Shale Gas Summit 2015


Background Info

The US shale gas boom has been a game-changer and it transformed the gas market outlook. Other countries are taking steps to tap into the possibility of shale gas exploration and production which will greatly expand worldwide energy supply. Though Europe is in the early days for shale exploration, the governments and relevant parties are encouraging developments in the industry, with the aim to support Europe energy security.

To frack or not to frack? This is the question that energy market players and analysts have been asking themselves about. Join us at this summit, to gain further insights of the development of shale gas revolution, its new challenges and opportunities. Don’t miss out on the success story of shale gas development from various industry experts.

This summit also sets a platform for you to explore opportunities, latest exploration and production techniques and strategies. You will get to examine the challenges faced, latest regulatory frameworks, and investment opportunities. Is shale gas the answer? Get to know more at the Shale Gas Summit 2015 to take full advantage in the new horizon of unconventional gas expansion.

Key Topics and Why Should You Attend:

  • Get to know governmental initiatives for the economic outlook in Shale E&P
  • Reviewing investor perspective: what the appetite is for Shale E&P
  • Network with key industry stakeholders, decision makers and influencers
  • Grasping the latest technical insights from operators
  • Learning from the experts about the geoscience behind Shale Potential


Who Should Attend:

  • Chief of Operations
  • Director of Exploration
  • Group Head of Environment
  • Environment Advisor
  • Senior Engineer
  • Team Leader Economist
  • Technical Director
  • Team Leader, Energy & Minerals
  • Senior Commercial Analyst
  • Head of Energy and Environment
  • Energy and Climate Change Policy Officer
  • Economic Officer
  • Environment Science Technology and Health Counselor
  • Building Control Manager
  • Commercial Director
  • Campaign Manager & Team Leader
  • Senior Climate Change Policy Officer
  • Senior Analyst
  • Health Counsel Project Manager
  • Development Project Manager
  • Director of HSEQ and Regulatory Affairs

Key Speakers

Hassan Dehghanpour

Hassan Dehghanpour, Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering, University of Alberta

Hassan Dehghanpour is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. His primary research interests include measurement and modelling of multiphase flow in porous media for applications in enhanced oil recovery and petroleum production from shale reservoirs.
He has authored or co-authored over 50 refereed-journal papers and conference papers, mainly related to reservoir engineering aspects of stimulated shale reservoirs.
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) selected him as the recipient of the 2014 Young Member Outstanding Service Award. He holds two BS degrees in Mechanical and Petroleum Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, a MS from University of Alberta, and a PhD from University of Texas at Austin, both in petroleum engineering.

Dr. Tina Hunter

Dr. Tina Hunter, Director, Centre for International Minerals and Energy Law, University of Queensland

Dr Hunter is the inaugural Director of the Centre for International Minerals and Energy Law. She teaches and researches in the areas of national and international petroleum law, unconventional petroleum regulation, Arctic petroleum law and governance, property law and resources law and policy. She has received academic qualifications in marine sediments, geology, political science, applied science, and law, completing her PhD at the University of Bergen, Norway.
Tina has presented at over fifty conferences on three continents. Her expertise has been sought by Australian and international governments and has analysed petroleum laws, drafted unconventional petroleum legislation and advised governments on policy and governance relating to unconventional petroleum. She has also consulted to governments, industry groups and NGO’s in several jurisdictions including Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Russia and Canada. In June 2014 Dr Hunter participated in an unconventional gas learning symposium at the World Bank, Washington DC.
She is presently a member of the South Australian Roundtable for Unconventional Gas Projects, and the working group for the Queensland Modernising Queensland Resources Acts Program. She is a co-editor of the Oil, Gas and energy Law Journal, and will be the Editor of the upcoming Oil Gas and energy Law Journal Special Edition Emerging Legal and Governance Issues in Arctic Energy. She recently published Petroleum Law in Australia. Her next book the Handbook of shale Gas Law and Policy will be published in March 2015.

Bahzad Ayoub

Bahzad Ayoub, Sector Analyst – Downstream & Unconventionals, The Energy Industries Council

Bahzad Ayoub is a sector analyst at the EIC covering both the downstream and unconventional sectors on EIC DataStream. He also has knowledge of the energy sectors in the Middle East & North Africa, as well as the Indian Sub-continent. He has a degree in History and Politics and has authored the first edition of the EIC downstream report which has an insight piece on the Middle East and the second edition of the EIC downstream report which focuses on the USA.

Kjell Aleklett

Kjell Aleklett, Senior Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, Uppsala University

Kjell Aleklett is Senior Professor of Global Energy Systems at Uppsala University, Sweden, and leader of Global Energy Systems research at the university. He holds a doctorate degree from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and worked as a post-doctoral staff scientist, 1977-85, at the Natural Science Laboratory at Studsvik, Sweden.
In 1986 he was appointed as associate professor at Uppsala University and later as full professor. In 1978-79. In 1983, he was invited to work with Nobel Prize winner Glenn T. Seaborg, Lawrence Berkley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA. He worked with Seaborg to 1998. His interest in the global energy situation started in 1995 and has since then grown dramatically.
In May 2002, he organized the First International Workshop on Oil Depletion at Uppsala University. Since 2003, he is president of ASPO International, the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas (official webpage:
In 2005, he was invited to give a testimony on peak oil before for the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality. In 2007, he was asked by OECD to write a report about: Peak-oil and the evolving strategies of oil importing and exporting countries: Facing the hard truth about an import decline for the OECD countries. In 2012, he was invited by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the global organization of parliaments (, to present and discuss peak oil at the 127th Assembly in Quebec: Peak Oil – What prospects for energy security? In 2013 he was invited as guest professor at University of Texas in Austin to do research about shale gas and shale oil. He has in 2012 published a book (Springer) “Peeking at Peak Oil???, that looks at oil supplies, past, present and future. Blog “Aleklett’s

Ken Cronin

Ken Cronin, CEO, United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG)

Ken is the Chief Executive of the newly re-launched trade body UKOOG (UK Onshore Operators Group). UKOOG is the representative body for the UK onshore oil and gas industry including exploration, production and storage across both conventional and unconventional sources. The organisation’s objectives are to enhance the profile of the onshore hydrocarbons industry, promote better and more open dialogue with key stakeholders, deliver industry wide initiatives and programmes and to ensure standards in safety, the environment and operations are maintained to the highest possible level.
Ken has more than 20 years’ global experience in media, investor and government relations and has worked in and with many companies across the nuclear, renewables, oil and gas and power sectors. Prior to his role at UKOOG, Ken spent 10 years at worldwide communication agency Kreab Gavin Anderson as Head of Global Energy.

Dr. Mart van Bracht

Dr. Mart van Bracht, President of EuroGeoSurveys and Managing Director of TNO Energy

TNO is the largest independent research organisation in the Netherlands. Its mission is to create innovations that sustainably boost the competitive strength of industry and well-being of society. Mart van Bracht obtained a PhD degree in Earth Sciences at the Free University of Amsterdam. Following graduation he joined TNO. After having worked for several years as a scientific researcher, he held various management positions. Currently he is the Managing Director of TNO Energy, one of the seven research centers of TNO. In TNO Energy a staff of approximately 500 researchers conducts national and international research & development projects focused on a secure, safe, efficient and sustainable energy supply. TNO Energy also comprises the Geological Survey of the Netherlands. The Geological Survey manages data and information of the Dutch subsurface and conducts research on the sustainable management of the subsurface and its natural resources. Mart van Bracht holds several positions in Dutch and European networks, research centres and programmes related to energy, sustainability and geosciences.
Mart van Bracht is also President of EuroGeoSurveys (EGS), The Geological Surveys of Europe, representing 32 National Geological Survey Organizations, thus over 20.000 specialists working in numerous applications of geosciences to the EU society and economy. EuroGeoSurveys is a non- profit organisation working solely for the public interest. EuroGeoSurveys aims to provide the European Institutions with expert, neutral, balanced and practical pan-European advice and information as an aid to problem-solving, policy, regulatory and programme formulation in areas such as: the use and the management of on- and off-shore natural resources, the identification of natural hazards of geological origin, land-use planning, environmental management, waste management and disposal, sustainable urban development and the development of interoperable and harmonised geoscientific data at the European scale.

Thomas Bligaard Nielsen

Thomas Bligaard Nielsen, PhD candidate & Visiting Researcher London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Economics Department, University of Oxford

As a PhD candidate at the LSE, Thomas utilizes data from Colorado’s shale gas industry to identify the optimal timing of extraction under uncertainty. Thomas has been a visiting researcher at the Economics Department of the University of Oxford, acted as an external consultant for the OECD and worked as a contributor for Oxford Analytica.
He has previously worked in both the German and Danish energy sector including the Wintershall and Gazprom joint venture WINGAS GmbH and the energy division of the Confederation of Danish Industries.

Dr. Tony Grayling

Dr. Tony Grayling, Director, Technical and Cross-Cutting, Environment Agency

Tony Grayling is Director, Technical and Cross-Cutting, at the Environment Agency, the principle environmental regulator in England. He leads the
Environment Agency’s work on cross-cutting issues including climate change and sustainable development.
He is currently also leading the agency’s work on onshore oil and gas. He was previously a special adviser to David Miliband and Hilary Benn, successive Secretaries of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, helping to design the UK’s Climate Change Act 2008.
From 2002 to 2006 he was an associate director and head of the sustainability team at the Institute for Public Policy Research, a UK think tank, which he joined in 1999 as a research fellow. He was a special adviser to the Minister for Transport, Gavin Strang, from 1997-98 during the development of the UK governments 1998 transport white paper and before that a researcher successively to Labour MPs Ron Davies and Anne Campbell.
Educated at Thorpe St Andrew School, Norwich and Fitzwilliam College, he has a first class degree in natural sciences and a PhD in plant sciences both from Cambridge University.

Susan Packard LeGros

Susan Packard LeGros, President and Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD)

Susan Packard LeGros is the President and Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) and has extensive experience in environmental, energy and natural resources law across multiple industries and applications. Prior to CSSD, Susan was Partner and Of Counsel at several law firms where she represented and advised clients on a broad range of matters including environmental management and compliance, litigation before federal and state environmental agencies and state utility commissions, and renewable energy and energy efficiency policy development and finance.
She began her career as an attorney for the federal Environmental Protection Agency and went on to work as in-house counsel at several large international corporations before entering private practice. She has represented pharmaceutical companies, regional transportation, water and sewer authorities, municipalities, chemical companies, and energy service companies and developers.
Susan is consistently recognized as a leading environmental and energy attorney. She is a member of the American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy and Resources and was Vice Chair of its Solid & Hazardous Waste Committee. She is a frequent lecturer and speaker having been a course planner and presenter for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s annual program on Powerlaw as well as an adjunct professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Master’s Degree program in Environmental Studies. She currently serves as a Board member of the Energy Cooperative of PA and the Stroud Water Research Center.

javierJavier Alsina – Castillejos, Policy Officer, European Commission

Javier completed a BA in Political Science and subsequently obtained a MoA in International Relations and a MoA in European Studies. Javier has professional experience dealing with EU affairs at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Relations, the Delegation of the Catalan Government to the EU and the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations.
In 2013, he joined the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission, where he is in charge of the Communication on the Integrated Roadmap and Action Plan for Energy Technologies and Innovation and he is working on the topic of unconventional hydrocarbons.
Javier speaks Spanish and Catalan as mother tongue and English, French, Italian and Portuguese.

axelDr. Axel Bree, Head of Division Raw Material Policy and Mining Law, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

Dr. Axel Bree is Head of the Division responsible for Raw Material Policy and Mining Law of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin, Germany. In this capacity he is in charge of the legal framework regulating the exploration and exploitation of raw materials in Germany, including unconventional gas.

Before he took this position in early 2013, he worked in different positions within the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs on energy, technology and European policies. From 2005 until 2007 Mr. Bree was seconded as economical counsel to the German Embassy to the United States in Washington D.C. covering energy and IT policy. Further, he was delegated to the Federal Chancellery. He also taught European Law at American University during the summer semester from 2004 until 2006.

Day 1

08:00 – Registration and Morning Coffee

09:00 – Opening and Welcome Remarks

9:10-09:50 – Comprehending the Shale Gas Revolution in Europe

  • Shale gas development in Europe: A boom or a bust?
  • What are the impact of shale gas exploration and production on the global gas industry?
  • Increasing worldwide demand for natural gas: What are the future projections, and development in Europe?
  • How will global market will respond to shale gas developments in meeting current demand: Will shale gas drive down global gas prices?
  • Shale gas, the game changer: How shale gas is affecting and meeting the demands of gas Europe?
  • Exploring the Crimea crisis which underscores the importance of Europe’s drive for greater energy security

Senior Representative, Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER), European Commission

09:50-10:30 The environmental regulation of shale gas developments in England

  • Addressing the concerns about the impact of shale gas development processes on public health and environment
  • Highlighting environmental consideration associated with shale gas exploration: Can it be greener?
  • Considering the need for new regulations to address potential risks

Dr. Tony Grayling, Director, Technical and Cross-Cutting, Environment Agency

10:30-11:10 Morning Break & Networking

11:10-11:50 Evaluating the US shale oil developments and how could it differ for the Europe shale gas exploration and production

  • What are the driving factors behind the growth in US shale exploration and production
  • How has shale gas production affected US energy supply and demand dynamics and what has been the effect for oil and gas market globally?
  • What could shale exploration and production mean to investors
  • How US shale could continue to significantly influence the global energy

Bahzad Ayoub, Sector Analyst – Downstream and Unconventionals, The Energy Industries Council

11:50-12:30 How property rights shape US shale exploration

11:50-12:30 How property rights shape US shale exploration

This presentation analyzes how spatial competition accelerates shale gas extraction in the US, by zooming in on Colorado’s natural gas industry. The analysis shows that property right structures play a key role for how exploration develops. A combination of relatively small leases and private mineral rights has led to the high concentration of wells in American shale production. By contrast, mineral rights in Europe are generally state-owned. The shale gas story will therefore develop differently across the continents and the Europeans will face new challenges and opportunities. To be successful, E&P companies and regulators alike should understand what makes Europe different.

Thomas Bligaard Nielsen – PhD candidate & Visiting Researcher, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Economics Department of the University of Oxford

12:30-13:10 Sponsored Spotlight Presentation

13:10-12:10 Lunch

14:10-14:50 Shale Gas Regulatory Outlook in Europe: What are the Current Regulatory Developments Governing Shale Gas Industry?

What are the regulations and policies emerging from national and EU commission?
Outlining regulatory policies for shale gas exploration and production
Governments and regulators incentives: What role do the
Governments play in governing gas exploration and production in the Europe?
How these regulations are impacting the future shale gas exploration?

Dr. Axel Bree, Head of Division Raw Material Policy and Mining Law, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

14:50-15:30 Appraising the Europe State of Shale Gas Sector and the Investor Appetite: How Shale Gas Production Provide Rewards to Investors?

  • Examining the true potential in Europe: How to gain maximum benefit?
  • What are the investment opportunities and potential of unconventional oil in Europe?
  • What are the key factors in investing and financing shale gas projects?

15:30–16:10 Tea break & networking

16:10-16:50 Risk Management in Shale Gas Projects: How Risk Management Principles Can be used in Shale Gas Exploration and production Management Principles Can be used in Shale Gas Exploration and production

  • What are the key risks associated with the shale gas projects?
  • Adopting risk management principles and industry best practices to ensure sustainable operations in on-going projects
  • How industry best practices and lessons learned can be implemented to mitigate potential risks?
  • Assessing the shale gas development across the globe to develop a robust risk mitigation plan
  • What practices are recommended and how it is used as a risk communication tool for stakeholders and the public?

16:50-17:30 How to Acquire Community Support for Shale Gas Exploration and Development?

  • Enforcing policies and frameworks relevant to seek broad community support
  • How to reach out to the community to address and hear their concerns?
  • How community engagement procedures can assure community and public acceptance?

Susan Packard LeGros, President and Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD)

17:30 Chairperson’s Closing Remark

Day 2

08:00 – Registration and Morning Coffee

09:00 – Opening and Welcome Remarks

09:10-09:50 Assessing Shale Gas Production Outlook and Opportunity in UK

  • What is the current status of shale gas development in UK?
  • What is the Government, public and experts voices against shale?
  • What is the potential size of shale gas development and its economic impact?
  • Discussing the global economic challenges faced for shale gas development

09:50-10:30 Getting Ready for UK Shale Gas: Creating a Supply Chain Network and Skills to Support Shale Gas Project Start-up

  • What is the main shared infrastructure required to support the industry and its development?
  • Upskill an existing talent pool: Capitalising on required skills to meet the industry’s needs and expertise
  • What is the required development and consideration to fill the gaps and to stimulate the existing supply chain and skills?
  • Finding the right balance between storage and transportation of materials and equipments for efficient for shale development

Ken Cronin, CEO, UK Onshore Oil and Gas

10:30-11:10 Morning Break & Networking

11:10-11:50 Well Integrity: To What Extend the Well Performance Will Affect Shale Gas Operations?

  • What key elements of the well construction integrity policy are required?
  • What are the key factors involved in designing and delivering wells that can yield maximum production?
  • Test and monitoring: Performing testing on well and cemented casing prior and during fracturing process
  • Collaborating with independent inspections of wells to increase stakeholders’ and communities’ confidence

11:50-12:30 Well Integrity Regulations

  • Importance of well integrity-what is well integrity and why is it so important in shale gas operations
  • Why do we need to regulate well integrity-protection of ground water and the prevention of blowouts
  • What do the well integrity regulations include and how is well integrity regulated in UK?
  • How does this compare to other jurisdictions – USA and Australia

Tina Hunter, Director, Centre for International Minerals and Energy Law

12:30-13:10 Sponsored Spotlight Presentation

13:10- 14:10 Lunch

14:10-14:50 Benefiting from Technologies to Enable More Efficient Exploration and Development of Shale Gas

  • Understanding how geological assessment can ensure effective exploration?
  • How geology is influencing shale exploration completion and the impact of well recovery?
  • How to improve effective Stimulation Reservoir Volume (SRV) for maximum well performance?
  • How well performance and well spacing optimisation can enhance shale development?

Dr. Hassan Dehghanpour, Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

14:50-15:30 Can hydraulic fracturing make Poland self-sufficient in natural gas?

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has highlighted hydraulic fracturing (fracking) as the key to a “Golden Age of Gas”, but to reach this age the world must drill a million new wells. Within the European Union (EU), Poland appears to have the greatest shale resource and test drilling has started there. Poland hopes to be able to replace gas from Russia with domestic natural gas production and eventually to become self-sufficient. Poland currently imports 12.4 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year. Our analysis shows the need to drill at least 400 new shale gas wells per year for Poland to become self- sufficient. If it is judged to be very important that Poland reach self-sufficiency, then the EU should assist in importing 40 to 50 drilling rigs and hydrofracturing equipment from the U.S.A. With 400 new gas wells drilled per year over 30 years, one obtains 12,000 shale gas wells in Poland, which is less than the current number of wells in the Barnett Shale.

Kjell Aleklett, Senior Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, Uppsala University

15:30-16:10 Tea Break & Networking

16:10-16:50 Hydraulic Fracturing: Maximising your Opportunity in Technological Innovation Techniques to Reduce Environmental Impact

  • Embracing emerging techniques and technologies to obtain a cleaner energy source
  • What are the key requirements of fracturing and exploration?
  • What are the regulations governing the hydraulic fracturing processes: Permitting and licensing
  • How to perform continuous evaluation and monitoring towards fracking operations and procedures?

16:50-17:30 Water Management: What are the Challenges of Water Management in Shale Oil and Gas Projects?

  • What are the potential contaminants to focus and how to management it?
  • The importance of a good baseline: How do we know if there’s methane leaking?
  • What kind of regulation needs to be enforced for groundwater monitoring and protection?
  • What are the latest technologies and methods for water management and protection
  • Exploring the transport and storage of fresh waters for well development: Trucking, pipelines, storage ponds

17:30 Closing Remarks

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