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Message From The Chairman

Stephen KelemenDear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Queensland Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) as well as the programme and conference organising committees, please accept my invitation to attend the SPE Asia Pacific Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition (URCE) to be held 9-11 November 2015 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The theme for the conference is “The New Energy Age: Building on Success”

As reflected in the theme, the conference builds on the success of the previous 2013 Asia Pacific URCE, also held in Brisbane, with the theme of “Delivering Abundant Energy for a Sustainable Future”.  In that two year period, a lot has happened in the evaluation and development of unconventional resources in the region. Attending this conference will update you as well as keep you abreast of the technical and technology advances.

A notable advance is the world’s first large commercialisation of Coal Seam Gas (CSG) for LNG from CSG fields located west of Brisbane – There will be an informative Panel Session on this subject. In addition, there are a number of other Panel Sessions with local and internationally invited speakers that will address data analytics for unconventional reservoirs, the emerging plays in the region, the use of formation evaluation and geomechanics, the importance of sweet spots as well as an executive perspective on unconventional development.

The response to the Call for Papers was extraordinary.  This has resulted in an excess of 20 technical sessions with as many papers again being presented via e-posters, a short interactive session with the author being held at stations in the exhibition hall. Technical sessions have been grouped into functional topics and case histories allowing attendees their choice to attend their topic of interest. 

As part of SPE’s promotion of the industry and professional development, a Young Professionals Workshop will be held on 8 November before the conference commences, as well as Education Day on 10 November, Teachers’ Day on 11 November, and training courses following the conference from 12-13 November.

As an aside, I encourage you to attend the conference dinner on Tuesday evening and various social events to catch up with colleagues and make new acquaintances in a social environment with refreshments.

On a final yet important note, the recent downturn in oil price has been challenging our industry.  To meet this challenge, it is imperative that the industry and its professional keep technically advancing to maintain its competitiveness, and attending this conference will help you to achieve this.  One never knows what innovative idea may come from listening to the speakers, interacting with them, informal conversations with colleagues or discussions with exhibitors.

I look forward to welcoming you at the conference.

Stephen Kelemen
Conference Chair
Santos Ltd.