The conference is put together by a select committee chaired by The University of Western Australia, Energy and Minerals Institute and will focus on the three key theme areas Challenges, Innovation, Transformation in the Australian Gas Industry.
AGT Conference Program
For further information on the sessions click on the topics below. To read session abstracts and speaker biographies click on the links.
|8.30||Introduction||Mark Stickells, Deputy Director, Energy and Minerals Institute, The University of Western Australia|
|8.40||Opening Speech||Hon Bill Marmion, MLA BE MBA Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Housing|
|9:00||Industrial internet||Brian Palmer, President & CEO, Measurement & Control, GE Oil & Gas|
|9:30||TBC||John Anderson, Vice President Western Australia and Northern Territory, Santos|
|10:00||Morning Tea - Sponsored by AGC AusGroup|
|11:00||Perth as a Global Energy Hub||Professor Matthew Tonts, Head, School of Earth and Geographical Sciences, University of Western Australia|
|11:30||Pilbara Fabrication & Services Common Use Facility||John O'Hare, General Manager, Marine & Defence, Oil & Gas, Australian Marine Complex,
Department of Commerce
|12:00||Lunch on the exhibition floor - Sponsored by AGC AusGroup|
|15.15||Introduction and Session Chair||Bill Tinapple, Director of Petroleum and Environment, Department of Mines and Petroleum|
|15.45||LNG economics (impact of Shale/CSG on markets)||Professor Ron Ripple, Director, Centre for Energy and Mineral Economics, Curtin University|
|16.15||Stakeholder Management||Barbara Campany, Principal - Stakeholder Engagement and Social Sustainability, GHD|
|9:00||Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas Project||Michael Schoch, General Manager for Production, Shell Australia|
|9:30||Australian R&D in offshore engineering for economic gas projects, locally and globally||Professor David White, Shell EMI Chair in Offshore Engineering, University of Western Australia|
|10:00||Improving the Delivery of LNG Projects using BIM Technology||TBC, Curtin University|
|10:30||Morning Tea - Sponsored by AGC AusGroup|
|11:00||CetrafoamTM Innovations in Cryogenic Insulation||Ashley Challenor, Managing Director, Cetra Technologies|
|11:30||Research collaboration in WA - Beyond 10 years of WA:ERA||Kym Bills, CEO, WA Energy Research Alliance|
|12:00||The economic and productivity effects of noise in industrial and offshore environments and simple techniques to remedy it.||Dr Michael Haywood, Director, Quiet Acoustics|
|12:30||Lunch - Sponsored by AGC AusGroup|
|14:00||Innovation in Integrity||Chris Saunders, WGIM Business Manager - Perth, Wood Group Integrity Management|
|14:25||Insight into Innovation
- showcasing the Australian Gas Innovation Award Finalists
|David Agostini, Facilitator, Panel Session|
|15:15||Afternoon Tea - Sponsored by AGC AusGroup|
|15:45||Natural Gas Characterisation Research at the University of Western Australia||Professor Michael Johns, Winthrop Professor, Centre for Energy, University of Western Australia|
|16:10||Gas as fuel substitute - what's needed to meet liquids deficit in Australia||Dr Nick Burke & Dr Valerie Sage, CSIRO|
|16:35||Near - Term Prospects for LNG in the Australian Aviation Sector||Dr Graham Dorrington, Senior Lecturer, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering RMIT Melbourne|
Measurement & Control is a global technology leader in non-destructive testing, condition monitoring, turbine control systems, advanced sensors, and measurement and control solutions. Through cutting edge solutions, they help customers address key business challenges and deliver healthcare for their most valuable assets.
Brian was born in London, England. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA in 1981. After joining Boston-based engineering firm C. T. Main, Brian spent the next several years in Iraq as a design and construction engineer for the Baghdad South Power Station.
In 1985, Brian joined GE Energy as a Project Engineer in Boston and accepted increasingly responsible roles globally in Energy, including Plant Manager - Cardinal Cogen, Mgr., Marketing and NPI for Energy Services Technology, Energy’s Warranty Leader, and Manager, Americas Projects. In 1998, Brian relocated from Schenectady, NY to Atlanta, GA as General Manager, Global Power Plant Installations.
In late 2001, Brian and his family moved to Northern Nevada, where he was appointed President, Bently Nevada. In 2002, he was named General Manager, Optimization & Control. Brian was appointed a GE Officer in March 2007. In April 2010 our Optimization & Control business merged with GE’s Sensing & Inspection business to create the Measurement & Control Solutions business, and Brian was appointed the Vice President of this newly combined GE business. In 2011, Measurement & Control added Dresser Wayne to its portfolio. Brian relocated to the Boston area in 2011, where Measurement & Control is now headquartered.
Brian and his wife Peggy have six children. He is an avid sailor and enjoys skiing, golfing and scuba diving.
Bill Marmion was elected to the Western Australian Parliament in 2008 as the member for Nedlands. Since that time he has served in a range of roles including Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Minister for Commerce; Science and Innovation; Housing; Minister Assisting the Treasurer; and Minister for Water and the Environment.
His current portfolios are Mining and Petroleum, and Housing. As Minister for Mining he is committed to ensuring a stable regulatory environment to maintain the expansion of the crucially important resource sector in Western Australia.
The mining a petroleum sector in Western Australia underpins the State’s economy with resources sales valued at $106 billion in 2011/12.
An engineer by profession, Bill has extensive experience working in the public sector for Main Roads and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Prior to entering Parliament he was a principal of Syme Marmion and Co. which provides strategic planning advice to the private sector and Government.
He lives in his electorate of Nedlands (a suburb of Perth Western Australia) , with his wife Katelyn and five children.
Dr. Graham Dorrington received his PhD in aerospace engineering in 1989 from Cambridge University, UK. He has been a senior lecturer in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, RMIT University, since September 2011. In recent years, he has being investigating the feasibility of liquid methane fuelled aircraft, and a RMIT student team under his supervision was selected as a finalist in the international Airbus "Fly Your Ideas" 2013 competition.
Ashley Challenor was born and raised in Perth Western Australia.
After completing his degree in Civil Engineering at UWA, Ashley worked overseas for ten years including 2 years in SE Asia in oil exploration, 5 years in England and 2 years in Portugal, both in petrochemical construction.
On returning to Perth Ashley completed his MBA also at UWA and had his first taste of cold insulation when he was the Project Director for the installati on of the insulation of Woodsides NWS LNG trains one and two before relocating to Malaysia and another LNG project, MLNG Dua on the island of Kalimantan at Bintulu.
Ashley then became a Shareholder and Director of a local pipe support manufacturer and moved to Jakarta to start up a joint venture manufacturing company there. The main products produced in Indonesia were cryogenic pipe supports.
Ashley then completed a stint in the Renewable Energy branch of Western Power and managed the construction of the award winning Narrogin Integrated Wood Processing Plant.
After completing the Narrogin IWP project Ashley formed Cetra Technologies Pty Ltd with partner Steve King.
Cetra licensed its cryogenic pipe support technology to global pipe support manufacturer LISEGA AG and Ashley spent two years in Germany and China setting up the factories and transferring the technology.
In the meantime Ashley and Steve worked on developing CetrafoamTM, a moulded single layer low density rigid foam insulation specifically designed for cryogenic LNG applications.
Cetra licenced CetrafoamTM to WA based Matrix Composites and Engineering in March 2010.
CetrafoamTM was a runner up in the Woodside Oil and Gas Category of the 2010 WA Innovator of the Year Awards and Cetra was awarded Innovator of the Year for CetrafoamTM at the 2012 Australian Oil and Gas conference held in Perth.
Michael Schoch joined Shell in 1986, and has since undertaken a variety of commercial and operational roles in Australia, central and eastern Europe and China.
Michael has extensive commercial experience on Australian LNG projects, especially the North West Shelf Project, which he worked on for more than seven years, both representing the venture and on behalf of Shell. Michael has also worked in a commercial capacity on the Sunrise Project and the Gorgon Project. In China, he worked on the ‘West to East’ gas pipeline project.
Michael is now General Manager - Production for Shell Australia and is preparing for the operation of the world’s first Floating LNG project – Prelude FLNG – which is located in the Browse Basin, off the coast of Western Australia.
Michael studied Economics at Murdoch University, graduating with an Honours Degree in 1985.
Winthrop Prof. Michael Johns is the Chair of Chemical and Process Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Along with Winthrop Prof. Eric May, Chevron Chair in Gas Process Engineering and 2012 Malcolm McIntosh Physical Scientist of the Year, he co-leads the Fluid Science Division of the Centre for Energy – this consists of three academics, eight research fellows and twelve PhD students and has wide industry links. Previously (up to March 2011) he was a tenured University Reader in Engineering Colloids at the University of Cambridge, UK, from where he was awarded a PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1999. His personal research interests focus predominately on magnetic resonance (MR) techniques, both as a well logging tool and in the laboratory. Increasingly these focus on gas and oil industry, as well as CO2 sequestration, applications. At the University of Cambridge he helped establish the Magnetic Resonance Research Centre (MRRC), the world’s largest non-medical MR group focussed on engineering applications. At UWA he has established a unique collection of bench-top, mobile MR hardware able to characterise rock cores, core floods, oilfield emulsions, condensate and wet gas flows. He is/has received gas/oil industry research funding from Schlumberger, Bp, Chevron and ExxonMobil. He has published 118 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and has 1284 citations to date.
Over the past 30 years, Perth has been transformed from what might be described as a 'branch office economy' to a hub in the world energy economy. Drawing on work undertaken in collaboration with the Committee for Perth, this presentation traces this transformation, focusing on the ways in which it has reshaped the city's corporate structure, labour market, knowledge economy and even social fabric. The presentation also raises questions about how Perth can maintain and even enhance its competitive position within the global resources economy.
School of Earth and Geographical Sciences, University of Western Australia
Matthew Tonts is Professor of Economic Geography at The University of Western Australia, and Head of the School of Earth and Environment. His interests cover economic development, labour markets and regional competitiveness in Australia, China, North America, Africa and Europe. He also lead's the Committee for Perth-UWA joint research project – Factbase – which aims to uncover the economic, social and policy dynamics shaping Perth and its future.
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