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February 2020
6th Feb 2020 The Role of Compression in Natural Gas Production (Postponed to Feb)

The Role of Compression in Natural Gas Production

Presented by Adrian Cowan, CPEng MIEAust


Compression plays an integral part in the production and transmission of natural gas. Natural gas compressors create the low-pressure environment required to stimulate natural gas production from wells in the upstream gathering system and facilitate the high pressures required to transport gas via pipelines. This talk explores deliverability of natural gas wells, their response to reducing bottom hole flowing pressure and the role of compression in maximizing production. An overview of the types, makes and models of compressors used in Australia will be provided along with an understanding of the principles governing their performance.

In natural gas gathering applications, maintaining the lowest possible suction pressure can provide a significant production advantage. As fields fluctuate and, over time, decline, compressor optimization should be done on a regular basis in order to minimize suction pressure, maximize throughput and maintain high levels of overall fleet utilization.


Adrian Cowan, CPEng MIEAust

Adrian Cowan is an engineer and Manager, Engineering Services for Detechtion Technologies in Australia. Responsible for driving economic return to producers of natural gas through his experience and knowledge of compression, Adrian holds relationships and customer service in high regards alongside technical accuracy.

Adrian began his oil and gas engineering career with a fast rising junior producer, Berkana Energy Corp. Splitting his time between the Calgary head office and Rimbey field office, Adrian was responsible for the daily operation of a selection of producing assets over a twelve-month period that saw Berkana double its daily production.

A move to Detechtion Technologies, specialists in compressor optimization, in 2008, allowed Adrian to feed his passion for high-powered machines garnered from racing go-karts through adolescence. Responsible for managing a client portfolio with compressors fleets from 1 to 350, Adrian excelled in his role and moved to Brisbane, Australia in 2010 to open the Australian office for Detechtion Technologies as Operations Manager.

Adrian is a certified instructor of Detechtion’s Reciprocating and Rotary Compressor courses. In his spare time, he enjoys indulging in his triathlon pursuits and spending time with his young family.

18th Feb 2020 Managing Innovation and New Technologies in the Upstream Oil & Gas Industry

Managing Innovation and New Technologies in the Upstream Oil & Gas Industry


Course Overview

The upstream oil and gas industry has become more technology-intensive over the years, and the pace of technological change within the sector is accelerating.  But how should an organization manage the development, deployment, and use of new innovations that are emerging within the industry?  Designed by the researcher behind both of the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Global Innovation Surveys, this course gives participants an awareness of how innovation and R&D happen within the sector and, by teaching them how to apply a broad range of tools, shows them how they can get better results from their organization’s innovation-related activities.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will:


  • Develop an appreciation for the role of innovation in the success of oil & gas firms
  • Understand the industry-specific challenges of R&D in the oil & gas industry
  • Know how to be innovative even in a low-price or turbulent environment
  • Understand “open innovation,” and know a few ways that they can become open innovators who successfully leverage innovations and good ideas from other organizations and industries
  • Know how to articulate the potential value of oil & gas technologies, and to recognize the limitations of different valuation methods
  • Understand how innovation can help the oil & gas industry to survive and compete in a carbon-constrained world
  • Develop an appreciation for how digital technologies like Big Data, cloud computing, Internet of Things, blockchain, etc. are changing the competitive dynamics of the sector
  • Understand how/why dominant designs emerge in the marketplace, but not always (and the market conditions that typically give rise to each scenario)
  • Know how to connect your technology strategy to the larger strategic aims of your organization
  • Know how organizational designs impact innovation processes, thereby helping them to design organizations that are more innovative and successful in managing novel technologies
  • Understand tools and approaches for managing and tracking new product development and their organization’s R&D portfolio



Who Should Attend?

This course is appropriate for anyone who is connected to the innovation-related aspects of their organization, who works in decision-making roles that are frequently impacted by the emergence of new technologies, or who wants to play a role in creating a more innovative environment within their business.  No prior experience or training in this area is required for this course.

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March 2020
19th Mar 2020 CSG Solids Production in Queensland – How, Why and Strategies to Manage

CSG Solids Production in Queensland – How, Why and Strategies to Manage

Customs House

Thursday, 19th March 2020

8:30am – 5:00pm

Workshop followed by networking drinks



CSG solids production heavily impacts the operations and workover budgets of multiple companies operating in Queensland. This workshop is an opportunity for operators, innovative technology providers and researchers to discuss the issues, share ideas and propose potential solutions for the benefit of the Queensland CSG industry.


Workshop outline

Introduction       Set the Scene: Problem definition and the importance of finding solutions.


Session 1: Fines Production in the Surat Basin – the Geological Perspective

The session provides geological context of fines producing strata and petrophysical characterisation attempting to predict fines producing horizons. The session further provides an overview of geochemical and geomechanical studies undertaken to identify both the root cause of fines production and potential subsurface mitigation strategies.

Session Lead: Thomas Flottmann (Origin Energy)


Session 2: Drilling and Completions Practices to Prevent Solids Production

This session covers the advantages and disadvantages of open hole completions and the capex/opex trade-off; case histories, productivity and reserves concerns in cased, cemented fractured wells; ways to remediate existing wells with pre-perforated liners; and suggestions for new well completions.

Session Lead: Daniel Kalinin (Schlumberger)


Session 3:  Pump Mechanics

The session will cover the challenges imposed by solids to the lift system, and different strategies to pump solids efficiently while maximizing pump life. Additionally, there will be an analysis of completion accessories that could help extend the life of the system.

Session Lead: Mauricio Antoniolli (Weatherford)


Session 4:   Workover Efficiency and Pre-emptive Workover Activities

The session provides strategic plans to manage workover failures caused by solids production affecting the artificial lift system, to improve workover efficiency or Mean Time to Failure (MTTF). Additionally, management of pre-emptive workovers to capture failures in advance, reducing mean time to return, will be addressed.

Session Lead: Maryam Vahmani (Origin Energy)


Solutions brainstorm: Consolidate solutions.


Session format

Each session will consist of 3-5 short, sharp presentations to introduce material to stimulate discussion. This will be followed by round-table discussions (flip charts provided) and brief presentation of key points back to the group.



Attendance at this event will be limited. Please send 1-3 representatives from your company to ensure good variety of attendance from across the Queensland industry.

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