Annual Petroleum Open Day explores energy security role of WA's oil and gas

Petroleum 2020 - the future of petroleum in Western Australia
Date: Thursday, 21 September 2017

The future of Western Australia’s petroleum security was put under the spotlight at the annual Petroleum Open Day held last week.

Hosted by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s (DMIRS) Petroleum Division, the open day was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Perth.

Attracting more than 200 delegates, the event provided insights to the department’s vision for petroleum and legislative reform.

DMIRS Executive Director Petroleum Jeff Haworth said energy security is at the top of the national agenda and Western Australia will likely take the lead on securing future supply.

“The department has been working on a legislative reform that will streamline and modernise regulatory provisions to better reflect developments in the petroleum, CO2 geosequestration and geothermal industries,” Mr Haworth said.

“With the national focus on energy security we are investigating strategies that will secure gas supply for our State by improving efficiencies and identifying opportunities.

“Western Australia has a stringent, multi-agency approvals process which ensures potential environmental impacts of mining and petroleum activities are carefully considered before activity can begin.

In addition to presentations from senior DMIRS staff, an extensive poster display and exhibits by Pawsey supercomputing centre, Australian Marine Complex (AMC), Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA), National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), Western Australian Energy Research Alliance (wa:era) and Geoscience Australia, along with IT sessions for the Western Australian Petroleum and Geothermal Information Management System (WAPIMS) and the Petroleum Gateway, were on show.

Some of the major presentations included:

  • Vision for Petroleum 2020, Jeff Haworth, Executive Director Petroleum, DMIRS
  • Towards 2020, Simon Ridge, Executive Director Resources Safety, DMIRS
  • Waitsia/Senecio Project, Dr Suzanne Hunt, Manager Engineering and Development, AWE
  • Tubridgi gas storage, Jon Cleary, General Manager Commercial, Dampier Bunbury Pipeline
  • Panel Discussion on Energy Security mediated by Tom Baddeley, Santos

The event was officially opened by Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston MLA.

The full program of events and further information is available on our website.