SA Mines and Energy Journal : October - November 2013
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2013 SA MINES & ENERGY JOURNAL 27 New policy research into improving shale gas output and minimising environmental impacts will take place in Adelaide with three new scholarship placements on offer at the University College London (UCL). Funded by BHP Billiton, UCL's School of Energy and Resources will host the students at its only Australian campus in a bid to pave the way for Australia's US-style shale gas revolution. UCL Australia's research head, Professor Stefaan Simons, says the research projects will look at a range of areas, including the growth of shale gas in the United States and whether this will impact Australia's burgeoning oil & gas industry. Research into the life-cycle of shale gas operations; environmental monitoring of offshore petroleum developments; and ways to improve the current regulatory system will form part of the new study areas. Professor Simons says the new research will also look at current hydraulic fraccing technology, which may not work as well in Australia due to the clay shale found here as opposed to marine shale in the US. He cites the need to import specific frac sand due to its scarcity in Australia as having "serious cost implications for the large scale viability of shale gas projects" as a focus of the study. "The use of imported fraccing sand and the management of unconventional gas with variable levels of CO2 are two potential areas where optimisation technologies and policies could see both improved financial returns and environmental outcomes. " Professor Simons says the research aims to inform policy makers and assist in developing environmental based policies, while also looking at how to best manage Australia's resources. "We have conducted marine environmental studies with oil companies and are looking at Smart Grid networks to optimise power supply, so these new key areas of research will help build our capacity to manage and extract our resources in Australia, " he says. The UCL School of Energy and Resources has previously partnered with Beach Energy, BHP Billiton, Santos, SA Power Networks and other key industry players to look at a range of energy related policy and research areas. "We look at the big policy issues, the key decisions and the barriers that need to be brought down for positive economic and environmentally safe outcomes, " Professor Simons says. Research will commence in February 2014. Fuelling the revolution Kate Fantinel looks at how local research into shale gas will pave the way for South Australia's gas revolution. We look at the big policy issues, the key decisions and the barriers that need to be brought down for positive outcomes EDUCATION www.ironbarkheritage.com Heritage Management Archaeology GIS Services Offices throughout Australia: WA 08 9322 3111 NSW 02 4474 4544 ACT 02 6260 7915 SA 0447 194 965 Victoria 0499 590 004 We specialise in providing innovative and cost-effective heritage services to solve any sort of cultural heritage management challenge. Our heritage and GIS professionals work closely with our clients to ensure that we tailor our services to meet your specific needs. This ensures that you receive timely and appropriate advice with respect to all aspects of your heritage management responsibilities. We use leading edge geo-spatial technology for infield data capture. That means we provide clients with accurate information at near real time speed. The result: less chance of error, greater accuracy and better management outcomes.
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