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CCOP-KIGAM Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources Project: The 8th National Coordinators Meeting and Technical Workshop (UCM8)

The 8th National Coordinators Meeting or UCM8 was conducted at the Grand Inna Malioboro Hotel, Yogyakarta on 18-20 July 2017 with 30 participants. In attendance were the national coordinators / technical staff from Cambodia, China, Korea, Lao PDR, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Vietnam and  Indonesia, the host country. Technical staff from LEMIGAS and Geological Agency - Indonesia (GAI) represented the host country at the Meeting.  Also present are staff from CCOPTS and Dr Erica Greenhalgh of the British Geological Survey (BGS), as the main resource person on shale oil & gas resource assessment.  

Present at the Opening Ceremony were Dr Young-Jo Lee (Director of Global Cooperation Division - KIGAM), Dr Mohd Wafid Agung (Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia to CCOP and Head of Center for Geological Survey - GAI), and Dr Adichat Surinkum (Director of CCOPTS).  Dr Wafid delivered the opening address and officially opened UCM8 on behalf of Dr Ego Syahrial, the Permanent Representative of Indonesia to CCOP and Head of GAI.

The objectives of UCM8 are to apply the CCOP Guideline Methodology for the assessment of oil and gas shale resources - looking into the parameters for quantitative and qualitative assessments.  Included in the agenda are case studies and workshops on shale resources volumetric calculation and uncertainty assessments. The UC Project is using the EIA/ARI methodology for world shale gas and shale oil resource assessment (June 2013) as the Guideline Methodology for CCOP.

The case studies on resource assessment were presented and thoroughly discussed.  The case studies highlighted the methodology used, work flow in the assessment, data used and uncertainty assessments.  The case studies presented are as follows:

  1. Gyeongsung basin (KIGAM) - as a resource assessment case study for a basin with less or very few available data.
  2. South Sumatra basin (LEMIGAS, Indonesia) - as a resource assessment case study for a basin with a mature oil and gas operations but considered a frontier basin for shale resource exploration.
  3. Wessex Shale Oil Resource Estimation (BGS) - the case study area is located in southern Britain with data from exploration, appraisal and production wells.  

However, no unconventional wells have been drilled in the area.

BGS also delivered two (2) more presentations on-line (via Skype),

  1. Update on shale exploration and research in Europe - highlighting on the resource volume calculated and its possible impact of extraction, and
  2. Calculating Total Organic Carbon (TOC) using the ‘Passey Method’ - using the change in deep resistivity and porosity curves to highlight the presence of organic-rich intervals in the source rocks.

As regards the on-going CCOP - Asia shale basin potential mapping, the UC Project have so far identified at least twenty six (26) shale basins in the CCOP region. The mentioned mapping will be completed before the planned UCM9 in Cebu, Philippines on 12-14 October 2017.

CCOPTS also presented the recent developments of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC), particularly the outcomes of the Expert Group on Resource Classification (EGRC) 8th Session that transpired in Geneva, Switzerland last April 2017.  UNFC is now applicable for the classification and management of various resources such as oil/gas, solid minerals, uranium and thorium, geothermal energy and injection projects for geological storage.  Significant progress has also been made to broaden the UNFC application to other renewable energy systems, including bioenergy, solar, hydro, and wind energy, and waste materials.

A 1-day field work was organized by GAI and LEMIGAS to visit outcrops of KeboButak, and Gamping Wungkal formations as well as important cultural / historical sites such as the Prambanan Temple.

For the full report of this activity, please see the Project's website, in particular from this link, http://ccop.asia/uc/details/UCM8---UC-Project-8th-National-Coordinators-Meeting-and-Workshop

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