Leading DMP staff at APPEA 2012
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DMP attends leading petroleum conference
Friday, 25 May 2012
Senior staff from the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) recently travelled to Adelaide for the annual Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Ltd (APPEA) Conference and Exhibition.
The event, which attracted more than 3,200 delegates from more than 30 countries, allowed the department to promote the WA petroleum industry to wide range of potential investors.
DMP Deputy Director General Approvals Tim Griffin and Executive Director of Petroleum Bill Tinapple attended the event, along with senior Petroleum Directors Alan Gooch, Jeff Haworth and Simon Skevington, and senior geologists Richard Bruce and Ameed Ghori.
“This year’s event was the biggest on record and proved to be a very successful initiative for the department,” Mr Tinapple said.
“Our main focus was to promote Western Australia’s sedimentary basins and the first acreage release for 2012, to attract investment in petroleum exploration and production, and I believe we achieved this with our information booth and networking.”
Senior geologist Richard Bruce also gave a presentation on the release at the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA) Deal Day held prior to the event.
Conference attendees were particularly interested in petroleum prospectivity in Western Australia, with data access, exploration and production regulation all hot topics.
Given the industry interest in shale gas exploration acreage, Mr Bruce and Mr Ghori spent most of the time at the department’s exhibition booth, offering advice to prospective explorers on WA’s petroleum opportunities.
“Delegates were pleased to learn about our recent petroleum acreage release and how they could apply, and there was a lot of interest in the areas on offer,” said Mr Ghori.
“Being able to speak face to face with operators allowed us to personally explain issues such as land access, geologic prospects and the types of geoscientific data available.
“It really demonstrated the department’s services well and why Western Australia is such a fantastic place to explore and invest.”
In summing up Mr Tinapple said the conference gave a comprehensive overview into the entire supply chain in today’s oil and gas industry and that Western Australia will continue to play a significant role in Australia’s petroleum industry for many years to come.
“If the projections about shale gas and oil potential that were discussed at the conference are right, this will provide another resource opportunity for WA,” he said.
Further information on the APPEA 2012 Conference and Exhibition is available at www.appeaconference.com.au