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Roadmap for Unconventional Gas Projects in South Australia (2012 Edition)

Roadmap Background

The South Australian State Government published a Roadmap for Unconventional Gas Projects in South Australia in December 2012. That Roadmap was informed by a public engagement process and a Roundtable that has grown from 212 members in December 2012, to more than 870 organisations (local and multi-national companies, peak representative bodies for industries and environment, agencies from Australian States, Federal Governments and research institutions) along with several individuals. The Roadmap includes 125 recommendations posed and ranked by the Roundtable. The top five ranked recommendations have now formed five working groups which you are more than welcome to join, as well as a recent sixth, seventh and eighth (details of the Working Groups can be found below).

It is worth noting that in October 2014 it was decided that the Roundtable's name be changed to the Roundtable for Oil and Gas Projects in South Australia to encompass all aspects of the oil and gas industry and create an avenue for discussion between Government agencies and companies involved in the oil and gas supply chain.

Roadmap Objectives

The Roadmap was initially produced to inform stakeholders and set the course for environmentally sustainable development of South Australia's large endowment of unconventional gas. The Roadmap publication transparently lays out the factors that are to be taken into account in considering whether or not to approve unconventional gas projects so as to ensure compatibility with co-existing natural, social and economic environments.

Gas Commercialisation Options April 2012

The Gas Commercialisation Model was developed by Core Energy in 2012 for the Department of State Development as a tool to estimate the gas price required to support various commercialisation options including the below, with models available on request:

  • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for Export
  • Gas to Liquids (GTL) for Export and Domestic Use
  • Natural and Synthetic Gas for Power Generation
  • Natural Gas for Sale to Traditional Gas Residential and Commercial (R&C) and Industrial Markets

South Australia has commissioned an independent gas supply and demand assessment in the context of proposed gas pipeline options from the NT to eastern Australia. This assessment will outline the economic position of existing and proposed gas supply infrastructure, including the Cooper Basin, in the context of national and international oil and gas market settings. It aims to understand the competitive dynamics facing all sources of gas supplies, including the Cooper Basin. The final report is due in first week of December and will be shared with COAG Ministers (including the Minister from the NT) and agencies (including the NT Government) to foster Central and Eastern Australian gas supply and demand solutions.

Membership of the Roundtable for Oil and Gas Projects in SA

Membership of the Roundtable is free and open to all. If you would like to join the Roundtable, register your interest to DSD.petroleum@sa.gov.au

The membership of the Roundtable for Oil and Gas consists of local and multi-national companies, peak representative bodies for industry and environment, agencies from Australian States and Territories, Federal Governments and research institutions, along with several individuals.

Download a complete list of the current Roundtable members (PDF 538KB)

Upcoming meetings

Previous Roundtable Meetings

The Department of State Development held a special meeting of the Roundtable for Oil and Gas Projects on Friday 25 September 2015.

* Download the Agenda (PDF 312KB)

During the meeting Australian and international experts delivered presentations on a number of issues relevant to oil and gas projects, as well as updates from the relevant working groups.

There was a workshop to discuss ways of implementing the various recommendations from the Roadmap for Unconventional Gas Projects in South Australia. Download status update on Roadmap recommendations (PDF 246KB).

We were fortunate enough to have 15 representatives from international academies for science and engineering in attendance, who were in the country for the ATSE Unconventional Gas Conference that was held in Sydney from 22 - 23 September 2015. See a full list of these representatives (PDF 283KB).

Presentations that were given are listed and available below for download:

Welcome, introduction and implementation update of Roadmap recommendations (PDF 3.09MB)
Barry Goldstein, Department of State Development

Updates on key Working Group Projects: Strzelecki track (PDF 1.56MB)
Don Hogben, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

Updates on key Working Group projects: the impact of unconventional gas on water resources: replacing myths with scientific evidence (PDF 1.31MB)
Peter Cook and Margaret Shanafield, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training

Updates on key Working Group projects: Cooper Basin regional prospectivity studies (PDF 2.55MB)
Lisa Hall, Geoscience Australia

Eastern Australian gas market (PDF 705KB)
Paul Taliangis, Core Energy

Opportunities and challenges of shale gas development (PDF 5.10MB)
Mark Zoback, Stanford University, USA

Protecting groundwater resources (PDF 2.37MB)
Fanie de Lange, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Using CO2 to enhance production from unconventional reservoirs (PDF 5.09MB)
Richard Chalaturnyk, University of Alberta, Canada

US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine key findings on unconventional hydrocarbons (PDF 3.93MB)
Elizabeth Eide, US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Onshore gas: the role of science (PDF 5.47MB)
Damien Barrett, CSIRO

Engagement with stakeholders (PDF 1.51MB)
Rick Wilkinson, Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association

Last updated: 19 November 2015

Day One - Oil and Gas Supplier Forum
Day Two - Roundtable for Oil and Gas Projects in South Australia
22 & 23 October 2014

In the time leading up to this meeting, it was decided that a sixth working group would be established. Working Group 6 focuses on Oil and Gas Suppliers, and the first day of the Roundtable was dedicated solely to this group.

Day one gave oil and gas suppliers an overview of current exploration and production activity in the Cooper Basin, an understanding of the basics of oil and gas production, an overview of the supply chain, the oil and has procurement process and facilitated discussions on other opportunities in this area.

Day two gave a chance for designated representatives of the other working groups to present on the achievements from the past year. There were presentations from industry representatives and Roadmap recommendation updates that took place as part of break out sessions.

* Download the Agenda from both days (PDF 6.53MB)

* Download the Report Card - progress towards implementing Roadmap recommendation (19 October 2014) (PDF 5.71MB)

Day 1 - Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Presentations that were given are listed and available below for download:

Welcome and background to the Roundtable (PDF 1.43MB)
Barry Goldstein, Department of State Development

Onshore oil and gas 101 (PDF 30.3MB)
John Kaldi, University of Adelaide

Supply chain overview (PDF 3.65MB)
Bettina Venner, Department of State Development

Oil and gas processing (PDF 2.13MB)
Keith Walker, Santos Ltd

What unconventional gas has done for the US, and US opportunities (PDF 1.03MB)
Kara Frederick, Tiger Financial Group

Offshore opportunities (PDF 1.34MB)
Matthew Pinnegar, BP

Department of State Development programs (PDF 1.76MB)
Paul Goiak,  Department of State Development

Opportunities for international investment and trade - What Austrade can offer (PDF 449MB)
Jeff Swingler, Austrade

Download the Oil and Gas Supplier Forum Slideshow (PDF 24.1MB)

Download the Oil and Gas Supplier Forum Directory (PDF 2.64MB)

Day 2 - Thursday, 23 October 2014

Presentations that were given are listed and available below for download:

Welcome and Introductions (PDF 2.24MB)
Barry Goldstein, Department of State Development

Working Group 1
Fiona Mossman, Senex Energy (PDF 2.71MB)
Working Group 5
* David Ottaway, University of Adelaide, Photonics/Lasers (N/A)
* Martin Kennedy, University of Adelaide, Sprigg Geobiology (PDF 8.67MB)
* Ady James, University College London, Mullard lab research (PDF 186KB)

Working Group 3
* Leigh Stanes, University of Adelaide - Water Balance Study (PDF 756KB)
* Peter Cook, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training - The impact of unconventional gas on water resources (PDF 344KB)
* Tony Hill, Department of State Development - Plans for the Otway Basin (PDF 699KB)

Working Group 2
* Don Hogben, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure - Roads & Rail (PDF 901KB)
* Luke Jamieson, KJM - Logistics Hubs (PDF 947KB)
* Bettina Venner, Department of State Development - Airstrips in the Cooper-Eromanga Basins (PDF 991KB)
* Mark Lindh, Rossair - Air transport (PDF 778KB)

Working Group 4
* Don Hogben, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure - Transport (PDF 740KB)
* Jim Corbett, Office of the Technical Regulator - Wiring standards (PDF 435KB)
* Marcus Rees, Queensland Government - Queensland's perspectives (PDF 284KB)

Last updated 17 November 2015

Unconventional Energy Resources - Research and Technology Needs (Co-hosted with The University of Adelaide's IMER)2, 3 & 4 December 2013

In December 2013, a three day Roundtable was convened together with The University of Adelaide's Institute for Minerals and Energy (IMER).

Day one focused on Industry Practice with updates from the working groups, Cooper Basin operating company project updates, discussions and presentations relating to stakeholder engagement, water management, Logistics / Infrastructure, Resource Estimations and Best Practice Technologies.

Day two's research theme included presentations from staff of The University of Adelaide, CSIRO, Flinders University, University College London and Australia's National University. These presentations covered the challenges of unconventional gas in the Cooper Basin in relation to its successful economic exploitation including high differential stress, high temperature and depositional environment. There were also discussions surrounding research that addressed these challenges and those of other basins in the central corridor of Australia.

Day three covered a brief update on the Roadmap's progress followed by a tour of The University of Adelaide's Ian Wark Research Institute.

Complete documents from the day are as follows:

* Download the Agenda (PDF 157KB)

* Download the Minutes (PDF 203KB)


Day 1 - Monday, 2 December 2013

Presentations that were given are listed and available below for download:

Welcome and Introductions (PDF 3MB)
Barry Goldstein, Department of State Development

Cooper Basin Operating Company Project Updates:

Project Updates
* Carl Greenstreet, Santos Limited (PDF 2.2MB)
* Mark Pitkin, Beach Energy (PDF 3MB)
* John McRae, Senex Energy (PDF 4MB)
* Chris Thompson, Strike Energy (PDF 1.6MB)

Stakeholder Engagement
* Tim Flowers, Beach Energy (PDF 1MB)

Water Management
* Leigh Staines, Santos (PDF 1.6MB)

Logistics/Infrastructure
* Mark Hastings, Genessee & Wyoming (PDF 3MB)

Resource Estimation
* Hamish Nicol, DeGolyer & MacNaughton (PDF 1.9MB)


Day 2 - Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Presentations that were given are listed and available below for download:In-situ stress field and natural fractures in Australian basins (PDF 3.3MB)
Ros King, University of AdelaidePermeability targeting through geomechanics and advanced seismic interpretation (PDF 4.5MB)
Hani Abul Khair, University of Adelaide
Electrical geophysics applications in unconventional energy resources
(PDF 5.6MB)
Graham Heinson, University of AdelaideOptimising unconventional productivity (PDF 1.3MB)
Alex Badalyan, Australian School of Petroleum, University of AdelaideHeterogenity and permeability in unconventional energy resources (PDF 2.0MB)
Chaoshui Xu, University of AdelaideNanotechnologies to optimise productivity from unconventional reservoirs (PDF 1.6MB)
Rossen Sedev, University of South AustraliaEnvironmental stewardship across the unconventional energy lifecycle (PDF 3.8MB)
Audrey Levine, Flinders UniversityAdvanced sensor applications in unconventional resources (PDF 1.9MB)
David Ottaway, University of AdelaideShale gas development challenges and policy implications (PDF 1.2MB)
Navinda De Silva, University College London


Roundtable meeting for Unconventional Gas Projects in South Australia14 & 15 March 2013

Due to the amount of interest generated from the initial Roundtable meeting, a subsequent two day event was held at the National Wine Centre of Australia (Exhibition Hall). During this two day period discussions focused on Investment Attraction, the Environment, Transport and Regulatory Framework. In addition to break out groups, presentations by representatives from leading oil and gas companies within Australia and the USA were given.

As a result of this meeting, five working groups were formed - see below for further information about the working groups (now eight).
* Download the Agenda (PDF 101KB)
* Download the Minutes (PDF 436KB)

Day 1 - Thursday, 14 March 2013

Minutes from the day are listed and available below for download:

* Environment (PDF 203KB)

* Investment Attraction (PDF 217MB)

* Regulatory Framework (PDF 188KB)

* Transport (PDF 179KB)


Day 2 - Friday, 15 March 2013

Documents from the day are listed and available below for download:
Minutes:

* Sharing crews/rigs (PDF 227KB)

* Supply chain (PDF 236KB)

Presentations:

Supply chains (PDF 1.43MB)
Craig Stallan, Santos Limited

Shale gas (PDF 1.23MB)
Mark Pitkin, Beach Energy

Senex Energy (PDF 1.47MB)
Susan Mallan, Senex Energy

Roadblocks to efficiency (PDF 378KB)
Mary McGowan, Halliburton

Baker Hughes (PDF 1MB)
Andrew Buffin, Baker Hughes

Ensign (N/A)
Travis Bienke and Peter Koutsoukos

Unconventional gas - a drilling contractor's perspective (PDF 764KB)
Daniel Marcano, Saxon Energy

Roundtable for Unconventional Gas Projects - discussion on the development of the final Roadmap recommendations27 July 2012

The first meeting of the Roundtable members, held at the National Wine Centre of Australia (Vines Room). The purpose of this meeting was to discuss and introduce the draft recommendations which were a result of the Roadmap consultation process. Three breakout sessions were also held, covering Legislation / Regulation / Public Interest, Investment Attraction and Economies of Scale.

* Download the Agenda (PDF 145KB)

Presentations that were given are listed and available below for download:

Progress towards a common language for estimating unconventional resources (PDF 1.04MB)
Crities Jenkins, DeGolyer and McNaughton

Unconventional hydrocarbon resources (PDF 1.98KB)
Takehiko Hasimoto

Roundtable Working Groups

If you would like to join any of the Roundtable Working Groups, register your interest to DSD.Petroleum@sa.gov.au.

Roundtable Timeline of Events

Actions and MeetingsDate
Water Pitching Opportunity - Working Groups 3 and 628 October 2015
Meeting of the Roundtable for Oil and Gas Projects in South Australia25 September 2015
Meeeting of the Oil and Gas Supplier Forum - Working Group 6 23 June 2015
OPCE and Tonsley Tour - Working Group 110 June 2015
Inaugural Working Group 7 meeting27 May 2015
Day 1 - Oil and Gas Supplier Forum

Day 2 - Roundtable for Oil and Gas Projects in South Australia (previously the Roundtable for Unconventional Gas Projects in SA)
22 October 2014

23 October 2014
Roundtable for Unconventional Gas in South Australia - Working Group 2 meeting1 July 2014
The Department of State Development (formerly DMITRE)-IMER Roundtable meeting on unconventional energy resources - research and technology needs2, 3 & 4 December 2013
Leading practice research into GHG monitoring in upstream petroleum operations22 November 2013
Representatives for proposed 5 Working Groups announced10 April 2013 
Meeting of the Roundtable for Unconventional Gas Projects in South Australia 14 & 15 March 2013 
Release of the Roadmap for Unconventional Gas Projects in South Australia12 December 2012
Final Roadmap prepared for desktop publishing13 November 2012
Roundtable has opportunity to undertake final perusal of Roadmap for publication13 November 2012
2nd Draft Roadmap provided to Roundtable for editorial comments19 September 2012
Last date for comments on the draft Roadmap27 July 2012 (extended to mid-September 2012)
Convene a meeting of the Roundtable for Unconventional Gas to discuss and develop recommendations for draft27 July 2012
Draft Roadmap for Unconventional Gas Projects in South Australia released for public comment by 27 July 201214 May 2012