Conference Day One

Conference Day One - Tuesday 14 March


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08:15 | Registration and welcome coffee

08:40 | Opening remarks from the Chair

Keith Orchison, Director, Coolibah Pty Ltd

08:50 | NSW Ministerial Keynote Address

The Hon. Don Harwin MLC, Minister For Energy and Utilities, NSW Government


09:00 | Capitalising on Australia’s position as a major gas producer to contribute to the nation’s energy supply

  • Evaluating the environmental credentials of natural gas to build on its potential for a major role in the energy mix 
  • What climate policy initiatives are critical to promote natural gas?
  • Government and market enablers needed for an efficient development of supply to meet domestic demand
  • Leadership in times of low commodity prices and restructuring the business model to remain cost-competitive

Warwick King, Incoming Chief Executive Officer, Australia Pacific LNG

09:30 | The future of Australia’s gas and LNG markets – boom, bubble or bust?

David Maxwell, Managing Director, Cooper Energy

10:00 | KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION:  LNG, low commodity prices, blanket moratoriums - is there a way out of this triple whammy that has hit the domestic market?

  • Assessing current and future LNG projects - will the re-direction of gas to the north continue and drive a supply crisis for the domestic market?
  • Gas prices - what is the future expectation and how is this impacting the security of future supply?
  • Blanket moratoriums or case-by-case?  What international lessons can we learn from?

Panel moderator:
Keith Orchison,
Director, Coolibah Pty Ltd

Malcolm Roberts,
Chief Executive Officer, APPEA
Tennant Reed, Principal National Policy Advisor, Ai Group
Ian Davies,
Managing Director, Senex Energy
Bruce Wilson, Head, Resources Division, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

10:45 | Morning tea


11:15 | Creating the necessary incentives for gas to move to where it is needed most

  • How are pipeline operators supporting liquidity in the east coast gas market?
  • Current and future developments in capacity trading in Australia
  • The pipeline operator’s role in gas supply hubs

Paul Adams, Managing Director, Jemena

11:45 | ACCC KEYNOTE: Update on the East Coast Gas Market Review – what are the next step changes?

  • The release of the ACCC’s East Coast Gas Market Review sent shockwaves through the domestic market, and the implementation of its recommendations will continue to do so for years to come.
  • In this session, Rod Sims will give further insights into the review and the incoming regulatory measures impacting the entire gas value chain

Rod Sims, Chair, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

12:15 | PANEL DISCUSSION:  How should all stakeholders respond to the ACCC East Coast Gas Report to ensure it places the gas market operates more efficiently than it is today?

  • Few sellers with market power – is there a way to get back on the road to a competitive market?
  • Who has the gas that international markets don’t want, at a price that domestic customers can afford?
  • Is there a way to incentivise selling to the domestic market without discouraging development?
  • What market mechanisms can increase the number of suppliers in the short to medium term?
  • Pipeline regulation – what are the immediate impacts of the Gas Market Reform Group review findings?

Panel moderator:
Keith Orchison,
Director,  Coolibah Pty Ltd

Paul Adams,
Managing Director, Jemena
Rosemary Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Consumers Australia
Peter Dobney, General Manager Resources, Orora Group
Rob Wheals, Group Executive Transmission, APA Group 

13:00 | Networking lunch

14:00 | Gas in the broader context of the transition to a lower-emissions economy with secure, affordable energy supply

Martin Ferguson, Group Head of Natural Resources, Seven Group Holdings and Chairman, APPEA Advisory Committee

14:20 | Ensuring the continued success of the domestic gas sector as it transitions into

Ian Macfarlane, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Resources Council

14:40 | Q&A Session with two former federal energy and resources Ministers
Martin Ferguson and Ian Macfarlane are two of the most experienced energy policy makers in Australia and this session provides a rare experience to ask questions of both of them.

Q&A moderator:
Keith Orchison,
Director, Coolibah Pty Ltd

Q&A participants:
Ian Macfarlane,
Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Resources Council
Martin Ferguson,
Group Head of Natural Resources, Seven Group Holdings and Chairman, APPEA Advisory Committee

15:00 | Beyond the NSW Gas Plan

  • Overview of the Gas Plan initiatives so far and how recent reforms are influencing investment in the CSG space
  • What issues are emerging and what approaches are needed in future policy direction?
  • How these measures will affect the major gas users, the communities and business development in the State

Kylie Hargreaves, Deputy Secretary, Resources and Energy, NSW Department of Industry

15:30 | Afternoon tea


16:00 | Implementing the reforms and getting the mechanisms right to achieve a liquid wholesale gas market

  • Roadmap to reform – how is the new approach to trading and capacity affecting the market?
  • Capacity auctions - evaluating the current market variables impacting the risk/profit profile
  • Forecast for Victorian Declared Wholesale Gas Market (DWGM), the gas Short Term Trading Market (STTM) and the National Electricity Market (NEM)
  • Update on the new southern hub gas trading market

John Pierce, Chair, Australian Energy Market Commission

16:30 | PANEL DISCUSSION: Implementing the AEMC’s proposals - what are the risks and benefits of the proposed changes to the Declared Wholesale Domestic Gas Market (DWDM) and to the East Coast in general? 

  • Re-designing the STTM and the implications for the market
  • What will be the impacts of new regulatory frameworks?
  • Addressing the need for a deep and liquid market – can we successfully integrate a 15 year contract market with a 5 minute spot market?

Panel moderator:
Keith Orchison,
Director, Coolibah Pty Ltd

Steve Davies, National Policy Manager, Australian Pipelines and Gas Association
Peter GeersExecutive Group Manager, Markets, Australian Energy Market Operator

17:15 | Closing remarks from the Chair

17:25 | End of Day One and networking drinks

18:30 | Official event dinner

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