Together with the International Energy Agency (IEA), the UQ Centre for Coal Seam Gas and UQ Energy Initiative are co-hosting the 5th IEA Unconventional Gas Forum (UG Forum) in Brisbane on Friday 24 February 2017.
The UG Forum is part of the IEA’s overall global engagement in its World Energy Outlook series. The Forum will cover key issues of interest to both producers of unconventional gas and the communities in which they are located as well as those with a stake in the outlook for LNG as sellers or buyers.
Overall, the forum aims to share lessons and promote an informed dialogue on operational best practices, regulatory action and implications of unconventional gas development.
It was established by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2012 and there have been four previous forums in France, Canada, China and Argentina with the same objective: To gather a wide range of stakeholders from governments, international bodies, industry, non-governmental organisations and academia from across the world.
To encourage free and open dialogue, the forum is held according to the Chatham House Rule, meaning that participants are free to use the information received, but not reveal the affiliation of any speaker or participant.
The Hon. Matthew Canavan MP, Federal Minister for Resources & Northern Australia, will be giving the opening address, followed by Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency.
Participation in the UG Forum is by invitation only, however, the opening and welcome addresses from 9.00-9.30 are open to the media. The opening program does not allow questions, but the Minister would be available for doorstop style questions from journalists after his address.
The event takes place in Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 9.00 to 18.00.