Click photo to enlarge.FutureGen Texas team gather on the Iron Cactus patio. Dr. Tinker and Commissioner Williams (front and center) hold the FutureGen Texas proposals.
On Thursday, May 4th, the Bureau took a breath following submission of two FutureGen Host Site proposals to the FutureGen Industrial Alliance. The Bureau was contracted by the State of Texas to oversee Texas' site-selection process. The gathering, hosted by Bureau Director Scott W. Tinker and Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams and attended
by many of the folks making up the FutureGen Texas team, was held at the Iron Cactus in Austin. To find out more about FutureGen, the $1-billion public-private venture to design, build, and operate the world's first near-zero-emissions fossil-fueled power plant, click here. 05/18/06
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North to Alaska! On May 8, Bureau Director Scott W. Tinker traveled to Alaska to deliver the DPA keynote lunch talk on "The Future of Global Energy: Trends, Technology, and Talent" at the AAPG Pacific Section meeting. The meeting was jointly sponsored by AAPG, SPE, and GSA. Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation. Dr. Tinker also participated in a field trip to Kuparuk River field on the North Slope, hosted by ConocoPhillips. 05/18/06
The Exploration Geophysics Laboratory (EGL) Industry Associates Program held its semiannual meeting for sponsors on May 16. Fifteen representatives of eight sponsor companies attended. In this photo (click to enlarge), the group is listening to a talk by Milo Backus on advanced processing approaches for converted-wave seismic data near the seafloor. The reprocessed data are providing unprecedented resolution of stratigraphy and structure in the sedimentary section, which hosts methane hydrates. Find out more at the EGL Website. 05/17/06
On Friday, May 19, Mihai Popovici of 3DGeo presented the Bureau technical seminar. His topic: "Seismic Depth Imaging in an Integrated Regional Framework—Innovating in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico." [Abstract] 05/19/06
The United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) awards committee has chosen Dr. Michelle Michot Foss, head of the Bureau’s Center for Energy Economics (CEE), as a recipient of the USAEE Senior Fellow Award for 2006. This award recognizes Dr. Foss's distinguished contributions to the field of energy economics, and is given to individuals who have exemplified distinguished service to USAEEE and/or the field of energy economics. There may be as many as three recipients of the Fellow award in any given year, although in some years no award has been made. Thirty awards have been given since the creation of the Association. Dr. Foss will receive the award at the Annual USAEE meeting in Ann Arbor on Monday, September 25. USAEE was founded in 1994 to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, experience, and issues among professionals interested in energy economics. USAEE is the largest affiliate of the International Association for Energy Economics. Members of USAEE come from diverse backgrounds—corporate, academic, scientific, and government. The Bureau congratulates Dr. Foss on this national recognition from her peers in the field of energy economics. 05/12/06
Frank Brown recently made presentations of his work on the Eastern Shelf at two different venues.
His talk, “Regional Depositional Systems, Sequence Stratigraphy, Systems Tracts,
and Paleogeography and Their Roles in Reexploration of a Mature Hydrocarbon
Province (Upper Pennsylvanian and Lower Permian sequences)” was presented at a West Texas Geological Society luncheon in Midland on February 14 and at the Dallas Geophysical and Geological Forum in Grapevine on May 3. 05/12/06
Bureau scientist Peter Eichhubl is co-author of one of the Top 25 Downloads from Journal of Structural Geology for October through December 2005. "Geological and Mathematical Framework for Failure Modes in Granular Rock" appeared in JSG 28 (1),
On May 8, CEE launched the 6th Annual "New
Era in Oil, Gas & Power Value Creation." This
year CEE welcomed 26 delegates from Angola, Cote d’Ivoire,
Ecuador, Ghana, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Turkey, and the U.S.
API published a report on May 4 titled "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. [Press
Brian Arbic, of the Bureau's soon-to-be-neighbor,
for Geophysics, was the guest speaker for the Friday seminar.
His topic—"Climatic Warming
of Atlantic Intermediate Waters." The Friday seminars
are always held in the Main Conference Room at 8:30 a.m. [Abstract]05/09/06
The past month has been a busy one for
CEE. On March 22, 2006, Dr. Mariano Gurfinkel
was interviewed by Tsuyoshi Nojima of Asahi
Shimbum as part of a report on U.S. National and Energy
Security. Topics covered ranged from the future of LNG supplies
to the promise of heavy oil resources in the
Western Hemisphere. On April 19,
Dr. Foss was interviewed for an article "Blackouts
a fluke now, but in 2010? Texas must build plants—and
soon, experts say," published in The
Dallas Morning News on April 19. On April 22, Dr.
Foss was interviewed for ABC News' World News
Tonight. April 22 through 26 saw Dr. Gurfinkel
attending the 2006 SPE/DOE Symposium
on Improved Oil Recovery in Tulsa. He presented with
Eduardo Manrique of Norwest Questa Engineering
the paper "EOR Field Experiences in
Carbonate Reservoirs in the United States." On April
24, Dr. Foss gave the keynote address "Forward,
Backward, Sideways: Global Energy Redux" for the Fuels
and Petrochemical Division at the AIChE
Spring National Meeting in Orlando. Finally, on April
27, CEE held a Think Day on Electric Power Issues, with Ron
Norman, PA Consulting, and Brett Perlman,
Vector Consultants. 05/03/06
Coastal Geologist James Gibeaut presented
a paper this week at NOAA's
Shoreline Change Workshop at the NOAA Coastal Services
Center in Charleston, South Carolina. Gibeaut's presentation
is titled "Texas Shoreline Change
Analysis and Communicating the Results to the Public."
A speaker from ExxonMobil Development
Company, Gareth D. Jones, was the
seminar speaker for Friday, May 5, 2006. His topic: "Predicting
Dolomite Geobodies: Exploitable Insights from Reactive Transport
The seminar was held in the Main Conference Room. 05/02/06