SMi’s 6th annual Unconventional Gas conference will provide attendees with a complete view of the unconventional gas market. Focusing on regulatory and regional developments, risk management, technological game changers, finance and gas market futures this informative event will bring together key leaders in the field to provide attendees with an in-depth look into the current status of unconventional gas.
The event will be the perfect forum for learning about new advances in the field, presenting attendees with the latest information on regulatory updates from across the globe in a vastly increasing sector.

With senior industry representatives presenting on their own experiences and referring to case studies, success stories and failures, SMi’s 6th Unconventional Gas conference promises to be a unique forum for problem-solving debate and idea-sharing discussion.

The conference will be a fantastic opportunity for companies within the industry to talk to leading experts who are currently operating in the unconventional gas market. This is an unique opportunity to hear about regulatory developments and risk management issues delivered from the view of Oil and Gas companies currently working in the industry. The diversity of speakers will highlight the key issues that the industry is facing and look to the future of the global gas market and where unconventional gas will see its place. This event promises to be a unique platform for networking and problem solving as well discussion and debate.

Understand the key regulatory issues and updates from across the globe
Analyse the current status of the unconventional gas market and what the future holds
Evaluate risk management strategies across the sector
Discuss methods and strategies for developing unconventional gas projects
Learn about and consider the issues expressed from the views of Oil and gas companies
Network with key industry professionals from across the globe

• 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

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan; British Telecom Group Plc; Chadburns P T Ltd; Communications Division; Deimos Imaging Spain; dnbnor bank; ENCUBE ETHICALS PVT LTD; ETH Z|rich; ICx Technologies ; Japan Institute of International Affairs; Manchester PCT; Millenium Systems Services; O2 plc; Ogi Lab; Owen Jones Capital Group Inc; Slovensk¦ Plynrensk¦ Priemysel As; SRS Technologies; St George's, University of London; Stadtwerke Schwaz GesmbH; Ste Des Eaux D'arles; Universitdt T|bingen; Virgin Media Inc; Vodafone United Kingdom; Xanthus Consulting International; Xemex N V;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Energy Journalist and consultant, Forbes Communications

9:10 Unconventional Gas in Europe- Regulatory Framework

Philip Lowe

Philip Lowe, Director General, European Commission

• Regulatory considerations for industry
• Regional opportunities throughout Europe
• Land use conflicts and considerations

9:50 Staoil’s Global Approach to Unconventionals

Ingunn  Svegården

Ingunn Svegården, Manager Strategy, Portfolio & Analysis GSB, Statoil

• Statoil’s story so far with unconventionals globally
• Enablers for unconventionals
• Unconventionals’ influence on global energy supply
• Reflections of the future of unconventionals globally for Statoil

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Public Acceptance and the Role of Industry

Kerstin  Duhme

Kerstin Duhme, Managing Director, FTI Consulting

• Public acceptance for current energy strategies
• The opportunity of shale gas
• The necessity of gaining a social licence
• Public engagement and communication


11:40 Western Australian unconventional gas industry

Kevin Skipworth CVO

Kevin Skipworth CVO, Agent General For Western Australia, Government of Western Australia

•             Importance of Western Australia’s resources industry in a national Australia context (and comparisons/relations between WA and UK)
•             WA petroleum sector (major projects and exploration hotspots)
•             State Government initiatives to support growth – including community engagement and regulation, skilled labour and training, approvals, safety, and exploration

12:10 Networking Lunch

13:10 Prospectivity of shale gas reserves in SE Turkey

Attila Aydemir

Attila Aydemir, Project Manager, TPAO

•         The role of Silurian hot shales in SE Turkey as a laboratory area for the unconventionalexploration activities in MENA region.
•         Geochemical & minerological properties
•         Main advantages together with the environmental concerns and challenges
•         Infrastructure for the E&P activities in the region

13:50 The Impact of Shale Gas on European Markets

Alan Riley

Alan Riley, Professor, City University London

  • Shale Gas is Already Having a Major Impact on EU markets via LNG
  • Prospects for US shale as LNG entering EU markets
  • Potential impact of European Discoveries
  • European Coal Dumping as a result of Coal Shutouts..impact on EU gas markets
  • 14:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Development of Unconventional Gas in the US and Prospects of U-gas Development in Other Parts of the World

    Kai Dunker

    Kai Dunker, Lead Economist, Global Gas Markets, BP PLC

    • On a global scale, will the US shale revolution spread?
    • How will shale gas shift the domestic production profile of various regions?
    • How will shale gas impact international trade?
    • What would hinder the development of shale gas in regions; is it mainly below ground factors or is it above ground factors? 

    15:40 Overview of Exploration and Production Activities on Tight Gas, Shale Gas and CBM in Germany

    Klaus Sontgerath

    Klaus Sontgerath, Head of Department, State Authority for Mining, Energy and Geology

    • Natural Oil and Natural Gas Reservoirs
    • Exploration and Production Activities on unconventional Gas
    • Environmental and social issues
    • Political Activities on unconventional Gas

    16:20 How is the Industry Responding to Regulatory Issues

    Rachel Bonfant

    Rachel Bonfant, Interim Director, EU Affairs, International Association Of Oil And Gas Producers

    • Lessons from the US
    • Commission findings to date
    • Key elements for industry moving forward

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Alex Forbes

    Alex Forbes, Energy Journalist and consultant, Forbes Communications

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Nick Grealy

    Nick Grealy, Publisher, No Hot Air

    9:10 Unconventional Gas- Exploration and Production Uncertainties

    Dorrik Stow

    Dorrik Stow, Head of Institute, Heriot-watt University Department Of Petrleum Engineering


    ·         Shale genetic units and sweet spots
    ·         Natural fractures and geomechanical properties
    ·         Impact on fluid flow and production
    ·         Quantification of uncertainties

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Technology Developments in the Alberta Oil and Gas Industry - Managing Venting and Flaring

    Christopher Holly

    Christopher Holly, Branch Head, Research & Technology, Government of Alberta

    Managing Venting and flaring
    Technology used
    Regulation Responsible Operations

    11:40 Project Finance for Unconventional Gas

    Robert Clews

    Robert Clews, Head of Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals, Project Finance, SMBC Europe Division

    • Current financial market states
    • Sources of funding unconventional gas projects
    • Sturtures and processes for successful projects
    • Apply the correct techniques

    12:20 Structuring Investment Standpoints

    David DeBenedetti

    David DeBenedetti, Partner, DeBenedetti Majewski Szczesniak

  • Cross border business set up – tax and corporate planning
  • Joint Ventures with local partners – how to structure a relationship to better get along and take advantage of the synergy
  • Mergers and Acquisitions in the shale gas sector of Poland: local business and practice issues
  • Environmental and legal requirements: involve your accountants and lawyers at an early stage
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 The Economic Benefits of Shale Gas for the UK

    Graham Dean

    Graham Dean, Managing Director, Reach Exploration (North Sea) Ltd

    • Why shale gas will be a game-changer in the UK
    • How much will shale gas move gas prices?
    • Will shale gas lower or raise GHG emissions?
    • When will shale gas in the UK exceed North Sea gas production?
    • How many jobs will be created and what other benefits?

    14:40 Getting shale gas to market in the UK

    John  Baldwin

    John Baldwin, Managing Director, CNG Services Limited

    ·         Gas versus electricity export - the CO2 impact

    ·         The UK gas grid

    ·         Low pressure and high pressure grid export options

    ·         Gas quality requirements

    ·         Gas pressure

    ·         Capacity booking and gas sales

    ·         Project timetable for the different options


    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Geopolitical Developments - What is the potential for unconventional gas development

    Angus Miller

    Angus Miller, Energy Adviser , Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Impact of shale on international gas markets – lessons for the future?
    • Observations on the impact of shale gas in the Americas
    • Beyond shale, what of tight gas, coal -bed methane and methane hydrates?

    16:30 How are gas prices effecting trade of Unconventional Gas: World Gas prices and what drives them

    Nick Grealy

    Nick Grealy, Publisher, No Hot Air

  • Introduction to World Gas Supply and Demand Fundamentals 
  • Shale gas and LNG markets
  • Shale Gas v the Gas oil link- latest developments
  • A single world gas price? Is it possible? And what could it be? 
  • Overview of the North American shale gas market and outlook on gas market conditions. Issues of shale gas oversupply, dwindling prices and the pathway forward.
  • Challenges to exporting lessons from North America to Europe and other shale gas emerging markets
  • Everyone talks about public acceptance, No Hot Air's proposals to do something about it
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Nick Grealy

    Nick Grealy, Publisher, No Hot Air



    Attila Aydemir

    Attila Aydemir

    Project Manager, TPAO
    Graham Dean

    Graham Dean

    Managing Director, Reach Exploration (North Sea) Ltd
    Ingunn  Svegården

    Ingunn Svegården

    Manager Strategy, Portfolio & Analysis GSB, Statoil
    Philip Lowe

    Philip Lowe

    Director General, European Commission

    Alan Riley

    Professor, City University London
    Alan Riley

    Alex Forbes

    Energy Journalist and consultant, Forbes Communications
    Alex Forbes

    Angus Miller

    Energy Adviser , Foreign and Commonwealth Office
    Angus Miller

    Attila Aydemir

    Project Manager, TPAO
    Attila Aydemir

    Christopher Holly

    Branch Head, Research & Technology, Government of Alberta
    Christopher Holly

    David DeBenedetti

    Partner, DeBenedetti Majewski Szczesniak
    David DeBenedetti

    Dorrik Stow

    Head of Institute, Heriot-watt University Department Of Petrleum Engineering
    Dorrik Stow

    Graham Dean

    Managing Director, Reach Exploration (North Sea) Ltd
    Graham Dean

    Ingunn Svegården

    Manager Strategy, Portfolio & Analysis GSB, Statoil
    Ingunn  Svegården

    John Baldwin

    Managing Director, CNG Services Limited
    John  Baldwin

    Kai Dunker

    Lead Economist, Global Gas Markets, BP PLC
    Kai Dunker

    Kerstin Duhme

    Managing Director, FTI Consulting
    Kerstin  Duhme

    Kevin Skipworth CVO

    Agent General For Western Australia, Government of Western Australia
    Kevin Skipworth CVO

    Klaus Sontgerath

    Head of Department, State Authority for Mining, Energy and Geology
    Klaus Sontgerath

    Mark Niblett

    General Manager, ABB
    Mark Niblett

    Nick Grealy

    Publisher, No Hot Air
    Nick Grealy

    Philip Lowe

    Director General, European Commission
    Philip Lowe

    Rachel Bonfant

    Interim Director, EU Affairs, International Association Of Oil And Gas Producers
    Rachel Bonfant

    Robert Clews

    Head of Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals, Project Finance, SMBC Europe Division
    Robert Clews

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