Energi Simulation

About the program

The University of Queensland (UQ) has been home to one of Energi Simulation's prestigious research chairs since 2017. Professor Suzanne Hurter and Professor Ray Johnson are co-chairs of the Energi Simulation onshore gas reservoir modelling program which operates out of the Gas and Energy Transition Research Centre.

Professor Andrew Garnett (left) and UQ's Energi Simulation Industrial Chair in Onshore Gas Reservoir Modelling Professor Suzanne Hurter (right), meeting with Energi Simulations VP Technology, Andrew Seto, and President, Duke Anderson, on a recent visit to Brisbane

It is the chair's aim to grow and broaden UQ’s research program within petroleum geoscience and engineering and to improve models for sustainable, onshore gas production at reduced cost. Professor Hurter brings deep experience in this space, both in Australia and internationally, spanning the commercial and research sectors.

The chair is supported by $1.25 million from Energi Simulation over five years. This is supported by additional funding from UQ and the Queensland gas industry in collaboration with the Gas and Energy Transition Research Centre. This will enable the program to leverage research worth an estimated $4.7 million over 5 years.

The research program focuses on understanding unconventional onshore gas reservoir behaviour and its environmental footprint. This requires developing suitable modelling techniques and workflows. An important goal of this program is to grow professional and technical capability for the growing unconventional gas industry in Australia and enable UQ graduates from this program to support this industry globally.

Postdoctoral Fellows Dr Vahab Honari,  Dr Sebastian Horning and Dr Ayrton Ribeiro have joined the program to support research and grow the number of graduate students..

About Energi Simulation

Energi Simulation is an international, non-profit organisation that funds world-leading university research in oil and gas reservoir simulation, partnering with government and industry to support student education and research. It has appointed research chairs at 13 universities across the globe. The University of Queensland is home to the only Energi Simulation chair in Australia.

Energi Simulation's mandate is to investigate leading edge research and innovation in energy simulation. It promotes and funds university research in energy resource modelling with industry collaboration and technology transfer.

Recent research posters


The University of Queensland Gas and Energy Transition Research Centre is a collaboration between UQ and gas companies APLNG, Santos and Arrow Energy.

Natural gas plays a key role in transition to a low carbon future.



"Energi Simulation decided to initiate a Research Chair at The University of Queensland because of their highly functional organisation and the gas/LNG (liquefied natural gas) development infrastructure in the region. Their collaboration with the industry, government and other stakeholders to work towards unlocking the vast coal seam gas resources in Australia should bring tremendous social and economic benefits to the country."

- Mr Duke Anderson, President of Energi Simulation


"UQ and Energi Simulation is a partnership based on the common aspiration of creating excellent graduates to become future knowledge leaders for the energy industry."

- Professor Suzanne Hurter, Chair in Onshore Gas Modelling, The University of Queensland