WA Petroleum Day 2018

WA Petroleum Day 2018 hosted by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), was held at the Hyatt Regency Perth on Friday 14 September 2018.
WA Petroleum Day 2018 Brochure

As Western Australia’s regulator for the resources sector, DMIRS holds the annual Petroleum Open Day to update industry on the latest news around policy, legislation and trends.

This year DMIRS took a broader look at the sector with the involvement of Commonwealth regulators, the National Offshore Petroleum Title Administrator (NOPTA), the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS). The event name was changed to WA Petroleum Day to reflect this expanded view.

The WA Petroleum Day program

The one-day program focused on national and state policy and regulatory directions, international safety trends and financial assurance.

There were plenary technical sessions hosted by Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) and an extensive technical poster exhibition with displays from Australian Marine Complex (AMC), National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA), Western Australian Energy Research Alliance (wa:era), PAWSEY supercomputing centre, Geoscience Australia, NOPSEMA, NOPTA, DIIS and DMIRS.

Throughout the day presentations were given by guest and DMIRS speakers. Topics included:

Presentation Presenter Organisation
Welcome and opening remarks Hon. Ben Wyatt MLA Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Energy; Aboriginal Affairs
Ensuring a sustainable resources sector for WA David Smith Director General, DMIRS
Pulse check on the petroleum industry in WA Jeff Haworth Executive Director, Geoscience and Resource Strategy Division
Commonwealth policy update Richard Niven Manager of Petroleum Development, DIIS
Review of policy and regulation in WA Karen Caple Acting Executive Director, Resource and Environmental Compliance Division
NOPTA update Roland Hamp Geotechnical Group Manager, NOPTA
Approaches to decommissioning regulation in WA Jason Medd Principal Policy Officer, Geoscience and Resource Strategy Division
International regulation trends Stuart Smith Chief Executive Officer, NOPSEMA
Geoscience Australia's petroleum program Tom Bernecker Geoscience Australia
Western Australia’s basin studies program Deirdre Brooks Manager Energy Geoscience, Geoscience and Resource Strategy Division
Assessing the diagenesis of northern Perth Basin Permian sandstone reservoirs using HyLogger spectral data Iain Copp Consultant Geologist, Geoscience and Resource Strategy Division
Canning and Carnarvon basins SEEBASE Charmaine Thomas Senior Geologist, Geoscience and Resource Strategy Division
South West Hub Carbon Capture Storage Project Dominique Van Gent Coordinator Carbon Strategy, Geoscience and Resource Strategy Division
Gorgon CO2 Injection Project Dr Sunil Varma Principal Petroleum Technologist, Resource and Environmental Compliance Division
Creating an interconnected gas gathering system for WA Nigel Hearne Managing Director, Chevron Australia


The presentation session was wrapped up with a panel discussion on 'The role of gas in WA’s future energy mix', facilitated by Ted Surette of KPMG Australia.

WA Petroleum Day 2018 Images
WA Petroleum Day 2018 Images
WA Petroleum Day 2018 Images
WA Petroleum Day 2018 Images

Pamphlets and posters from the event can be downloaded through the department’s eBookshop.

WA Petroleum Day Brochure - 6002 Kb

Brochure containing the program for the 2018 WA Petroleum Day

Registration for WA Petroleum Day 2019 on Friday 13 September 2019 is now available on our website.