2017 Sponsors

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Platinum Presenting Sponsor

BHP Billiton


BHP Petroleum is the oil and gas exploration and production business of BHP; one of the world’s top producers of major commodities including oil, gas, iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper, uranium and energy coal. BHP extracts and processes oil and gas and minerals from production operations located primarily in the Americas and Australia. Its products are sold worldwide, with sales and marketing lead through Singapore and Houston, United States, and global headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.

BHP prioritizes its people’s health and safety and strives to create an environment free from fatalities, injuries and occupational illnesses. Its size and scope allows BHP to make meaningful contributions to communities, and the long-term nature of its operations means it is able to build collaborative community relationships. BHP aims to maximize the social and economic benefits of its operations, contribute to economic development and minimize its environmental footprint through innovation, productivity and technology.

BHP’s Petroleum business comprises conventional and unconventional oil and gas operations, and includes exploration, development and production activities. Its high-quality resource base is concentrated in the United States and Australia, with core production operations consisting of conventional assets located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Australia and Trinidad and Tobago, and unconventional Onshore US assets. BHP Petroleum produces crude oil and condensate, gas and natural gas liquids. It conducts an international exploration and development program focused on the commercialization of gas resources, exploration and development of high-margin oil projects primarily in deepwater, and securing access to discovered resources through the development of enduring alliances with host governments and their agencies.

Gold Sponsors

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand

The Air New Zealand Group operates a global network that provides air passenger services and cargo transport services to, from and within New Zealand to more than 15 million passengers a year.

Air New Zealand's strategic focus and competitive advantage lies within the Pacific Rim. Our network expands from New Zealand to Australia, the South West Pacific, Asia, North America, South America and the United Kingdom. Flying to Australia from North America has never been easier. Gateways to Auckland include Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu & Vancouver. Air New Zealand has convenient non-stop connections from Auckland to 8 cities in Australia.



Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company’s success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of its employees and their application of the most innovative technologies in the world. The company explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. In Australia, Chevron is developing the Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG and domestic gas projects. Gorgon will be a global leader in the application of greenhouse gas storage technology.

Ernst & Young


The oil and gas industry is constantly changing. Increasing regulatory pressures, price fluctuations and geopolitical complexities all present significant challenges. Ernst & Young’s Global Oil & Gas Center brings together a worldwide team of professionals to help you achieve your potential — a team with deep technical experience in providing assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The Center works to anticipate market trends, identify the implications and develop points of view on relevant industry issues. Ultimately it enables us to help you meet your goals and compete more effectively.

It’s how Ernst & Young makes a difference.

Silver Sponsors

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated


Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated or JLL is a professional services and investment management company specializing in real estate. Since March 2014 it has officially marketed itself under the acronym, JLL.

For more than 250 years, JLL has been a trusted partner to organizations who want more value from the commercial real estate they own, use and invest in. We focus on what we do best, and that’s helping our clients achieve their ambitions.

We are a professional services firm, with specialists whose common passion is real estate. Our knowledge runs deep, with experts in every property type and every facet of transaction, management and advisory services.



Macquarie Energy is the North American energy marketing and trading arm of Macquarie Group, specializing in short- and long-term energy supply, asset optimization and management, hedging solutions, sophisticated risk management tools, and structured transactions for various natural gas and electricity producers, utilities, industrial users and other energy sector participants in North America.

Bronze Sponsors

AMOG Consulting

AMOG stands for "Australian Marine and Offshore Group," which describes our founding areas of engineering expertise and the organisation's understandably Australian focus when it first started trading.

Formed in 1991, AMOG's 5 founding Principals were; Dr. Andrew Potts, Prof. John Hinwood, Prof. Paul Grundy, Prof. Rob Melchers, and Mr. Malcolm Rowe. The founding principle of AMOG was to provide leading engineering solutions, predominantly to the marine and offshore sector.

Since then, the company has extended its service offerings to include: infrastructure support (both on and offshore); mining; transport (rail and tunnel); systems/process safety and risk engineering; defence; and engineering software.

AMOG continues to be a leading organisation, committed to investing in its people, and in research and development, so that we may continue to provide industry-leading engineering services to our clients.


The Australian Trade Commission – Austrade – contributes to Australia's economic prosperity by helping Australian businesses, education institutions, tourism operators, governments and citizens as they:

  • develop international markets
  • win productive foreign direct investment
  • promote international education
  • strengthen Australia's tourism industry
  • seek consular and passport services.

Working in partnership with Australian state and territory governments, Austrade provides international investors with the information needed to establish or expand a business in Australia. Services for international investors include:

  • initial coordination of investment enquiries and assistance
  • information on the Australian business and regulatory environment
  • market intelligence and investment opportunities
  • identification of suitable investment locations and partners in Australia
  • advice on Australian government programs and approval processes.

Our services for international companies are free, comprehensive and confidential.

Commonwealth Bank

The Commonwealth Bank is Australia’s leading provider of integrated financial services including retail banking, premium banking, business banking, institutional banking, funds management, superannuation, insurance, investment and share broking products and services. The Group is one of the largest listed companies on the Australian Securities Exchange and is included in the Morgan Stanley Capital Global Index.

CBA’s Natural Resources – Americas team is based in Houston and works with clients in the oil & gas production, midstream, LNG, and energy services sectors.

Energy Conference Network

The Energy Conference Network was established in response to a growing disenchantment with traditional conferences. Your average conference is boring, there are too many sales pitches, it is difficult to meet the right people, they’re not focused on industry challenges, and there is poor customer service.

We believe conferences should be better than this – and they can be! With 100% focus on the energy sector, a small team with a commitment to excellence in research and customer service, and a determination to deliver the absolute best experience onsite, the Energy Conference Network is just what the industry has been waiting for. Whether it is resource efficiency, supply chain optimization, technology implementation or production enhancement, energy companies need solutions now more than ever. Presentations, discussions, debates, contacts, and ideas are all elements of conferences that make them priceless.

The FerVID Group

The centerpiece of The FerVID Group is Expert-Led Recruiting.

The FerVID Group employs independent oil and gas and technology industry-expert consultants to screen and qualify candidates to deliver ideal candidates based on the evaluation of real-world technical qualifications, experience and cultural fit. Our highly regarded industry-expert consultants help clients articulate the job requirements accurately – a significant yet often overlooked part of the hiring equation. Then, our industry expert participates in the candidate screening process, designs technically challenging interview questions, leads probing interviews, qualifies the candidate’s actual experience and recommends individuals for placement.

Sometimes, the client is so impressed with our expert leading the recruitment process, they ask to hire the expert too! So, we offer our consultants on a fee-for-services basis when an employer requests our expert’s knowledge and experience beyond the staffing need. Additionally, The FerVID Group consultants actively mentor and share knowledge with candidates during the recruitment process in an effort to increase the probability of matching candidates with positions, and to improve the satisfaction of all involved in the client partnership. Perhaps most important, The FerVID Group’s unique recruiting process allows experienced, seasoned experts to leave a legacy to their industry, and be a part of its continued growth and excellence.


Founded in 1919, Halliburton is one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry. With more than 75,000 employees, representing 140 nationalities in approximately 80 countries, the company serves the upstream oil and gas industry throughout the lifecycle of the reservoir – from locating hydrocarbons and managing geological data, to drilling and formation evaluation, well construction and completion, and optimizing production through the life of the field.

Magnolia LNG LLC

Magnolia LNG LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of LNGL, is developing an 8 mtpa or greater LNG export terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA. The project site is on 115 acres adjacent to the Calcasieu Ship Channel, an established shipping channel in the Lake Charles District, State of Louisiana.

The project plan includes development of four LNG production trains of 2 mtpa each. They will employ the Company’s wholly owned and patented OSMR® LNG process technology. A joint venture between KBR and SKE&C is undertaking EPC contracting efforts for Magnolia LNG, with KBR leading the joint venture team. Magnolia LNG has entered into a Precedent Agreement for 20-year binding pipeline capacity agreement with Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline LLC to deliver gas to the site for the full 8 mtpa of the project.

Squire Patton Boggs

As a full-service global law firm, Squire Patton Boggs provides insight at the point where law, business and government meet, giving our clients a voice, supporting their ambitions and achieving successful outcomes. Our multidisciplinary team of more than 1,500 lawyers in 46 offices across 21 countries provides unrivaled access to expertise and invaluable connections on the ground.

Our client base spans every type of business, both private and public, worldwide. We advise a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies, and from individuals to local and national governments. We also serve the regional needs of the countries and cities we call home. It is a seamless service that operates on any scale – locally or globally. It encompasses virtually every matter, jurisdiction and market. www.squirepattonboggs.com

Winchester Energy

The Company is an Australian incorporated oil and gas exploration company which was founded in March 2014 by Messrs Peter Allchurch, Neville Henry and John D. Kenny for the primary purpose of acquiring oil and gas leases and working interests in areas situated on the Eastern Shelf of the Permian Basin in Texas, USA, a location which offers prospective Cline Shale unconventional oil opportunities at shallow depth together with attractive conventional oil targets in the Ellenburger Formation at slightly greater depth. Winchester Energy is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and its ticker code is WEL. The company has drilled I horizontal well and one vertical well. Both wells are in a testing phase. The company’s headquarters are in Perth Australia and the operational office is in Houston.