Unconventional Gas resources are expected to steer the future of the energy sector in the coming years.

Following on the huge success of its Unconventional Gas conference in March, SAE Media Group’s 3rd bi-annual Unconventional Gas 2010 conference on the 27th & 28th of Sep, will be gathering project experts from all across the globe to focus on your unconventional gas production challenges and discuss practical strategies that can help reduce costs and maximise the potential of your business. 
Make sure you join us at Europe’s largest and most prestigious unconventional Gas conference that will provide you with all the essential knowledge and strategies needed to solidify your position in the Unconventional Gas market.  




Please click below to view the highlights of the March Unconventional Gas conference

 Here is a selection of interviews recorded at the March Unconventional Gas conference:

Anthony Bishop Interview Anthony Bishop
CFO/Company secretary,
Molopo Australia
Anthony joined Molopo in September 2008.  Mr. Bishop has over 17 years experience in the energy and finance industries.  His areas of expertise comprise mergers and acquisitions, financial markets, and finance Click here to gain access
James Elston Interview James Elston CEO, Realm Energy James has 19 years of broad ranging oil and gas experience in industry, banking and consulting. He has worked with the founders of Realm Energy - a European focussed Shale Player - since May 2009 Click here to gain access
James Hill Interview James Hill Vice President of Exploration,
BNK Petroleum
Mr. Hill started his career in geology when he joined the US Ge

In summary, this unique 2 day conference will help you:

  • Understand the key strategies required to fully utilise the potential of unconventional gases
  • Improve your operations and still reduce operational costs with the use of effective front edge technologies
  • Learn from fellow operators about successes and mistakes made in building unconventional gas reserves
  • Develop project excellence within your teams by adopting best practices from leading industry expert

Feedback from SMi's past Unconventional Gas conferences:

 "Very informative conference. Excellent speakers!"
Jean-Paul Bellorini, Unconventional New Business Manager
, Total

 “Great spread between micro and macro issues" 
                 Willem Smuts, Exploration Manager, Lengau Resources

“All the presentations very interesting, all the speakers were very good” 
                Alda Muttoni
, Exploration Manager, ENI E & P

“Excellent topics, relevant to current interest in CBM, good networking opportunities”
               Alistair McIntyre
, Project Manager, Marathon International Petroleum

“Excellent cross section of talks”
               Stephen Jewell, Chief Operating Officer, Composite Energy Limited



  • CEOs
  • COOs
  • Managing Directors
  • Heads of Unconventional Gas
  • VPs and Heads of Exploration and Production
  • Geological Advisors
  • Project Advisors and Managers
  • Heads of Drilling
  • Commercial Managers

SMI's March 2010 conference attracted over 180 attendees, from organisations including:

Repsol YPF · BNK Petroleum · ENI · ExxonMobil International · Total · BG · Shell International · EON · GDF Suez · Nexen Petroleum · Green Gas · BP · Lengau Resources · Ashurst LLP · Barclays Capital · Hess Corporation · Silverston Energy · ConocoPhillips · Senergy · European Gas · Weatherford Laboratories · EDF · Dong Energy · Petroleum Development Oman · Composite Energy · Greenpark Energy · Surtron Technologies · Inflatable Packers · Toreador Resources · Scientific Drilling · Greenpark Energy · Surtron Technologies · Inflatable Packers · Toreador Resources · Scientific Drilling · Polymetra · Schlumberger ·  Halliburton

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

James Elston

James Elston, CEO, Realm Energy

9:10 Assessment of Unconventional Shale Gas plays in Europe

Jan Roelofsen

Jan Roelofsen, Geologist, Senior Product Manager, International E&P Data, IHS

  • Geological framework of the major shale gas plays in Europe
  • Issues around gas content and storage capacity in shale
  • Gas Resources estimates
  • Production potential in Europe using Unconventional gas analogues from the US
  • 9:50 Can Unconventional Gas be a game-changer for European gas markets?

    Florence Geny

    Florence Geny, Research Fellow, OIES

  • Gas Macro-dynamics and Global unconventional gas resources
  • Unconventional Gas players: globalisation of the sector, corporate strategic responses
  • Focus on Europe: supply scenarios and conditions for unconventional gas developments
  • Implications for European gas markets
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 CBM experience: Case Study by Reach Coal Seam Gas Limited

    Graham Dean

    Graham Dean, Managing Director, Reach Coal Seam Gas Limited

  • Critical Factors for CBM – understanding the key fundamental parameters
  • Benefitting from new tools for exploration and production
  • Water Management, environment and land access
  • Current challenges and future outlook
  • 11:30 CBM in the UK & Europe

    Andrew Gunning

    Andrew Gunning, CBM Operations Manager, Centrica

  • CBM activity by Centrica in the UK.
  • A review of recent industry wide CBM developments in Europe
  • Scope for innovation and technological development
  • 12:10 IGas Energy Plc’s Unconventional Gas activities

    Andrew Austin

    Andrew Austin, Chief Executive Officer, Igas Plc

  • CBM activities in the UK
  • Shale Gas projects
  • Plans for 2010 and ahead
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Sorgenia and Shale Gas

    Coen Leo

    Coen Leo , VP Exploration Europe , Sorgenia International

    The presentation will include information on the Sorgenia Group, the E&P assets,and its position and entry in Poland.
    The presentation will continue with Saponis Licence Position in Gas Shales, the Geology, the Work Programme and the status on Well Planning.


    14:40 Unconventional Gas in Italy – The Ribolla Basin

    Roberto  De Mattia

    Roberto De Mattia, General Manager Italy, Independent Resources plc

  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Finding the right mix
  • Lessons from Ribolla
  • 15:10 Inverted hydrocarbon density thermogenic systems, estimating resource and reserves volumes in the Eagle Ford and similar unconventional reservoirs

    Patrick Lowry

    Patrick Lowry, Director Dallas Consulting, RPS Energy

  • Eagle Ford and similar reservoirs have oil shallow and gas deep
  • Represent low permeability rocks where hydrocarbons have not migrated
  • Porosity is in organic matter and matrix; increase and decrease respectively with thermal maturity
  • Mineralogy plays a key role in fluid mobility; oil appears to be more mobile in Calcareous mudstones
  • Estimation of reservoir volume must consider changes in storage capacity and fluid properties with thermal maturity
  • 15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One followed by Afternoon Tea

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    James Elston

    James Elston, CEO, Realm Energy

    9:10 Shale Exploration for New Entrants in Europe

    James Elston

    James Elston, CEO, Realm Energy

  • Data access and legacy positions
  • Licensing, open door, rounds and competition
  • Services provision and developments
  • Markets / Infrastructure
  • Working programmes and economics
  • Financing exploration
  • 9:50 Geological controls on shale gas prospectivity and gas yield

    Mike Stephenson

    Mike Stephenson, Head of Science, Energy, British Geological Survey

  • Controls on UK shale gas prospectivity: some 'hot tips'
  • The Carboniferous play in northern England: primary geological controls on shale gas yield How similar are the British and US Carboniferous shale gas plays?
  • What more does the geological community need to do?
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Improving returns on tight gas

    Brian Gratto

    Brian Gratto, Manager Exploration Resource Assessment, Saudi Aramco

  • Applying the well performance mechanisms in tight gas reservoirs
  • Benefits of integrated asset modelling over traditional ‘carpet bombing’
  • Practical ways of increasing the overall asset efficiency in drilling, stimulation and logistics along with field surveillance and operations



  • 11:40 New Trends and Insights in North American Unconventional Gas Plays

    Ramona Hovey

    Ramona Hovey, Senior Vice President, Products and Services, DrillingInfo

    12:20 Wärtsilä Power Plant Concepts

    Marek  Sutkowski

    Marek Sutkowski , , Wartsila

  • Flexible Gas by Wire Solutions
  • High Efficiency
  • Combined Heat and Power Possibilities
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Aurelian Oil and Gas’s Tight Gas Project in Poland

    Joel Price

    Joel Price, Head of Petroleum Engineering , Aurelian Oil & Gas PLC

  • Tight Gas in the Rotligendes
  • Project Overview
  • MFHW application in Siekierki
  • Appraisal and Development Plan
  • Future possibilities
  • 14:30 EuroGas Unconventional Gas Project Updates

  • EuroGas’s Unconventional Gas Activities in the Western Ukrainian Region
  • Plans for 2010 and ahead
  • Wolfgang Rauball

    Wolfgang Rauball, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Eurogas

    Yuriy  Koltung

    Yuriy Koltung , , Eurogas

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Case Study by European Gas Limited

    Peter Cockroft

    Peter Cockroft, CEO, European Gas Limited

    16:20 Tight gas reservoir projects in the Netherlands

    Fred Van Hulten

    Fred Van Hulten, Geologist, EBN

  • Quick introduction to tight gas producing formations in the Netherlands  
  • Geological setting (gas fields in Rotliegend and Bunter)
  • Comparison of tight gas reservoir potential with other non-conventional resources in the country
  • Limited window of opportunity – aging infrastructure offshore
  • Brief quantification of reserves: update on tight gas reservoirs
  • Developments in the past few years
  • Research
  • Tax measures
  • Technical trends
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



    Statistical Approach to Evaluating Unconventional Resource Plays

    Statistical Approach to Evaluating Unconventional Resource Plays

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