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A number of important seminars on safety, contracting, water treatment and environmental awareness will feature at the 2009 Australasian Oil & Gas Expo (AOG) in Perth between 17th and 19th February 2009.

The 2009 expo, which will see the cream of international players in the oil, gas and subsea space descend on Perth, will host a record number of exhibitors and visitors, according to the organisers.

The event will take place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Seminars can be attended by anyone, but registration is necessary. Please see an outline of the program below:


Safety Seminar: What will be different in 2009?

Wednesday 18 February, Seminar Room 2, Perth Convention Exhibition Centre

$33 — includes all presentations in the Safety Seminar and cocktail function afterwards. All proceeds donated to Royal Flying Doctor Service. Visit for booking form, payment by credit card only.

2:00 — 2:20pm: Miranda Taylor Senior Safety & Policy Advisor APPEA — Industry perspective

This presentation will provide an overview of the industry’s safety performance over the last five years, look at safety initiatives within the industry and then touch on emerging issues. A key focus will be the leadership given by CEOs to safety and health, in particular through the introduction of common safety training standards for new entrants and an increased focus on process safety and ageing facilities.

2:20 — 2:40pm: Andrew Cove PSN Water – Contractors perspective

With over 26 years experience in the Water and Wastewater maintenance industry, Andrew has moved through the Trade workforce to a Senior Management role. He is now responsible for Business Systems and Support Services in one of the longest running Maintenance Alliances with the Water Industry.

o IFAP Safety Practitioner and Alumni Member, Adv Dip Business Management, SIA Member

Andrew will provide:

o An overview of a Water Industry Maintenance organization’s implementation of Step Change in Safety.

o The identification of the need to change, through

o The change journey to Zero Harm.

o The ongoing safety improvement challenges faced in a developed nation with a Risk Aware Workforce.

2:40 — 3:00pm: Coffee Break

3:00 — 3:50pm: Nick Fitzpatrick General Manager Optimus Safety Management — Consultants perspective

Safety excellence through a culture of care

Organisations across all industries seek not just sustainable, but generative change. Change management projects require motivated people who have the right mental tools and people skills and who are aligned through clear, values driven leadership.

Optimus will share how the process of “Motivate; Educate and Support” is able to deliver lasting and generative change within an organisation through the use of an actively caring approach. Effective implementation requires professional project management and involves the use of coaching and mentoring at all levels to help embed and grow the new habits required for the change to ‘stick’ and then to continue to evolve into a successful, caring culture.

Some of the things they will share will be…

• How a caring culture can help us to help each other and why it’s important that we do!

• How to support real change through coaching

• Why values driven leadership is critical for success and examples of where this is being demonstrated

3:50 — 4:10pm: Ted Kirkbride Team Leader NOPSA — Regulators perspective

NOPSA in 2009

Bio — Ted Kirkbride is a regulatory operation’s Team Leader at the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority. Ted has worked in the oil and gas business for 25 years, mainly for service companies in the drilling industry. He has worked in State and Commonwealth Government for the last 6 years

NOPSA’s Corporate Plan commits it to ensuring that: “the administration of health and safety regulation of the offshore petroleum industry is provided to standards that are equal to the best in the world”

Ted will discuss some of NOPSA’s primary Objectives for 2009

? Emphasis on promotional activities in order to continue to improve occupational health and safety in the offshore petroleum sector.

? Carrying out activities from our Annual Operating Plan

? Working collaboratively with industry participants to engage and inform, as well as educate and create dialogue

? Continuing focus on Competency Management

? NOPSA corporate activities that should lead to benefits for the whole industry

4:10 — 4:20pm: Concluding remarks Q& A’s

4:20 — 5:00pm: Cocktail

Supported by: UK Trade & Investment


AOG will host a series of free seminars throughout the exhibition designed to educate whilst providing an opportunity to interact with speakers as they present findings and case studies on various issues and developments.

Rigless Well Intervention from a DP2 Vessel — A Case Study

Tuesday 17: 3:00-4:00pm

Thursday 19: 12:00-1:00pm

Bevan Morrison, Sales Manager Intervention Sucs, TS Marine

Discusses the challenges and cost savings realised in the recent Rigless Well Intervention performed for Woodside Energy Ltd, which also resulted in a world record water depth. Includes details about the preparation, running and testing of subsea XTrees and subsequent well intervention to bring wells online, without the need for a costly semi-submersible rig — a first in the Asia Pacific region.

Advanced Water Treatment for Oil & Gas Projects

Tuesday 17: 1:00-2:00pm

Wednesday 18: 2:00-3:00pm

Chris Madin and Dewit Deer, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies

Demonstrates how water treatment technologies can be applied to the oil and gas industry and the benefits of implementing these technologies. Provides case studies of recent large and innovative oil and gas projects which have installed water/waste treatment systems including: Pluto LNG, WA for Woodside, San Arno, California for Chevron and Pearl LNG, Oman for Shell.

Leaner and Greener – Future Directions in Tug Design for Offshore and LNG Support

Wednesday 18: 3:00-4:00pm

Capt Gary Dockerty & Matthew Callan, Lamnalco

Lamnalco is the leading international provider or marine services to oil and gas terminals. As Lamalco continues to look towards future growth, they begin to consider their impact on the surrounding air, sea and shore. This seminar will consider the future management of energy generation and usage through evolving tug design — conscious to the long term interaction with the environment.

Intermediate Bulk Containers Design & Handling Trends in the Gulf of Mexico

Tuesday 17: 4:00-5:00pm

Wednesday 18: 4:00-5:00pm

Thursday 19 February: 1:00-2:00pm

Bill Terry, Hoover Material Handling Group

Houston based Bill Terry will explain the latest IBC design and handling trends including regulations impacting their use in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond

Intrinsically safe surge protection — When and where to use it

Thursday 19 February: 12:00-1:00pm

Phillip Tompson, Novaris

Lightning and Surge protection is essential to the protection of critical equipment in the Oil and Gas industry. Discover the latest developments in lightning and surge protection standards from a major contributor to the standard AS/NZS 1768. Mr Tompson will discuss the essential requirements for protecting your installation and explain exactly where and when you will need IS surge protection.

Building company reputation — an industry perspective

Tuesday 17 February: 1:00-2:00pm

Wednesday 18 February: 12:00-1:00pm

Annabel Mazzella, Senior Market Development Manager, Australia Post

Anyone seeking fresh perspectives on corporate and industry reputation management are encouraged to sit in on Annabel Mazella’s seminar in which she will present the findings of her ECU Research Masters Thesis. Annabel will discuss the opinions of 334 people working in the oil and gas sector and reveal how they rate the Australian oil and gas industry. The seminar will provide advice and insight in to what can be done to build a company’s business reputation within the sector — focussing on management, products, services, corporate social responsibility, trust and reputation-building communication.

Checking identities made easy

Wednesday 18: 1:00-2:00pm

Leanne Stevenson, Manager Identity Services, Australia Post

Checking identities is a serious business and increasingly important for ensuring workplace safety. This seminar will discuss how WorkSafe Victoria worked with Australia Post to develop an identity and verification solution for new licences to operate industrial plant and equipment. The presentation will also cover recent work with the WA Department of Mines and Petroleum on the Dangerous Goods Security Card. This seminar will provide insight on how to configure the identity verification process for your business based on different levels of risk assessment.

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