The International Energy Agency (IEA) is tasked annually with constructing future energy demand scenarios at a global level and examining possible impacts on the world’s economies and greenhouse gas emissions – the IEA, World Energy Outlook.
On 24 February 2017, The University of Queensland, Centre for Coal Seam Gas and the UQ Energy Initiative, co-hosted the 5th IEA Unconventional Gas Forum at the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre.
The forum was attended by over 75 delegates from 15 countries, including USA, Japan, United Kingdom, India, Norway, China, Indonesia, Argentina and Canada.
Its aim was to discuss and exchange experiences within unconventional gas development, in particular coalbed methane (CSG) across jurisdictions, with a view to informing future outlooks. Participants were invited by the IEA from member organisations.
Topics discussed varied from covering the IEA’s so-called “Golden Rules” for gas developments including socio-economic and environmental experiences.
Delegates also shared views of international implications due to the forecast rise of global demand for natural gas and the increasing share of trade that unconventional gas is forecast to take. The global LNG trade is also rapidly expanding and its dynamic changing, which has significant implications for Australia.
The Hon Matt Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, and Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, opened the day of dialogue, held as is the tradition under Chatham House Rule.
Warming up to the conference, over 20 participants went on a site visit the day before to the Australia Pacific LNG Condabri CSG field and water treatment facility to experience a large, modern coalbed methane field in action.
The Minister for State Development & Minister for Natural Resources & Mines, Queensland Government, Hon Dr Anthony Lynham later spoke of Queensland’s experiences, challenges and aspirations at the delegates’ dinner.