Unconventional Gas

14th and 15th March 2012, London



With the potential for unconventional gas exploration across Europe now fully being understood, discovered and optimised, comparisons are being drawn between Europe and 'boom' in North America.  This emerging source of energy is continuing to take centre stage in the media, in energy markets and throughout environmental legislation. With new plays being discovered and exploited, the global energy market is being shaken up as countries realise their energy independence and assets.

SMi's 5th annual Unconventional Gas conference will, over 2 days amongst industry leaders, evaluate all forms of unconventional gas exploration and production in the UK, Europe and throughout the Southern Hemisphere. This conference will provide global activity updates from leading companies, discussion of the latest policy and regulation, evaluation of the forthcoming UK licensing round, and opportunity to network with industry leaders.

Cuadrilla Resources Preese Hall drilling rig located in the Bowland Shale in Lancashire. Picture thanks to Ed Hough at British Geological Survey


  • Understand the key strategies required to fully utilise the potential of unconventional gases
  • Improve your operations and still reduce operational costs with the use of effective front edge technologies
  • Learn from fellow operators about success and mistakes made in building unconventional gas reserves
  • Develop project excellence within your teams by adopting best practices from leading industry experts

• Energy consultants
• Business development managers
• Company executives
• Government officials and policymakers
• Marketing and sales managers
• Gas marketers and brokers
• Project developers
• Strategists, planners, and analysts
• Environmental educators, professors, or consultants
• Executives from industrial users
• Geologists and engineers that need a better understanding of the non-technical challenges to shale development
• Anyone interested in learning about the hottest developments in natural gas
• Business Development Director
• Business Development Manager
• Commercial Advisor
• Commercial Managers
• COOs
• Geological Advisors
• Heads of Drilling
• Heads of Unconventional
• Manager Gas Division
• Managing Director
• Process Development Engineer
• Project Advisors and Managers
• Project Manager
• Senior Scientist
• Staff, Technology Planning Department
• VPs and Heads of Exploration and Production
• Public Relations 


    Above: 2010's Unconventional Gas delegate list


2011 attendees included:

Premier Oil, RPS Energy, Total, Reach Exploration (North Sea) Ltd, Shell Global Solutions International BV, Nautilus Ltd, Lloyds, Solvay, Specialty Polymers, O M V Exploration &Production GmbH, Millicent Media, Korea Institute of Energy Research, Scotia Waterous (UK) Ltd, Poyry Energy Consulting, RNJ Solutions, Saipem Sp A, SMBC Europe, Scientific Drilling, BG Group, Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd, Polish Oil And Gas Company (PGNIG), Realm Energy, Minoils Media Ltd, Alnaft, Wartsila Finland, Statoil, BP Exploration & Production, Lukoil Overseas, Core Laboratories, Inflatable Packers International, Polymetra GmbH, World Coal, R W E - D E A A G Fur Mineraloel Und Chemie, Maple Gas Corporation del Peru, SRL, Aramco, Wintershall, CGGVeritas, Schlumberger, ExxonMobil International Ltd, StatoilHydro, ION GX Technology, ANH, The Petroleum Economist Ltd, Sonatrach - Division Exploration, BP Russia, Argus Media, Coalbed Systems, Sasol Info Net, Saudi Aramco, GDF Suez, Northern Petroleum, Exxaro Resources Ltd, Delft University Of Technology, KEMA Nederland BV, A B B LTD

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Marriott Hotel Regents Park

This 4 star north London hotel in zone 2 is the perfect destination for the astute business traveler as well as the leisure guest that knows how convenient north London hotels are, as a base from which to explore the city .Bond Street is just 3 stops from Swiss Cottage underground station on the Jubilee Line, so you can be shopping, exploring the sights and taking in one of London’s world-renowned West End shows in less than 15 minutes when you stay at this hotel near central London. At the same time, the hive of activity that is Camden Town, the chic shops, cafes and restaurants of Primrose Hill and ZSL’s London Zoo in Regents Park are all just a short walk from this hotel in north London.



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Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


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As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


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