An Update to the U.S. CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery Survey
ARI has completed an update to the survey of CO2 EOR operations in the U.S. as of end-of-year 2020. The purpose of this survey is to provide a comprehensive status report of active CO2 EOR projects in the U.S., including enhanced production totals, reservoir characteristics, and other project parameters. This survey update shows that incremental oil production from CO2 EOR operations in the U.S. averaged approximately 273,000 barrels per day in 2020. Full Survey is available here.
A Survey of U.S. CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery Projects.
ARI has completed a survey of CO2 EOR operations in the U.S. as of end-of-year 2019. The purpose of this survey is to provide a comprehensive status report of active CO2 EOR projects in the U.S., including enhanced production totals, reservoir characteristics, and other project parameters. This survey provides the first update of CO2 EOR project data since the final publication of the Oil & Gas Journal (OGJ) EOR Survey in 2014. Full Survey is available here.
Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-15) Virtual Conference, March 15-18, 2021. Advanced Resources International’s staff participated in several sessions:
Monday, March 15, 2021
Session 3B - Risk Assessment for Geological Storage, Andrew Duguid presenting “CO2 Pipeline Risk Assessment for a Regional-Scale Pipeline the Midcontinental United States.”
Session 3C - Panel Discussion 1, The Impact and Effectiveness of New Business Models to Stimulate Investment in CCUS – Mike Godec and other panelists.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Session 4F – Injectivity, Jalal Jalali presenting “Large Volume CO2 Storage and Plume Management in the Southeastern U.S.; Reservoir Characterization and Simulation.”
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Session 7C - Panel Discussion 5, Closure Issues, CA LCFS 100 Years and EPA 50 Years vs EU Performance Based – David Riestenberg and other panelists.
Session 9C - Other Storage Options, Vello Kuuskraa presenting “An Emerging CO2 Storage Option: CO2 Storage and By-Product Oil Recovery from Shale Oil Formations.”
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Session 10C - Lessons Learned from Demonstration Projects, Anne Oudinot presenting “An Objective-Based Review of the SECARB Anthropogenic Test: 10 Years of R&D at the World’s First, 25 MW, Fully Integrated Coal Plant CCS Plant.”
For information on this event, please visit: https://ghgt.info/
Dave Riestenberg Promotion to Vice President. Please join Advanced Resources International in congratulating Dave Riestenberg on his promotion to Vice President. Dave has been involved with many aspects of geologic CO2 storage activities, including characterization of the recently awarded U.S. DOE sponsored CarbonSAFE Phase III demonstration in Kemper County, MS, named Project ECO2S. His experience at ARI also includes working on U.S. DOE’s Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSP) CO2 storage field tests at Plant Daniel, MS (SECARB PHII) and the Anthropogenic Test at Citronelle, AL (SECARB PHIII). He led ARI’s stacked storage evaluations (CO2-EOR plus saline storage) for two additional CarbonSAFE projects (Dry Fork and Mid-Continent).
Midland CO2 Conference Week, December 8-10, 2020. Mr. Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources International, will be the opening keynote speaker for Day 1 of the Carbon Management Workshop with his talk entitled: “Dawn of a New Age for CCUS.” On Day 2, Mr. Kuuskraa will present “The Next Phase of the “Shale Oil Revolution”: Storing CO2 with Shale EOR.” On Day 3, Mr. Matt Wallace, Project Manager with Advanced Resources International, will present “A Survey of U.S. CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery – Updated to EOY 2019” during Theme Session #2: “CO2 Flood Case Histories II. To attend in person or virtually, visit: https://co2conference.net/
The Next Phase of the “Shale Oil Revolution”: Storing CO2 with Shale EOR. We invite you to attend this USEA sponsored webinar featuring a presentation by Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources International. The presentation is about ARI’s recently completed report “Increasing Shale Oil Recovery and CO2 Storage with Cyclic CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery”. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
To register, visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_57bCyecbQriW0uLH4G7wtw
Andrew Duguid Joins ARI Advanced Resources International is pleased to announce that Andrew Duguid has accepted a position of Vice President. Prior to joining ARI, Andrew worked at Battelle Memorial Institute on both practical and research projects in CO2 sequestration, enhanced oil recovery, and hydrocarbon exploration and production with an emphasis on well integrity, risk assessment, and well design. Dr. Duguid specializes in developing projects taking advantage of 45Q tax credits and other incentives. He leads two technical panels on well infrastructure for the Industrial Standards Organization’s Technical Committee 265 Carbon Dioxide Capture, Transportation, and Geological Storage. Mr. Duguid will be supporting ARI in a number of areas, including the development of carbon capture, utilization, and storage projects in the U.S., with particular focus in the Midwest, as well as providing his technical experience and expertise on government-sponsored demonstration projects. ARI welcomes Andrew to the ARI Team!
U.S. DOE NETL Offshore GOM CO2 EOR Case Study Reports Advanced Resources International completed three reports for offshore post-primary CO2 enhanced oil recovery project case studies that compare the modeling results from an industry standard compositional simulator (“GEM”) and a variant of the FE/NETL CO2 Prophet Model (CO2 Prophet Model), which determined the CO2 Prophet Model was able to reasonably represent the performance of the CO2 flood modeled using the more sophisticated GEM. The three fields are the Petronius oil field, the Cognac oil field, and the Horn Mountain oil field. The three fields are the Petronius oil field, the Cognac oil field, and the Horn Mountain oil field. To view and download the reports, please go to: https://netl.doe.gov/energy-analysis/search?id=17&search=netl&value=Analytical%20Tools%20%26%20Data
2020 SPE International Awards. Advanced Resources International would like to congratulate Mr. George J. Koperna, Vice President and head of reservoir engineering, on receiving an award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). SPE awards recognize members who have contributed exceptional service and leadership to the society and the community, as well as those who made major professional contributions to their technical disciplines. George is a 2020 International Award Recipient under the category of Distinguished Service Award. For more information, visit: https://www.spe.org/en/awards/award-recipients
Section 45Q Tax Credits Article. Mr. Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources, along with Richard A. Esposito, Charles G. Rossman, and Michele M. Corser from Southern Company, authored the article “Reconsidering CCS in the US fossil-fuel fired electricity industry under section 45Q tax credits.” Using stylized illustrative examples, the paper indicates how use of Section 45Q tax credits should be expected to change dispatch at an electricity generating unit. For situations similar to the examples, the paper suggests that Section 45Q tax credits may need to be modified to achieve its intended impact. The paper is published by Wiley Online Library / Greenhouse Gases – Science and Technology. To view the article, visit: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ghg.1925
U.S. TDA Contract Award. Mr. Jonathan Kelafant, Sr. Vice President of Advanced Resources (ARI), announced ARI’s participation in a recently awarded U.S. Trade and Development Agency grant supporting a feasibility study for the development of a coalbed methane (CBM) resource located in the Waterberg Coalfield, in Limpopo Province, South Africa. The grantee is Anglo Operations (Proprietary) Limited (Anglo American Coal South Africa). ARI will conduct the feasibility study. For more information, visit: https://ustda.gov/news/press-releases/2019/ustda-connects-us-industry-natural-gas-opportunities-south-africa
The Oklahoma Academy Town Hall. Mr. Mike Godec, Vice President of Advanced Resources, was the keynote speaker for the Town Hall meeting on Oklahoma Energy: Optimizing Our Resources for the Future organized by the Oklahoma Academy. Mr. Godec’s presentation entitled, “Oklahoma Energy: Opportunities for Sustainable Energy Development,” was the kick-off for this 3-day event held at the WinStar World Casino, Resort & Convention Center, Thackerville, OK in October 2019. For more information on this event, visit: https://okacademy.org
2019 Baltic Carbon Forum. In October 2019, Mr. Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources, traveled to Tallinn, Estonia to participate in the 2019 Baltic Carbon Forum. His presentation was entitled “Role of CO2 Storage in CCUS Business Models.” The conference was organized by the Global CCS Institute. For more information, visit: https://www.globalccsinstitute.com/news-media/events/baltic-carbon-forum-2019
CSPG Gussow Conference. Mr. Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources, participated in the October 2019 Gussow Conference – New Directions in Geosciences for Unconventional Resources. His presentation entitled, “Achieving Step-Change Improvements in Shale/Tight Oil Well Performance” was part of the session “Bridging geoscience with engineering and economics.” The conference was sponsored by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) and was held in Banff, Canada. For more information, visit: https://www.cspg.org
ACT ECO BASE Project Seminar. Mr. Mike Godec, Vice President of Advanced Resources, participated in the Seminar on Legal and Regulatory Framework of CO2 Utilization (EOR) and Geological Storage sponsored by the ACT ECO Base Project (Establishing CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery Business Advantages in South Eastern Europe) held in Bucharest, Romania in September 2019. Mr. Godec participated in two sessions: (1) Session: Legal and regulatory issues in US and Europe with his presentation entitled: “U.S. Approach for Incentivizing Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)” and (2) Session: Decision making processes in the public and private sector with his presentation entitled: “CCUS: Scaling Up, Barriers and Enabling Elements for Building Infrastructure.” For more information, visit: https://ecobase-project.eu
CO2 and ROZ Conference Week 2018. Mr. Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources International, will be the Opening Day Program Keynote Speaker for the CO2 EOR Carbon Management Workshop, part of the 24th Annual CO2 Flooding and ROZ Conference week. Mr. Mike Godec, Vice President of Advanced Resources International, will conclude day one with his presentation “Importance of 45Q and Large-Scale CO2 EOR-Storage.” The four-day event will be held on December 3rd through the 6th at the Horseshoe Facility located in Midland, Texas. For more information, visit http://www.co2conference.net
GHGT14 Conference. In October 2018, Vello Kuuskraa, Mike Godec, George Koperna, Clark Talkington, Anne Oudinot and Dave Reistenberg of Advanced Resources International, traveled to Melbourne, Australia to present and participate in the Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference (GHGT 14). The International conference is on greenhouse gas mitigation technologies especially on CCS (CO2 Capture and Storage) and is sponsored by IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG). ARI presentation topics included CO2-EOR, CO2 injection, CO2 storage and CO2 well construction, among others. For more information on the conference, visit http://www.ghgt.info
36th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference. Mike Godec, Vice President of Advanced Resources International, participated in the Plenary Session: Energy Innovation Extends Supply Curve with his presentation entitled “Technology Innovation Expanding U.S. Oil and Gas Resource Potential. The event was held in Arlington, Virginia in September 2018. For more information, visit http://www.usaee.org/USAEE2018/program.aspx
2018 Baltic Carbon Forum. In September 2018, Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources International, traveled to Tallinn, Estonia to participate in the 2018 Baltic Carbon Forum. His presentation was entitled “Integration of CO2 Storage with Enhanced Oil Recovery: A Global Perspective.” The conference was organized by the Global CCS Institute. For more information, visit https://www.globalccsinstitute.com/events/conference/2018-09-25-030000-2018-09-26-030000/baltic-carbon-forum-2018
National Coal Council. In August 2018, 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. For more information on the National Coal Council, visit https://www.nationalcoalcouncil.org/
ScienceDirect. Mike Godec, Vice President of Advanced Resources International, is a co-author for the paper “Alternate uses of retired oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico”, published in ScienceDirect’s Ocean & Coastal Management, Volume 167, 1 January 2019, Pages 52-59. To view the paper, visit https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0964569118301923.
National Petroleum Council. In June 2018, Mr. Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources International, was appointed by United States Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, to be a member of the National Petroleum Council during the 2018-2019 term. Mr. Kuuskraa has been a member of the NPC since his first term in 2013. For more information on the National Petroleum Council, visit https://www.npc.org.
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: http://conference2018.co2geonet.com/#schedule
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: https://environment.princeton.edu/calendar/carbon-management-and-co2-enhanced-oil-recovery
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: https://www.csis.org/events/short-term-outlook-us-tight-oil-production
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: https://www.kapsarc.org/news-events/
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: https://www.spe.org/en/hsenow/hse-now-article-page/?art=3543
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: https://www.ustda.gov/news/press-releases/2017/ustda-connects-us-energy-industry-opportunities-india
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: https://www.spe.org/en/jpt/jpt-main-page/ 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 http://www.keylogic.com/about/news-and-events/news/2016/05/17/keylogic-awarded-contract-for-department-of-energy-s-national-energy-technology-laboratory-valued-at-$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: https://energy.gov/under-secretary-science-and-energy/articles/energy-department-announces-more-44-million-co2-storage
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: http://eprijournal.com/from-moonbeam-gas-to-shale-revolution-to-whats-next/
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.
Press Quotes and Press Releases(May require subscription to publication for access)
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. https://www.spe.org/en/jpt/jpt-article-detail/?art=3415
6/5/2017, Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources International, comments on Carbon Capture in this Reuters article. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-oil-carbon/big-oil-small-u-s-towns-see-new-reward-in-old-production-technique-idUSKBN18W0GP
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, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RFjflU0WJ4
08/12/2013, Vello Kuuskraa is interviewed at the SPE • AAPG • SEG 2013 Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxdmpZz4ZmI
04/02/2013, Vello Kuuskraa comments on CO2-EOR, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-02/republican-born-roosevelt-digs-deep-for-texas-oil-found-with-co2.html
07/23/2012; Mike Godec comments on storage of CO2 while attending the Texas House Energy Resources Committee meeting, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhzSLHY8_xs&list=PL27613F0A38BF8F4C
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, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKE-ZEuCIl8