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Santos' Vice President Technical & Engineering, Diana Hoff, today addressed the Developing Unconventional Gas (DUG) Australia conference in Brisbane, where she spoke about the role of technology, innovation and expertise in unlocking Australia's significant unconventional gas potential.

Santos’ Vice President Technical & Engineering, Diana Hoff, today addressed the Developing Unconventional Gas (DUG) Australia conference in Brisbane, where she spoke about the role of technology, innovation and expertise in unlocking Australia’s significant unconventional gas potential.

The DUG Australia conference has brought together gas industry leaders from around the world to discuss how Australia can go about successfully developing its vast natural gas resources.

Ms Hoff drew on her 25 years of experience in the industry – primarily in the US – to outline how the Australian gas sector can learn from the operational experiences of North America.

“Australia – and in particular Santos – is well positioned to develop its large unconventional resource base, because of the increasing demand for gas both domestically and in the Asia Pacific region,” Ms Hoff said.

“In addition to demand, key factors to us developing these resources are the use of advanced technology and techniques, and increasing the efficiency of our operational processes. For this, Australia is looking to North America – we can learn a lot from the experience and expertise that exists there.

“Santos is seeing promising early signs in improving our operational efficiency, for example in our Cooper Basin and Queensland CSG fields. The benefits of greater efficiency extend to savings in time and cost and reduced environmental footprint.

“Another key challenge is access to infrastructure, such as pipelines. Santos is well positioned in this regard, as the success of our Moomba 191 shale well showed – proximity to the existing network was a key factor in the commercialisation of that well.”