UQ's world-leading research in natural gas showcased

12 December 2019

Innovative UQ Centre for Natural Gas research showcased at Annual Research Review 2019

Some 180 people attended the UQ Centre for Natural Gas Annual Research Review in December. Numbers were up this year with the increased interest in natural gas because of the role it is flagged to play in the coming energy transition.

The 2019 UQ Centre for Natural Gas Annual Research Review was opened by Executive Dean of UQ's faculty of Engineering Architecture and Information Technology, Professor Vicki Chen. UQ Centre for Natural Gas Director, Professor Andrew Garnett, then took to the stage to give an update of the year in review. He finished the keynote address with an insider’s look at traction achieved by the Centre throughout the year. This was followed by portfolio roundups from Centre research Chairs and chief investigators, focussing on the research areas of groundwater, social performance, geoscience and petroleum engineering. The audience was updated on the current status of the Centre's research portfolio, including highlights from throughout the year and insights into future perspectives.

A highlight of this year’s event was a panel session which delved into the role of gas in the energy transition. The energy mix needed to achieve greater supply of affordable power and lower emissions is a complex and evolving area. It is a topical area for Australia, whose gas resources create the potential for the country to be a major global supplier of natural gas to help meet the increasing demand for cleaner, affordable energy over the transition decades to a low emissions future.

The group then divided up for topically themed concurrent sessions. This year's workshops included a look at the latest research on the Great Artesian Basins, the challenges of technical communication, and a session on the Walloons Springbok interface titled when is an aquifer not an aquifer?

Each year's Research Review includes posters displaying the work of research teams and students working on Centre funded projects as well as independent PhD students researching natural gas related issues.

The research posters, presentation deck and summaries of sessions are available for download below.



1. Research Review: presentation deck (pdf)
2. Research Review: panel session summary
3. Concurrent workshops: workshop summaries (pdf)



Research challenge #1: Reducing operating expenditure

Research challenge #2: Heterogeneity and connectivity

Research challenge #3: Converting contingent resources to commercially recoverable resources




Annual Research Review 2019
UQ Advanced Engineering Building, Conference Room 200
12 December 2019, 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm

12:30 pm Welcome    

Address from the Executive Dean

Prof Vicki Chen
Executive Dean, UQ Faculty of Engineering, Architecture & Information Technology

01:10 pm        The year in review


Achievements & traction throughout 2019

Prof Andrew Garnett
Director, UQ Centre for Natural Gas

01:30 pm         Research portfolio


Prof Suzanne Hurter
Energi Simulation Chair in Onshore Gas Modelling, UQ Centre for Natural Gas


Assoc Prof Phil Hayes
Chair of Water Resources and Gas Development,  UQ Centre for Natural Gas

Petroleum Engineering

Dr Christopher Leonardi
Advance Queensland Fellow,
UQ School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering


Dr Kathy Witt
Research fellow,
UQ Centre for Natural Gas

02:10 pm         Panel:  What is the role of gas in the transition (and for that matter what is the transition)

Statutory authority
Ian Langdon
Commissioner and Chair,
Gasfields Commission

Georgy Mayo
Queensland Director,

Richard Jeffery

General Manager Commercial Strategy,
Stanwell Corporation Limited

Energy research expert
Prof Tapan Saha
Professor, UQ School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

02:50 pm        Afternoon tea & student posters

03:20 pm        Concurrent workshops

Challenges in the communication of technical information


Walloons Springbok interface: when is an aquifer not an aquifer?


What’s new in understanding the Great Artesian Basins – the research is in, what’s next?


Led by
Dr Kathy Witt


Led by
Prof Suzanne Hurter


Led by
Ass Prof Phil Hayes

04:30 pm        Closing

04:45 pm        Canapes on level 5



The research into Australian natural gas is only made possible by vital funding provided by the industry (Arrow Energy, APLNG and Santos) and the University of Queensland.

The University of Queensland Centre for Natural Gas (formerly known as the Centre for Coal Seam Gas) conducts real-world research focussed on optimising Australia’s natural gas industry terms of environmental performance, social performance, and optimisation of cost of operation and production (which in turns affect both availability and market price). With natural gas flagged to play a major role in reducing emissions over the next 20-30 years as the world transitions to renewables and low carbon energy solutions, the role of research and innovation in gas has a key part to play in the portfolio of other growing energy sources. Australia’s abundant gas resources create the potential for the country to be a major global supplier of natural gas to help meet the increasing demand for cleaner, affordable energy over the transition decades to lower emissions. The UQ Centre for Natural Gas provides cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary research and advice in the sustainable development and management of Australia's abundant natural gas resources.