Areas of Expertise
Coal seam gas (CSG / CBM), coal mine methane, unconventional gas, applied geology and geophysics, reservoir characterisation, project management, advanced drilling and geosensing technologies
Scott Thomson is a geologist with almost 40 years’ experience in the coal mining and energy industries. He holds a B. Sc., M. Sc. And M.B.A.
He has held leadership roles in industry and has worked as a consultant to the Coal Bed Methane (CBM) and coal mining industry for the past 20 years. He has been a managing director of a leading directional drilling service and technology supply company, and a Research Leader in coal seam gas associated with a major Australian CRC.
Scott is Managing Director of CoalBed Energy Consultants, which provides project management, technical services, business development, due diligence and consulting services in Coal Seam Gas (CSG) / CBM, Coal Mine Methane (CMM), fugitive emissions and related areas.
CoalBed counts in its client list all of the major mining companies in Australia, and many of the leading CSG / CBM operators. Scott and his son Duncan have developed popular training courses in CBM Fundamentals, Production & Completion, and CBM Drilling which have been delivered to a range of clients in Australia and overseas.
CoalBed have developed unique skills in the evaluation of fugitive emissions from shallow open cut mining operations and act as Estimators for companies reporting to the National Greenhouse Office for Carbon Tax compliance. The company also manages surface to inseam directional drilling programs for geological exploration and degasification, and have developed expertise in the use of directional drilling data for improved geological modelling.
Scott has worked in most of the major coal seam gas basins throughout the world, and assisted with technology transfer of CBM skills and advanced directional drilling technology into emerging markets such as China, India, southern Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Recent CBM related experience includes developing fields in Indonesia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Brazil, Mozambique and Botswana.
Scott is the author of a number of papers that have been published in a range of journals and proceedings, and was also the co-recipient of the prestigious Stefanko Award for best paper at the 2008 SME Conference in Denver, CO, USA for a paper titled “A Petroleum Industry Approach to Coal Mine Drainage”.
He holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Newcastle, an MSc in Geology from the University of New England and an MBA from Deakin University. He is a member of the Geological Society of Australia and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Areas of Expertise
Project management, applied drilling engineering, coal seam gas / coal bed methane, unconventional gas, coal geology, exploration, applied geology and geophysics, reservoir characterisation, advanced drilling and geosensing technologies
Duncan Thomson has practical hands on project management experience in unconventional gas and mining, and has specialised in drilling and logistics for the last 15 years.
Duncan joined CoalBed in 2008, and became a Director in 2010. He has acted as project manager on a number of CSG / CBM exploration and mining projects in the major Australian coal basins. Recently, his project management skills have been applied in Botswana, Mozambique, Indonesia and Kazakhstan on developing unconventional gas projects.
Duncan has extensive experience and skills in the interpretation, planning and management of a wide variety of drilling programs, including complex lateral drilling for CSG / CBM operators and miners. CoalBed has used this data to build detailed geological models relevant to longwall planning, a world-first. Duncan is also actively involved in aiding underground coal mines with the management of gas hazards during mine planning, development and longwall operations.
Duncan has experience in coal seam geology, exploration, coalbed methane, geotechnical engineering, fugitive emission assessments, reservoir characterisation, safety systems and project management. He has previously worked in the technical services department for Australia’s largest underground coal mining companies in QLD and NSW, and CSG / CBM operations in the Surat and Bowen Basins, QLD.
Duncan holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Newcastle, and a Masters of Mining Engineering from the University of NSW. He also holds an International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) WellCAP – Supervisor Certificate (UNSW).