An International Conference on Coal Seam Gas and Oil is to be held in
Brisbane, Australia 24-26 March 1998 immediately preceeding the WRI
Conference in New Zealand. A number of earth scientists have indicated they
expect to attend both events.
The conference which is being organized by the Universities of Queensland
and Indiana will bring together scientists and engineers from a broad range
of disciplines to discuss current research with implications for the
occurrence of coal seam methane as well as oil and natural gas resources
sourced from coal.
The conference programme will focus on the following topics:
# Exploration-science and technology
# Safety, environment, regulatory requirements
There will be Pre-conference workshops presented by The Texas Bureau of
Economic Geology (Tyler and Scott) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers
and a Post-conference field trip to the Bowen Basin which is Queensland's
premier coal basin.
Understanding of coal seam gas occurrence and reservoir behaviour has been
hindered by the lack of quantitative constraints on the mechanisms and
timing of hydrocarbon generation and factors controlling the storage and
movement of gas and other hydrocarbons in coal. As a result of recent
technological advances, it is now possible to establish the structure and
composition of coal constituents insitu on a variety of scales from the
molecular to macroscopic and to simulate more realistically the process of
hydrocarbon generation and retention/migration. In addition, isotope
geochemistry provides tracers to identify the sources of components and the
ages of thermal and hydrothermal events. It is because we would particularly
welcome further contributions in the latter area from Isogeochem listers
that the deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to September
For further details on abstract preparation contact myself
([log in to unmask]) or Intermedia Convention and Event
Management ([log in to unmask]).