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APPEA Conference plenaries offer stellar lineup for 2022


The APPEA Conference and Exhibition, the largest oil and gas industry gathering in the southern hemisphere, is coming to Queensland for 2022.
Taking place at the Brisbane Conference & Exhibition Centre from 16-19 May, the 2022 APPEA Conference is set to tackle current industry issues such as economic recovery, the impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, 2050 targets, energy security, decarbonisation, and more.

The conference program includes international keynote presentations, case studies, updates, and panel discussions from the leading minds in the industry, as well as an extensive Technical & Business program presenting 100 unique and never-seen-before papers as part of the CSIRO-published APPEA Journal.

As always, among the calendar highlights are the event’s five keynote plenaries, led by the opening session, Positive Energy for a Changing World, in keeping with this year’s conference theme. The full plenary calendar for APPEA 2022 is as follows:

Plenary 1: Positive Energy for a Changing World (sponsors: Woodside and ExxonMobil)

The opening session, Positive Energy for a Changing World, sets the stage for three days of candid debate on how the oil and gas sector can play a central role in Australia’s future – delivering secure, cleaner energy, creating jobs, supporting communities, and driving Australia’s low emissions future.

Facilitated by journalist and broadcaster Ali Moore, this session includes opening addresses from APPEA Chair Ian Davies, a State Address from Queensland Premier the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, and an election panel with the Hon Julie Bishop, Chancellor of Australian National University and the Hon Stephen Smith, Former Minister for Defence and Former Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Plenary 2: Energy Leaders’ Panel (sponsor: Chevron)

Building on the success of the 2021 Energy Leaders’ Panel, this facilitated panel session brings together industry leaders to continue the frank conversation about the challenges and opportunities for oil and gas in a changing global energy landscape. Questions that will be explored include: What is the global energy outlook? What is the future of oil and gas following COP26 as the pace of decarbonisation accelerates? What is its place alongside renewables and hydrogen? Where are the growth opportunities and how does the industry attract capital investment in a competitive marketplace?

Facilitated by Ali Moore, this session includes Merriden Varrall, Director, Australia Geopolitics Hub, KPMG; Meg O’Neill, CEO, Woodside; Dylan Pugh, Chairman, ExxonMobil Australia; Kory Judd, Director of Operations, Chevron; and Lucy Snelling, Head Corporate & Commercial, State Gas.

Plenary Session 3: The Shape of Things to Come: Technology & Innovation (sponsor: ABB)

This plenary session explores the technologies that are driving the industry’s transformation, from digital technologies like artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things that are optimising operations across the supply chain to emissions reduction technologies – carbon capture storage and hydrogen – that are at the forefront of the government’s climate change strategy.

Facilitated by Ali Moore, this session includes Iman Hill, Exec Director, IOGP; Tony Nunan, Executive VP & Country Chair, Shell Australia; Kahina Abdeli-Galinier, Emissions Business Director, Schlumberger Digital and Integration; Kevin Gallagher, Managing Director and CEO, Santos; and Prof Patrick Hartley, Leader Hydrogen Mission, CSIRO.

Plenary Session 4: Our Workforce for the Future (sponsor: Energy Information Australia)

In this deep dive session into talent attraction, retention and development, speakers from education, the leading edge of student feedback, expert analysts and companies grappling with the problem and what their solutions are, will deliver a facilitated, open and frank discussion for delegates to get a true feel for our pathway forward in this crucial subject for our future industry.

Facilitated by journalist Helen Dalley, this session includes Nick Ghamgosar, Assoc Director Workforce Transformation, KPMG; Prof Deborah Terry AO, Vice Chancellor, University of Queensland; Michael Holstrom, CEO, STEMPunks; and Deanna Jones, Chief HR Officer, Baker Hughes.

Plenary Session 5: Investing through Unprecedented Change (sponsor: Senex Energy)

Global competition for new investment capital is tough so how does Australia stay at the front of the investment queue? And what is the role that governments can and must play in attracting investment, particularly for resource dependent states? This session will bring together senior government ministers, bankers and analysts to discuss how we can continue to invest for the future of Australia’s oil and gas sector and for the Australian economy more widely.

Facilitated by Helen Dalley, this session includes the Hon Roger Cook MLA, Deputy Premier of WA; Christina Tonkin, MD Corporate Finance for Institutional Banking, ANZ; and Mark Samter, Energy Analyst, MST Marquee.

For more information about the conference program including the plenaries listed above, visit here; to register, visit here.