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CCOP - KIGAM Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources Project: National Coordinators Meeting & Workshop (UCM7)

The 7th National Coordinators Meeting or UCM7 was conducted at Holiday Inn Silom Hotel, Bangkok on 28-30 March 2017 with 26 participants. In attendance were the national coordinators / technical staff from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Korea, Lao-PDR, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Thailand, and the CCOPTS.

The objectives of UCM7 are to apply the Guideline Methodology for the assessment of oil and gas shale resources - looking into the assessment parameters, data to use, and work flow. Workshops on shale basin mapping using QGis software and resource assessment exercises were included in the agenda. The Workshop on QGis software was conducted to complete / update the shale maps of some of the participating countries. The KIGAM team of Dr. Byeong Kook Son and Dr. Tae Hoon Lee guided the QGis workshop.

GSJ-CCOP-GA Groundwater Project Phase III Meeting, 21-23 March 2017, Bali, Indonesia

The CCOP-GSJ-GA Groundwater Project Phase III Meeting was held on 21-23 March 2017, in Bali, Indonesia.  It was attended by 31 participants from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam and the CCOP Technical Secretariat.

The Opening Ceremony started with the Welcome Remarks and Addresses delivered by Dr. Adichat Surinkum, Director of the CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOPTS), and Dr. Youhei Uchida, Groundwater Project Leader, Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ, AIST). The Opening Speech was made by Dr. Ego Shyarial, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to CCOP & Head of the Geological Agency of Indonesia (GA). 

The 68th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting, 7-9 March 2017, Myanmar

The 68th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting was held at the Grand Amara Hotel, Naypyitaw, Myanmar on 7-9 March 2017.  The Meeting was attended by delegates of the following Member Countries (MC):  CAMBODIA, CHINA, INDONESIA, JAPAN, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, LAO PDR, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR, THAILAND, PHILIPPINES and VIETNAM.  Also present was Ms. Franca Schwarz, Chairperson of the CCOP Advisory Group, and the Director and staff of the CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOP TS). The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) attended as Observer.  

H.E. U Ohn Winn, Union Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation and Dr. Ye Myint Swe, Permanent Representative of Myanmar to CCOP, Director General, Department of Geological Survey and Mineral Exploration, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation gave the welcome remarks. Dr. Joong-Ho Synn, Chairman of CCOP Steering Committee, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to CCOP and  President of Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) officially opened the 68th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting.

KIGAM/ISGeo Regular Training Course on Petroleum Exploration, Development and Production, 6-31 March 2017, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

KIGAM/ISGeo training course on “Petroleum Exploration, Development and Production” was conducted from 6thMarch to 31stMarch, 2017 in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, in collaboration with CCOP for its member countries. A total of 22 trainees, 16 from CCOP Member Countries (China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) attended the course, together with other international participants.

The training course provided participants with an introduction to key aspects of energy resources related to the petroleum industry. The contents of the course comprised a general overview on petroleum economics, petroleum geology, reservoir & sequence stratigraphy, reservoir geophysics & petrophysics, petroleum engineering & unconventional resources. Many instructors were involved in the course. Various other activities were also included in the training course. This includes KIGAM Lab tour, country report briefing and Korean Language & cultural class. Participants visited several KIGAM labs including Gas Hydrate Dept., Underground Space Dept., Pilot Plant for mineral processing, Geological Museum, and energy related governmental institute.

The First BGR-CCOP International Training Course on Risk-Sensitive Spatial Planning

The ‘First BGR-CCOP International Training Course on Risk-Sensitive Spatial Planning in CCOP Member Countries’ took place from 20 February to  2 March 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand and was organized by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR, Germany) in cooperation with CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOPTS).

This training course activity consists of three training courses that are funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and are conducted by the two BGR experts Dr Dirk Balzer and Dr Dirk Kuhn. The training courses represent a capacity building measure for professionals of mandated authorities in the fields of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Spatial Planning. It aims to support the requirements and future challenges of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), strengthen disaster risk governance to manage Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and to promote the dialogue and cooperation among the relevant authorities and thereby support risk-sensitive spatial planning. During the course, the participants are familiarized with the concepts and dimensions of disaster risk and are trained in the elaboration of pre-disaster risk assessments in order to build the knowledge on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

VIGMR-GSJ-CCOP Workshop: Practical Analysis of GSHP Logging Data

On 20 February 2017, the Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources, in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ) and CCOP, organized an international workshop on "Practical analysis of data logging GSHP" (name known in UK: Practical analysis of data logging GSHP) at the headquarters of the Institute.

International and Vietnamese participants who attended the workshop gave presentations and introduction on: Meaning of the installation GSHP System; Potential of geothermal resources, possibilities and demands for GSHP in Vietnam; Ability to save power by using this system in the cooling or warm air conditioners as well as its significance for minimizing environmental impacts; Preliminary evaluation of geothermal potential in Vietnam, current state of research, development and application of geothermal energy in Vietnam and the development of renewable energy and related policies in Vietnam.

CCOP- DMR Technical Workshop on Transboundary Georesources Management

The Dam Behavior of Srinakarindh Dam is always a hot topic whenever earthquakes happen in Thailand. It is because the dam is located on the Three Pagoda fault zone running pass southern part of Myanmar and Western part of Thailand. Many workshops on the earthquake topic and dam side safety were organized here especially after the Andaman Earthquake in December 2004.  Srinakarindh Dam is also a very good place to organize other workshop on Geoscience topics because there are many interesting sites for groundwater, fossil, and mining management.  The longest gas pipe line from Yadana Gas field of Myanmar is also located not far from the dam toward the west.

Field Survey at the Chantaburi River Estuary - Tropical Sandy Beach Processes and Morphodynamics

During 17-21 December 2016, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) invited Dr Adichat Surinkum, CCOPTS Director to join the field survey in Chantaburi Province, Eastern Thailand. The field surveys, both on land and offshore, are part of the cooperation program between Thailand and PR China. Started to cooperate in 2014, the project on the “Integrated Observation and Vulnerability Assessment of Tropical Marine Environment” between State Administration of Oceanography (SOA)  of PR China and DMR of Thailand is focusing on capacity building and creating the shoreline land-use map of Eastern Thailand.  In December 2016, Mr. Yu Dongsheng, Deputy Director of MCG Laboratory, Third Institute of Oceanography (TIO) and  Mr. Chen Hui, Chief Engineer of Island Research Center (IRC), State Administration of Oceanography (SOA) led the team to Chantaburi and made the surveys with geoscientists of DMR.

QUALITY·EFFICIENCY·TECHNOLOGY - ECF2016 Oil & Gas Tech Innovation Award

Among all the difficulties and challenges that the oil and gas industry is facing right now, the most important problem yet to solve is the low oil price situation. In order to sustain commercial operation for both conventional and unconventional resources, the most powerful weapon is the innovation and breakthrough of technology.

On October 17-19, 2016 in Shanghai China, Shanghai United Institute for Unconventional Resources, Shanghai Energy Economy Committee of SEA, and the Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia jointly held “ECF2016 Oil & Gas Tech Innovation Award” during Energy China Forum (ECF) 2016 6th Asia-Pacific Shale Gas Summit. The Award included 5 nominations for Environment & Energy Conservation, Stimulation & EOR Technology, Cost Reduction & Efficiency Technology, Exploration & Production Technology and Intelligent & Information Technology. After a careful selection and evaluation by the ECF Expert Group, three projects in total were awarded.

Asian Geothermal

During November 17-20 2016, National Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) of Japan, Department of Groundwater Resources (DGR) of Thailand and Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) of Republic of Korea co-organized two(2) important meetings in Chiang Mai Thailand on Geothermal. The first, a workshop on “Opportunities and Benefits of Geothermal Use” was held on 17th November where best practices of direct use were presented by experts from around the world.

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