Connecting Australian energy innovators with global resources leaders at URTeC 2019 in Brisbane

18 November 2019

New energy technologies that can make resources operations safer, more sustainable and help industry transition to a low-carbon future will be on show for global industry stakeholders as part of the 2019 Asia Pacific Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) from 18–19 November in Brisbane.

The showcase has been developed by NERA as a key feature of this year’s URTeC, the first unconventional resources technology conference held outside North America.

NERA is pleased to be a major sponsor along with our collaborative partner University of Queensland Centre for Natural Gas to support this strategic gathering of regional and global experts, regulators and prominent researchers to share their technical know-how and technology advancements that can provide new perspectives in evaluating and optimising the extraction of unconventional resources.

With Australia hosting global energy stakeholders, this year the conference seeks to address the big question on how industry can continue meet world energy demands while transforming the energy market and accelerating the transition to a low-carbon world.

Capitalising on this, NERA has selected 15 national innovators to present their technologies as part of the conference, connecting industry stakeholders with solution providers to create opportunities for collaboration and innovation that can improve the global competitiveness and sustainability of Australia’s energy resources sector.

Among the innovators on show are Queensland-based Exploration Drill Rigs (XDR), who have developed a world-leading workover rig package that can deliver cost savings of up to 50% for operators due to faster, safer and cost effective well servicing. Also joining NERA will be MyPass Global, whose workforce management system has revolutionised the ways workers, employers and sites can connect through a synchronised, secure web-based portal to offer significant cost reductions while boosting worker safety.

NERA CEO Miranda Taylor said the technology showcase at URTeC was all about helping technology innovators connect with end-users to ensure innovative products and solutions can be deployed at speed, helping to create sector-wide transformational change and the development of a smart, high value, digital and export-focussed supply chain.

“NERA’s focus is on the transformation of the energy resources sector which isn’t constrained by a resources product or single end user. Instead it’s about new technology that is pulling our industry forward towards a more affordable, sustainable and diverse energy future and ensuring Australia remains at the global forefront of this transformation,” Ms Taylor said.

As part of URTEC, NERA will also celebrate its partnership with Deployment Matters to deliver an Australian portal to the Technology Catalogue — an online platform that connects technology suppliers and end-users to solve oil and gas challenges and rapidly deploy technologies.

The portal is focussed on connecting operators and technology end-users with the solutions they need, recognising the challenges many Australian operators and technology end-users have when searching for and comparing available solutions, and the challenges many Australian technology suppliers have deploying their technology.

Developed based on specific input received from eight Australian operators, the portal allows operators to easily select the right technologies from Australian and international suppliers to address specific business challenges/opportunities. Conversely, the portal allows technology suppliers to showcase and prove their technology solutions, helping them bring their technology to market.

To access the Australian Portal, and for more information on NERA’s national activities, visit