SPE Online Education
Geomechanics for the Energy Transition
Recorded On: 04/27/2022
Geomechanics or rock mechanics is a branch of mechanics that provides theoretical and applied science for predicting mechanical behavior of rock formation in response to changes in their physical environment. These changes include changes in the stress field, pore pressure, and/or temperature that may be applied naturally or artificially by subsurface operations such as drilling, completions, fracturing, production, injection etc. For the last half-century, geomechanics has been helping the oil and gas industry significantly to improve the safety and economics of subsurface operations.
With the increased drive for transition to renewable energy options and considering the net-zero carbon emissions goal by 2050, commercial development of geothermal energy and carbon storage projects seems to be crucial. Successful development of these projects are, however, directly related to our understanding of in-situ stresses and properties of rock formations. Thus, geomechanics will play a major role in transitioning toward green energy, decarbonization of the energy sector through CCS, and in ensuring that the changing balance of the energy mix occurs in a safe and environmentally responsible way.
This webinar will describe the role that geomechanics can play in energy transition with special attention to geothermal, CCS and subsurface energy storage. It also proposes some future trends needed for geomechanics to be better adapted for the transition needs.
This webinar is categorized under the Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability and the Management and Leadership technical disciplines.
All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Dr. Hamed Soroush and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Dr. Hamed Soroush.
Claudia Amorocho (Moderator)
North America Geosciences Manager
Claudia Amorocho currently works at as the North America Geosciences Manager for Weatherford. She previously served as Global Senior Geomechanics Engineer with over 12 years of experience in Geomechanical Modelling, Geomechanical Laboratory testing, Hydraulic Fracturing Optimization, Wellbore Stability Analysis, and Pore Pressure Prediction in conventional and unconventional basins. Claudia serves as the Professional Organization Outreach Chair in the Geomechanics Technical Session at SPE. She holds a M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia.
Dr. Hamed Soroush
Dr. Hamed Soroush is an internationally recognized geomechanics expert with more than 25 years of industry experience in oil and gas, geothermal and carbon storage. He has conducted or managed more than 250 consulting and research projects worldwide. Hamed is the CEO of Petrolern LLC providing strategic planning, leadership, and technical support for subsurface research and consulting projects. Prior to that, he held several positions with companies such as Dong Energy, Shell, Weatherford, Senergy, GMI, and CSIRO. His current technical focus is on sustainable development of geothermal energy, and carbon storage projects with advanced geomechanical analysis. Hamed holds a BSc in Mining Engineering, an MSc in Rock Mechanics, and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Curtin University in Australia. He has published numerous journal and conference papers and has been selected as SPE Distinguished Lecturer three time in 2012, 2017 and 2020.
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