Message from the Director

Message from the Director


EGI wishes everyone a happy and prosperous new year as we enter 2019 with gratitude for your continued support and partnership.  We look forward to a productive and exciting year in which you’ll see several EGI research projects advance and our innovative Research Services bring ever greater value in helping your business answer the scientific questions that drive the energy industry. Reviewing 2018, we are proud of many milestones and high points.  In May, EGI hosted one of our largest ever CA Technical Conferences in Salt Lake City, Utah. The highly interactive event was an opportunity for members to connect with EGI scientists, staff, and colleagues while engaging in a series of technical presentations, short courses, and field courses with some of the foremost experts in their field. In June, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the selection of the University of Utah’s EGI-based Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal…

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Save the Date – 2020 EGI International Technical Conference and Transform Margins Workshop


The Conference and Technical Workshop will take place at Smolenice Castle Conference Center outside Bratislava. Save the Date now for a week of Transform Margins workshop featuring current research by academic and oil industry teams followed by the EGI Technical Conference in Europe, 18–22 May, 2020. Preliminary details: Monday, 18 May: Transportation provided from the Vienna, Austria airport to Smolenice Castle Conference Center. This drive from Vienna to Smolenice includes a field excursion component focused on the classical Vienna pull-apart basin. Tuesday-Wednesday, 19–20 May: Two days of Transform Margin workshops. The Workshop structure will include invited talks to be followed by open discussion. Thursday-Friday, 21–22 May: EGI CA Technical Conference in Europe. For the first two days, after dinner, we will conclude with a plenary session on the topics of the respective day. The Conference will be followed by four optional half-day short courses: Michal Nemčok: Structural architecture and development…

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Look What’s New in Research at EGI


Designed collaboratively between sponsoring companies and EGI scientists, sponsorship of current EGI Research Projects provides Sponsors with the unique opportunity to shape the project and gain independent insights, interpretations, and evaluations of company-specific questions. All active projects are open for sponsorship from their launch throughout the two-year period of confidentiality and include both Regional and Thematic studies. Recently Released projects are available to all EGI members for download from EGIconnect. New EGI Research Projects EGI Oceans: Central & North AtlanticI 01229 - Evaluation of the Stratigraphy and petroleum systems EGI Oceans: South AtlanticI 01350 - Source Rock Reclassification in selected sites Southern Caribbean SedimentSources & SinksI 01343 - Development history of the Southern Caribbean. Thermal History of Transform MarginsI 01341 - Evaluation with application to reservoir rock distribution and source rock distribution and thermal history. Source Rocks of the North and Central American BasinsI 01344 - An ArcGIS Atlas Source Rocks of Gondwana Continents and MarginsI 01345 - ArcGIS Database and Maps Version…

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History of the European Oil and Gas Industry


EGI Research Professor Rasoul Sorkhabi, along with EGI Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Jonathan Craig, Francesco Gerali, and Fiona MacAulay, has recently published a new volume on the History of the European Oil and Gas Industry. The history of the European oil and gas industry reflects local as well as global political events, economic constraints and the personal endeavors of individual petroleum geoscientists as much as it does the development of technologies and the underlying geology of the region. The first commercial oil wells in Europe were drilled in Poland in 1853, Romania in 1857, Germany in 1859 and Italy in 1860. The 23 papers in this volume focus on the history and heritage of the oil and gas industry in the key European oil-producing countries from the earliest onshore drilling to its development into the modern industry that we know today. The contributors chronicle the main events and some of…

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University of Utah Receives $10.25 Million Grant to Launch Energy Frontier Research Center


The University of Utah’s College of Engineering and College of Mines and Earth Sciences recently received a four-year, $10.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to create an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). The center will study how fluids interact with porous solids, vital research that could benefit the future production of oil, gas and other energy resources. It is the first time the University of Utah has received a prestigious EFRC award, which is made only every five to ten years. Dr. Darryl Butt, Dean of the University of Utah College of Mines & Earth Sciences, is the director of the new center. EGI scientific staff and affiliate scientists will be part of the core research teams, including  Dr. Milind Deo, EGI Affiliate Scientist and Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, EGI Research Scientist and Senior Petrologist Dr. Bryony Richards, and EGI Associate Research Professor…

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FORGE Roadmap Unveiled at AGU Fall Meeting


The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) presented findings of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) Roadmap at the 2018 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting last month in Washington, D.C., giving attendees from across the country an opportunity to learn more about this community-driven effort, its methodologies, and results. With GTO funding and in conjunction with the geothermal community, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) has developed a roadmap of recommendations for the critical research that could occur at FORGE – GTO’s first-of-its-kind field laboratory located in Milford, Utah that is dedicated to research focused on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). STPI focused on research recommendations intended to make progress toward a rigorous and reproducible EGS methodology. The development of the roadmap included detailed literature and program reviews, months of interviews, and a capstone roundtable with EGS research experts from across academia, industry, national laboratories, and government. The FORGE…

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Geothermal Student Competition Will Take Data Analytics to New Depths


Release date: December 18, 2018. US Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), in partnership with the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is excited to announce that the next Geothermal Student Competition is launching soon! In January 2019, GTO will begin accepting applications for the Geothermal Design Challenge 2019: Data Visualization, which will task graduate, undergraduate, and high school students with creating portfolios of graphics, visual representations, and visual analyses of publicly available FORGE data. This contest will focus on data science, modeling, subsurface, and geothermal, so if you are a student in one of these fields and interested in a cash prize, this competition is for you! GTO believes that the compelling, community-driven research being done at FORGE and its wealth of publicly available data provide students an opportunity to learn about geothermal operations and…

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A Remarkable Career and Contribution


Affiliate Scientist Ken Shaw Retiring After 22 Years at EGI EGI Affiliate Scientist and head of the Canadian office, Ken Shaw, is “hanging up the spikes.” After 53 years in the energy industry, 22 of them with EGI, Ken retired on January 1, 2019. Ken’s remarkable career and dedication to EGI has left an impact not just professionally, but personally as well. Going directly to industry after college, Ken’s first 13 years of experience centered in exploration geophysics and related business operations activities in western and frontier regions of Canada. Following assignments as District and Chief Geophysicist as well as Exploration Manager with Unocal Canada, a transfer to Unocal Corporation as Vice President / General Manager, Exploration Research at the Brea Research Center, Brea California resulted in a broad exposure to exploration technology applications worldwide prior to his first retirement in 1996. Since joining EGI in 1997, Ken has acted…

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Colloidal-crystal quantum dots as tracers in underground formations


EGI Research Professor Dr. Peter Rose was awarded his 5th Patent, titled Colloidal-crystal quantum dots as tracers in underground formations. The award was issued November 2018 and was co-awarded with Dr. Michael H. Bartl of the University of Utah Department of Chemistry. Complete information may be found on the US Patent and Trademark Office website. Abstract Colloidal-crystal quantum dots as tracers are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a method comprises injecting a solution of quantum dots into a subterranean formation, and monitoring a flow of the quantum dots from the subterranean formation to determine a property of the subterranean formation. Read More

Welcoming New EGI Staff


Molly Ellowitz Trauscht EGI is delighted to welcome Molly Trauscht as the new EGI Global Database Coordinator Molly Trauscht grew up in Salt Lake City and completed bachelor’s degrees in Geology and Geography at the University of Utah in 2014. While working on her degrees, she worked as a Data Analyst and Research Assistant at EGI (2011 – 2014). After graduating from the University of Utah she joined TerraTek – Schlumberger with the Petrology team and managed the XRD prep and analysis labs. The following summer Molly left the labs and took to the dirt roads of southern Utah as the GIS field intern with the State of Utah. In June she completed a Master’s degree in Geology from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon where she studied the dynamics of magma recharge and mixing at Mount Hood. Molly’s varied background brings to EGI a skilled scholar with a strong understanding and appreciation of the…

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North Africa Shale Systems Insights


Aptian–Albian oil shale unconventional system as registration of Cretaceous oceanic anoxic sub-events in the southern Tethys (Bir M’Cherga basin, Tunisia) Former EGI Visiting Scientist Rachida Talbi, along with Affiliate Scientist Reg Spiller, and EGI Director Raymond Levey recently published new research on the southern Tethys (Bir M’Cherga basin) Tunisia. Rachida visited EGI for a month in early 2017 in support of developing our understanding of shale systems in North Africa. Abstract The Bir M’Cherga basin (North-east Tunisia), with about 600 km2 area, had recorded four Middle Cretaceous source rocks well stratigraphically correlated with the four known oceanic anoxic sub-events: OAE1a, OAE1b, OAE1c, and OAE1d. Variety of lithology, thickness and organic richness had characterized these source rocks. The sedimentary tectonic analysis, the petrology and geochemistry study established the petroleum system of these source rocks. Basin formation began early in the Barremian–Aptian interval by synsedimentary tectonics reactivating old basement faults. During the…

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Masters of Science in Petroleum Engineering Gearing up for New Cycle


EGI, in collaboration with the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah, launched a Masters of Science degree program in Petroleum Engineering in the 2013 fall semester. Understanding that one of the most significant challenges facing humanity is the depletion of natural resources we recognize the valuable contributions to be made by Petroleum Engineers to meet mankind’s energy needs while safeguarding the environment. Equally satisfying, petroleum engineers also gain responsibility faster and supervise important projects sooner than those in other engineering fields. Petroleum engineers currently rank #2 on the USA Today’s “10 fastest-growing jobs in the USA” and are some of the highest paid workers in the nation. The flagship course of the degree is an eleven-day geologic and engineering facilities and operations field study. The purpose of the field study is first hand “exposure” to relevant geologic features and demonstration of how these relate to petroleum engineering…

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EGI Staff and Affiliates Publication Updates – Q4 2018


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. Richard Esser Xiao, T. & Mcpherson, B. & Esser, R. & Jia, W. & Moodie, N. & Chu, S. & Lee, S. (2019). Forecasting commercial-scale CO2 storage capacity in deep saline reservoirs: Case study of Buzzard's bench, Central Utah. Computers & Geosciences. 10.1016/j.cageo.2018.12.006. Wei Jia Xiao, T. & Mcpherson, B. & Esser, R. & Jia, W. & Moodie, N. & Chu, S. & Lee, S. (2019). Forecasting commercial-scale CO2 storage capacity in deep saline reservoirs: Case study of Buzzard's bench, Central Utah. Computers & Geosciences. 10.1016/j.cageo.2018.12.006. Shu Jiang Jiang, S., Zeng, H., Moscardelli, L., Wach, G., Feijo, F.J., Gardosh, M., Jiang, T., Zhu, H., Henriksen, S., Kanungo, S., 2018, Introduction to Special Section: Recent advances in geology and geophysics of deepwater reservoirs. Interpretation. 6(4):1-3…

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