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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.


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.


New Bid Round Accelerates Mexico’s Shale Potential
Scott H. Stevens, Sr. VP and Keith Moodhe, project manager, both with Advanced Resources International, Inc., wrote the article, “New Bid Round Accelerates Mexico’s Shale Potential”, which has been published in the Oil & Gas Journal, Volume 114, Issue 6, p. 39-42, June 6, 2016. The article assesses Mexico’s vast and highly prospective shale oil and gas potential. It also describes ARI’s multi-client geologic and reservoir data package on the country’s shale resources, which has been purchased by 12 global oil company clients so far. With Mexico’s shale auction expected later this year or in 2017, ARI continues to update and offer our unique data base to new industry clients.
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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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