The Energy & Geoscience Institute is the largest geoscience technology consortium of its kind in the world, with over 70 members in the Corporate Associates Program from 20 countries. Our history dates back to 1973, when the Earth Science and Resources Institute (ESRI) was founded at the University of South Carolina, with a primary focus of geoscience research in North Africa. In 1996, the original ESRI organization merged with the University of Utah's Research Institute (UURI) in Salt Lake City. UURI's primary focus was geothermal energy research. As EGI, the partnership and collaboration has continued to expand the scientific research and knowledge in the hydrocarbon and geothermal fields for both industry and government projects.