With the UK set to leave the European Union, energy security is one of the top agenda items for both the UK government and the UK economy. With operations now moving forward and successful results produced, the UK onshore oil and gas industry is in a prominent position to boost economic growth, aid energy security and produce local jobs. The UK Onshore Gas & Oil Summit will address the latest developments and opportunities emerging from across the oil and gas sector. Key discussion themes will include policy developments, operator plans moving forward, challenges faced, and opportunities for local communities. Technical sessions will be incorporated on day two to help enhance and improve operations for the upcoming 12 to 18 months. Key areas of technical focus will include waste water treatment & disposal, reservoir characterisation and well optimisation. Attended by UK operators, central and local government, leading academia and solution providers, the summit will bring together stakeholders from across the value chain, promote cross-industry collaboration, and aid the development of this burgeoning industry.

Sessions One and Two

Session 1 - Future of the UK Onshore Oil and Gas Sector

With the UK moving out of a critical year for onshore oil and gas, this session will evaluate the latest developments from across the industry. The session will review the successful initial exploration phase and the impact for this upon UK policy and energy security. As the UK shifts toward a low carbon future, particular attention will also be paid to the role for onshore oil and gas as a home-grown energy source. Time will also be afforded to discussion of field development plans moving forward.


  • 9:00 Chairs opening address Ken Cronin, CEO, UKOOG
  • 9:05 Helena Charlton, Head of Policy, BEIS
  • 9:35 Francis Egan, CEO, Cuadrilla Resources
  • 9:55 Steve Sanderson, CEO UKOG
  • 10:20 Main Sponsor
  • 10:45 Coffee & Networking Break

Session 2 - Operator Results & Future Plans

This session will address operational results from the last 12 months. Discussion will focus upon results from recent test wells and the quality of recoverable gas. Predicted recoverable quantities will also be reviewed alongside the impact this could hold for the UK economy.


  • 11:30 John Blaymires, COO, Igas
  • 11:55 Case Study
  • 12:20 Ian Roche, Managing Director Aurora Energy Resources
  • 12:45 Case Study
  • 13:10 Tom Pickering, Operations Director, INEOS
  • 13:35 Lunch & Networking
Sessions Three and Four

Session 3 - Economics & Workforce Developments

With the UK undergoing substantial changes to its economic landscape in light of Brexit, the UK now needs to take advantage of its own assets. As many offshore fields in the North Sea now head into decommission, now is the time for the UK to take advantage of the experienced skilled workforce they have on their doorstep. This session will consider the impact of such developments upon the oil and gas industry. Key themes will include workforce changes moving forward, and how the shale gas industry can help to propel the petrochemical sector, agricultural sector and energy intensive industries. The benefits of this for aiding the regeneration of local areas will also be discussed.


  • 14:35 Chairs opening
  • 14:40 Jeremy Nicholson, Director, EIUG
  • 15:05 Case Study
  • 15:30 Stuart Fegan, National Officer Commercial Services Section, GMB
  • 15:55 Coffee & Networking Break

Session 4 - Investment

This session will discuss the need for investment across the sector, particularly in order to transition the UK onshore oil and gas industry from exploration to production. Discussion themes will include current investment trends, acquisitions and mergers, alongside private equity investment.


  • 16:10 Case Study
  • 16:30 David Philips, Manging Director Equity Research, HSBC
  • 16:50 Charles Lesser, Head of Natural Resources, Panmure Gordon
  • 17:10 Q&A
  • 17:20 Conference Finish
Sessions One and Two

Session 1 - Well Optimisation and Operational Efficiency

This session will consider the benefits of well stimulation for improving performance and yield, well integrity, and intelligent well completion technologies for reducing operational costs and maximising productivity.


  • 9:25 Chair Geological Society of London
  • 9:30 Eric Vaughan, Well Engineering Director, Cuadrilla Resources
  • 9:55 Martin Durham, Exploration Director, Egdon Resources
  • 10:20 Main Sponsor

Session 2 - Data Driven Drilling

One of the biggest challenges facing the UK industry is to emulate the USA success in reducing costs. With advances in M2M learning and IoT, and a range of new technologies on our doorstep, digital transformation is making its way across the industry. This session will focus on data driven & real time drilling, and how they can be used to reduce drilling costs and downtime to maximise profit margins for both operators and shareholders.


  • 11:30 Case Study
  • 11:55 Panle Discussion: The benefits and challenges of data driven drilling

    Kirs Bone, Well Engineering Director, Igas

    Jens Hoffmark, Regional VP Europe, IADC

    Morten Kelstrup, Chief Commercial & Innovation Officer, Maersk Drilling
  • 12:45 Lunch & Networking
Sessions Three and Four

Session 3 - Wastewater Treatment and Disposal

With waste water treatment and disposal remaining critical issues for the industry, this session will address the latest developments being made within the treatment of fracked water. Led by a panel of experts, discussion will consider new technologies and processes for treatment of flow-back water onsite, reducing freshwater usage, recycling water, treatment fluids, and reducing fluid additives.


  • 13:45 Chair opening address
  • 13:50 Case Study
  • 14:15 Panel discussion

    Alastair Chisholm Senior Policy Officer, CIWEM

    Andy Mortimer, Subsurface Director, Third Energy

    Gary Edwards, Senior Advisor, Environment Agency

    Stuart Gilfillan, Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
  • 15:05 Coffee & Networking Break

Session 4 - Reservoir Characterisation

3D & 4D reservoir characterisation have been two of the biggest developments of recent years. This session will discuss the benefits of utilising these new technologies for optimising reservoir performance, enhancing well production and maximising the recovery of hydrocarbons.


  • 15:40 Case Study
  • 0:00 Ed Hough, Shale Gas Manager, British Geological Survey
  • 16:30 Case Study
  • 16:55 Conference Finish
All speakers are invited unless stated confirmed
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