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February 2012



The Gulf Coast Carbon Center had a strong presence at the University of Texas Conference on Carbon Capture and Storage at the Pickle Research Campus Commons Learning Center January 25 - 27. The 3-day conference was a collaboration of the University's three principal carbon storage research groups, including the Luminant Carbon Management Program, the CO2 Geological Storage Joint Industry Project, and GCCC. Among those from the Bureau contributing at the conference were Tip Meckel, Dave Carr, Vanessa Nuñez, Seyyed Hosseini, Alex Sun, Sue Hovorka (above), Katherine Romanak, Brad Wolaver, Changbing Yang, Rebecca Smyth, Sigrid Clift, and J.P. Nicot.

 



from left to right: Michelle Foss, Gulan Gurcan, Eric Potter, and William Ambrose

The BEG's Center for Energy Economics (CEE) recently convened its Annual Meeting and Forum in Houston, Texas. Led by Chief Energy Economist Michelle Michot Foss and CEE's Gürcan Gülen and Miranda Ferrell, the team covered a wide range of topics, including shale-gas geology and economics, European and global natural gas and LNG markets, and gas-power linkages. The event included presentations by Associate Director Eric Potter, who gave an overview of current research in unconventional energy resources, and STARR project manager Bill Ambrose, who summarized the STARR program and its value to the State of Texas and oil and gas operators. Also present were Jonathan Stern, Howard Rogers, and Anouk Honore from the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and many CEE partners, advisors, and research colleagues. Following the annual meeting, Oxford released a new working paper by Dr. Michot Foss, The Outlook for U.S. Natural Gas Prices in 2020: Henry Hub at $3 or $10? To access all presentations at the event and related research notes, click here.




from left to right: Michelle Foss, Gulan Gurcan, Eric Potter, and William Ambrose

J.-P. Nicot, pictured from Friday's webcast, helped get the Bureau's Spring Seminar Series fully under way with his presentation "Water Needs of the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry in Texas and Impact on Aquifers." Hosted by AEC's David Chapman, the seminar series offers a wide range of topics presented by leading researchers from academe and industry. Among the 11 remaining speakers are Toti Larson of JSG presenting "Experimental Results Showing Carbon Isotope Fractionation during Gas-Phase Transport of CO2: A Useful Process Tracer for Diffusion and Adsorption?" and Dr. Bill Hu presenting "Simulating Groundwater Flow and Solute Transport in Karst Aquifers with Conduits." Other speakers currently scheduled include the Bureau's own Bridget Scanlon, Chris Zahm, Dallas Dunlap, and Associate Director Michael Young, along with Markus Berli of the Desert Research Institute and UC Berkley's Bruce Buffet. Now in its 13th consecutive year, the seminar series is designed to increase awareness of current research and improve interdisciplinary collaboration. The seminars, held Friday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Bureau's Main Conference Room, are frequently webcast. For a current list of scheduled talks, click here.


from left to right: Michelle Foss, Gulan Gurcan, Eric Potter, and William Ambrose

On Thursday, February 16, the Shell-UT Unconventional Research program (SUTUR) kicked off its research phase at the Bureau. The collaborative 5-year research program between Shell and multiple research departments at UT is being managed by the Bureau. The program will include a diverse range of studies, including geoscience, engineering, economics, business, environment, and regulatory affairs. Yesterday's inaugural research review featured presentations by PI's of six research projects, including "Impact of Frac Water and Shale Rocks on Evolution of Water Chemistry of Flowback/Produced Water" by the Bureau's J.-P. Nicot. Eric Potter, Associate Director of the Bureau's Energy Division, began the day's proceedings with a tour of the Bureau's lab facilities. Eric then joined Dr. Sau-wai Wong, Manager of Shell's Unconventional Gas and Tight Oil Technology division, in welcoming participants. Bureau Director Scott Tinker reviewed the talks and provided the meeting's closing remarks. Other Bureau participants included Research Scientist Peter Eichhubl, Associate Director of Administration Jay Kipper, and Associate Director of the Environmental Division Michael Young. To learn more about recent events regarding SUTUR, click here.



 

 

 
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