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The experts agree that the future of high quality gas & oil lies in non conventional energy sources. Projections suggest that the use of non conventional oil will expand rapidly after 2015 as it meets the increase in demand for liquid fuels and compensates for the decline in conventional oil production. Moreover, in excess of half of conventional oil reserves, which are among the cheapest to develop, are concentrated in the Middle East, therefore bringing up the concern over the security of oil supply. Recent advances in technology have opened up the possibility of a major expansion in the production of non-conventional oil & gas, helping to diversify supplies away from the Middle East.

SMi’s Non Conventional Oil & Gas conference will look to address the importance of developing non conventional forms of oil & gas, which includes oil sands, oil shales, extra heavy oil, crude bitumen, gas hydrates, coal bed methane, tight sands gas and shale gas. It will also examine how environmental concerns will affect this dynamic industry and new developments in technology, as well as exploring the hurdles that will need to be overcome to make this industry profitable.

The objective is to provide a forum in which those involved within non conventional oil & gas can discuss major issues within an informed environment and share information on the projects and initiatives that are currently being undertaken.

Benefits of Attending
· Evaluate the developments and potential of Canada’s oil sands
· Hear about oil shale current usage in Estonia
· Consider industry CBM potential in Canada
· Assess the economic challenges of recovering significant quantities of tight sands gas
· Identify the key features of EST technology
· Establish the environmental problems of non conventional oil and gas

A unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts including:
Dr Brian A Zaitlin, Foothills New Ventures Exploration – New Plays Team Lead, EnCana Corporation
Romolo Montanari, Technology Planning, Feasibility Studies & Licensing Director – Chief Technology Officer, Snamprogetti
Dr James Duncan, Director, Structured Products, ConocoPhillips
Amos Bromhead, Energy Analyst, International Energy Association
Kevin Cliffe, Director, Oil Division, Natural Resources Canada
J Michael Gatens, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, MGV Energy
Bruce Corbet, General Manager Commercial, Southern Pacific Petroleum

In addition the conference will provide excellent opportunities for you to network with other leading experts in the non conventional oil & gas industry.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Don M. Kinnersley

Don M. Kinnersley, Senior Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers

9:10 WORLD OIL OUTLOOK TO 2030

Amos Bromhead

Amos Bromhead, Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency

  • Oil demand and supply projections
  • International oil trade projections
  • The role for non conventional oil
  • 9:40 ROLE OF CONVERSION TECHNOLOGIES

    Romolo Montanari

    Romolo Montanari, Technology Planning, Feasibility Studies & Licensing Director – Chief Technology Officer, Snamprogetti

  • Key features of EST technology
  • Overall block flow diagrams of upgrading options
  • Opex and capex requirements
  • Key economic parameter comparison
  • Gate-to-gate environmental overview
  • 10:20 PANEL DISCUSSION

    Kevin Cliffe

    Kevin Cliffe, Director, Oil Division, Natural Resources Canada

    Francis G Harper

    Francis G Harper, Manager, Reserves and Resources, BP

    Dr Roger Bentley

    Dr Roger Bentley, Senior Research Fellow, The University of Reading

    Dr John Scott

    Dr John Scott, Managing Director, PGA Consultants Pty

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 CANADA’S OIL SANDS STATUS

    Kevin Cliffe

    Kevin Cliffe, Director, Oil Division, Natural Resources Canada

  • The resource within a North American and a global context
  • Developments and potentials
  • Markets and infrastructure
  • Public policy issues and challenges
  • Role of technology
  • Future prospects – industry/ government collaboration
  • 12:00 OIL PRODUCTION FROM SOURCE ROCKS – PRESENT STATUS AND FUTURE POTENTIAL FROM NON CONVENTIONAL SHALE RESERVOIRS

    Dr John Scott

    Dr John Scott, Managing Director, PGA Consultants Pty

  • Continuous oil pools and self-sourcing reservoirs (SSRs) – basic character
  • Examples of commercial and potential oil producing SSRs
  • Comparison with conventional oil reservoirs
  • Technical problems to be solved to unlock future potential
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 OIL SHALES

    Bruce Corbet

    Bruce Corbet, General Manager Commercial, Southern Pacific Petroleum

  • What is oil shale?
  • World oil shale resources
  • Technology history
  • Oil shale in Australia
  • Oil shale economics
  • Prospects
  • 14:40 OIL SHALE – OIL, ENERGY AND CHEMICALS

    Jaanus Purga

    Jaanus Purga, Member of the Board, Viru Keemia Grupp

  • World’s oil shale industry history overview
  • 80 years of oil shale industry in Estonia
  • Oil shale current usage in Estonia – oil and power industry
  • World’s oil shale usage and developments overview anno 2003
  • Chemical industry as most value adding potential for oil shale processing
  • Future perspectives and conclusions
  • 15:20 SUSTAINABLE UTILISATION OF OIL SHALE RESOURCES IN ESTONIA

    Jüri Soone

    Jüri Soone, Director, Institute of Oil Shale Research at TTU

    16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea.
    Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Elena Nekhaev

    Elena Nekhaev, Manager Programmes, World Energy Council

    9:10 NON CONVENTIONAL GAS RESOURCES

    Dr Ken Chew

    Dr Ken Chew, Senior Manager - Consulting, IHS Energy

  • Characteristics of continuous-type deposits
  • Coalbed gas
  • Gas from tight lithologies
  • Basin-centre aquifer gas
  • Gas hydrates
  • Comparison of conventional gas resource volumes with potential non conventional sources
  • 9:40 OPPORTUNITIES IN TIGHT SANDS GAS

    Dr Brian A Zaitlin

    Dr Brian A Zaitlin, Foothills New Ventures Exploration – New Plays Team Lead, EnCana Corporation

  • Issues with the estimation of tight sands gas resource
  • Integrated workflow for developing tight gas sands areas
  • The economic challenges of recovering significant quantities of tight sands gas
  • Technological issues
  • New initiatives
  • 10:20 PANEL DISCUSSION

    Romolo Montanari

    Romolo Montanari, Technology Planning, Feasibility Studies & Licensing Director – Chief Technology Officer, Snamprogetti

    Dr John Scott

    Dr John Scott, Managing Director, PGA Consultants Pty

    Dr William Mark Hart

    Dr William Mark Hart, US Representative, Queensland Gas Company

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 RESOURCE POTENTIAL OF GAS HYDRATES

    Paul Martin

    Paul Martin, Senior Engineer, Advantica

  • Location of natural hydrates deposits
  • Projected volumes
  • Technical challenges of mining hydrates
  • Hydrates transportation processes
  • Dry versus slurry
  • The BG hydrates transportation process
  • 12:00 THE CHALLENGES OF COMMERCIALISING COALBED METHANE

    Dr William Mark Hart

    Dr William Mark Hart, US Representative, Queensland Gas Company

  • The economics of CBM
  • Marketing characteristics
  • Development
  • Australian troika
  • Capital raising
    History of large company failure due to different economics between conventional gas and CBM
  • Technological advances
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 COALBED METHANE

    J Michael Gatens

    J Michael Gatens, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, MGV Energy

  • Summary of MGV’s CBM programme
  • Commercial CBM developments in Canada
  • MGV’s independent CBM strategy going forward · Streamlining operations · Project economics · Future projects and budget
  • Industry CBM potential in Canada
  • 14:40 IMPACTS OF GTL’S, SYNCRUDES AND NON-CRUDES SUPPLIES TO 2015

    Martin Tallett

    Martin Tallett, President, EnSys Energy and Systems

    15:20 GLOBAL MARKETS FOR COAL MINE METHANE: RESOURCES,

    Karl Schultz

    Karl Schultz, Team Leader, Coalbed Methane Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea
    Close Of Conference

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