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June 2006

On June 22, Dmitry Volkov attended the Meeting of the Members, Strategic Session & Board of Directors Meeting of the North American Energy Standards Board. On June 21 and 22, Dr. Michelle Foss participated in the Annual Sponsors’ Review-Discussion Meeting of the Gas Research Programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Oxford. Dr. Foss presented her forthcoming paper “U.S. Natural Gas Prices: Scenarios to 2015.” 06/30/06

On June 21, 2006, Mariano Gurfinkel presented an overview of North American LNG during the National Commission on Energy Policy's Forum on LNG Facility Siting, which was held in Washington, D. C. The forum, co-sponsored by The Center for LNG, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the American Chemistry Council, explored the state of LNG-facility siting in the United States and addressed obstacles and challenges to LNG infrastructure development. Link to the event. 06/27/06

A big Texas howdy to Jozina Dirkzwager, who recently joined Martin Jackson, Mike Hudec and Tim Dooley in the Applied Geodynamics Laboratory. Dr. Dirkzwager's degrees in Earth and Life Sciences were bestowed by the Free University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, although most recently she has been doing postdoctoral research at the Geophysical Institute, Karlsruhe University, Karlsruhe, Germany. Dr. Dirkzwager works with mechanical earth models (MEM) and 3D finite element modeling. 06/19/06

On May 31 CEE co-sponsored a Lukens Energy Group Quarterly Breakfast Forum titled "Climate Change Policy." Kyle W. Danish (Van Ness Feldman, P.C.) was the speaker at the event.

Dr. Foss and Dr. Gülen spent a week in Nigeria (June 5–9) teaching a course titled "Oil, Gas & Power Value Chain," along with the University of Port Harcourt's Gas Research Group. The course was attended by 24 industry professionals. Click here for course flyer. On June 9, Mariano Gurfinkel was the closing speaker of the 2-day conference on "Oil and Politics in Venezuela" sponsored by Universidad de los Andes and the Romulo Betancourt Foundation. The event included other distinguished speakers, such as Arturo Hernández Grisanti and Humberto Carlderon Berti (former Ministers of Energy and former Presidents of OPEC) and Alberto Quirós Corradi (former President of Shell Venezuela and Maraven). Dr. Gurfinkel's presentation focused on the world energy outlook and perspectives for Venezuela under the current fiscal regime. Click here for article and flyer. 06/19/06

Martin Jackson accepts the Jackson School of Geosciences's Joseph C. Walter Excellence Award from Dean Bill Fisher. Shirley Dutton kindly nominated him. The award was provided for in an endowment created by Mr. J. C. Walter Jr. and approved by the Board of Regents in 1977. It was originally titled the Houston Oil and Gas Corporation Excellence Award and was designed to provide annual awards to faculty "in recognition of outstanding service and special contributions to teaching and research programs." With the creation of the Jackson School of Geosciences, and with the thorough endorsement of Mr. J. C. Walter III, the award has been renamed the Joseph C. Walter Jr. Excellence Award and is now extended schoolwide. 06/14/06

The FRAC team was in the field in Scotland recently collecting interwell- and core-scale data on fracture patterns and fracture diagenesis from reservoir-analog outcrops. Spectacular, large, bedding-plane pavements are providing unique information for calibrating core analysis and fracture modeling and prediction methods. Results will be reported at the October 2006 FRAC meeting. More information is available on the Research page. View picture gallery here. Contact Steve Laubach for information. 06/02/06

Kira Diaz-Tushman is the recipient of the AAPG Raymond D. Woods Memorial Grant. Kira is investigating regional and intrawell-scale fracture patterns in NW Scotland. Kira and her field area recently appeared on the cover of the Journal of Petroleum Geology. See the FRAC Slide archive for a copy of Kira's presentations and preliminary results. 06/02/06

CEE Doings in May

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On Thursday, May 25, Mariano Gurfinkel was an invited speaker on "Options for Marginal and Heavy Oil Fields" at the North American present and future reliance on heavy oils workshop held in Villahermosa, Mexico. The workshop is part of the activities of the Hydrocarbon Working Group of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. Dr. Gurfinkel presented a review of the evolution of EOR projects in carbonates in the United States and an introduction to the role of in-situ upgrading in the exploitation of extra-heavy crude oil resources. On May 24, Dr. Michelle Foss was a keynote speaker at the International Energy Credit Association's Education Seminar: What is Today's Message from the Markets for Energy? On May 18, Dr. Foss presented at the Energy & Communications Conference 2006 organized by the Texas Society of CPA's, held in Austin. Dr. Foss provided an update on LNG in a presentation titled "LNG: Can We Build It?" [PDF]. From May 8 through May 19, CEE hosted 26 delegates at its 6th annual, capacity-building program: New Era in Oil, Gas & Power Value Creation. This year's program welcomed dele gates from Angola, Cote D'Ivoire, Ecuador, Ghana, Iraq, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Turkey, and the U.S. The program included in-class sessions, presentations by energy experts, and two field trips. On May 4, API published Oil and Gas Industry Investments in Alternative Energy, Frontier Hydrocarbons and Advanced End-Use Technologies. The research, undertaken by API, was performed by the Institute for Energy Research with support from CEE. Read press release. Download report [PDF]. On May 3, Dr. Foss presented at the OTC Panel Session: Technology Commercialization: Energy Policy Act 2005. 06/02/06