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, QLD

Afternoon coffee


Associated Water Issues

3.00 The Growing Significance of Water Desalination in Oil & Gas Industry

  • In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the use of desalination technology to produce “designer” water for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) or Chemically Enhanced Oil Recovery (CEOR) projects
  • This paper will demonstrate the significance of water desalination in Oil & Gas Industry and in particular for drilling, production, EOR, and in CSG extraction

Christopher Hertle, Global Market Leader, Water, GHD

3:30 Water management strategies

  • Chemical and physical nature of CSG water
  • Issues affecting management options
  • Legislative requirements and recent developments
  • Attributes of viable management options
  • Advantages and disadvantages of key management options
  • Case study of beneficial use for irrigation
  • Stakeholder engagement opportunities from CSG water management

Dr Glenn Dale, Managing Director, Tree Crop Technologies

Closing remarks

4.10 Conference close