To report a serious incident to DSD, as required by Section 85(2) of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000, licensees should phone the serious incident report no: (08) 8463 6666.

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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

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 180KB)

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)

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 Adelaide

Permeability 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 Adelaide

Optimising unconventional productivity (PDF 1.3MB)
Alex Badalyan, Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide

Heterogenity and permeability in unconventional energy resources (PDF 2.0MB)
Chaoshui Xu, University of Adelaide

Nanotechnologies to optimise productivity from unconventional reservoirs (PDF 1.6MB)
Rossen Sedev, University of South Australia

Environmental stewardship across the unconventional energy lifecycle (PDF 3.8MB)
Audrey Levine, Flinders University

Advanced sensor applications in unconventional resources (PDF 1.9MB)
David Ottaway, University of Adelaide

Shale gas development challenges and policy implications (PDF 1.2MB)
Navinda De Silva, University College London 

Roundtable meeting for Unconventional Gas Projects in South Australia
14 & 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:


Sharing crews/rigs (PDF 227KB)

Supply chain (PDF 236KB)


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 recommendations
27 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 

A regional hub for training to meet Australia's and South East Asia's skill requirements for deep onshore petroleum operations, co-located with regional corporate headquarters.

Download the Working Group 1 Membership List (PDF 101KB)

The Roadmap for Unconventional Gas Projects in South Australia was released in December 2012 and includes 125 recommendations to progress development of natural gas from unconventional rock reservoirs in the Cooper Basin.
To implement the highest ranking recommendations, initially five (now seven) working groups were established – one being Working Group 1 which focusses on addressing the training requirements for the oil and gas sector. Membership comprises functional experts in training from operators and services companies in the Cooper-Eromanga basins.

Santos' Vice President Eastern Australia, James Baulderstone, expressed strong support for the establishment of a ‘Centre of Excellence’ training facility as a critical step to realising the potential of the unconventional gas business in SA and leveraging this potential to attract leading industry service providers to Adelaide.

This has resulted in the development of the Onshore Petroleum Centre of Excellence (OPCE) training facility located within the Sustainable Industries Education Centre (SIEC) Tonsley, the first project to be funded through the South Australian Government’s 2013 /14 budget commitment of $10 million over five years to the South Australian Mining and Petroleum Centre of Excellence (CoE) initiative.

The State's largest oil and gas producers Santos, Beach Energy and Senex Energy collaborated with the State Government and TAFE SA to establish the OPCE training facility which is co-located with the new State Core Library at Tonsley.

The OPCE, launched by the Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy on 16 February 2015, provides a fully immersive simulated oil and gas production environment to be used for technical training including safety, environmental and sustainable operational principles and key maintenance activities.

2 August 2013

Working Group 1 held their inaugural meeting on 2 August 2013, at which the decision was made to split Working Group 1 into two areas of focus:

• Onshore petroleum operations training facility (Working Group 1a)
• Cooper Basin common green card for safety induction training (Working Group 1b)

Complete documents from the day are as follows:

Download the Agenda (PDF 95KB)

Download the Minutes (PDF 157KB)

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

Roundtable for Unconventional Gas Projects in SA - Working Group 1 (PDF 330KB)
Merril Kirk, Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology

Onshore Oil and Gas Training Facility (PDF 355KB)
Bronwen Fisher, Santos

Training for Unconventional Gas (PDF 1.49KB)
Greg Walters, SKM

10 June 2015 

Other companies/organisations are seeing the potential of the OPCE training facility. To build on activity and outcomes to date, a workshop was held for Working Group 1 members on 10 June 2015 at the SIEC to:

1. Showcase the current training offering and future potential of the OPCE, SIEC and broader Tonsley precinct; and 
2. Identify other training to meet the needs of the oil and gas sector.
Download feedback from the event (PDF 240KB) which is being reviewed by the OPCE Governance Board.

Download the presentations from the day (PDF 3MB).
More information on Centre of Excellence initiatives

Efficient and fit-for-purpose supply hubs, roads, rail-links and airstrips to/in the Cooper-Eromanga basins. 

Download the Working Group 2 Membership List (PDF 103KB)

Members of the Roundtable who are functional experts in estimating the cost of road / rail / air transport options have been asked to consider the provision of rough comparative cost estimates for options that can be considered by the Roundtable. This will inform the prospects to create a Joint Venture for Joint Ventures to manage supply-chain infrastructure.

In 2015, the focus will be on:

• Continue seeking approval and funding for the Strzelecki Track upgrade and sealing project
• Scope priorities for other Intra-Basin transport infrastructure solutions and options
• Identify potential funding and financing feasibility and opportunities

1 July 2014

Working Group 2 met in July 2014, and worked through a process to prioritise issues and opportunities. Cooperation continues with industry, government and industry stakeholders to understand the transport infrastructure priorities and issues.

Download the Agenda (PDF 109KB)

Download the presentations (PDF 1.2MB)

Download the recommendations (PDF 137KB)

Efficient and fit-for-purpose water use in the Cooper-Eromanga basins.

Download the Working Group 3 Membership List (PDF 103KB)

The purpose of Working Group 3 is to form stronger links between operators and the water industry, thereby providing a platform for open discussion between operators, industry and government. Success has been seen with the development of the water balance model resulting in a closer working relationship between operators.

Working Group 3 is focused on, and contributes to, the implementation of the following recommendations from the Roadmap for Unconventional Gas:

• 3: Use of co-produced water for drilling and fracture stimulation fluids
• 16: Set a program for basin-wide, base-line, water resource characterisation
• 23: Resolve leading practices for sustainable water use with minimum red tape
• 30: Multiple Joint Ventures cooperate in basin-wide monitoring for environmental impacts
• 48: Multiple Joint Ventures tender for equipment/services to reap economies of scale
• 58: Fund targeted environmental research in ways that build public trust in outputs
• 78: Take account of lessons learnt nationally and internationally
• 101: Planning forums and cost sharing frameworks suited to most enterprises in the Cooper Basin
• 106: Incentives for industry cooperation to reap economies of scale for gas development, production, processing and transport, without reducing supply-side competition
• 114: Clarify process to pay for and lead to more environmental research relevant to unconventional gas operations, and in particular, well operations
• 116: Convene a workshop that could band together enterprises into clusters worth IPO to start-up and get competitive.

Report card detailing the progress towards implementing the Roadmap for Unconventional Gas recommendations to date (PDF 5.71MB)

Recent meetings

28 October 2015 - Water Business Pitching Opportunity

On 28 October 2015, approximately 70 people gathered in the Ian McLachlan Room at Adelaide Oval to hear the latest water innovations from businesses in the water sector. The collaborative event was coordinated by the Water Industry Alliance (WIA) in conjunction with the Roundtable for Oil and Gas Projects and the Industry Capability Network (ICN). 

More information is available below under Working Group 6 - Oil and Gas Supplier Forum.

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Industry and government members of the Water Roundtable first met in November 2013, where it was proposed to produce a basin wide water model and collate water balance information from all operators. Pursuant to recommendations 3, 23, 30, 48, 58, and 114, the Department of State Development (DSD) commissioned Golder Associates to produce the model of the Cooper-Eromanga basin with current and future predicted water supply, demand, type and quality. Subsequent planning meetings were held in February 2014 and April 2014, with the study commencing in July 2014, and the report completed in January 2015.

Download the Cooper-Eromanga water balance model and accompanying report. (PDF 1.55MB)

The water balance model provides a framework to ascertain tangible opportunities for the water industry, including identifying re-use opportunities within water quality constraints, and collaboration to avoid duplication of infrastructure. The results of the model will be utilised to deliver improved, innovative water management practices, and extend involvement in WG3 to the wider water industry.

Preliminary results of the model were presented at the recent Roundtable event in October 2014. The final results demonstrate that there is an overall surplus of water in the industry. The report provides insight into demands and sets a foundation for future improvements in data quality and collaboration initiatives. Currently demand for water is approximately 6% of total extraction, with SA’s component of 2014 extractions at approximately 65% of the 60ML/day industry allocation. Extractions are expected to grow by 28% by 2016, with demand to reach 15%. The greatest extraction quantities are from Produced Formation Water (Oil), with the greatest demand for drilling and completions both now and in the future, projected to grow by about 4 times. The area of largest change in excess is in north-west SA.

In relation to water use and fracture stimulation, there is no evidence or realistic expectation of fracture stimulation resulting in contamination of fresh water supplies. More information on fracture stimulation (PDF 2.24MB).

In addition, under recommendation 16, WG3 is currently contributing to a project called South East Water Quality Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Program. The lead agency is the EPA, with input from Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), SA Water and DSD. The final draft report from Jacobs was submitted on 21 October 2014. Baseline studies have been gathered, and recommendations provided for a future monitoring network to gather water quality data including natural background gas in prospective hydrocarbon exploration areas. A key aspect of the proposed MER program is creating links between the SA EPA groundwater quality monitoring, DEWNR groundwater status reporting and groundwater MER works undertaken by the SE NRM Board.

Proposed projects

Pursuant to recommendations 23, 58, 78, and 114, WG3, through DSD has also commissioned the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) to review and synthesise information on water impacts of unconventional gas developments, and to describe methods that can be used to assess risks of current and future developments. The project will draw together information from scientific studies and reports worldwide; describe how each risk factor can increase risk, and use scientific data and models to quantify the risks; and present examples where risks have been realised. The project commenced in January 2015, and is to be completed by December 2015. The Lead Investigator is Professor Craig Simmons from the NCGRT.

Future projects

Further, DSD is keen to engage with Geological Survey of Victoria and relevant state and federal agencies and industry to cost share the consolidation of baseline studies that will provide regional potentiometric surfaces (using latest knowledge of fault polygons) and salinity maps for at least the Tertiary Unconfined and Confined Aquifers.

A longer term aspiration under recommendation 16 is to facilitate the full characterisation of all aquifers from surface to basement so that government can fully respond to the potential impact of any activities on the State's water resources and realise potential new water supplies. 

An idustry-government partnership to maintain safe and sustainable transport and reduced red tape along SA-Qld 'wharf to well' corridors to the Cooper-Eromanga basins.

Download the Working Group 4 Membership List  (PDF 97KB)

A work program of 'high value' corridor and areas based exemptions and concessions, able to be implemented without increased risk to safety, will be developed, for consideration and endorsement by the South Australian, Queensland and Commonwealth Governments, and relevant national regulators.

This started with a process to identify and prioritise issues and opportunities in 2014. Cooperation continues with industry, government and regulatory stakeholders to understand the current regulatory framework and to identify opportunities to enable transport corridors without extraneous regulation.

In early 2015, a workshop(s) will focus on a 'rapid appraisal' of the feasibility of proposals and an agreed prioritised work program for key improvements. 

Innovation towards cost-effective and trustworthy GHG detection.

Download the Working Group 5 Membership List (PDF 98KB)

As detailed in an email to the Roundtable (Wednesday, 13 March 2013) - research has been proposed to develop leading practice GHG detection methods. The same details are posted on this Working Group’s webpage. Discussions with a few key company members of the Roundtable and APPEA have revealed a potential opportunity to link this research to efforts in other jurisdictions. These options are being considered to avoid overlaps in effort.

Background (circulated to the Roundtable Wednesday, 13 March 2013):

As cited in the Roadmap for Unconventional Gas (pp 11, Executive Summary, Key Findings, Item 1), the International Energy Agency’s golden rules for the golden age of gas includes the aspiration to “eliminate venting”. Industry and regulators should be working towards this aspiration.

Successful development of reliable, cost-effective methods and technologies to confirm the efficacy of properly constructed petroleum wells and transport infrastructure to prevent fugitive emissions should bolster public trust in the environmental sustainability of petroleum (including unconventional gas) development, production and transport.

Discussions with University College London’s (UCL’s) Adelaide Campus executives and UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) and the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and Sprigg Geobiology Centre (SGC) people resulted in a proposal to develop cost-effective remote sensing and ground truth technologies to detect fugitive GHG emissions.

This is entails an airborne platform to demonstrate UCL’s MSSL hyperspectral instruments capability to detect fugitive methane emissions, IPAS laser technologies and SGB spectrometry to provide ground truth in an area with minimum ‘noise’ and prevalent existing and future oil and gas operations e.g. the Cooper Basin. If demonstrated to be cost effective – the MSSL technology could be deployed in either a station keeping balloon or spacecraft.

A précis of this research components are linked below:

• Research proposal: Assessment of hyperfine hyperspectral remote sensing in Australian resources sector (PDF 93KB)

• Mobile laser-based technologies for high resolution ground-based methane detection (PDF 116KB)

• A comprehensive methane detection solution (PDF 1.55MB)

• Fugitive gas emission determination: Baseline studies and monitoring during operations (PDF 60KB)


22 November 2013 

On 22 November 2013, guest speaker Matt Harrison, international expert in GHG emissions, gave a presentation on current leading practice research into GHG monitoring in upstream petroleum operations in the USA.

Resources from the Working Group 5 meeting on 22 November 2013 are available below for download:

• Download the Agenda  

• Download the Minutes

• Download Matt Harrison's Presentation

• Download Stuart Day's Presentation   

Oil and Gas Supplier Forum

Download the Working Group 6 Membership List (PDF 104KB)

The Oil and Gas Supplier Forum was established in 2014 with the inaugural meeting on 22 October 2014. The Forum assists in developing South Australian capability in the oil and gas supply chain and driving down the cost curve for the development of oil and gas resources by educating suppliers about the oil and gas industry, providing information on opportunities for South Australian businesses to invest in, connecting them with oil and gas operators and assisting suppliers to diversify into this sector.

An important aspect of being a supplier is targeting the right tier level in the supply chain with your goods and services. A Tier 1 company supplies goods and services directly to oil and gas Exploration and Production (E&P) companies, while a Tier 2 company supplies to a Tier 2 company and so on. A key function of the Oil and Gas Supplier Forum is to assist suppliers to understand which tier level to target, and providing an opportunity to connect with relevant customers.

The breakdown of the oil and gas supply chain (PDF 52KB) developed for the Oil and Gas Supplier Forum may assist you to identify opportunities for your business in the oil and gas industry.

22 October 2014

• Download the Agenda (PDF 1.09MB)

• Download the Delegate Booklet (PDF 2.64MB)

All presentations are available above under Previous Roundtable Meetings - 2014.

23 June 2015

Download the Agenda (PDF 125KB)

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

Welcome, Introduction and Overview
Barry Goldstein and Paul Goiak, Department of State Development

Industry Growth Centres Initiative
Debbie Newton, Department of Industry and Science

Capabilities in Oil and Gas Research, Education and Training
John Kaldi, Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide

Flinders University and NCGRT Capabilities
Craig Simmons, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training

UCL Australia
Craig Styan, University College London

Oil & Gas Related Research at the Advanced Computing Research Centre
Markus Stumptner, University of South Australia

Santos ICT Priorities for Santos
Hugh Banister, Santos

The Digital Oilfield
David Quinn, Santos

Cognitive Computing for Oil and Gas
Ron Brennan, IBM Watson

Drilling and Completions with "Real-Time Operational Intelligence"
Ian Smith, OSIsoft

Global ICT Opportunities in Oil & Gas
Scott Tidemann, Petrosys

Remote Asset Management Centre
Vinay Sriram, IPACS

BP Update
Matt Pinnegar, BP

Cooper Parks Logistics Hub
Tim Murton, KJM

Rossair Overview and Innamincka Airstrip Update
Mark Lindh, Rossair

Strzelecki Track Update
James Mraz, Department of State Development

Peter Murdoch, Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited

Working Group 3 Update
Craig Simmons, NCGRT


Download the research from Workshop 1 (innovation) (PDF 356KB)

Download the research from Workshop 2 (ICT) (PDF 330KB)

28 October 2015

Approximately 70 people gathered in the Ian McLachlan Room at Adelaide Oval to hear the latest water innovations from businesses in the water sector. The collaborative event was coordinated by the Water Industry Alliance (WIA) in conjunction with the Roundtable for Oil and Gas Projects and the Industry Capability Network (ICN). The event platform provided a new style for both presenters and attendees alike, to fill a need identified by the Roundtable for the provision of innovative solutions to water issues in the oil and gas sector.

Download the Agenda from the day (PDF 243KB)

The water business pitches provided possible solutions for operators to consider with pitches from the following companies:

Optimising technology through advanced materials (PDF 83KB)
Scott Russell, Advanced Material Solutions

Oil and gas industry (PDF 445KB)
Russell Martin, Aqueon

WIA pitch for oil/gas industry (PDF 597KB)
Mitch Laginestra, GHD

Water supply and treatment solutions (PDF 399KB)
Tony Guidera, Guidera O'Connor

Water treatment systems (PDF 344KB)
Rob Richardson, Hydro-dis

Water solutions (PDF 1 MB)
Dr Bob Moore, Hydrosmart

Water treatment solutions (PDF 439KB)
Aaron Elsmore, Hydrus Technology

Flow control valves (PDF 638KB)
Graeme Anderson, Maric Flow Control

A revolution in industrial and municipal waste water treatment (PDF 269KB)
Andrew Townsend, Micromet

Oil and gas (PDF 351KB)
George De Cicco, Osmoflo

Make hay while the sun shines (PDF 435KB)
Rob Stevens, Sentek

Download an article about the Water Business Pitching Event.

Gaseous Fuels for Transport and Heavy Machinery

Download the Working Group 7 Membership List (PDF 101KB)

Australia's abundance of gas resources offer significant opportunities for the development of more strategically reliable indigenous fuel sources for Transport and Heavy Machinery. Fuels such as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), and variants of these currently have limited market penetration and uptake in these industry segments due to a lack of cohesive policy and investment frameworks.

To build a sustainable and effective marketplace, the importance of developing an appropriate framework that considers infrastructure, market drivers, engine technology, and best practice regulatory environments to stimulate the uptake and development of gaseous fuels will be critical. This has the capacity to reduce reliance on imported fuels and leverage our resources to deliver increased economic, environmental, and strategic benefits to communities, industry and government.

Members of the Roundtable who are functional experts from industry, government, or industry stakeholders are encouraged to join Working Group 7 to help develop a Terms of Reference and generate a leading position in the development of a framework to deliver increased uptake of Gaseous Fuels for Transport and Heavy Machinery.

Core Energy Report

Core Energy were commissioned by the Department of State Development to undertake a preliminary assessment of LNG and CNG as alternate fuels and to undertake a range of scenarios that could provide the basis for investment in the development of a gaseous fuels sector in South Australia. The report has identified a range of compelling benefits associated with the increased use of natural gas fuels, including the economic, health and environmental impacts that can be delivered to the South Australian community and economy through increased penetration.

• Download the full Core Energy report (PDF 575KB)
• Download the summary of the Core Energy Report (PDF 2MB)

27 May 2015 

The first meeting of Working Group 7 was held on Wednesday 27 May 2015. The following documents are available from the meeting:

Download the Agenda and summary Minutes (PDF 287KB)

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

Overview of Gaseous Fuels in Australia (PDF 1.5MB)
Mike Carmody, Gas Energy Australia

Gas to Liquids (PDF 1.3MB)
Rudy Gomez, Cartwheel Resources

Global Overview of Gaseous Fuels (PDF 3.5MB)
Warring Neilsen, Elgas Ltd

Aims for 2015 were:

• Develop a Terms of Reference for Working Group 7
• Identify barriers to investment and market uptake in gaseous fuels
• Determine opportunities to remove barriers across industry and government

17 March 2016

The first meeting of Working Group 7 for 2016 was held on Thursday 17 March 2016. 

• Download the Agenda and summary Minutes

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

Natural Gas for Transportation (PDF 3.6MB)
Paul Taliangis, Core Energy

IntelliGas HDCNGTM (PDF 1.5MB)
Jim McDonald, IntelliGas

Methanol from Gas (PDF 1.1 MB)
Marcus Clayton, Bennett Clayton Pty Ltd

Aims for 2016 are:

• Develop options for Minister to consider taking to COAG Energy Council
• Examine health benefits and cost impacts of particulate emissions for comparison
• Explore R&D funding methods to develop high horsepower gas engines in SA

Providing factual data and information on the petroleum operations lifecycle to industry, academia, and the public with a focus on South Australia.

Terms of Reference:

Working Group 8 provides factual data and information on the petroleum industry operational lifecycle to industry, academia and the public, with a focus on South Australia.

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