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Opportunities and Advancements in Coal Bed Methane in the Asia Pacific

12-13 February 2015
Brisbane, Australia

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.


Sponsorship opportunities will be available. Check back for more information.

Additional Opportunities

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

  • Field Trip
    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.

  • One-Day Course
    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)
  1. Introduction & Regional Overviews
  2. An initial session will provide a series of brief overviews of CBM opportunities and activities in the region as well as an overview of common social-acceptance challenges faced by the industry, including land-use co-existence and fugitive emissions.
    (Prof. Garnett, Univ. Queensland, Director of Centre for Coal Seam Gas)

  3. Understanding the Complexity of CBM plays
  4. This session will examine a variety of CBM fields with emphasis on play complexity.  As most of the “easy to develop” plays have now been assessed and are in development, emphasis is turning to more unconventional plays.  Presentations in this session will include papers on play characterisation and field cases studies, examining lessons learned for future exploration and development.
    (Prof. McCabe, Univ. Adelaide, South Australian State Chair of Petroleum Geology)

  5. Characterising Complex Coal and Coal Inter-burden Geology
  6. This session will examine a variety of CBM-prone deposits with varying characteristics. The emphasis will be on heterogeneity and on advances in modelling and characterising these formation. Presentations will seek to highlight improvements in fundamental geological understanding, drivers of heterogeneity and in lateral prediction away from well control to better predict controls over properties, continuity and ultimately yields and flow.
    (Prof. Joan Esterle, Univ. Queensland, Vale Chair in Coal Geoscience)

  7. Advances in Well, Completion and Stimulation Technologies
  8. This session will seek to share case histories in well and production technologies with an emphasis on showing successful application across a range of coal and play types. Presentations will seek to highlight the relationship between technology choice and geology and to point to recent advances in improving production performance.
    (Prof. Zhang, China University of Petroleum, Director, CBM Research Centre)

  9. Characterising, Predicting and Managing Produced Water.
  10. This session will examine case studies and advancements in the prediction and management of produced water including disposal, opportunities for beneficial use and protection of overlying aquifers. Presentations will seek to highlight how water management issues can be best predicted in and how this key area of cost and concern can be improved.
    (Prof. J Underschultz, Univ. Queensland, CSG Chair in Petroleum Hydrodynamics)

Expressions of interest in participation in the workshop, including possible presentations consistent with one of the above themes, can be made to Adrienne Pereira, AAPG Asia Pacific,  Potential authors can submit a 400-600-word abstract and a 100-word CV by 20 October 2014 for consideration by the technical committee.  Abstracts submitted should have corporate approval and are submitted with the understanding that the Presenter will be present for the event.  Presenters need to register and pay for the GTW.  AAPG is not able to finance speaker travel.

Brisbane, Australia

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Sponsored By:


Andrew Garnett Convenor Director, Centre for Coal Seam Gas
The University of Queensland
Zhang Suian Director, Coalbed Methane Research Centre
China University of Petroleum
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
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.
Wal Muir PESA 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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