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Keynote Speakers

  • Kylie Cochrane
    Global Lead + Chairperson, Aurecon + International Association for Public Participation

    The case for greater community participation in the design of oil and gas infrastructure projects
  • Rob Gardner
    Manager, Economics & Energy Division Corporate Strategic Planning Department, Exxon Mobil Corporation

    The Outlook for Energy: A global view of energy demand and supply through to 2040
  • Brian Sullivan
    Executive Director, IPIECA

    The role of the oil and gas sector in helping the world meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Breakfast Speakers

  • Maryjane Waru
    Iwi Affiliations: Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti KurīA Te Ao Maori perspective for marine mammal observers of seismic survey vessels: A guide to a better understanding of kaupapa, future aspirations and expectations with offshore projects
  • Dennis Barnes
    Chief Executive Officer, Contact Energy

    The importance of valuing and supporting diversity in the workplace

Environment Leaders Panel


Community, Commercial, and Regulatory

Dr. Kate Bromfield
Elemental Group
Options for NZ Offshore Oil and Gas Structures at the End of Field Life – What the Science is Telling Us

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June Cahill
Manager Eez Applications
Lessons and Learnings from Discharge Consents: an EPA View

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Gemma Couzens
Senior Analyst
Ministry For The Environment
New Zealand Government presentation on offshore decommissioning

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Dr. Giacomo Giorli
Marine Mammal Acoustician
Cook Strait’s Soundscape: monitoring ambient, enthropogenic and biological sounds using passive acoustics

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Dan Govier
Technical Discipline Manager
SLR Consulting
Pre & Post-Drill Environmental Monitoring Programmes in the Taranaki Basin & Seabed Recovery

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Dr. Chris Hollis
Principal Scientist
GNS Science
Deliberative discussions on petroleum exploration

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Mei Fern Johnson
Russell McVeagh
Everybody needs good neighbours: learnings from the Trans-Tasman Resources application for overlapping interests

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Dr. Alison Lane
Technical Director
ERM New Zealand Ltd
Defining “Certainty” – Meeting EEZ Act information requirements for undefined activities

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Daniel Leeman
Senior Reservoir Engineer
Barque, Canterbury Basin – Paths to Market in a Frontier Region, Are there any?

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Brigid McArthur
Greenwood Roche
The role of the Overseas Investment Act in the regulatory approvals process for a new acquisition or new entrant: conflicting or compatible regulatory settings?

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Jonathan Perry
Managing Partner
Managing non-technical risks and impacts in the oil and gas sector; why, when and how

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Dr. Katharina Ruckstuhl & Dr Lyn Carter
University Of Otago
Ka Runaka Expectations for Oil and Gas Companies in East Otago

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Jono Weir
Principal Resource Analysis Advisor
New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals
Block Offer – five years in review
William Weir
ERM New Zealand Ltd
Your Employees are Human – What you need to know about human nature to improve safety culture

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Dr. Suzanne Bull
Seismic Interpreter
GNS Science
Tectonic controls on sedimentation in the southern Taranaki Basin during the Miocene and implications for the distribution of reservoir and seal rocks

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Alan Clare
OMV NZ Limited
Sediment supply and distribution in a slope basin province –  East Coast Basin of New Zealand

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Nick Cozens
Senior Geologist
Tag Oil (NZ) Ltd
Cardiff.  Our natural laboratory; what have we learned from past and present exploration?

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Scott Dodge
Director & Principal
Virtual Petrophysics
Pore Typing A Tight Gas Sand Reservoir – The Mangahewa

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Bee Jik Lim
Area Geophysicist
Integration of high efficiency marine seismic acquisition and modern processing technology – enhanced data interpretability of prospects in Pegasus basin

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Dr. Karen Higgs
GNS Science
Provenance and quality of Cretaceous reservoir sandstones in Canterbury and Great South basins: what do we know and where do we go?

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Ben Hines
PhD Student
Victoria University
The East Coast Basin, one of the last frontiers – insights from geochemistry and basin modelling
Prof. Peter Kamp
University of Waikato
Review of East Coast Basin (North Island) structure and development: New insights from integration of thermochronology data with regional geology

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Dr. Karsten Kroeger
Basin Modeller
GNS Science
A new 3D model predicts gas generation, migration and hydrate formation in Pegasus Basin
Daniel Leeman
Senior Reservoir Engineer
What’s it like to be saturated and near-critical in Taranaki? A fluid perspective on Geology.

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Dr. Mike Martin
Subsurface Team Lead
Westside Corporation
A further attempt to maximise value from the Manutahi oilfield – a small operator’s perspective

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Jan Mayer
Exploration Geologist
OMV New Zealand Ltd
Regional Charge Evaluation of the Taranaki Basin – new insights from an integrated study

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Joko Miharwatiman
New Zealand Oil & Gas
The 4 Ws of CO2 in the Canterbury Basin: When and Why did it form, Where did it come from and What does it mean for prospectivity?
Brendon Mitchell
Senior Geophysicist
Todd Energy
2017 Mangahewa 3D seismic: Realising the benefits of high fold 3D seismic in a challenging acquisition environment.

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Nick Mortimer
GNS Science
A revised basement geological map of Taranaki Basin, New Zealand

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Tom Paten
Project Geoscientist
Rapid 3D Prospectivity Screening of the Outboard Taranaki Basin

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Richard Sykes
Principal Scientist
GNS Science
Diamondoids shine new light on the maturities and charge histories of oil and gas in Taranaki and other New Zealand basins

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Christopher Uruski
Post-mortem on Romney-1 – What next?

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Jono Weir
Principal Resource Analysis Advisor
New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals
Prospectivity in the Great South and Canterbury basins: new insights from taking a play-based approach to a frontier region


Alexander Wunderlich
Exploration Geologist
OMV New Zealand Ltd
The Manaia Moki Discovery – A great surprise

Technology & Engineering

Nick Allison
Mechanical Engineer
OSD Limited
Applying technology and the digital oilfield approach to rapidly optimise gathering system design.
Russell Byfield
Advanced Solutions Manager

Optimising Profitability and Safety in Upstream Oil & Gas
Gareth Campbell
Marketing Manager
Stats Group

Effective use of Double Block and Bleed Technologies for Pipeline Repair and Maintenance

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Colin Finnegan
New Zealand Well Engineering Manager
Planning requirements and timeline for an optimised offshore drilling project start-up
Dr. Miko Fohrmann
Exploration Geophysicist
OMV NZ Limited

The value of applying innovative technologies: Overview of the Nikau 3D MSS

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Dr. Stuart Gordon
General Manager
Tagging Inspection Data with Map Coordinates: Visualising Asset Integrity in 3D

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Terje Hauan Interwell
Commercial Manager
A new disruptive technology for future well P&A.
Peter Jackson
Senior Systems Engineer
Ecl Engineering Control
Managing Cyber Security Risk in the Oil & Gas Sector

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Zoë Juniper
Masters Student
University Of Canterbury
Risk Assessment of the Petroleum Production and Exploration Sector to Volcanic Hazards in the Taranaki Region, New Zealand

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Mitchell Kelly
Senior Completions Engineer
OMV New Zealand
Pioneering in Offshore Well – Recovery of compromised 24″ conductor and implications for end of field life

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Niel Kritzinger
Process Technology Lead
Fluor Australia
A Case Study in Monetising New Zealand Gas to Produce Methanol with CO2 Capture and Recycle

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Chai McConnell
Principal Consultant

Making Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) work in New Zealand? Global lessons on challenges and solutions to the CCS business case

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Mahendra Pardeshi
Senior Technical Professional
Perforating Through Liquid WellLock® Resin to Seal a Micro Annulus
Dr. Khalil Rahman
Geomechanics Advisor
Baker Hughes, A GE company
Hydraulic Fracturing: What Do We Do often Wrong and What Could We Do Better?

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Jeff Smit
Deta Consulting
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa Generation Project: A case study of a first-in-NZ turbine generation installation using geothermal methane at a renowned tourism location

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Dr. Josh Whitcombe
Operations Support Manager
Westside Corporation
Use of gas lift to extend the production life of an onshore field in the Taranaki Basin

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