The annual APPEA Conference takes place in Brisbane this month and while traditional energy producers have faced a swag of challenges in recent years, the line-up of speakers and attending companies looks to be as strong as ever.

Oil and gas producers are facing some of the most challenging times of the past 50 years as investors, customers and the general public demand cleaner energy and climate action.

But far from going gently into the night, company executives are setting a course for Brisbane and the 2022 APPEA Conference, which promises a program set to address many of today’s key issues head on.

This year’s conference theme is “Positive Energy for a Changing World”, with topics ranging from economic recovery after recent oil price lows, to the impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, decarbonisation and addressing 2050 targets, energy security, investment challenges and a range of other key issues. The conference, which runs from May 16-19, will provide attendees with “three days of candid debate on how the oil and gas sector can play a central role in Australia’s future.”

Long regarded as the representative voice for the oil and gas industry in Australia, this year’s conference sees APPEA directly addressing the once hushed subject of transitioning to secure, cleaner energy as Australia moves towards a lower emissions future.

APPEA states that the conference “will challenge the thinking of the industry with robust debates on key topics and challenges to ensure real solutions are developed to support the industry in achieving a prosperous future.”

The speaker and exhibitor line-up also indicates that everyone from major producers to junior explorers sees APPEA as the most relevant place to be. Industry chiefs from oil and gas majors Santos, Woodside, Shell, ExxonMobil and Chevron will be joined by a who’s who of past and present Australian politics, key researchers and technical experts for keynote presentations, plenary and technical sessions, and panel discussions. An extensive technical and business program will also see 100 unique papers presented over the conference duration.

More than 120 product and service providers will also display their wares as part of the APPEA Exhibition.

The first day of the conference will once again be focused on the separately ticketed Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia’s Deal Day Seminar, which showcases acreage and farm-in opportunities.

For more information and registration details, see the APPEA Conference website.