This month, more than 2000 oil and gas pro­fes­sion­als touch down in Ade­laide for the an­nual APPEA Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion, shar­ing in­sight into how the global mar­ket is chang­ing – the op­por­tu­ni­ties and risks ahead.

The Australian Energy Review - - FRONT PAGE - EL­IZ­A­BETH FABRI

The an­nual Aus­tralian Pe­tro­leum and Pro­duc­tion and Ex­plo­ration As­so­ci­a­tion (APPEA) Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion – now the largest an­nual up­stream oil and gas event in the south­ern hemi­sphere – will see in-depth dis­cus­sions and de­bate around what it re­ally takes to be a re­silient busi­ness in an en­ergy mar­ket ex­pe­ri­enc­ing its most dis­rup­tive pe­riod in a gen­er­a­tion. OIL and gas com­pa­nies are faced with some big de­ci­sions over the com­ing years as a new en­ergy mar­ket evolves. En­ergy providers are look­ing be­yond cur­rent prac­tices, seek­ing guid­ance and col­lab­o­ra­tion with their peers on the best path for­ward. With this in mind, the 2018 APPEA con­fer­ence, fo­cus­ing on ‘Re­silient Busi­ness: Suc­cess in the New En­ergy Mar­ket’, couldn’t come at a more op­por­tune time for the in­dus­try. Over the com­ing weeks, in­ter­na­tional ex­perts and Aus­tralian in­dus­try lead­ers will come to­gether to pro­vide up-to-date anal­y­sis, case stud­ies and tech­ni­cal know-how on the big is­sues fac­ing the in­dus­try, in­clud­ing the role of hu­mans in an age of au­to­ma­tion; repo­si­tion­ing gas as the nat­u­ral com­pan­ion to re­new­able en­ergy; di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion; gaming risk in joint ven­ture gas ar­range­ments; so­cial li­cense to op­er­ate, and much more. More than 110 speak­ers will de­liver pre­sen­ta­tions over the three day con­fer­ence, in­clud­ing Clough chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Ben­nett; Fed­eral Re­sources min­is­ter Matt Cana­van; Wood­side chief ex­ec­u­tive and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Peter Cole­man; San­tos man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Gal­lagher; Chevron man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Nigel Hearne; CSIRO chief ex­ec­u­tive Larry Mar­shall; and Broadspectrum Re­sources chief ex­ec­u­tive Tom Quinn. On the ex­hi­bi­tion floor, del­e­gates can meet with the en­tire sup­ply chain, from key ex­plor­ers, pro­duc­ers and sup­pli­ers, reg­u­la­tors, to stake­hold­ers and com­mu­nity groups to net­work and view the lat­est tech­nolo­gies and in­no­va­tions.

Im­age: APPEA.

Fed­eral Re­sources and North­ern Aus­tralia min­is­ter Matt Cana­van speak­ing at last year's APPEA con­fer­ence in Perth.

Im­ages: APPEA.

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