Over the last 7 years, a number of major changes in the world market for natural gas have occurred. The Japanese tsunami resulted in the shut-down of Japan’s nuclear power industry. The emerging economies in Asia, driven by China and India, are demanding more energy from all sources. In North America, the “shale gas revolution” has grown production and reduced domestic prices. As a result, North American gas producers are looking to become LNG exporters and the U.S. is expected to be the first major North American entrant to the global LNG market from the Gulf Coast region.
In Canada, which has historically relied on the U.S. as its only major export customer, exports and production have dropped. Concurrently, the shale gas revolution is yielding large new commercial gas plays (Montney, Horn River basin, Liard Basin …) which need a market. Industry and the governments in Canada have recognized the need to expand its natural gas export base and are aggressively pursuing an LNG export strategy on both coasts, with most of the proposed activity in British Columbia.
Over 14 LNG projects have been proposed for BC, with projected export rates that far exceed current BC production rates. Proponents include major oil companies, like Chevron and Shell, state-owned enterprises like Progress/Petronas and Nexen/CNOOC, and smaller proponents. Clearly, not all of these projects can proceed. But even a few will result in major capital investments in the tens of billions of dollars in wells, pipelines, plants, and export facilities to achieve exports towards the end of this decade.
SPE and ASME are hosting a workshop in Vancouver to cover the “big picture” - with summaries of the global LNG market and what future role North America and Canada may play. SPE professionals will focus on shale gas exploration, drilling, completion and production. ASME professionals will bring their expertise in pipelines, LNG plant operation, and LNG transport - both on-loading and offloading. Utilizing the combined resources and knowledge of both Societies, the core sessions of the workshop will include presentations tracking a gas molecule from the shales of western Canada to the import terminals in Asia.
Engineers, Managers, Facilities/Pipeline Personnel
Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.
Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend.
Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop. A workshop summary will be prepared by the technical program committee for public release, but no other information.
In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted. Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).
Attendees will receive 1.6 CEUs.
One CEU equal 8 contact hours of participation. CEUs are awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop. A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.