Onshore gas

Our researchers are helping Australia to better understand the opportunities and risks of onshore (unconventional) gas as a new energy source.

The Challenge

Understanding onshore gas in an Australian setting

Australia has vast resources of onshore gas including coal seam gas, shale gas and tight gas. The gas is found in complex geological systems and is normally difficult to produce, requiring innovative technological solutions for extraction. Accessing these reserves will provide Australia with large quantities of gas to meet domestic needs and for export. However, this access requires use of world’s best practice safety, engineering and environmental standards to ensure impacts are minimised.

Our Response

Delivering solutions for industry

Our research is aimed at improving understanding of Australia’s onshore gas resources and developing sound and proven technologies to ensure these resources are developed efficiently, and in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

We are doing research to help ensure that the techniques used by Australia’s natural gas industry are world’s best practice and aiming to generate an ongoing and profitable onshore gas industry.

We are also partnering with industry through the Gas Industry Social & Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA) to research environmental, social and economic impacts that onshore gas development may have on communities. The projects and research findings are independently verified and transparently available to everyone on the GISERA website .

These research findings are helping industry, government and communities make informed decisions about onshore gas developments and manage their effects on society, the economy and the environment.

Case studies

  • Bioregional Assessments Programme

    Providing transparent scientific information to better understand the potential impacts of coal seam gas and coal mining developments on water and water-dependent assets.

  • Environmental impacts

    We are partnering with industry to assess the social, economic and environmental impacts asssociated with Australia's natural gas industry.

  • Fugitive emissions from coal seam gas

    We completed the first quantitative measurement of fugitive emissions from CSG wells in a pilot study covering Queensland and New South Wales.

  • Hydraulic fracturing

    Our goal is to understand the complex, multi-scale mechanics of hydraulic fracturing and to develop new technologies that support a growing breadth of industries.

  • Reservoir rejuvenation technology (R2T)

    We are enhancing gas production using cultured indigenous microbes which are active in coal seam gas reservoirs and produce secondary biogenic methane.


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