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Opportunities and Advancements in Coal Bed Methane in the Asia Pacific

12-13 February 2015
Brisbane, Australia
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Make plans to attend an AAPG GTW to be held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 12-13 February 2015. Brisbane is the centre of the world’s first CBM-LNG projects amounting to over $60 billion of investment. These developments include a wide variety of geology, production and water management practices across the Permian Bowen Basin and Cretaceous Surat Basin Coals. Almost 40 tcf of 2P reserves are now under development (increased almost 10 fold in under 8 years) with over 6,500 wells drilled to date, rising to 25,000 by 2025. 

The aim of the workshop is to provide an initial overview of CBM opportunities in the Asia Pacific and to share and examine recent technological advancements in geological understanding and in key engineering practices which are emerging from around the region. The workshop program will comprise 5 main sessions.

Who should attend?

Geoscientists, petroleum and well engineering professionals engaged in CBM/CSG exploration, appraisal, development and production for coal bed methane; researchers and academics in coal geology and hydro-geology, production technologists and reservoir modellers.

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Additional Opportunities
NOTE: These are organised by the University of Queensland.

Wednesday 11th February; subject to the level of interest:

  • One-Day Course - Wednesday 11 February 2015

    CBM Stimulation- What Every Geoscientist Should Know about Fracturing Design, Execution, and Evaluation for CBM reservoirs!

    Dr Ray Johnson, (UQ Hon. Fellow and Principal at Unconventional Reservoir Solutions)

    The University of Queensland in conjunction with Dr Ray Johnson, may offer a one day course  “CBM Stimulation- What Every Geoscientist Should Know about Fracturing Design, Execution, and Evaluation for CBM reservoirs!”

    Course Outline: The course is intended for geoscientists involved in CBM exploration, appraisal and development or for other professionals transitioning to CBM having experience in other formations. The course would cover:

    • Geomechanics in CSG/CBM reservoirs and key data collection
    • Permeability systems in CSG/CBM reservoirs
    • Inputs required for successful hydraulic fracture modelling and planning
    • Strategies and equipment required for implementation
    • Limitations and uses of current hydraulic fracturing diagnostics and evaluation techniques.
    • Review of integrated case studies from a team perspective (e.g., geologist, production technologist, reservoir engineer)
  • Field Trip - Wednesday 11 February 2015

    It is intended to hold a field excursion to either a mine site or Coal Seam Gas (CSG/CBM) producing field in the Surat Basin.

    Interested parties should contact Ms Julijana Rajkovic before 15 December 2014. Fee and payment details to come soon.

Preliminary Program
Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Icebreaker cocktail

Customs House

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Welcome Coffee

Customs House, Long Room foyer

Session 1: Introductions and Regional Overviews

Chairs : Andrew (Alf) Garnett, University of Queensland, Name TBC

Welcome and Formalities

Andrew (Alf) Garnett, Convenor, University of Queensland

An Overview of Australian CSG Development

CBM Potential and Current Realisation in Indonesia

Michael Bowe, Ephindo Energy, Indonesia

An Overview of CBM Development in China

Coffee Break

Session 2: Understanding the Complexity of CBM Plays

Chairs : Peter McCabe, University of Adelaide and Stephen Kelemen, Santos

Learn from the Past: Economic Production of Coal Seam Gas

John Pope, Welldog, Australia

Unlocking the CBM Potential in Sanga Sanga

Cecilia Damayanti, Glenn Orr, Vico, Indonesia

Visualising Sweet Spots On 2D Seismic Data Through 3D Volume Interpretation Techniques - CBM Case Study In Botswana

Ralf Oppermann, OPPtimal Resource Solutions Pty Ltd, Australia and Michael Scherer, Sasol Petroleum International, UK

Evaluating dynamic behaviour of a complex In-Situ gas composition from a coal seam reservoir – A case study from Fairview Early Permian East coals

Gerardo Falcon, Santos Australia


Modelling Considerations and Correlation of the Walloon Coal Measures, Surat Basin, Australia

Mike Martin, Jenny Morris, QGC Australia

Predicting Coal Connectivity in an Extremely Heterogeneous Sedimentary System; a Case Study of the Jurassic Walloon Coal Measures, Surat Basin Australia

Zana Williams, Leon Erriah, Kat Norman, Colin Zimmer, QGC Australia

Session 3: Characterising Complex Coal and Interburden Geology  

Chairs: Joan Esterle, University of Queensland, Name TBC

Application of Hyperspectral Core Logging for Coal Mineral Characterisation in CSG Reservoirs

Natalya Taylor, Joan Esterle, Sandra Rodrigues, School of Earth Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia, Frank Honey, Ronell Carey, Corescan Pty Ltd., Australia

Log Data Used to Predict Coal Reservoir Permeability: A Case Study from the Yanchannan CBM Field, China

Ke Liu, Xiaoming Wang, Sidong Pan, Faculty of Earth Resources, China University of Geosciences; Xingjin Wang, China University of Geosciences, University of Queensland and Austar Gas Pty Ltd, Australia and Zhenghua Jing, University of Queensland, Australia

The Endogenetic Fracture Characteristic and Its Indication on Permeability of Coal Seam 2 Reservoir in Yanchuannan CBM Field, Southeastern Ordos Basin, China

Shihui Hou,, Xiaoming Wang, Sidong Pan, Min Wu, Faculty of Earth Resources, China University of Geosciences; Xingjin Wang, China University of Geosciences, University of Queensland and Austar Gas Pty Ltd, Australia

Coffee Break

Towards Multiscale Multiphysical Modelling of Unconventional Gas Reservoirs

Huilin Xing,  Jinfang Gao, Yan Liu, Quanshu Li, Zhiting Han, Qin Li, Fei Ren, Jie Yi, Steve Tyson and Hans Muhlhaus Centre for  Geoscience Computing (GeoComp), School of Earth Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia

Permeability Measurement in Coals and the Importance of Stress Path

Ian Gray, Sigra Pty Ltd; Australia

Advances in Coal Bed Methane Logging Evaluation

Sun Jian-Meng, Wang Hai-Qing, Cui Li-Kai, Yan Wei-Chao, Geoscience and Technology Institute, China University of Petroleum, (East China)

Laboratory Experiments At Reservoir Pressure And Temperature Of The Biogenic Methane Potential Of Coal Seam Reservoirs

L.D. Connell , N. Lupton , R. Sander , M. Camilleri, D. Heryanto, D. Down, CSIRO Energy, Australia

Delegate Dinner, Marriott Hotel, Brisbane

Friday, 13 February 2015

Welcome Coffee

Customs House, Long Room foyer

Session 4: Advances in Well Completion & Stimulation Techniques

Chairs: Zhang Suian, China University of Petroleum, Xinjin Wang, University of Queensland/Austar Gas Pty Ltd

Is it the Geological Environment, Engineering Skill or Luck that Differentiates the Success of Hydraulic Fracturing in Australian Coal Seam Gas Projects?

Ray Johnson, Unconventional Reservoir Solutions Pty Ltd, Australia

Enhancement Of CBM Production By Integrating Reservoir Natures Into Pumping Design

Xinjin Wang, Austar Pty Ltd; Australia

Research and Application of Super Low Concentration Guar Gum Facturing Fluid system in Coalbed Methane Wells

Liu Yuting; Liang Li; Guan Baoshan; Liu Ping; Jiangwei. Petrochina, China

Concurrent In-Situ Measurement of Permeability, Gas Content And Gas Saturation

Quentin Morgan, Welldog, Australia

New Evidence Indicating Fracture Development In Coal Reservoirs Using Hydraulic Fracturing Curves: A Case Study In Yanchuannan CBM Field

Wenhui Wua, Xiaoming Wang, Sidong Pan, Shihui Hou, Faculty of Earth Resources, China University of Geosciences, University, Xingjin Wang, University of Geosciences, China, University of Queensland and Austar Gas Pty Ltd, Australia

Coffee Break

Review And Outlook on Technologies of Well and Completion for CBM In China

Shen Ruichen, Wang Zijian, Qiao Lei, Wang Kailong and He Aiguo, CNPC, China

Session 5: Characterising, Predicting and Managing Produced Water 

Chairs : Jim Underschultz, University of Queensland Wal Muir, PESA

Sedimentological and Hydrostratigraphic Characterisation of the Springbok Sandstone

Rachel Kieft, Sam Guiton, James Churchill, Robert Webber, QCG Australia

Hydrochemical Evolution Of Coal Seam Gas Groundwaters And Implications For Inter-Aquifer Connectivity: Examples From The Clarence-Moreton And Surat Basins

Matthias Raiber, Tao Cui, David Rassam, Sreekanth Janardhanan, CSIRO Land and Water, Australia

Characterising The Hutton Sandstone In The North-Eastern Surat Basin

Sam Guiton, Rachel Kieft, James Churchill, and Christine Sheerin, QGC Australia


Monitoring Aquifer Integrity In A Multi-Zone Environment – A Fit-For-Purpose Single-Trip Solution

Mike Wayne, Welldog, Australia

Groundwater Balance Research to Improve the Accuracy of Drawdown Predictions in the Surat Basin, Queensland

Lucy Reading, Greg Keir, Neil McIntyre, Josh Larsen, University of Queensland, Australia

Characterisation Of Organic Compounds That Could Potentially Leach From Coal Under Field-Simulated Conditions During CSG Development

Mauricio Taulis, William Stearman, Queensland Institute of Technology, Australia

Session 6: Grand Challenges and Close Out

With Coffee Break

Syndicate Sessions : CBM “Grand Challenges"

Syndicate Feedback

Best Paper(s) and Closing Comments

Poster Presetations

The Impacts of Clays in the Walloon Subgroup: Production and Aquifers

Ian Troth, Robert Webber, Rachel Kieft, Kris Jewett and Heidi Sutton, QGC Australia

Insights into the regional sedimentary organisation of the Walloon Subgroup, Surat Basin

Daren Shields and Joan Esterle, University of Queensland

Reserves Estimation and Influences on Coal Seam Gas Productivity in Eastern Australian Basins

Bruce McConachie, Peter Stanmore, Michael Creech, Lucas McLean Hodgson, Anargul Kushkarina and Edward Lewis, SRK Consulting, Australia

Optimising Production through Novel PCP Life Enhancement & Wireless Monitoring Technologies

(Quentin Morgan) Welldog, Australia

Using innovations in managed aquifer recharge to improve coal seam gas water management.

Shaun Kies, University of Queensland, Australia

Exploration and Development technologies of Coalbed Methane in Qinshui Basin of Shanxi Province, China

Zhang Yongping  Yang Yanhui  Cui Jinbang  Yang yanlei  Chen longwei, Petrochina, China

A Farm and Industry Economic Evaluation of the Use of Coal Seam Water in Agriculture: A Case Study of Chinchilla District, Queensland

David Monckton, University of Queensland, Australia

Understanding Permeability Controls in The Surat Basin – Structure, Stress and Natural Fractures

Colin Zimmer, Robert Webber, Justine Masson and Graham Hicks, QGC Australia

Measurements of Gas-Liquid Relative Permeability of Queensland Coals

Lei Ge, Chawarwan Khan, Thomas E. Rufford, Victor Rudolph, University of Queensland, Australia

Challenges of Solids Management in Thinly Bedded Coal Seam Gas Reservoirs

Abbas Khaksar, Baker Hughes, Australia

Coal Bed-methane Reservoir Simulation Study

Chawarwan Khan, Lei Ge, Shilo Mahoney, Tom Rufford, Victor Rudolph, Karen Steel, Brian, Towler and Vahab, Honari, University ofQueensland, Australia

Stratigraphic Forward Modelling through the Surat Basin: testing controls on the basal unconformity of the Springbok Fm

V. Bianchi, J. Esterle and T. Salles, University of Queensland Earth Science School, Australia

Prediction of  Seals Performance For CSG Production Impact Assessment

Jim Underschulz, University of Queensland, Australia

Studies on Mechanism of Coal Powder Suspending Agent and Evaluation of its Performance

Liang Li; Liu Yuting; Guan Baoshan; Liu Ping; Jiangwei, Petrochina, Chia

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Andrew Garnett Convenor Director, Centre for Coal Seam Gas
The University of Queensland
Zhang Suian Director, Coalbed Methane Research Centre
China University of Petroleum, Beijing
Tennille Mares Geologist, Santos Ltd.
Joan Esterle Chair of Coal Geoscience
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Queensland
Adrienne Pereira AAPG Asia Pacific Region Programs Manager
Fei Ren Coalbed Methane Research Centre
China University of Petroleum, Beijing
Peter J. McCabe South Australian State Chair of Petroleum Geology
Australian School of Petroleum
The University of Adelaide
Xingjin Wang Honorary Professor at UQ
Managing Director, Austar Gas Pty Ltd., NSW
Tim A. Moore Cipher Consulting Ltd., Brisbane
Wal Muir President, PESA Queensland, Brisbane
Abeer Abeer Al Zubaidi AAPG Middle East Office Director +971 4 372 4201 +971 4 372 4204
Jeremy Jeremy Richardson AAPG Europe Office Director +44 (0)207 434 1399 +44 (0)207 434 1386
Adrienne Adrienne Pereira AAPG Asia Pacific Region Programs Manager +65 96536728

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