SPE Online Education
SPE Live: Methods for Reduced Carbon Footprint in Upstream Development
Includes a Live Event on 11/04/2021 at 10:00 AM (EDT)
A critical metric of sustainability in oil & gas production is the reduced carbon intensity of upstream operations. Energy companies have made significant commitments to improve sustainability and reduce the carbon footprint of the operations, logistics, and chemicals/materials used in drilling, completions, and production operations. The same companies have made additional efforts toward greenhouse gas reduction through projects such as CO2 sequestration. Recent technology advances in the areas of chemistry and operational efficiency have been enabled these environmental improvements of Energy operations. However, further improvements in the emissions and environmental profile of these operations are well known. This panel will feature expert perspectives on technology advancements in chemistry, materials, and methods for the continued reduction of the carbon intensity of upstream operations.
Topics reviewed in this SPE Live include:
1. The chemicals used in upstream hydrocarbon development have seen improvements in two areas related to Environmental considerations: a) additives with less carbon-intensive feedstocks; b) chemicals with reduced toxicity continue to evolve and be introduced to the market. Discuss technical and logistical factors that will increase the uptake of these materials.
2. Beyond the most recent technical advances in equipment and surface efficiency, what are some mechanical and efficiency improvements we may expect to see in the near future in upstream energy development?
3. What will be the roles of novel materials and chemistry in the broader execution of CO2 Sequestration projects?
This SPE Live is categorized under the Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability technical discipline.
Michael Fuller (Moderator)
Senior Completions Subject Matter Expert
Chevron Technical Center
Michael J. Fuller is a Senior Completions Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the Chevron Technical Center (CTC), where he works in materials, fluids, and methods for completions, drilling, and stimulation operations as a part of the CTC Wells team. In his 17 years working in global roles in the upstream oil and gas field, he has been issued numerous issued patents and produced numerous industry publications. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University (2004) and a B.S. in Business Chemistry from Northern Illinois University (1999). He currently serves as co-chair for the Chemical Science Roundtable at the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and chair of the API committee for development/revision of API RP 19D.
Aramco Services Company
Elizabeth is an R&D scientist at the Aramco Services Company: Aramco Research Center in Houston, TX, a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, a major oil and gas company. She joined Aramco in 2015, where her projects are mostly in cementing and polymer chemistry. She currently holds 19 granted patents for her inventions at Aramco on sustainable cements. Contreras received her bachelor’s in chemistry from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before going to Cornell University to get her master’s in Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Later, she received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rice University in Houston, TX, where she currently resides with her husband Jesús and sons, Itzak and Lukas.
VP of Engineering and Technology
BJ Energy Solutions
Dr. Dan Fu has served as VP of Engineering and Technology at BJ Energy Solutions and BJ Services since January 2017. He has over 24 years of experience in strategic planning, developing and commercializing industry leading technologies with specialties in product development, project management, oilfield chemistry, equipment, and digital solutions. Prior to joining the company, Dr. Fu spent almost 20 years at Schlumberger in various international locations and technical and management roles, including Program Manager, Technical Support Manager and Technology Hub Manager. Dr. Fu holds a Bachelor in Chemistry from Beijing University, Ph.D in Chemistry from University of Southern California, and an MBA from Colorado State University. Dr. Fu is an inventor on 45 granted patents and co-author of 45 technical publications.
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