Opinion

Editor’s Comment

I’m excited to announce that this year the event has grown to include a conference program full of domestic and international industry experts; a bigger exhibition; and, more networking opportunities including the Foreign Business Trade Lunch, to be hosted by the Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources and member for Groom, Ian MacFarlane.

In addition, the annual FutureGAS Gala Dinner sponsored by CNC Project Management will host the inaugural FutureGAS Awards. A thriving gas industry deserves fitting acknowledgement for all its achievements. The FutureGAS Awards sponsored by Jemena, seek to celebrate initiatives, organisations and individuals striving toward a better gas industry in the categories of innovation, skills development and person of the year.

The awards, and guest appearance by Australian cricket commentator Kerry O’Keefe, make the FutureGAS Gala Dinner a not-to-be-missed event.

This year will also see the first FutureGAS master class to be held on Friday 30 March 2012. The master class will be presented by Canada’s Fracturing Horizontal Well Completions Inc. CEO and President Tim Leshchyshyn, and will cover technical aspects of shale reservoir development, and fracturing diagnostics and their meaning.

You can read more on Tim’s experience, and further details of the master class in our article ‘Extend your fracturing knowledge at the FutureGAS master class.

The Gas Today team recognises the importance of skills development and training for Australia’s gas industry. This edition reviews a selection of undergraduate and postgraduate courses aimed at providing the next generation of natural gas enthusiasts.

The skills issue and more, is also addressed in our interview with new APPEA Chief Executive David Byers, in our article ‘5 minutes with David Byers.’

Also in this edition, our Victorian region review covers the state’s industry from production, to transmission and distribution, with an up-to-date progress report on ExxonMobil’s Kipper Turrum Tuna Project, APA Group’s Victorian Transmission System, and upgrades to SP AusNet’s distribution network.

The Gas Today team are working hard to deliver even more news and resources to promote industry achievement and growth. We encourage our readers to contact us about their communication and publishing needs or event sponsorship. We are willing to help,
and we are keen to hear your thoughts.

Finally, I look forward to seeing all of you at FutureGAS 2012. Register now at www.futuregas.com.au

Lyndsie Mewett

Editor

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