UQ Centre for Natural Gas - Annual Research Review

Each year the UQ Centre for Natural Gas holds a showcase event, known as the Annual Research Review. Research Chairs and chief investigators from the Centre's research areas of groundwater, social performance, geoscience and petroleum engineering give valuable insights into the current status of the Centre's research program, highlights from throughout the year and future perspectives.

The event is well attended by industry, government, university and community stakeholders alike.

Each year's Research Review includes posters displaying the work of UQ's Centre for Natural Gas research teams, PhD students working on Centre funded projects as well as independent PhD students researching natural gas related issues. Each year's poster display is available via the tabs below.

The presentation deck and copies of the research posters are available for download below. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for the program for this year's event.

Presentations & summaries

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

Posters

Research challenge #1: Reducing operating expenditure

Research challenge #2: Heterogeneity and connectivity

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

Social

Program

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

Geosciences

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

Water

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

Social

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

Industry
Georgy Mayo
Queensland Director,
APPEA

Industry
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

OPTION A
Challenges in the communication of technical information

 

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

 

OPTION C
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.

Event:   Annual Research Review 2018
Date:     7 December 2018

Posters Displayed at the Research Review 2018

Water

Petroleum Engineering

Geoscience

Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS)

Independent

 

Event:   Annual Research Review 2017
Date:     12 December 2017

Posters Displayed at the Research Review 2017

Water

Regional Groundwater Recharge in the Surat Basin
Groundwater Recharge Estimation in the Surat Basin
Characterisation of Current Groundwater Uses in the Surat and Bowen Basins 

Social Performance

Indicators Maintenance & Reporting

Geoscience

First Palynological Results from GSQ Roma 2, Surat Basin, Queensland
Machine Learning for Coal Seam Gas Production
An Investigation of Numerical Facies Models of Coal Seam Gas Reservoirs: Walloon Subgroup, Surat Basin

Petroleum Engineering


Research by Independent PhD Students

Research undertaken by these students is related to, but not funded by, the Centre:

Electrohydraulic Discharge (EHD) Stimulation in Water Conditions and Its Application for Coal Fracturing
Governance of Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) in the CSG Context
The Architecture and Evolution of a Delta-Canyon-Fan System: Insights from a Stratigraphic Forward Model in Perth Canyon, Western Australia

Event:   Annual Research Review 2016
Date:     9 December 2016

Posters Displayed at the Research Review 2016

Water

The Centre’s water related research addresses the impacts of natural gas extraction on groundwater and surface water resources; the hydraulic connectivity of natural gas and agricultural aquifers; and the development of adaptive water and environmental management strategies.

Social Performance

The Centre seeks to provide new knowledge to help government and industry manage social and economic impacts at a regional scale, develop strategies that enhance the social performance capacity of the industry and deliver positive, long-term development outcomes for communities impacted by natural gas. Researchers design and apply innovative community engagement methodologies, examine issues associated with the management of cumulative impacts and develop evidence-based contributions to policy debate about the regulation of the sector.

Petroleum Engineering

Research in the area of Petroleum Engineering includes aspects of reservoir characterisation, development and dynamic behaviour, drilling, well completions as well as stimulation and enhancement technologies. Other research examines aspects of the techno-economics of gas exploitation and recovery and field related engineering including optimisation, process control and site rehabilitation.

Geoscience

The Centre’s significant expertise in geoscience includes geology, geophysics and geochemistry. Research is seeking to provide new knowledge on basin analysis and characterisation, the origins of natural gas, exploration targeting within the geological setting, and natural factors that establish the nature of the reservoir for natural gas.

Event:   UQ-CCSG Annual Research Review 2015
Date:     7 December 2015

Posters Displayed at the Research Review 2015

Water

The Centre’s water related research addresses the impacts of CSG extraction on groundwater and surface water resources; the hydraulic connectivity of coal seam and agricultural aquifers; and the development of adaptive water and environmental management strategies.

Social Performance

The Centre seeks to provide new knowledge to help government and industry manage social and economic impacts at a regional scale, develop strategies that enhance the social performance capacity of the industry, and deliver positive, long term development outcomes for communities impacted by CSG. Researchers design and apply innovative community engagement methodologies, examine issues associated with the management of cumulative impacts and develop evidence-based contributions to policy debate about the regulation of the sector.

Petroleum Engineering

Research in the area of Petroleum Engineering includes aspects of reservoir characterisation, development and dynamic behaviour, drilling, well completions, and stimulation and enhancement technologies. Other research examines aspects of the techno-economics of gas exploitation and recovery, and field related engineering including optimisation, process control and site rehabilitation.

Geoscience

The Centre’s significant expertise in geoscience includes geology, geophysics and geochemistry. Research is seeking to provide new knowledge on basin analysis and characterisation, the origins of coal seam gas, exploration targeting within the geological setting, and natural factors that establish the nature of the reservoir for CSG.

Independent PhD and Masters Research

These research projects cover a broad range of issues including regional geological structures, geological modelling, produced water treatment, communication tools, community investment, community health, business innovation and gas emissions. A few of these students’ projects are featured in this book, providing insight into the great diversity of research being undertaken. While some of the featured research is well-advanced, other projects are in their initial phases and the specific research questions are still being developed.