NERA’s Oceanography Projects

Mr Timothy Duff1

1NERA, Perth, Australia

National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) is one of six Growth Centres established by the Australian Government under the Industry Growth Centres Initiative. NERA’s role is to grow collaboration and innovation to assist the energy resources sector manage cost structures and productivity, direct research to industry needs, deliver the future work skills required and promote fit-for-purpose regulation.

 

NERA’s work program focuses on applied R&D, collaboration, innovation and regulatory reform with an aim to reduce costs, unlock resources, accelerate growth of the local supply chain and support the uptake of digital and clean technologies. While NERA’s portfolio of forty industry led collaborative projects is diverse, a number of projects have a strong oceanography aspect. These projects include:

–              Exmouth Integrated Artificial Reef: a unique project that will enhance marine habitat and recreational fishing opportunities by creating Australia’s first integrated artificial reef, which is partially made up of re-purposed offshore structures from the oil and gas industry.

–              TASER Living Lab: assessing the effectiveness of innovative coatings, materials and technologies against calcareous deposition and marine organism growth on subsea equipment.

–              Cluster Program: Subsea Innovation Cluster Australia (SICA) and the Ocean Energy Cluster aim to accelerate growth and expand capabilities through collaboration.

–              National Decommissioning Research Initiative: aims to improve the knowledge base underpinning decisions relating to the impact of infrastructure on the marine environment.

 

This presentation will provide a summary of these projects, including the key deliverables, progress to date and how the information will be shared with the wider industry.


Biography:
As Project Manager at NERA, Tim’s role is to ensure the effective delivery of programs and designated projects. This includes managing key stakeholder relationships, promoting project outcomes and identifying opportunities for collaboration in the energy resources sector. Tim supports NERA’s role to create connections to innovate and transform the energy resources sector. Tim holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Environmental Engineering) and a Master of Business Administration.

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