APPEA 2015: tackling the big issues

By Courtney Pearson

Last year’s APPEA Conference and Exhibition, held in Perth, attracted more than 3600 delegates.

Last year’s APPEA Conference and Exhibition, held in Perth, attracted more than 3600 delegates.

 

THE volatile nature of the oil and gas cycle makes industry cooperation a necessity.

Each year for the past 55 years the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) has staged a conference and exhibition, bringing industry players together to focus on the biggest issues and showcase the latest technology.

Events such as the oil price crash have made collaboration more important than ever, as companies navigate new market pressures and coping strategies.

The 2015 APPEA conference will highlight the challenges of national and international upstream petroleum exploration and development with keynote presentations, case studies, technical updates and panel discussions.

This year’s exhibition will cover more than 12,000 square metres and is expected to attract more than 200 exhibitors.

Last year more than 3600 delegates attended the event, representing 28 countries and more than 1000 companies.

 

Panel discussions during the conference offer informative and interesting industry perspectives.

Panel discussions during the conference offer informative and interesting industry perspectives.

The conference

The oil and gas industry is going through a period of transition, with the low oil price highlighting the need for cost efficiency and innovation.

More than 25 keynote speakers and more than 110 speakers are set to deliver presentations during the three-day event, focusing on the industry’s most pressing topics.

“This is an ideal forum for examining and addressing the opportunities and challenges facing our industry and celebrating its achievements,” APPEA chairman Bruce Lake said.

“It is also an important platform for conveying our key messages to policymakers, the media and the general public.”

A number of international experts and national industry leaders will provide the latest analysis, case studies and technical knowledge about the biggest issues facing the oil and gas industry. Politicians, executives and analysts will discuss policy challenges.

Event organisers have assembled a collection of keynote speakers to help attendees “come to terms with conflicting views about the impact of international events and the opportunities to expand Australia’s export opportunities while helping to meet domestic needs in a difficult political environment”, APPEA stated.

Keynote speakers will include Federal Industry and Science minister Ian Macfarlane; Federal Resources and Northern Australia shadow minister and special minister of state Gary Gray; Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas, Woodside Energy chief executive and managing director Peter Coleman; and Santos managing director and chief executive David Knox.

A session on Australian policy framework and key political challenges for 2015, ‘Fulfilling our Potential’, will open the conference and set the tone for the rest of the event.

Across the next few days the conference sessions will cover topics including the global LNG market, the North West Shelf, innovation, CSG, energy challenges, acreage releases and the environment.

APPEA said one of the highlights would be a keynote address by US astronaut and exploration geologist Dr Jim Reilly.

Dr Reilly has been on five spacewalks and has spent 22 days in deep oceanographic vehicles and 850 hours in space. He has also spent 17 years in the petroleum industry. His keynote address on the Tuesday morning is part of a plenary session focused on the role of science and innovation in energy challenges.

On the final day of the conference the ‘Mega-Projects in Transition’ session will focus on Australia’s decade-long transformation into one of the world’s biggest LNG producers as well as how the country can become the best.

Chevron Australia managing director Roy Krzywosinski will tell delegates that “managing the new world-class LNG developments requires companies to tackle the transition from the massive construction phase to pursue top levels of efficiency, safety and reliability”, APPEA stated.

Accenture Australia managing director and APAC Energy lead Bernadette Cullinane will speak about the outcomes of interviews undertaken to explore changes in the oil and gas industry during the next five years, while WorleyParsons chief executive Andrew Wood will reveal how the services sector is preparing for the shift from construction to operations.

The popular ‘Project Updates’ session will conclude the conference, this year examining INPEX’s Ichthys LNG project; ExxonMobil’s Kipper Tuna Turrum; Central Petroleum’s Central Australia projects; and Fortescue Metal Group’s gasification of the Pilbara.

Meanwhile, during the course of the conference, the technical program will incorporate a poster series comprising more than 40 papers.

Before the conference starts the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia’s Deal Day seminar will showcase acreage and farm-in opportunities in Australia and surrounds.

 

This year, the exhibition is expected to attract nearly 200 exhibitors.

This year, the exhibition is expected to attract nearly 200 exhibitors.

The exhibition

APPEA Conference and Exhibition attendees will be able to meet with leading explorers, producers and suppliers “in this one-stop-shop exhibition of the best the Australian and international oil and gas industry has to offer”, the organiser stated.

Attending the exhibition is a good way to meet with industry professionals to learn about new technologies, connect with other businesses, gather new information and ideas, speak directly with market leaders and see what the industry is doing, according to APPEA.

The 12,000sqm exhibition space has been touted as where “the world meets Australian oil and gas”.

Exhibitors will include Australian and international oil and gas producers; industry product manufacturers and service providers; energy consultants; international, federal, state and local government representatives; and industry association members.

 

The farewell cocktails are an APPEA Conference and Exhibition tradition and a good way to make a lasting impression.

The farewell cocktails are an APPEA Conference and Exhibition tradition and a good way to make a lasting impression.

Networking

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend a number of networking activities throughout the few days.

They can join the cycle tour before the conference and exhibition officially starts, riding through scenic areas of Melbourne. Two health and wellbeing fitness sessions are also complimentary for delegates.

The ‘Eat, Drink and Be Melbourne’ welcome reception will take place on the Sunday and will allow visitors to network in a vibrant and relaxed atmosphere.

Furthermore, the annual conference dinner is “one of the most anticipated of the industry’s social calendar”, according to APPEA, as guests enjoy a three-course dinner and entertainment on Tuesday 19 May.

Lunches and happy hours are a daily event at the conference and exhibition, providing numerous opportunities to mingle with peers, and a final farewell cocktail function is the last time all delegates can get together.

A golf tournament on the Thursday and Friday will round out the week’s networking functions: a final send-off for this year’s APPEA Conference and Exhibition.

 

The 2015 APPEA Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre between 17 and 20 May.