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PESA NSW September 2019 Technical Lunch

Tuesday, 10 September, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Guest Speaker(s): William Vlahovic, Geoscientist/Petroleum Exploration Management Consultant – VGC Pty Ltd

Bill is a qualified geoscientist with more than 35 years’ experience in the management, assessment and evaluation of coal, conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources and implementation of associated exploration and pilot appraisal programmes.   The initial 20 years of his career were focused on coal and coal seam gas (CSG) exploration, research, assessment and appraisal programmes in all the major geological basins of NSW for the state power utility Pacific Power International.  With the acquisition of all PPI exploration assets in the late 1990’s by ASX listed oil & gas producer Molopo Energy and explorer Metgasco, Bill was retained by Molopo to progress the development of these assets, and manage its related JVs. In the period 2002 – 2012 as Exploration Manager, Bill focused on managing Molopo Energy and its JV partners CSG and shale gas exploration, appraisal and development operations domestically in NSW and Qld, and internationally in China and the USA.  His involvement extended to include participation in the very successful 2008 divestment of Molopo’s share of its NSW Gloucester CSG project to AGL, and the 2014 divestment of Molopo’s Qld CSG projects to PetroChina.   PetroChina invited Bill to continue in his role as Exploration Manager for a further 3 years, as the new Chinese national management team came to grips with the nature of their acquisition. Bill provided JV management, commercial and geological support for PetroChina’s Qld CSG projects prior to their acquisition by Westside Corporation in 2017. Bill’s most recent position as Industry Manager/Oil & Gas Analyst with the commodities research house AME Group has provided a satisfying opportunity to manage and collaborate with an expert team of petroleum engineers, geologists and commercial analysts and use his career experience to bring a deeper level of insight to the analysis and written research prepared on thousands of global oil and gas fields and projects and the development of a new CSG and Shale Gas product range. Bill holds a Master App Sc, Bachelor App Sc. and Grad. Cert in Management, he is a member of PESA, SPE, GSNSW and AusIMM and is a Fellow of AIG and AIE.

PESA NSW Technical Lunch Tuesday 10th September 2019

NT Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing – How onerous are the final recommendations?

Bill Vlahovic, Geoscientist/Petroleum Exploration Management Consultant – VGC Pty Ltd

Date & Time:      
Tuesday 10th September, 12pm for a 12:30pm start.

PESA Members:                               $55.00

Graduate Members:                       $40.00

Non-members:                                $75.00

PESA Students Members:              $10.00

Members must log on to the PESA website to see the member prices

Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney, NSW

Bookings close Thursday 5th September for venue and catering purposes.

Talk Summary:

The Northern Territory Government’s fracking moratorium has been lifted. But 49% of the Northern Territory’s landmass will be covered by “no go zones” and will remain off-limits to gas companies.  The Government endorsed all 135 of the recommendations made by the scientific inquiry into hydraulic fracturing and has allocated $5.33 million over three years to put the recommendations in place. The recommendations include that the Government introduce a charge for water for all onshore shale gas activities, that gas companies pay for maintenance for roads used by gas projects and that the Government enact a compensation scheme for pastoral lessees. The no go zones will cover areas of environmental, agricultural and cultural significance, as well as indigenous protected areas, national parks, towns and residential areas and places with significance to the tourism industry. Its expected exploration will begin in the dry this year. But before production approvals are granted, strategic regional environmental and baseline assessments must be conducted. Those assessments are expected to take about three years to complete. The report recommended Territory and Commonwealth governments seek to ensure there is no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions caused by a Territory shale gas industry.  Gas companies are ready to spend billions in the Territory. Industry want to begin exploration this year and businesses, contractors and workers in the Territory are counting on the quick ramp up of the gas industry to get the Territory moving again. Explorers are ready to resume their activities now the green light has been given, but just how onerous are the endorsed recommendations?



Tuesday, 10 September, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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    Castlereagh Boutique Hotel
    169 Castlereagh St
    Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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    +61 2 9284 1000

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