Message from the Director

Message from the Director


As we’re looking into Quarter 4 and the home stretch of 2020, there’s very little that turned out how we could have predicted on January 1, 2020. Despite the challenges and transitions across the energy industry and the globe, we remain grateful that by and large, our staff, researchers, University and government partners, and corporate members remain safe and dedicated to the work at hand. The last few months have been busy and productive, even with a quieter than normal campus atmosphere. Since our last issue, EGI staff and researchers have launched new projects and developed relationships for new ideas and research; they have embraced a new age of virtual meetings and conducted remote training and education courses for our members. And, as part of a Tier One research University, EGI has continued to take on a critical role in supporting students, colleagues, and early career professionals in navigating the…

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Connect with EGI at the AAPG ACE 2020 Virtual Conference!


The postponed AAPG ACE 2020 is on for September 29 – October 1! This year’s conference is being held all on-line and EGI is looking forward to engaging with members and visitors again. Though we don’t get to see you in person, your questions, ideas, and comments are always valuable to us and help guide us as we pursue the research and services you depend on. EGI’s virtual exhibit booth is available all four days of the conference and will offer a variety of options for interacting with us— from live video presentations, technical talks, and on-demand pre-recorded topical videos, to downloadable resources and live chats or Zoom meeting appointments. ACE 2020—including exhibitor booths— will be available to registered participants on-demand through the end of 2020. EGI will make most of our exhibitor content and resources available to EGI members after the conference at egi.utah.edu. In addition, EGI Research Scientist…

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Core through Pore: EGI Research Services Available to Members


EGI’s Research Service Capabilities, encompassed under the term Core through Pore™, include techniques related to petrology, geochemistry, geomechanics, and flow dynamics— the data from which has helped generate reports on sedimentology, petrology, thermochronology, geochronology, and inorganic geochemistry across Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, North America and South America. Recent publications utilizing research services have included mineralogical/petrological, geological, and geochemical studies across a diverse range of geological settings related to both academic and industry work, ranging from basin tectonics and sedimentology to small-volume magmatism and geothermal energy. Techniques within research services fit within a progressive workflow for geological and material science samples which involves the use of optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD)/X-ray fluorescence (XRF) through to the use of scanning electron microscopes for mineralogical mapping and the progressively higher-resolution techniques of focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Starting with optical microscopy, recent projects have included…

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Making the Most of Your EGI Membership!


All EGI Members Have Access to EGIconnect Is your company a member of EGI? Are you and your colleagues making the most of your benefits as a member? All member company staff have access to EGIconnect, for EGI’s report and data library with over 800+ project reports completed by EGI scientists, 18,000+ geoscience and industry-related technical documents, 4,000 international wells and logs, and 350,000 km of 2D seismic exploration data from over 30 basins. If you have not registered for EGI connect, you may do so using your company email address. Step 1: Register and create a user profile using your company email address Step 2: Click the link in the confirmation email Step 3: Log in at EGIconnect.com EGI is available to help curate the most targeted, relevant data to your research question. For more information about this research service and how to get the most value from our…

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New Research Opportunity: Red Sea and Gulf of Suez Basins Research in Development


Figure 1. Plate tectonic setting of the Red Sea Basin. In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in petroleum exploration in the Red Sea Basin, both because of its infrastructures (proximity to Europe and offshore transportation) and successes in the Midyan and Jaizan basins (discovered in the 1990s and located respectively in the northern and southern ends of coastal-offshore Saudi Arabia). Dr. Rasoul Sorkhabi has recently released a new In Development project proposal focusing on the Red Sea Basin and Gulf of Suez Basin with an eye to better understanding the tectono-sedimentary evolution of the Red Sea and Gulf of Suez basins for petroleum exploration with a focus on key petroleum systems elements from source rocks to traps. The proposal also includes an ArcGIS quick assessment and easy-to-use tool for analysis of petroleum plays in the region based on an integrative database that can be augmented to the…

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New Ways to Learn from EGI: Thematic and Project Videos Available


Home to leading experts in the fields of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, and engineering, EGI is your source for high-quality, scientific and engineering research in pursuit of the answers to the pressing questions our industry faces. The Coronavirus pandemic and shutdowns have highlighted the need for flexibility across all our forms of communication as we continually work to deliver the information and services you need. Early in the lockdown period when the University and member companies alike began limiting or prohibiting in-person meetings, EGI looked to ways of expanding the vehicles through which we share information with members and the public. In May of this year we introduced the first of what is a growing body of video presentations highlighting the thematic, project, and service expertise available at EGI. The currently available videos include an EGI Oceans Introduction and Overview, EGI Chronostratigraphic Capabilities, Capabilities of the EGI Bratislava Laboratory, Carpathian Mountain…

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New Research Publication from EGI India Research Consortium


Results Highlight Value of Long-standing Collaborations AAPG Bulleting cover; August 2020. Cover image by Dr. Mateen Hafiz. Hot off the press! EGI is pleased and proud to share the publication of a recent paper on India shales by EGI staff and affiliate scientists. The publication, “Source potential and reservoir characterization of the Cambay Shale, Cambay Basin, India: Implications for tight gas and tight oil resource development,” appears in the August 2020 issue of AAPG Bulletin. This collaborative effort is the culmination of sustained research focusing on the Cambay Shale in the Cambay Basin, western India, led by the research team at Jammu University, including Affiliate Scientists Dr. Ghulam Bhat, Dr. Mateen Hafiz, Dr. Naveen Hakhoo, and Dr. Waquar Ahmad, in collaboration with Dr. Bindra Thusu, Dr. Jonathan Craig – EGI Board Chair and Eni S.p.A Senior Vice President for Exploration, and EGI Research Associate & Adjunct Associate Professor Dr. Sudeep…

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EGI Carbon Management Group Selects Site for Cleaner-production Test Well


Zephyr Energy Site chosen for Paradox Basin Test Well in DOE backed project to test optimization analyses for more focused, efficient, and less environmentally impactful oil production strategies EGI’s Carbon Management Group confirmed this month that it had selected a site for a vertical stratigraphic test well as part of its ‘Improving Production in the Emerging Paradox Oil Play’ project. The project is led by PI and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Dr. Brian McPherson, in collaboration with other departments at the University of Utah and the Utah Geological Survey. The project is sponsored by the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. The group selected a site in the northern Paradox Basin leased by Zephyr Energy. The site represents a strongly favorable location with an existing well pad and a high-quality subsurface 3D seismic dataset. The final site selection for the project comes after several months of…

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On-line Presentations and Events are Gaining Momentum


As the world has begun to adapt to the new reality of virtual meetings and education delivery, EGI and the energy industry have stepped-up to meet the challenge as well. As the new realities of remote working and virtual events has taken hold over the last six months, webinars, virtual conferences, and online learning have accelerated in both quantity and quality. EGI is encouraged by the flexibility and engagement our staff, partners, and customers have shown, and we look forward to continuing to enhance the value of membership in EGI as we all navigate the opportunities and challenges in on-line engagement. Recent highlights in virtual presentations and events Tony Doré, EGI Global Chief Scientist in London, UK, delivered a presentation at the on-line Subsurface Energy Webinar – Transition to Clean Growth on June 10. Tony’s timely presentation is titled “Petroleum, Geoscience and the New Energy Reality” and is available for…

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Weathering the Storm


Weathering the Storm GeoCareers Presentation to the Geological Society of America with Reginal Spiller EGI Affiliate Scientist Reginal Spiller presented in June in a Geological Society of America GeoCareers webinar to help GSA members and participants navigate, and succeed in, the current oil and gas crisis. GSA noted “‘Weathering the Storm’ is a framework presentation and discussion that attempts to put in perspective the severity of the current 2020 energy crisis and what one might do now to plan for the future. Reginal and co-presenters Michael Carroll [formerly EGI member Hunt Oil] and John Leftwich shared their experiences in a historical look back about what they did to survive the previous storms.” A recording of the webinar is available to GSA members, and the presentation slide-deck is available to all. The recording of the webinar can be found in the GSA Webinar Library. Reg’s long career and unparalleled experience is…

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Petroleum Geoscience and the New Energy Reality


As countries around the globe went into pandemic lockdown, virtual classes, meetings, and presentations came roaring to the forefront for both industry and academic outreach and dissemination activities. Among those at the front of the curve was EGI’s Global Chief Scientist, Tony Doré, based in London, UK. On June 10, Tony delivered a presentation at the on-line Subsurface Energy Webinar – Transition to Clean Growth presented by ReFINE at the University of Newcastle. His timely presentation is titled “Petroleum, Geoscience and the New Energy Reality” and is available for all to view at here on our website under Videos or at the conference website. Tony’s presentation offered insights on the future of the global petroleum industry, with attention to topics including “world energy consumption, climate change and scenarios for different development paths,” with consideration for the question of “what we, as scientists and engineers, can do to meet the challenge…

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FORGE Project Outreach & Education Offerings


New Utah FORGE Geothermal Publication The August 2020 issue of AAPG Explorer features an article by Utah FORGE Managing PI Dr. Joseph Moore. The article, The Utah FORGE: An International Laboratory for Advancing Enhanced Geothermal Development, is available online to AAPG subscribers at explorer.aapg.org. In the News: Checking in on the Utah FORGE project: ThinkGeoEnergy interview with Joseph Moore Learn more about the current state of the Utah FORGE project, its opportunities and challenges and the road ahead from this interview with Joe Moore, Principal Investigator with the project. New Video & Podcast: Geothermal Resources Lecture Series In the first installment of the Utah FORGE Geothermal Lecture Series EGI Research Professor and FORGE Project Technical Expert on Geology and Geochemistry, Dr. Stuart Simmons, introduces viewers to renewable energy in the 21st century. The lecture (linked below) highlights conventional geothermal resources and the basic concepts of heat transfer, enthalpy and power…

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New Publication from EGI Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate Carlos Vega Ortiz


EGI is pleased to Congratulate Mr. Carlos Vega Ortiz on his recent publication “Analysis of mineralogy and porosity on a carbonaceous mudstone of the Pimienta Formation, western margin of the Tampico Misantla Basin, Mexico” in the Mexican Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin. Carlos is from San Marcos, Hidalgo, Mexico. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with the dissertation topic “Applications of mass transport in micro- to nanoporous media: Characterization of CO2 sequestration in Coalbed Methane and Carbonaceous Mudstones.” Carlos is the recipient of the National Hydrocarbon Grant by Mexico’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) and the Ministry of Energy (SENER). Through this scholarship, Carlos completed the Masters in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Utah. He is continuing for a Ph.D. under the mentorship of Dr. John McLennan. He has previous experience in the oil and gas industry for 11 years as reservoir evaluation engineer,…

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Two EGI Staff Receive Principal Investigator Designation


EGI is pleased to congratulate Dr. Dhrupad Beti and Dr. Palash Panja for recently receiving Principal Investigator (PI) designation. In recognition of their long association with EGI and their current and future work in the areas of data science, geochemistry and sustainability, University of Utah Vice President for Research, Dr. Andrew Weyrich confirmed the designations early this month. EGI Data Science Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Dhrupad Beti In addition to current projects, including the EGI Oceans South Atlantic Source Rock Reclassification project (I 01350), Dr. Beti is working on a project sponsored by EGI member Chevron that is headed by Associate Professor Dr. Lauren Birgenheier in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, as well as further research proposals. EGI Research Scientist Dr. Palash Panja Dr. Panja is currently working on the Science-informed Machine Learning for Accelerating Real Time Decisions in Subsurface Applications (SMART) Initiative sponsored by DOE/NETL. The University of Utah…

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Anatomy of A Comet: NEOWISE


By Dr. Bryony Richards On Friday March 27, 2020, astronomers on the NEOWISE (Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) mission discovered a comet that would become the brightest in the northern hemisphere in almost a quarter century. Over the following weeks, comet NEOWISE, full name C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), would not only become a spectacle for the thousands of scientists and photographers following it with specialized equipment, but it would become so bright that it would be visible to the naked eye and amaze millions across the northern hemisphere. Comet NEOWISE made its closest approach to the sun (its perihelion) on Friday July 3rd, within 29.4 million miles of the sun, inside the orbit of mercury. I had been lucky enough to previously ‘photograph’ (even though it turned out as a green speck) a comet, the memorably named 252P Linear, but had never before purposefully set out to document a comet.…

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EGI Staff & Affiliate Scientist Publication Updates Q2–Q3 2020


EGI Scientists are active researchers, publishing and presenting not only through cost-shared research at EGI, but in peer-reviewed journals, scientific conferences and presentations, and professional organizations. Waquar Ahmed Hafiz, Mateen & Hakhoo, Naveen & Bhat, G. & Kanungo, Sudeep & Thusu, Bindra & Craig, Jonathan & Ahmed, Waquar. (2020). Source potential and reservoir characterization of the Cambay Shale, Cambay Basin, India: Implications for tight gas and tight oil resource development. AAPG Bulletin. 104. 1707–1749. 10.1306/03162017174. Pranay Asai Panja, Palash & Asai, Pranay & Velasco, Raul & Deo, Milind. (2020). Pre-processing Protocol for Nonlinear Regression of Uneven Spaced-Data. 12. 23-37. 10.32732/jmo.2020.12.1.23. Ghulam Bhat Hafiz, Mateen & Hakhoo, Naveen & Bhat, G. & Kanungo, Sudeep & Thusu, Bindra & Craig, Jonathan & Ahmed, Waquar. (2020). Source potential and reservoir characterization of the Cambay Shale, Cambay Basin, India: Implications for tight gas and tight oil resource development. AAPG Bulletin. 104. 1707–1749. 10.1306/03162017174. Jonathan…

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