Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Growth Centre (NERA)

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Australia’s energy resources sector (including the exploration, development and extraction of energy and fuels from oil, gas, coal and uranium) contributes strongly to the Australia’s position as a leading energy exporter.

National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) is unlocking the potential of the Australian energy resources sector, by improving the sector’s competitiveness and transforming the sector for the low carbon future of tomorrow. NERA is uniquely positioned to support sector-wide transformation and unlock over $10 billion of new value and potentially 200 000 jobs for the Australian economy.

NERA has focused on transitioning sector workforce skills to support future industry needs; establishing innovation clusters; developing a National Energy Literacy Framework; improving access geophysical and subsurface data to contribute to Australia’s future energy resources base; and developing new technology projects.

NERA has engaged with 2320 firms through activities such as workshops, networking events and inbound and outbound trade missions.

Australia ranks as one of the top three global exporters of liquefied natural gas (LNG), coal and uranium, with expectations to become the world’s largest LNG exporter by 2019. The sector directly provides approximately 85 900 full time jobs with a gross value add of $55.1 billion.

Enhancing collaboration and commercialisation

NERA is creating connections between researchers, industry, government, SMEs, supply chains, and entrepreneurs to grow collaboration and entrepreneurship in the sector.

NERA is delivering a range of initiatives to drive these connections and has committed $12.3 million to 34 collaborative projects valued at $31.2 million, with over 200 partners through the NERA Project Fund.

  • NERA has supported nine SMEs through an Innovation Voucher scheme to support industry-led research addressing a technical challenge impacting a primary buyer in the oil, gas and energy resources sector. Primary buyers partnered in each of these projects. Following the success of this initiative, NERA announced its Leap Vouchers scheme in 2018.
  • NERA’s SME ConnectER Program allows SMEs to pitch their innovation and value proposition to operators and contractors from the oil and gas sector. SME ConnectER 2019 builds on its highly successful predecessor, which saw over 30 SMEs pitch their innovations to representatives from Chevron, Woodside, Shell, ConocoPhillips, Quadrant Energy, Upstream Production Solutions, Worley Parsons, Downer and Monadelphous.

Through the Innovation Voucher scheme, Soter Analytics has developed SoterSpine, a low-cost, wearable product that monitors and records at-risk body posture movements to prevent musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace. Soter Analytics has 11 new customers, in five industries, across three continents.

Improving skills and capability

The Australia’s energy resources sector needs to be at the forefront of adopting digital and automation technologies to remain competitive.

  • In 2018, NERA developed and released the ‘Preparing Australia’s future oil and gas workforce’ report. Designed as a scenario-planning tool, the report maps out the potential trajectory of the oil and gas workforce in Australia in the years ahead so that companies, workers and policymakers can make informed decisions and prepare for a potentially volatile future. The report is a step towards developing a common expectation about the potential future direction of the workforce in the oil and gas industry.

Taking Australian businesses to the world

Under the Smart Australia program, NERA supported 10 innovative small businesses from Australia’s energy resources sector to form the inaugural Team Australia Delegation at Gastech 2018, enabling them to deliver a showcase of local innovation and future capability to the 30 000 attendees at this year’s event in Barcelona. These SMEs also participated in a rigorous three-day customised workshop and mentoring program to help them identify in-market opportunities, scope relevant commercial and financial strategies, and develop the skills, language and tools required to translate these into tangible commercial outcomes.

For more information on NERA’s activities visit www.nera.org.au