Queensland’s Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe set the tone for the conference with his opening address on Wednesday highlighting Queensland Government’s commitment to progressing the proposed LNG projects in the state, as well as the gas industry as a whole.
EnergyQuest’s Graeme Bethune followed suit giving a comprehensive presentation outlining the strong state of Australia’s gas industry and its opportunities based on strong reserves, record production and demanding markets in and outside the country.
Shell’s bid for Arrow Energy over the weekend caused a slight change to the schedule, but APPEA’s Mark McCallum and Queensland LNG Industry Unit’s Mal Hellmuth made sure that proposed LNG projects across the country were well covered. Underground Storage Solutions’ Glen Gill discussed possibilities for underground gas storage in Australia, giving examples from Canada and the United States.
The Australian Energy Market Operator’s Tim George provided delegates with an update on the short-term trading market, which is currently in a trial period but due to commence in June.
Pipelines and water innovation surrounding coal seam gas were on the agenda in the final session, with GHD’s Nick Hudson encouraging CSG producers to think outside the box and look to all players for innovative solutions in associated water management.
Thursday morning’s session focused on natural gas vehicles, with presentations exploring the use of LNG and CNG for transport.
Industry innovation continued as the focus on Thursday afternoon, including presentations on marketing gas with ‘Natural Gas. The Natural Choice‘ campaign, an overview of non-conventional gas for power generation by MWM‘s Simon Helps, opportunities for gas cooling, as well as fuel cells. Freehills’ Renee Garner outlined the importance of managing carbon risk through contracts.