Written by Lea Steinlein
The 1st Climate Symposium held on November 12 and 13 in Houston, TX and Tulsa, OK respectively, brought an international panel of experts together to showcase innovations and new developments with positive impact on both innovative mining and the environment. Organized by the GACC South, and supported by the Climate Fond of the Federal Foreign Office in Germany, the symposium analyzed pertinent environmental considerations and promoted Germany’s expertise in Clean Technologies. Each speaker addressed topics in the oil & gas lifecycle ranging from environmental regulations, exploration technologies, water treatment, to future gas resources. Participants from Chevron, Benteler Steel & Pipes Corporation, and several universities added their voice to the discussion and made for a stimulating and informative exchange between theory and application.
Moderator and speaker Dr. John P. Martin from JPMartin Energy Strategy LLC brought decades of experience as consultant in the energy sector to the symposium. Giving an overview of environmental impacts, he pointed out that “in the 1st step of a project, planners are insensitive towards local population, and this leads to conflicts later.”
The research experts had plenty to present. Dr. Catalin Teodoriu joined us from TU Clausthal’s research center “Energie Forschungszentrum Niedersachsen“ (EFZN) in Germany. He introduced and discussed several innovative technologies to improve well integrity. Dr. Sezin Kadioglu from the University of Oklahoma pointed out five different techniques to reduce heavy metal contamination in ground water. In conjunction, Dr. David Burnett from Texas A&M University and Environmentally Friendly Drilling (EFD) introduced their mobile water treatment unit, a truck with research equipment to test and treat operational waste water. “If you can measure it, you can change it”, explained Dr. Burnett, and indicated that transparency of operations will contribute to a realistic view on the effects.
But what about overall CO2 reduction? To answer this question, Yucel Akkutlu from Texas A&M University presented a method that uses CO2 to enhance natural gas recovery, and at the same time stores it in innovative reservoirs. Additionally, the US Environmental Protection Agency tackles the reduction of the carbon footprint with the new Green Completion regulation. Tom Haywood from Energy Intelligence introduced the concept, and also pointed out the
importance of events such as the Climate Symposium: “In the oil and gas industry, each experiment can have significant side effects, so technology transfer from university to industry takes as long as 15 years.”
We are proud that this year’s Climate Symposium accelerated the exchange of cutting edge technologies, and established relationships between top-notch research, industry professionals, and future decision makers in the oil and gas sector. If you missed this year’s event you can access the presentations on request (Contact us directly for access). We hope to see you at our next Climate Symposium in 2015!
Click here to access the presentations from the Tulsa event.
Click here to access the presentations from the Houston event.