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APPEA: South Australia centrestage

Premier petroleum conference hosted in Adelaide.

‘Resilient Business – Success in the New Energy Market’ was the theme at this year’s Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Conference and Exhibition. Held in the redeveloped Adelaide Convention Centre, there were numerous opportunities to promote South Australia, build networks and showcase the vibrancy of our city.

Drawing around 2,000 delegates, it is the southern hemisphere’s largest annual upstream oil and gas conference. The South Australian Government was front and centre – Premier Steven Marshall spoke at the opening ceremony, Energy Resources Division (ERD) staff presented papers and chaired sessions, and there was a strong South Australian presence in the exhibition hall.

South Australian stand at APPEA. (Photo 416626)
L–R: Kevin Jones (State Manager, CAPS Australia), Bettina Venner (Manager Industry Participation, Department of State Development) and Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan at the South Australian stand. (Photo 416626)

Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Holst Pellekaan, hosted a breakfast at which he shared the government’s views on the future of the industry. Afterwards he toured the Exhibition Hall and met with representatives of South Australian service companies and the Australian School of Petroleum. [photo]

ERD presentations in the technical program were by Barry Goldstein on ‘Accelerating oil and gas investment and reserves by design’ and Elinor Alexander on ‘Australian onshore petroleum acreage and releases 2018’ on behalf of Australian states and territories.

At the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA) Deal Day, South Australian investment opportunities were presented by Tony Hill.

APPEA was a busy time for Mike Malavazos who presented on well operations in South Australia at a meeting of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, and coordinated a meeting for Australian Standards ME092 - Materials, equipment and offshore structures for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries.

The South Australian Government’s exhibition stand showcased the state’s petroleum exploration and investment opportunities as well as CAPS Australia, Naval Group, Nitschke Energy, Nobles, TAFE SA’s Onshore Petroleum Centre of Excellence Training Facility and the Industry Capability Network.

During a tour to the Tonsley Innovation District delegates were able to experience firsthand the world-class facilities at our South Australia Drill Core Reference Library, and the Onshore Petroleum Centre of Excellence training facility.

– Elinor Alexander

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