This episode features a discussion with Ross Hutton and Andrew Heseltine of Exploration Drill Rigs (XDR). XDR are a workover rig manufacturer developing the next generation of technology to make these machines safer and more efficient. The conversation centred around how they are developing the technology, what differentiates this technology from previous generations of equipment, and how they managed to secure their initial contracts.

It was interesting to hear from Ross and Andrew about how the company has grown and the impact their technology could have on both the safety and efficiency of these large, complex pieces of technology.

XDR can be found here.

You can find out more about NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) here.

The Energy Innovators Podcast website is located here.

In this episode we catch up with Vegard and Helene Frihammer, who are travelling around the world to explore new, green energy initiatives in the different countries they are visiting. They set off from Norway several months ago, and share in this interview the different experiences they’ve along the journey so far, as well as describe what is happening in Norway.

Vegard works with a company called Greenstat, who have the ambition to establish a global network of companies pursuing renewable energy solutions. Helene leads an organisation called Climapartners, who are developing a network of organisations working to reduce climate emissions and develop green business opportunities.

This discussion was quite different to most of the others on the podcast, but it was fascinating to hear how the energy and emissions landscape is changing in Norway.

Vegard is on LinkedIn here and Helene on LinkedIn is here.

You can find out more about NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) here.

The Energy Innovators Podcast website is located here.

This episode features a conversation with Professor Eric May of The University of Western Australia about the research he is leading into LNG and the LNG Futures Facility he is trying to establish.

The LNG Futures Facility would be the only LNG facility in the world specifically designed to support research. It will be highly instrumented and will incorporate the flexibility to undertake research into many aspects of the process, along with providing a proving ground for new technology and a training facility for technicians, engineers and operators of the future. You can find out more about the facility here.

You can find out more about the work of Eric’s work here.

More information on NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) can be found here.

The Energy Innovators Podcast website can be found here.

In this episode we talk with Tom Goerke of Cisco, his role with Innovation Central Australia and the Wireless Industrial Sensor Environment (WISE) initiative he is leading.

Wireless Industrial Sensor Environment (WISE) is a collaborative effort between Cisco, Curtin University and a number of industry partners where they develop and undertake use cases for novel applications. They combine sensing technologies with analytic software to solve new industry problems using the latest approaches and technology.

Innovation Central Perth can be found online here, and a downloadable flyer on the WISE program here.

Tom is on LinkedIn here.

You can find out more about NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) here.

The Energy Innovators Podcast website is located here.

In this episode we talk with Adriana Botto of Wood about her work with the Subsea Equipment Australia Reliability (SEAR) and Transforming Australian Subsea Equipment Reliability (TASER) JIP’s and how the work they are undertaking is helping to improve the reliability of Subsea equipment in Australian waters.

The TASER JIP is deploying four test racks on the seabed in Western Australian waters to undertake in situ tests to better understand how marine growth occurs on different materials and technologies. Once the findings are analysed there is the potential for industry to change their design approach and materials selection to ensure future subsea equipment of all kinds is more suitable to the challenging warm water environment inn which it operates.

The SEAR JIP can be found online here where you can learn about their various projects and technologies including the TASER JIP which is here.

Adriana is on LinkedIn here.

You can find out more about NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) here.

The Energy Innovators Podcast website is located here.

In this episode we talk with Nikki Cheesman-Dutton, CEO of CD Power, about her career and the growth and future of CD power, from its roots as a supplier of diesel-based remote power generation solutions to its current move into innovative hybrid power solutions for remote applications.

In the discussion, we also talked about some of the challenges of building and maintaining a skilled workforce in a business that is rapidly transforming from one based on traditional technologies to one pursuing the future. As CD Power explores increasingly technological solutions for its clients, it needs to continue to adapt.

CD Power can be found here, where you can learn about their projects and technologies. Nikki herself is on LinkedIn here.

You can find out more about NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) here.

The Energy Innovators Podcast website is located here.

In this episode we talk with Erica Smyth AC about her career in the resources sector, a career that has taken her from a geologist for BHP through being the first female to undertake a masters geology at McGill University in Canada before returning to Australia. Her career then progressed through various roles at BHP and Woodside after which she became a professional company director.

Erica’s insights from her career and her ongoing experiences are fascinating to hear, she brings a great deal of deep reflection and professionalism to every role she takes on and her observations and experience are valuable to everyone looking to understand their career opportunities and changes in the workplace.

You can find out more about Erica through her LinkedIn profile here.

More information on NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) can be found here.

The Energy Innovators Podcast website can be found here.

In this episode we talk with Ross Waring and Ray Farrier, the Chair and Cluster Manager of Subsea Innovation Cluster Australia (SICA), about the role SICA is playing in supporting the growth of Australia’s subsea industry and how they are helping local businesses offer improved services to the oil and gas operators.

SICA is a cluster of around 38 individual companies of all sizes who have come together in Perth, Western Australia, to provide a community that offers mutual support and business development. They are initially focusing on Intervention, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) services but are also looking to the future to grow into more offshore opportunities.

SICA can be found here.

You can find out more about NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) here.

The Energy Innovators Podcast website is located here.

This episode features a conversation with Associate Professor Zach Aman of The University of Western Australia about the research he and his team are undertaking into the formation of hydrates in natural gas.

Zach’s gas hydrates research includes the use of the CSIRO-managed HyJump flow loop, which is the world’s only simulation loop for subsea jumpers. The loop is being used for a collaborative project to investigate hos hydrates form in these complex pieces of pipeline. They are also involved in a number of other collaborative projects, including working with IFE in Norway and the Corrosion Centre located at Curtin University.

You can find out more about the work of Zach’s department here.

More information on NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) can be found here.

The Energy Innovators Podcast website can be found here.

In this episode we talk with Matt Allen, CEO of SubCon, about the growth of his company from its establishment to becoming one of the world’s leading businesses working in marine concrete and the design and construction of artificial reefs. We also discuss the challenges of working in an industry with major swings in confidence and the impact of the large swings in the oil price in the past decade.

SubCon specialise in the design and installation of many kinds of marine engineering, including stabilisation, anti scour and the engineering design and development of artificial reefs. They work with the oil and gas industry, government and infrastructure clients to design and install their products and have established offices in a number of different global centres.

SubCon can be found here, where you can learn about their various projects and technologies. Matt himself is on LinkedIn here.

The video of the deployment of the reef we discussed in the interview can be found here.

You can find out more about NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) here.

The Energy Innovators Podcast website is located here.