Nick Allison

Nick Allison’s engineering career spans manufacturing, aviation, and most recently the oil and gas industry, where he has worked as a mechanical engineer at OSD Limited for the past five years.

During his time at OSD, Nick has been involved in a variety of oil and gas pipeline projects, spending the majority of his time involved in large-scale upstream gathering projects being developed in central Queensland. While working on these projects, Nick has taken on a pivotal role in the development and implementation of the KEGS integrated design platform, aimed at delivering world-leading gathering system design.

Through his diverse experience, Nick has developed a dynamic and innovative approach to engineering design that provides continuous improvements to lean engineering solutions.

Dr. Kate Bromfield

Kate heads up the Elemental Environment team. She is an expert in environmental risk and risk communication and is experienced at facilitating clear communication across multiple disciplines. She has over 10 years’ experience in geology and environmental management in the Pacific. She enjoys scuba diving, and volunteers her time to ocean and coastal clean-up.

Options for NZ Offshore Oil and Gas Structures at the End of Field Life – What the Science is Telling Us

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Dr. Suzanne Bull

Suzanne is a petroleum geoscientist, having completed her PhD in 2009; she spent 4 years working in the UK oil and gas industry before moving to her current role as Seismic Interpreter at GNS Science. She has worked extensively in the Taranaki Basin, using her seismic interpretation and analysis skills to contribute to subsurface mapping, geological modelling and petroleum systems analysis.

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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Russell Byfield

Russell Byfield is the Advanced Solutions Manager of Yokogawa Australia.

Yokogawa is a leading provider of Industrial Automation, MES, Test and Measurement solutions. Combining superior technology with engineering services, project management, and maintenance, Yokogawa delivers field-proven operational efficiency, safety, quality, and reliability.

Russell has over 25 years’ international experience in the Petroleum and Process Industries. He has been directly involved in field development, reservoir engineering, process facilities design, commissioning and operations, fabrication and construction and since 2000, has focused on the modelling, analytics and optimisation of conventional and unconventional oil and gas development and operations.

Russell has presented many papers over the years, the most recent were two SPE papers (176825 & 176850) about reservoir modelling as co-author presented as ePosters at the SPE URCE in Brisbane  and an IIoT paper at the Inaugural PNG Oil & Gas Summit in February 2017

Russell has held a variety of regional and international technical, managerial and directorial roles.

He has a Chemical Engineering Degree with Honours from Adelaide University, is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Chartered Professional Engineer, RPEQ Petroleum and Process Engineer and is currently the Chairman of the Queensland Branch of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Optimising Profitability and Safety in Upstream Oil & Gas

June Cahill

June has been a geoscientist for more than 25 years. She started her geology career as a technical officer with the Geological Survey of the DSIR. June then moved to a geotechnical consulting company in Wellington where she was a geologist and data manager. She worked on a diverse range of projects, including assessing hazards from active faulting, resource exploration and valuation, and land use planning. She then became the exploration manager for NZ Energy Corp., a small Canadian-listed oil company. In that role she was responsible for directing exploration activities in New Zealand, and for managing the technical and support staff. For the last three years, June has been a Principal Adviser for the Environmental Protection Authority, using the skills and experience she gained in the industry to assess environmental impacts of applications submitted by the oil and gas sector under the EEZ Act.

Lessons and Learnings from Discharge Consents: an EPA View

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Gareth Campbell

Gareth Campbell is Regional Sales Manager for Asia Pacific based in Kuala Lumpur. His primary focus is promoting STATS’ range of pipeline isolation, intervention, repair and subsea equipment. He has played a key role in supporting STATS’ track record of successful isolation projects and long-term Emergency Pipeline Repair System (EPRS) contracts with international operators and contractors.

Prior to relocating to Malaysia, Gareth was Business Development Manager based at STATS global headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. Previous to joining STATS in 2011 as a contracts engineer, Gareth was a commercial analyst with GE Oil & Gas.

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

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Alan Clare

Exploration Team Lead & Business Development.

Sediment supply and distribution in a slope basin province – East Coast Basin of New Zealand

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Gemma Couzens

New Zealand Government presentation on offshore decommissioning

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Nick Cozens

Nick is a senior geologist who is currently employed at TAG OIL (NZ) Ltd in New Plymouth. Educated at Victoria University in Wellington, Nick holds an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience. His current interests align with rift basin petroleum systems and the exploitation of natural gas resources throughout the Australasia and Asia. Previous geoscience positions include New Zealand Oil & Gas Ltd and Fugro Geoconsulting (UK) Ltd; tenures that have exposed Nick to a number of global sedimentary basins and operating environments.

Cardiff.  Our natural laboratory; what have we learned from past and present exploration?

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Scott Dodge

Scott Dodge is Director and Principal Petrophysicist of Virtual Petrophysics, a Petrophysics technology consulting company providing technical services to Oil and Gas operators in North America, Middle East and Australasia.

Previously he worked with ExxonMobil over a 30 year career as a Formation Evaluation Specialist in 19 countries and 27 sedimentary basins with extensive experience in both clastic and carbonate reservoirs of North America, West Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Australasia.  He has specialisation in static and dynamic reservoir modelling, rock pore typing, NMR applications, special core analysis, cased-hole surveillance, and drill well programming and evaluation.

Early in his career, he spent 2 years in a dedicated Formation Evaluation Expert programme at Exxon Production Research with rotations in Exploration Well Testing, Petrophysics, Core Analysis, Cased Hole Nuclear and Mud Logging.

He holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University and Masters of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California. Scott has served the SPWLA in various capacities as President of the Australia, Nigeria, and Malaysia chapters and Regional Director of Africa/Middle East, as well as Distinguished Lecturer from 1996 to 1998.  He is a member of EngNZ, GSNZ, SPE, SPWLA, SCA and AAPG.

Pore Typing A Tight Gas Sand Reservoir – The Mangahewa

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Colin Finnegan

Colin Finnegan is a co-founder of Petrofac Well Engineering and has over 25 years’ experience in well engineering activities. Colin is a member of Petrofac’s senior leadership team in Asia Pacific and is responsible for business strategy and management for Petrofac Well Engineering in the region. Colin holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) degree. Prior to Petrofac, Colin held well engineering positions with Shell, Enterprise Oil and BP Exploration. Colin is a chartered professional engineer, a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, member of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Planning requirements and timeline for an optimised offshore drilling project start-up


Miko Fohrmann

Miko Fohrmann became an Exploration Geophysicist at OMV NZ Ltd. focusing mainly on lead maturation in the Taranaki Basin after being involved in the re-development campaign of the offshore Maari oil field as Development Geophysicist.

Before joining OMV NZ Ltd. he worked as a Seismic Interpreter and gas hydrate researcher at GNS Science. He graduated with a Diploma in Geology (equivalent to MSc) from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany and obtained his PhD from the University of Otago.

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

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Dr. Giacomo Giorli

Dr Giorli is an expert in using passive and active acoustics techniques to study the ecology, distribution and habitat selection of marine mammals. Dr Giorli obtained a master degree from the University of Firenze, Italy, studying the distribution of dolphins in the Ligurian Sea using passive acoustics methods. Later he obtained a PhD in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii, working on passive and active acoustics in the Marine Mammal Research Program at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. He spent 2 years as postdoc in Hawaii studying foraging strategies of marine mammals using passive acoustics and imaging sonar. Dr Giorli has been a visiting researcher and collaborator of the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation during six research expeditions aimed at mitigating the effect of NATO Navies exercises on marine mammals in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. He also collaborated with the Schmidt Ocean Institute and the U.S. NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Centre as part of the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment project in Hawaii.

Cook Strait’s Soundscape: monitoring ambient, enthropogenic and biological sounds using passive acoustics

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Dr. Stuart Gordon

Stuart completed his PhD in laser scanning in 2005 after investigating the errors sources of some of the earliest commercial 3D laser scanners, developing calibration techniques and identifying imaging characteristics laying the groundwork for automated feature extraction. During his research, he applied scanning to structural deformation measurement of timber bridges effectively exploiting the large volume of scan points to accurately deduce small deflections of structural members.

After an appointment as a Research Fellow at Curtin University initiating research for self-calibrating bundle adjustment software for airborne and terrestrial laser scanning using the natural and built environment, Stuart entered industry and spent several years at AAM as a scanning expert working with ground-based and mobile laser scanning around Australia and on numerous overseas projects. Stuart completed an MBA at Melbourne Business School and in 2013 joined Intertek, a UK-based inspection, testing, assurance and certification organisation.

He is now the General Manager for their Australian Asset Integrity Management group, incorporating dimensional control, laser scanning, non-destructive testing, vessel and tank inspection and metallurgy. Intertek’s surveying group, formerly Hi-Cad but acquired in 2009, were early adopters of scanning technology and their scanning teams have completed some of the largest projects ever undertaken

Tagging Inspection Data with Map Coordinates: Visualising Asset Integrity in 3D

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Dan Govier

Ian Govier is the Asia Pacific Technical Discipline Manager for SLR’s Marine Science team.  Dan has a Master’s Degree in Marine Science, a Post-Grad Diploma in Marine Science and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Otago.  Prior to joining SLR in 2014, Dan was the Managing Director of Environmental Offshore Services.

Dan has over 16 years’ experience in assessment of environmental effects, marine mammal impact assessments, marine consent applications and impact assessments, marine ecological surveys and environmental monitoring programmes.  Dan specialises in providing environmental advice to all aspects of the offshore oil and gas sector and the associated regulatory regime and has worked with a number of clients through the interim, transitional and current provisions of the EEZ Act.

Pre & Post-Drill Environmental Monitoring Programmes in the Taranaki Basin & Seabed Recovery

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Terje Hauan

A new disruptive technology for future well P&A.


Dr. Karen Higgs

Karen is a Reservoir Geologist working as a contractor for GNS Science. She has a PhD from Reading University and over 20 years of experience in reservoir characterisation having previously worked as a Reservoir Geologist at GNS Science and formerly at Robertson Research. Karen has worked on a wide variety of international projects and has been the lead geologist on many integrated reservoir characterisation projects. Her main research interests are in clastic sedimentology, petrography, diagenesis, and reservoir quality assessment and prediction.

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

Ben is currently completing a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, researching the evolution of the East Coast Basin, focusing on the paleoenvironmental evolution of the basin through the integration of structural, stratigraphic, thermochronological, geochemical and paleontological datasets.

The East Coast Basin, one of the last frontiers – insights from geochemistry and basin modelling


Dr. Chris Hollis

Chris Hollis is a research scientist with a background in climate change and petroleum research. His interest in outreach and community engagement has led to him taking on the leadership of the community engagement theme with the GNS Petroleum Source Rocks, Fluids and Plumbing Systems Program.

Deliberative discussions on petroleum exploration

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Peter Jackson

Peter is an experienced Senior System Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the oil & energy industry, backed up with training as a TÜV-Certified Functional Safety Engineer. Peter is skilled in Process Control, Control Systems Design, Functional Safety, SIS, DCS, SCADA, and HMIs. Peter’s current focus is on industrial control system (ICS) cyber security and alarm management with proven experience, knowledge and training. Peter has spoken at various events on the topic of ICS cyber security including the IDC Safety Systems and Hazardous Areas conference, the August PEPANZ NZPC and IET Functional Safety Technical Group.

Managing Cyber Security Risk in the Oil & Gas Sector

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Bee Jik Lim

Bee Jik LIm has a BSc (Hons) in Geophysics from University of Science, Malaysia. She works as Area Geophysicist for WesternGeco with 18 years industry experience from various countries in Asia Pacific. She is currently located in Perth, Australia.

Integration of high efficiency marine seismic acquisition and modern processing technology – enhanced data interpretability of prospects in Pegasus basin

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Mei Fern Johnson,  Daniel Minhinnick and Mark Campbell

Russell McVeagh’s panel of experts will be led by the head of the firm’s Mining, Oil and Gas group, Mei Fern Johnson. Mei Fern specialises in oil and gas, corporate and commercial law, M&A and the energy sector. She was listed as a Leading Lawyer in the Chambers and Partners Guide, ranked for Energy & Natural Resources, as well as the Legal 500 directory for Energy/Oil and Gas, and is a co-author of the New Zealand chapter of The Energy Regulation & Markets Review. Mei Fern will be joined by Daniel Minhinnick, a partner in the firm’s Environment, Planning and Natural Resource team.

Daniel acted for Newmont Waihi Gold to secure consents for its Correnso Underground Mine, and has advised a range of clients in the extractive industry. Daniel is the author of the Minerals and Mining chapter of the Laws of New Zealand, and is co-author of the Minerals and Petroleum chapter of Environmental and Resource Management Law.

Mark Campbell, a Special Counsel in Russell McVeagh’s Litigation and Corporate Advisory teams, rounds out our panel of experts. Mark regularly advises private and public sector clients on a range of health and safety matters, and (prior to joining Russell McVeagh) represented the Crown in litigation under the Crown Minerals Act.

Everybody needs good neighbours: learnings from the Trans-Tasman Resources application for overlapping interests

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Everybody needs good neighbours: learnings from the Trans-Tasman Resources application for overlapping interests. Join Russell McVeagh’s panel of experts to delve into overlapping interests in the petroleum and minerals sector, viewed through their recent experience in the Trans-Tasman Resources application.


Zoë Juniper

Zoë started her career in the petroleum industry in 1996 after graduating with a BSC (Hons) in Geophysics.  She has held a range of roles from technical to regulatory in both the UK and New Zealand. In the last two years, Zoë has realigned her career into the Emergency management sector achieving a post Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management (with distinction) from Massey University. Following which she gained some hands-on emergency management experience coordinating the transport and welfare logistics in the field for the science response to the Kaikoura Earthquake.

In early 2018 through a collaboration with University of Canterbury, GNS Science and Massey University Zoë is now completing a Master’s degree in disaster, risk & resilience. Her project combines her knowledge and experience to undertake a risk assessment of the petroleum industry to a Mt. Taranaki eruption, researching the physical infrastructure impacts and considering the industry’s responsibility to supply gas to the nation as a critical lifeline.

Risk Assessment of the Petroleum Production and Exploration Sector to Volcanic Hazards in the Taranaki Region, New Zealand

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Prof. Peter Kamp

Peter Kamp is a Professor of Earth Sciences at The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. His fields of research include U-Pb geochronology and fission track thermochronology applied to apatite and zircon; Basin analysis including regional stratigraphic architecture, sequence stratigraphy, and sedimentology; and regional geological mapping.

Review of East Coast Basin (North Island) structure and development: New insights from integration of thermochronology data with regional geology

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Mitchell Kelly

Mitch Kelly is a Senior Completions Engineer at OMV New Zealand. Mitch has 8 years’ experience in well engineering across onshore and offshore assets in Australia and New Zealand. In 2013, Mitch received the CEO Technical Excellence and Innovation overall winner award for drilling and completions. Following the successful recovery of a compromised 24″ conductor last year, Mitch was selected to present the OMV value, Pioneering Spirit, and how it was applied to deliver a successful project. In this presentation, Mitch will present this pioneering spirit, the unique technology it uncovered and how it may optimise future offshore well abandonments.

Pioneering in Offshore Well – Recovery of compromised 24″ conductor and implications for end of field life

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Niel Kritzinger

Niel is the Principal Process Engineer and the Fluor Australia Process Technology Lead. He has 20+ years relevant industry experience of which 15 years have been with Fluor. He represented Fluor on client sites for a significant portion of his career, where he worked with and on client teams as Lead Process Engineer.

Early in his career as Plant Process Optimisation Engineer at the Synthol unit at Sasol, he gained substantial CTL and GTL experience being exposed to the Gasification, Methane Reforming and other gas treating units. He also worked in various locations and projects around the globe for Fluor as Study Lead, Lead Process Engineer and Project Manager in the Refinery and Petrochemical environment.

For the last 5 years, Niel worked in the Fluor Australia, Perth Office as Senior Project Engineer and Process Technology Lead. During this time he worked on projects and proposals for Woodside, Total, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil etc.

A Case Study in Monetising New Zealand Gas to Produce Methanol with CO2 Capture and Recycle

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Dr. Karsten Kroeger

Since 2008, Karsten Kroeger has been a senior geoscientist and basin modeller with GNS Science. He has gained experience in basin modelling as a postdoctoral fellow at GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. His research interests include various aspects of petroleum systems, the thermal evolution of the lithosphere, natural gas in the subsurface and linkages to gas hydrate formation. He holds a diploma in geology from the Technical University in Karlsruhe and a Ph.D. from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz on Tertiary climate, paleoecology, and carbonate sedimentology.

A new 3D model predicts gas generation, migration and hydrate formation in Pegasus Basin


Dr. Alison Lane

Dr Alison Lane is a Technical Director at ERM New Zealand. As an environmental scientist with a PhD in marine hydrocarbon ecotoxicology, Alison has worked for 17 years on marine and coastal environmental assessments and management projects. Alison worked on multiple marine consents and marine discharge consents in New Zealand, and has supported many offshore oil and gas permitting, oil spill response planning and environmental management projects globally. Having worked for both regulators and industry, Alison has a very strong understanding of how to effectively work within regulatory regimes

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This paper uses case studies to discuss the challenges of meeting the certainty and “best available information” tests required to obtain consent in cases where the full scope of the activity and its potential effects are not yet fully defined


Daniel Leeman

Daniel Leeman has 10 years of experience within the petroleum industry. He began his career at Talisman Energy (UK) working within the Rotational Graduate Engineering Programme, where he later specialised as an HPHT Drilling Engineer. He later moved to Senergy (UK) as a reservoir engineer, then Conoco Phillips (UK) where he worked as a senior reservoir engineer. He has expertise in: production, test data analysis and optimisation, dynamic simulation and network modelling, hydrocarbon fluid phase behaviour, and on/offshore production and drilling operations support. Mr Leeman has a MENG in Mechanical Engineering with a diploma in Business Management, an MSc in Petroleum Engineering, and he is a certified professional engineer with the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand. He is also an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

What’s it like to be saturated and near-critical in Taranaki? A fluid perspective on Geology.

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Barque, Canterbury Basin – Paths to Market in a Frontier Region, Are there any?

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Brigid McArthur

Brigid is a senior corporate and regulatory lawyer with extensive expertise in the oil and gas and wider energy sector. A partner in the national firm of specialist project lawyers, Greenwood Roche, she has advised both local and international E&P companies on acquisitions, investments and developments in New Zealand including navigating the regulatory landscape, negotiating farm-ins and JVOAs and all associated commercial contracts. Brigid offers a wealth of broad legal experience, a pragmatic approach and an ability to translate commercial risk and opportunity into a clear, effective and useable contractual framework.

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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Chai McConnell

Chai McConnell has 20 years professional experience in providing strategic corporate advice in the commercial, government and research sectors. Chai leads the CCS practice in Advisian/ WorleyParsons and in his role as Project Manager or Project Director, has delivered over 20 concept, business case, feasibility and FEED studies for multi-billion dollar hydrocarbon projects. In his private life, Chai is a farmer, company director and co-founder of a technology start-up.

Chai holds a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School (2003). Chai was the first Australian to be invited to, and graduate from, Harvard’s Executive Program for Leaders in Development (2000). Chai also holds an Honours Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England where he also received its Young Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2000.

Chai received the 2016 Champion in Diversity Award from the Queensland Resources Council/ Women in Mining and Resources- Queensland recognising his leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in the sector.

His experience includes Project Director of the largest funded project between the governments of Australia and China; a Feasibility Study into Post Combustion Capture (PCC); the 2017 Economic Assessment of Global CCS technologies for the Global CCS Institute and Project Manager; and lead author of the 2009 Global CCS Institute’s Strategic Analysis of the Global Status of CCS.

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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Joko Miharwatiman

Joko S. Miharwatiman has been working for New Zealand Oil & Gas since 2013 as a member of the geosciences team, responsible for both geology and business-related aspects of exploration, appraisal and development projects, mainly for the Indonesia assets. Also, as required, provides geoscience support for the existing New Zealand permits and New Venture opportunities. Joko’s key skills are prospect evaluation and risk assessment as well as identify new drilling exploration, appraisal and development wells. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and Master’s degree in Geophysics from universities in Indonesia.

Prior moving to New Zealand, Joko had over 24 years experiences as listed below:

  • 3 years ConocoPhillips Indonesia, New Venture Exploration, Eastern Indonesia assets and other farm-in opportunities across areas in Indonesia.
  • 5 years Conoco Phillips Houston, Development Geologist, Tight Gas Sandstone and Shale Gas Reservoirs, North Louisiana and East Texas fields, United State.
  •  8 years Gulf Resources / ConocoPhillips Indonesia, Exploration Appraisal, Corridor and South Jambi assets, South Sumatra, Indonesia.
  •  6 years Asamera Oil, Operation Geologist, Corridor and South Jambi assets, South Sumatra, Indonesia.
  •  2 years PT Exlog Sarana Indonesia, Mud Logger, Development and Exploration wells, Onshore and Offshore, Indonesia.

Brendon Mitchell

Brendon Mitchell received a B.Sc Hons from the University of Auckland in 2006. He joined the oil and gas industry in the same year and has worked as a Geophysicist with Schlumberger, Central Petroleum, Drillsearch Energy, and Senex Energy. Brendon has spent the last 21/2 years working for Todd Energy as a development geophysicist on their operated and non-operated assets. Brendon’s work with Todd Energy has led to the successful acquisition of a new 3D seismic survey over the Mangahewa and McKee assets. During his time at Todd Energy he has assisted in the introduction of new seismic processing technologies and interpretation workflows for the exploitation of tight gas. His current interests are in extracting more geology from onshore 3D seismic through the use of full azimuth interpretation workflows. He has previously co-authored presentations at the ASEG and SEG workshops in the subject area.


Nick Mortimer

Nick Mortimer is a petrologist at GNS Science’s Dunedin Research Centre. He is interested in all aspects of the tectonic development of the Zealandia continent

A revised basement geological map of Taranaki Basin, New Zealand

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Mahendra Pardeshi

Mahendra is the Engineering Lead for cementing services with 11+ years of experience in ultra-deep water cementing, ERD wells, and geothermal cementing operation. He specialises in engineering and operational execution of Foam Cementing, Tuned® Light Cementing, and WellLock® / LockCem™ Resin Jobs.

His SPE Publications include: “Advanced Drilling Using a Dual Bit System (SPE 99478)” and “Novel Use of Resin Technology for Offshore Pilot Hole Abandonment” (OTC-26565)



Tom Paten

Tom Paten graduated from Curtin University, Western Australia, with a BSc (Hons) degree in Geophysics in 2010. After a couple of years working in the minerals industry, he completed an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from Royal Holloway University of London in 2014. He joined PGS in 2014 and is currently in the position of Project Geoscientist for the Reservoir team based in Perth, focusing on projects across the Asia-Pacific region.

Rapid 3D Prospectivity Screening of the Outboard Taranaki Basin

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Jonathan Perry

Jon Perry is the Managing Partner for ERM New Zealand and has over twenty years’ professional experience providing a diverse range of environmental services to the oil and gas sector. He has worked both onshore and offshore across a wide range of geographies and projects, helping clients to gain approvals, maintain compliance and manage their risks and impacts. Jon has worked with clients from small independents through to supermajors, as well as with International Financial Institutions, industry bodies and governments.

As well as his experience in New Zealand, previous project highlights include supporting onshore seismic surveys in Libya; capacity building for governments in Georgia and PNG, European pipeline due diligence for lenders, LNG site selection in East Africa; and approvals for unconventional exploration in Turkey.

Before arriving in New Zealand Jon spent two years in Western Australia providing consultancy support to the oil and gas sector, prior to which he was based in the UK.  Jon also chairs ERM’s Global Foundation committee, which distributes both pro-bono employee time and funding in support of charitable projects around the world aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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

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Dr. Khalil Rahman

Dr. Khalil Rahman is currently a Geomechanics Advisor in Baker Hughes, a GE company. Before joining the petroleum industry in 2007, Khalil worked for 20 years in academic positions at several universities including University of New South Wales and University of Western Australia where he taught and researched petroleum engineering, specializing in hydraulic fracturing. Khalil has advanced expertise in hydraulic fracturing and sand production prediction. He has completed numerous industry projects focusing field and reservoir development study, drilling and completion optimisation and hydraulic fracture optimization. In addition to conducting and coordinating hydraulic fracturing studies and executions, he teaches geomechanics and hydraulic fracturing training courses in the Asia Pacific region.

To date, he has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, made several invited presentations and developed and presented short courses to the industry. He served the editorial boards of the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering and Journal of Petroleum Science and Technology, and served the SPE WA Section Executive Committee (2005-2007) and several SPE Conference Organising Committees. Khalil received his PhD from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK in 1991.

Hydraulic Fracturing: What Do We Do often Wrong and What Could We Do Better?

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Dr. Katharina Ruckstuhl

Dr Katharina Ruckstuhl is Chair of the Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki and Otakou Runaka Oil and Gas Committee. Her involvement with oil and gas issues has been over the last 10 years where she and other members of the Committee have acted as consultees to oil and gas companies, other prospectors and government officials. She is an Executive member of Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki and an alternate member for Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu. In her academic role at the University of Otago, she has undertaken research into resource extraction and in particular social licence. Dr Ruckstuhl will be joined by other members of the Oil and Gas Committee.

Ka Runaka Expectations for Oil and Gas Companies in East Otago

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Jeff Smit

Jeff Smit specialises in identifying, developing and delivering optimisation projects for industrial business across Australasia and beyond. To Jeff and the team at DETA, optimisation means improving productivity by analysing and improving energy, water, waste or yield outcomes. He was worked extensively in the meat, dairy, vegetable and wood production areas over the past 4 years as a director and shareholder of DETA, and previously held management and senior engineering roles at WorleyParsons NZ and Ramboll Engineering, Dubai. Outside of work, Jeff has recently stepped down as a board member of the Mount Pleasant Residents Association where he was part of the build team that delivered the first prefab wood community building in New Zealand, the Mount Pleasant Centre.

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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Richard Sykes

Richard Sykes is a Principal Scientist and petroleum geochemist at GNS Science in Lower Hutt where he leads research and undertakes commercial consultancy work on petroleum source rocks and fluids. He is the Programme Leader of the MBIE-funded research programme on petroleum source rocks, fluids, and plumbing systems in New Zealand basins. He is also a visiting lecturer on petroleum source rocks and fluids at Victoria University of Wellington. His main research interests are in understanding the formation and petroleum potential of source rocks; the origins, properties, and inter-relationships of oil and gas accumulations; and applying that knowledge in exploration and appraisal.

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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Jono Weir

Jono Weir is a Principal Advisor with New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals. Before moving into more commercially focused roles, Jono worked as a geologist on projects in New Zealand, Australia and the USA. He is currently responsible for the work stream within New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals that analyses commercial and resource information for both the minerals and petroleum sectors to help inform New Zealand regulatory and investment attraction activities, monitoring the business systems and investment environment in the minerals and petroleum sectors, and prioritizing government data acquisition activities.

Block Offer – five years in review


William Weir

Will Weir is a Principal Environmental Engineer with ERM with over 20 years consulting and industry experience. Will leads the Performance Assurance and Transaction Services (PATS) Team for ERM in Queensland. Will is a member of ERM’s global practice team and has a broad range of experience in working on safety and environmental performance initiatives for a range of industries including upstream and downstream oil & gas, mining, linear infrastructure, manufacturing and waste management.

Your Employees are Human – What you need to know about human nature to improve safety culture

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Dr. Josh Whitcombe

Dr. Josh Whitcombe: Operations Support Manager. PhD (Engineering), BEng (Hons 1), MBA.

Josh has over 17 years of engineering experience initially in the downstream sector where he completed an industrial sponsored PhD in refining.  He then moved into the upstream sector, working as an offshore drilling and completion engineer with Shell UK in the North Sea.  During this time he completed his Round 1 and 2 exams, working both offshore and in the office on a number of offshore projects (platforms and subsea).  After leaving Shell, he returned to Australia working onshore in numerous technical and managerial roles for both large and small operators (Santos, Exoma Energy, and Arrow Energy) before joining WestSide in early 2015. During this time he has been involved with projects ranging from frontier exploration to field developments in both conventional and unconventional resources.

Use of gas lift to extend the production life of an onshore field in the Taranaki Basin

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Alexander Wunderlich

Alexander Wunderlich is an Exploration Geologist within the Taranaki Basin Team for OMV New Zealand. Alex holds an MSc in Geology and Paleontology from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg in Germany and was a researcher at the Colorado State University in Fort Collins, USA. He has worked in New Zealand since February 2015, having previously worked for OMV in Madagascar as an Exploration Geologist for the companies operated and non-operated interests in the Morondava Basin. Prior to joining OMV Alex had worked in technical exploration positions for operating companies in Norway and Germany, focusing on the North Sea, Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.

The Manaia Moki Discovery – A great surprise