Role of Core Analyst Towards Industry Energy Transition - Focus on Emerging Areas such as CCUS and Geothermal

Includes a Live Event on 08/25/2022 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

Presentation One
Successful geothermal reservoir exploration, characterization, and development requires a thorough understanding of the physical properties of reservoir rocks and their associated fracture systems. Of particular importance is the reduction of uncertainty in the exploration phase. Geothermal resources have been recognized for some time as a possible significant source of energy but to date have seen marginal increases in their development and application. Much of this is attributed to the substantial upfront costs associated with geothermal projects coupled with a lack of reservoir characterization. While the resource potential is recognized, investors have been hesitant to proceed with these high risk, long return on investment (ROI) scenarios. While many cost reducing technologies are being developed in the geothermal industry right now,continued refinement and development of exploration workflows and their associated risk reduction will continue to increase investor confidence and support the full-scale growth of geothermal in the coming energy transition.

A key step in the development of successful exploration workflows is the identification of the critical risk parameters inherent to that specific resource. For geothermal, these include but are not limited to temperature, porosity, permeability and fractures (density, orientation and connectivity). Core analysis, integrated with field, production, well logging/testing and seismic data will be essential in minimizing reservoir uncertainties and addressing these core risk parameters. In particular, integration of core and petro physical log analysis data to address regional to prospect level porosity-permeability relationships. Defining and characterizing this can elucidate the overall transmissivity of the geothermal reservoir, the inherent potential to store/transmit heat and thereby define its chance of success as a commercially viable economic prospect.

Presentation Two
Laboratory analysis of Rock and Fluids for Carbon Utilization and Storage pave the path to carbon neutrality through two aspects: first, extension of asset life through enhanced hydrocarbon recovery from depleted reservoirs; and second, safe and environmentally impactful carbon storage in both depleted reservoirs and/or existing aquifers. From the onset of any project, measurements are critical for the characterization of storage capacity, chemical alteration potential during injection, caprock integrity and containment, and conformance monitoring.

For safe and environmentally impactful carbon injection and storage, which we will be focusing on the webinar, core analysis laboratories must study the pristine rock, CO2 interaction with target reservoirs, and sensitivity of caprock-to-CO2-rich-fluids, striving for new dynamic balance between maximum storage, injectivity and containment; all while maintaining public safety. These studies cover three main pillars: (1) Storage characterization which includes reservoir mapping, site characterization, porosity, salinity, and matrix chemistry; (2) Injectivity/CO2 exposure emphasizing reservoir injection rates which take into account CO2-Brine / CO2-Hydrocarbon and rock-CO2-rich fluid interactions, injection operation influence on stresses affecting both reservoir and caprock, and CO2-caprock integrity; and finally (3) Containment and conformance for long-term monitoring and mitigation of unexpected events.

We will define laboratory’s role in CCUS projects as part of the unbreakable “Log (Seismic) – Laboratory – Modeling” value chain, discuss what differentiates a CO2-ready lab, and what new technologies must be put in service to achieve successful development and operations of carbon storage.

Laboratory measurements provide invaluable insight into challenges of assessment and characterization of the current state of the reservoir; Further, laboratories help in understanding ‘what’s next?’, and are uniquely positioned to tackle the challenges yet to manifest themselves during the carbon business lifecycle.

This webinar is categorized under the Reservoir technical discipline.

All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Kevin McCarthy and Dr. Vitaly Afanasiev and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Kevin McCarthy and Dr. Vitaly Afanasiev.

Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy received a B.S. (Honors Geology) from the University of Salem and an M.S. (Geochemistry) from the University of South Florida. Kevin’s thesis studied the geochemistry of shallow hydrothermal vent systems on the island of Dominica, with a focus on their future geothermal energy potential. He then joined the oil & gas industry in 2008 working as a geochemist/petroleum systems analyst in new ventures exploration for Schlumberger, BP (US onshore unconventionals/GoM), Cimarex (Woodford & Delaware Basin) and Hess (Guyana Liza #1 Project). Following this, he worked at the US Dept. Of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) applying Play Fairway Analysis workflows from the oil & gas industry to geothermal exploration and also spent a few years as a private consultant. Since 2021, Kevin has worked with Stratum Reservoir (formerly Weatherford Labs) as a technical account manager assisting clients design/develop their analytical programs, perform as the account management team lead for Carbon Capture & Storage (CCUS) projects and is the Stratum Reservoir subject matter expert (SME) for geothermal program development.

Dr. Vitaly Afanasiev

Dr. Vitaly Afanasiev is the Business Development Manager for Schlumberger Reservoir Laboratories, based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He joined Schlumberger in 2005. During the first part of his career, Vitaly was running and, later, managing sampling operations, wellsite and laboratories analysis of fluids and rocks in Russia, United Arab Emirates, and United States. The latter part of his career has been focused on sales and commercial aspects, business development and introduction of new technologies, including digital rock analysis for rock and fluids characterization with worldwide coverage. Vitaly works to strengthen laboratories ability to provide invaluable insight into resolving the challenges that lie within assessment and characterization of state of the reservoir, to help in understanding ‘what’s next’ for the client, and to be ready to tackle the challenges that yet to manifest themselves in Energy Transition applications. V. Afanasiev holds a PhD degree in management of social and economic systems.

Craig Lindsay (Moderator)

A geologist by background, with a Bsc. Hons. Upper 2nd Class in Geology from the University of Liverpool (1981), Craig Lindsay has 40 years of experience in the core analysis industry. After 18 years working in the lab in a wide variety of roles, Craig joined Helix RDS consultancy in 2002 and went on to found Core Specialist Services in 2010.

Core Specialist Services are a consultancy specialising in the planning, design and management of core based studies. Craig has manged more than 200 technical projects since founding Core Specialist Services.

Craig served as President of the Society of Core Analysts from 2012-13.

Craig is a member of the SPE Reservoir Technical Discipline‘s Advisory Committee - Reservoir Technology of the 21ST Century, sub-committee Core Analysis – tasked with charting the future course of the discipline of core analysis.

Special interests are in new technology – automated core logging, machine learning and artificial intelligence for core data interpretation and core visualisation in Virtual and Augmented Reality.

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Role of Core Analyst Towards Industry Energy Transition - Focus on Emerging Areas such as CCUS and Geothermal
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