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Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources International, will participate as an instructor at the “Introduction to Shale Master Class” as part of a Monday pre-event to the 27th World Gas Conference, to be held in Washington, DC during the week of June 25, 2018. Mr. Kuuskraa will present on the subject of “International Unconventional Gas Resources and Case Studies”. For more information on the Master Class, please visit

Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources International, will participate in the Industry Insights panel discussion on the “Impact of Unconventional Resource Development on the World Gas Market”. This panel discussion will be held on Wednesday, June 27th and is part of the 27th World Gas Conference to be held in Washington DC during the week of June 25, 2018. For more information on the 2018 WGC, please visit

The CO2GeoNet Open Forum, to be held 24-25 April 2018 on San Servolo Island, Venice, Italy will include a Post-Open Forum workshop organized by Gassnova and Advanced Resources International (ARI). The April 26th workshop, entitled “From Pilot Research to Application in the Field: a Norwegian-US Knowledge-sharing workshop” will include an early afternoon U.S. Session, followed by a session highlighting Norwegian experience. Participants and presentations from Advanced Resources include: Mr. Vello Kuuskraa, President (Integration of CO2 Storage with Enhanced Oil Recovery: A Global Perspective); Mr. Michael Godec, Vice President (Regulatory and Policy Developments in the US: Incentives and/or Impediments?); and Mr. David Riestenberg, Project Manager (Establishing a Commercial Scale Storage Site in Kemper County, MS). For more information visit:

On Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018, the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Carbon Mitigation Initiative will host Vello Kuuskraa, President and Michael Godec, Vice President of Advanced Resources International for their event entitled: Carbon Management, CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery, and the Means for its Achievement. Mr. Kuuskraa’s presentation is entitled “Domestic CO2-EOR Industry and Carbon Management”, and will be followed by Mr. Godec’s presentation entitled, “CO2-EOR – Policy, Regulation and Global Potential”. This event will be held at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. For more information on how to attend, visit:

IEA/KAPSARC CO2 EOR Workshop. In January 2018, Michael Godec, Vice President of Advanced Resources International, traveled to Paris, France to participate in the International Energy Agency (IEA) / King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) sponsored workshop on Decarbonising Oil: The Role of CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2-EOR). Mr. Godec’s presentation, entitled “Global Opportunities for Next Generation CO2-EOR with CCUS,” was presented during the session “Using CO2‐EOR for Storage: Technology Focus.” The IEA/KAPSARC workshop was based on recognising the great challenge of large-scale development and deployment of CO2-EOR, and the associated benefits for energy security and the environment. A workshop summary report will be forthcoming. For more information, go to:

USTDA U.S. Gas Infrastructure Exports Initiative. Advanced Resources International has been asked to partner in the launch of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and U.S. industry’s U.S. Gas Infrastructure Exports Initiative. The launch will take place on November 17, 2017 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to connect American companies to export opportunities across the gas value chain in emerging economies. The Initiative is a way for USTDA and its U.S. gas industry partners to spotlight U.S. LNG and the need for emerging markets to develop the sustainable gas infrastructure required to increase the use of gas in their economies and to receive U.S. LNG exports. Working together, U.S. Government and industry partners can maximize our impact in developing key gas sector markets. For more information, go to: https://www.USTDA.GOV

First Annual CCUS Technical Section Dinner at SPE ATCE 2017. George Koperna, Vice President of Advanced Resources International and chairman of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) CCUS Technical Section, moderated a panel discussing the motivations, limitations, and challenges of CCUS at a dinner held by the SPE CCUS Technical Section at SPE’s annual meeting in October 2017. The panel comprised Concetto Fischetti, engineering director with the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), which sponsored the dinner; Chuck McConnell, executive director of the Energy and Environment Initiative at Rice University; and Vanessa Nuñez-López, research scientist associate with the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin. For more information on this event, please go to:

Indian Coalfield Feasibility Study Assessment Award
Advanced Resources International has been chosen by Prabha Energy Private Limited (PEPL) to perform a feasibility study for developing coalbed methane (CBM) resources in India’s largest coalfield. The study will be sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. For more information, please go to:

Unconventional Resources: Three Alternative Paths To Maximizing Unconventional Resources
Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources International recently gave a presentation at the 2017 SPE/AAPG/SEG Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) held in Austin, Texas. Kuuskraa discussed the alternative pathways companies may take to discover unconventional resources while maximizing existing plays in the near future. The full technical paper for this presentation (URTeC 2724691, Perspectives on Emerging Domestic Unconventional Plays) can be accessed via the article published by the Journal of Petroleum Technology, go to: and search: Kuuskraa. Subscription fees may apply.

Advanced Resources International is part of the winning KeyLogic Team for contract award for U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. Advanced Resources International has been a support contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s Strategic Center for Coal, Office of Program Performance and Benefits for many years. As part of the KeyLogic Team for this contract, Advanced Resources International will participate in key areas of analytical and modeling support that are expected to include updates to assessment of onshore and offshore CO2-EOR and CO2 storage, completing the ROZ resource evaluation in the Permian Basin, and providing “quick turnaround” response to various offices of NETL. For more information, please go to$112-million

Advanced Resources International is part of U.S. DOE CarbonSAFE Awards
Advanced Resources International (ARI) is a subcontractor for three CO2 storage projects recently awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) as part of DOE's Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) initiative. As part of the Storage Complex Feasibility Projects - Phase II awards, ARI is part of the Southern States Energy Board team that will establish a commercial-scale CO2 geologic storage complex adjacent to the Mississippi Power Company Kemper County Energy Facility. In addition, as part of the CCS Pre-feasibility Projects - Phase I awards, ARI is part of the Carbon Management Institute at the University of Wyoming team for: (1) a pre-feasibility assessment for secure, commercial-scale CO2 capture and storage will be performed at the Rock Springs Uplift (RSU) and (2) an evaluation of suitable storage reservoirs within the immediate vicinity of the Dry Fork Power Station. For more information on this award, please go to:

Q&A Session on the Importance of Shale Gas Resources to the Power Sector.
Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources International, sits down with Michael Matz, Managing Editor of the EPRI Journal, for a Q&A session on the importance of shale gas resources to the power sector. To view the interview, please visit:

Advanced Resources International Awarded Contract with the European Union (EU)
The recent boom in natural gas and crude oil production from shale formations (shale gas and tight or shale oil) in the US has ignited a discussion on the European potential for shale gas and/or oil extraction and its economic and environmental implications. Recently, Advanced Resources International was awarded a project entitled “Study for country wide economic impacts and framework conditions for potential unconventional gas and oil extraction in the EU - Country study: Germany and Poland” by the Institute for Energy and Transport of the Joint Research Centre/European Commission based in Petten, the Netherlands. The purpose of this effort is to provide a comprehensive overview of the potential economic and employment benefits associated with exploration and exploitation of unconventional gas and oil in Europe.


CSIS U.S. Tight Oil Event. Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources International, will be the lunch time speaker for the upcoming event, “The Short-Term Outlook for U.S. Tight Oil Production”. This event is presented by the CSIS Energy & National Security Program and will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at CSIS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. For more information:

Advanced Resources Participates in the Wyoming Oil & Gas Fair
Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources International, presented on the topic of “Achieving Energy Independence With CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery and Carbon Utilization”. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead gave the keynote address. Along with Steve Melzer, Vello Kuuskraa and George Koperna hosted the roundtable session “Hot Topics: New Developments and Remaining Challenges in Understanding Oil Recovery.” The event was held in Casper, Wyoming on September 13-14, 2017. For more information, visit

Press Quotes

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10/01/2017, George Koperna, Vice President and head of reservoir engineering at Advanced Resources, discusses technology developments in this Journal of Petroleum Technology article.

6/5/2017, Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources International, comments on Carbon Capture in this Reuters article.

10/17/2013, NETL’s Phil Dipietro interviews Vello Kuuskraa about the NETL report "Improving Domestic Energy Security and Lowering CO2 Emissions with "Next Generation" CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2-EOR)", which Vello authored,

08/12/2013, Vello Kuuskraa is interviewed at the SPE • AAPG • SEG 2013 Unconventional Resources Technology Conference,

04/02/2013, Vello Kuuskraa comments on CO2-EOR,

07/23/2012; Mike Godec comments on storage of CO2 while attending the Texas House Energy Resources Committee meeting,

10/08/2009, George Koperna, co-chairman of the SPE International Conference on CO2 Capture, Storage and Utilization, during the SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans talks to the IADC about CCUS,

Press Releases

9/15/2017, Vello Kuuskraa named to National Coal Council
In August 2017, Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources International, was named to the National Coal Council, a Federal Advisory Committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy. Established in 1984, the NCC provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Energy on general policy matters relating to coal and the coal industry.


International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook (WEO-2017)
The International Energy Agency released its World Energy Outlook (WEO-2017) in November. This annual report is the IEA’s flagship publication and a vital guide to future energy trends. Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources International, participated as a peer reviewer addressing the Special Focus on Natural Gas. For more information on how to obtain a copy of WEO-2017, please go to:

World Scientific Series in Current Energy Issues
Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources International, Inc., wrote the chapter entitled, “Unconventional Petroleum Liquids: Tar Sands and Shale Oil”, included in Volume 1: Fossil Fuels of the recently published World Scientific Series in Current Energy Issues edited by Gerard M Crawley. The series includes two additional volumes on Solar Energy and Energy from the Nucleus.
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