Tight Gas Hackathon

Event Details

Dunston Hall Hotel, Norwich
Wednesday 31st May 2017 09:00-16:30

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Free to Attend



in partnership with the Oil and Gas Authority

31 May 2017 - Dunston Hall, Norwich

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), in conjunction with the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR), will host its second hackathon event in Norwich to bring operators and the supply chain together to focus on cost efficiencies and technological solutions applicable to the Southern North Sea’s (SNS) tight gas market.

Last year, the OGA and EEEGR launched a special interest group (SIG)focusing on SNS rejuvenation to highlight the importance of the region in maximising the economic recovery of the UK’s oil and gas reserves. One of the group’s priorities has been to focus in on tight gas opportunities in the Southern North Sea and from which the idea of a tight gas hackathon was conceived. With input from Shell, Centrica, Premier Oil and Baker Hughes, the event will act as a platform for operators and the supply chain to come together and both exchange ideas and collaborate on the challenges ahead.

Eric Marston, OGA SNS area manager, said: “Tight gas reservoirs are often presumed to be high cost and high risk yet we estimate 3.8 trillion cubic feet of tight gas remains locked in existing fields, undeveloped discoveries and prospects in the SNS.

“This hackathon will bring operators and the supply chain together to focus specifically on tight gas and the technologies which can unlock these opportunities. Beyond the immediate benefits of bringing these reservoirs on stream, the development of tight gas also has the ability to extend the economic life of remaining infrastructure, stimulate field redevelopments and marginal pools and support the local supply chain by building expertise and capability.”

The event is being supported by Centrica’s ‘pioneering practitioners’ who facilitate idea generation and discussion. The topics to be debated at this event are:

TopicThe Challenge
1 Stimulation:  How can we do what we normally do better (i.e. more efficiently and cheaper)?
2 Technology:   How can we make reservoirs give up their gas more easily?
3 Reservoirs: How can we better improve our understanding of reservoirs? e.g. improve our ability to identify open natural fractures, faults, baffles.
4 Production:   How do we maintain production on existing tight gas fields?
5 Logistics:   What can be done to reduce the cost of logistics on tight gas developments and how can we reduce the clean-up time on a fracced tight gas well?


Simon Gray, EEEGR CEO, said: “Energy production from gas now forms nearly 50% of the UK’s capacity, therefore ensuring a domestic supply of gas is vital to the UK’s energy strategy. Tight gas could play a huge role in satisfying that demand.

“Together with the OGA, EEEGR has formed a SNS rejuvenation SIG and one of its key work streams is considering how we locate, secure and harness the potential for tight gas in the SNS. As a result, we are jointly organising a problem solving hackathon event where we invite industry to come together to collaborate in finding the best solutions.

“With its unique mix of historic production from SNS gas, nuclear generation at Sizewell and the world’s largest windfarms, the East of England plays a vital role in the UK's energy production. Your knowledge and expertise are key to us harnessing this opportunity.”

The event takes place on 31 May 2017 at Dunston Hall, Norwich, from 09:00-16:30. It is free of charge to attend. All interested parties must register their interest via the BOOK NOW tab on this page of the website and will be notified if they are allocated a place. Places are limited.

You may also be interested in our other oil & gas events being held in Norwich the following day. Two of our Special Interest Groups, the first focussed on Southern North Sea Rejuvenation and the second on Late Life & Decommissioning, are holding specialist meetings on 1 June at Norwich City Football Club. Please click here for more details.



Dunston Hall is on the A140, Ipswich Road. From the M11 take the A11 towards Norwich. At the Thickthorn roundabout take the A47 towards Great Yarmouth, leaving at the next exit the A140 toward Ipswich. The Hotel is a mile further on, to the left.


The hotel is 4 miles from Norwich Station in the centre of the city.


Norwich International Airport is 8 miles away


TimeMinutesAgenda Item
09:00 30 Registration - networking with refreshments
09:30 30 Introduction & scene setting for the day
10:00 15 Proceed to assigned rooms for sessions
10:15 45 Commencement of Session 1
11:00 15 Collate information and prepare for next session
11:15 30 Networking refreshment break
11:30 45 Commencement of Session 2
12:15 15 Collate information and prepare for next session
12:30 45 Buffet lunch and Networking
13:15 45 Commencement of Session 1
14:00 15 Collate information and prepare for next session
14:15 15 Networking refreshment break
14:30 45 Commencement of Session 4 (ALL ATTENDEES)
15:15 60 Feedback Session including 'Next Steps and Solutions' (ALL ATTENDEES: five sessions of 10 minutes each)
16:15 - Event close


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