Petroleum Well Regulation in Queensland
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Wed 16th Sep 2020
12 noon 1 and a half hours 16th Sep 2020 10:00 AM

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Michael Scott - RSHQ


Michael has been Principal Inspector Wells at the Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate since November 2018.   Michael studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Queensland and then went on to complete his PhD in Aerospace Engineering in 2005.  In the same year Michael joined QGC as a petroleum engineer having previously spent time working at Santos.   In his time at QGC he worked in a variety of different areas including production engineering, reservoir engineering and production enhancement, predominately focused on QGC’s Surat Basin CSG acreage.  In 2012 he joined Senex Energy working in production and completions roles, where his most recent position was as the Production Engineering Manager with his team being responsible for both Cooper Basin oil and gas assets as well as Surat Basin CSG.  Michael is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), has co-authored several SPE papers and has a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training.


The Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate (PGI) is responsible for administering Queensland’s safety and health regulatory framework for activities ranging from petroleum extraction through to household and commercial use.  The PGI conducts an annual program of work as part of its risk-based compliance program.  This is achieved through three proactive activities (engagement, inspections, audits) and three reactive activities (response to enquiries, complaints, incidents). This presentation will cover the regulation of petroleum wells in Queensland predominately focussing on the proactive activities conducted during the 2019/20 financial year.  While this program covered a broad range of topics there was an emphasis on well integrity management and well abandonment.  The results from this work will be discussed along with an outline of future planned work. 

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