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Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Norman Moore joined speakers from gas industry leaders including Shell, Woodside and GE Oil & Gas for the opening of the Australian Gas Technology Conference & Exhibition (AGT) in Perth.
Minister Moore’s keynote address at the AGT kicked off three days of activity exploring the latest innovations, technology and challenges connected with Australia’s $200 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Featuring a theme of ‘Unlocking Australia’s gas potential’, the conference also includes keynote speakers such as Shell Australia’s Ann Pickard and GE Oil & Gas’ David Leslie. Ms Pickard is Country Chair, Shell in Australia and Executive Vice President, Upstream Australia, while Mr Leslie is Regional Executive for GE Oil & Gas.
According to Bill Hare, AGT Event Director, it is a challenging time for Australia’s gas industry with more than $200 billion worth of LNG projects in the pipeline and Australia poised to challenge Qatar as the world’s largest LNG producer within the next decade.
With conference streams dedicated to gas technology, skills and sourcing, and CO2 and geosequestration, the opening day of AGT will also feature presentations from Vice President of Woodside’s Australia Oil, Mary Hackett, Woodside’s Chief Science & Technology Manager, Neil Kavanagh and Orbit Energy’s Managing Director, Derick Markwell.
Away from the conference rooms, the AGT Exhibition will throw the spotlight on innovations, technology and services from more than 120 exhibitors, including industry leaders such as GE Oil & Gas, John Holland, AGC, Sika Australia, Dialight ILS Australia, Weir Oil & Gas, Johnson Screens and Pendoley Environmental.
Western Australia’s only gas technology event will also address the current industry skills shortage and encourage the next generation to pursue a career in the gas industry with its Careers and Training seminar program. Tertiary, TAFE and indigenous students and jobseekers will have the opportunity to hear free presentations, learn career pathways and have face-to-face time with major gas employers and training bodies.
Launched by the organisers of the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG), AGT is a unique event for Australia’s gas industry taking place from 25 to 27 July 2012.
This feature is presented by Ferret - www.ferret.com.au.

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