On July 18, the Railroad Commission of Texas announced the selection of the Bureau to coordinate Texas' bid for the U.S. Department of Energy's $1 billion FutureGen project, a public-private research initiative to build the cleanest fossil fuel-based power plant in the world. Other states that have expressed serious intentions to compete for the $1 billion project include Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.
Press conference announcing the selection of
the Bureau to coordinate Texas' efforts for FutureGen. (left to right) Bureau Director Scott
W. Tinker, Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams, and Clifford Miercort, President and Chief Executive Officer of The North American Coal Corporation.
More than 75 people attended the press conference, held at the Bureau's Houston Research Center.
The FutureGen prototype will produce electricity with near-zero emissions, capture carbon dioxide for use in enhanced oil recovery, and capture hydrogen gas for use in the refining, chemical, and transportation fuel industries.
President Bush announced FutureGen February 27, 2003, and Congress has approved the initial funding plan. Project definition and site selection are scheduled to be discussed in late 2005 through 2006, with the plan calling for construction to begin as early as 2008. Continuous power plant operations could begin as early as 2012 with carbon sequestration to follow. [Read press release (PDF)]07/21/05
research on the interaction of sedimentation (sequence stratigraphic systems tracts), relative sea-level changes, and gravity tectonics in the Oligocene Tertiary section along the Texas Gulf Coast. This research has been presented at meetings and in papers and is posted here in PowerPoint format for viewing and downloading. 07/25/05
The Bureau extends a warm welcome to new part-time Administrative Assistant Nanci Montgomery, who will be assisting the BEG's personnel manager, Jenny Turner. Nanci's passion is worldwide Bible education, in which she has been involved for the last 17 years. 07/25/05
“Monitoring Saturation Changes for CO2 Sequestration: Petrophysical Support of the Frio Brine Pilot Experiment” [Abstract] is the title of Bureau Research Associate Shinichi Sakurai's presentation at the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts 46th Annual Logging Symposium that was held June 26–29, 2005, in New Orleans. 07/25/05
Coastal researcher Jim Gibeaut is in New Orleans this week attending the Coastal Zone 05 Conference (July 17-20). He is hosting a Bureau booth and presenting a Coastal Studies Group poster titled “The Texas High School Coastal Monitoring Program: A Program in Education, Public Awareness, and Coastal Management.” [Extended Abstract]. Click here for information about the conference. 07/19/05
Mark Tomasso recently presented “Taking Outcrops to the Next Level: Visualization, Characterization, and Interpretation of Clastic Analogs Using Lidar Technology” to the Department of Geology at the University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. Mark divides his time between the Laser-Assisted Analogs of Siliciclastic Rocks (LASR) and Fluid-Rock-Seismic Technologies (FRST) research groups. 07/19/05
Co-PI Steve Bryant watches Petroleum Engineering graduate student Narayan Nair attach a removable wellhead to one of the test wells.
On a 3-day excursion (June 6–8), a collaboration of researchers from the Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory (RCRL), UT Austin, and consultants drilled two 25 ft-deep wells into the Glen Rose Formation at the Pipe Creek Reef near Boerne, Texas. The scientists were preparing to test the permeability of a vuggy caprinid debris deposit. The test, conducted July 1, involved placing a vacuum pump at one well and observing pressure changes at a second well located 5 ft away. Further testing is planned.
This research—the first of its
kind by RCRL—is funded by the National Science Foundation and is a collaborative project by RCRL researchers Jim Jennings and Charlie Kerans, Steven Bryant at UT's Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, and Todd Arbogast of UT's Department of Mathematics. INTERA assisted researchers in planning and designing the wells. Drilling and well installation were conducted by environmental drilling specialists at Straub Corporation. Landowners Mark and Alice Anderson graciously allowed access to their property. 07/13/05
Bureau coastal researcher Jim Gibeaut was interviewed on Fox 7 News for a July 10 story titled "UT Using New Storm Technology." In the interview Jim explained the emerging technology of lidar, which will help Texans prepare for hurricanes. The Bureau's Coastal Studies Group is using its airborne
lidar instrument to create highly detailed and accurate topographic maps of beaches and dunes. These unprecedented topographic data sets can help pinpoint where the coast is most vulnerable to the effects of waves and storm surge. 07/12/05
During the 2005 Annual Meeting in Calgary, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) honored Director Scott Tinker with its Distinguished Service Award. The award is "presented to members who have distinguished themselves in singular and beneficial long-term service to AAPG," with an emphasis on long-term and meaningful service to the Association.
Scott is currently serving as AAPG Distinguished Ethics Lecturer. 07/08/05