Message from the Director

Message from the Director


Amidst these very unusual events and trying times, we want to assure you that EGI is open for business and here for your company as you navigate work, life, and business under truly once in a lifetime circumstances.  Though we all are working via telecommuting under direction of the University of Utah, our scientists and staff continue to pursue the research and services that support your business and are available to assist. As you consider your company’s needs during this time, we remind you that as an EGI member, you have exclusive access to EGI’s unparalleled report and data library via EGIconnect, as well as group and sole sponsored projects, dedicated peer assists, and remote-learning training opportunities. Please note that there have already been, and may still be, postponements or cancelations of scheduled events hosted by EGI as well as outside events where EGI engages with our members and guests.  Among…

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RESCHEDULED – Transform Margins Workshop: Smolenice, Slovakia


New Dates 14–17 December 2020 The current coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic that is surely affecting all of us, forces us to make the decision to postpone the Transform Margins Workshop originally scheduled for 18–20 May 2020 in Smolenice, Slovakia. Due to the recent events the Workshop will be rescheduled for 14th–17th  December 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change. We sincerely hope you will be able to reschedule your travel arrangements and join us in December. Details on the focus and content of the Workshop remain available at https://transformmargins.com/. If you have any questions and comments regarding this update, do not hesitate to contact Marína Molčan Matejová in Bratislava. Preliminary Agenda Transform Margins Workshop & Field Excursion Arrive December 14 – Depart December 17 Registration Open to All Invited Guests Tuesday, December 14: Transportation provided from the Vienna, Austria airport to Smolenice Castle Conference Center. This drive from Vienna to…

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New Collaboration for Brazil-Gabon Conjugate Margins


EGI is pleased to announce that the Energy & Geoscience Institute has initialized a collaboration between the Energy & Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah (EGI) and Le Directeur Général des Hydrocarbures Gabon (DGH-Gabon) for conducting a geoscientific investigation (pertaining to source rock geochemistry) for hydrocarbon exploration research. The specific goal of the investigation is to improve the current understanding of the source rock potential and associated organic matter end-member distribution of the Brazil-Gabon conjugate margins for the pre-salt section. The collaborative agreement was solidified after EGI Senior Affiliate Scientist and Head of African Relations, Mr. Reginal Spiller, met with the new Gabon Energy Minister, Vincent de Paul Massassa in Houston in March.  EGI is grateful for Mr. Spiller’s expertise and the strong relationships that he has built in helping to further the research in this compelling region. Mr. Spiller is also the President and CEO of Azimuth Energy Investments…

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New Data & Services Coming to iCORDS™


In the coming weeks, EGI will be releasing a plan for new data and services available to iCORDS™ subscribers, enhancing iCORDS™ offshore capacity, and adding new onshore data and services. iCORDS™ is a product of the University of Utah’s Energy & Geoscience Institute and offers an integrated databank and research tool for research as varied as worldwide petroleum and environmental geoscience to climate and marine science. EGI scientists and software developers ensure that iCORDS™ presents comprehensive quality data in a user-easy product for members. Below is a sample of the new data and service iCORDS is working on. Future Onshore Data & Services at iCORDS™ EGI scientists, software developers, subject matter experts aim to expand the data and services of iCORDS™ to serve best the needs and interest of the members. During 2020–2022, the following will be added to iCORDS: Onshore petroleum source-rock data for North America, Central-South America, Africa, Middle…

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New EGI OCEANS Project in Development: Mediterranean Sea | New Analyses and Evaluation


In the coming weeks, the EGI OCEANS team will be offering a newly developed research project for consideration and investment by interested member companies. The new project, EGI Oceans: Mediterranean Sea| New Analyses and Evaluation of Source Rock Systems on IODP samples using organic geochemistry, palynofacies, unified stratigraphy, and paleoenvironment, will utilize the proven methodology supported by over 10 major EGI corporate members in the Atlantic Margin EGI Oceans projects (South Atlantic - 101276,  Central & North Atlantic - I01229, South Atlantic Reclassification - I01350). A full project proposal is In Development and will be available for consideration in May 2020.  For early details, questions, or expressions of interest, please contact project co-PI Eiichi Setoyama. Image: Location map showing Mediterranean DSDP, ODP, and IODP sites for prosed new EGI OCEANS Mediterranean Sea project. Click on the image above for a larger view. Read More
Location Map for Mesozoic Biochronostratigraphy and Paleoenvironment of the South Atlantic

Mesozoic Biochronostratigraphy and Paleoenvironment of the South Atlantic


New Research for the South Atlantic By EGI Foraminiferal Biostratigrapher, Eiichi Setoyama, PhD and Research Associate & Adjunct Associate Professor, Sudeep Kanungo, PhD Mesozoic Biochronostratigraphy and Paleoenvironment of the South Atlantic: A revised framework based on 20 DSDP and ODP deep-water sites Journal of South American Earth Sciences, Volume 99, 2020, 102511, ISSN 0895-9811. doi.org/10.1016/j.jsames.2020.102511. The full article may be viewed and downloaded at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0895981120300249 Abstract: The South American and West African margins of the South Atlantic and the Southern Ocean are characterized by Mesozoic black shales that serve as source rocks of known and unknown petroleum systems. The knowledge of regional chronostratigraphy and paleoenvironment enables the prediction of the stratigraphic and geographic distribution of black shales with precision, as well as the understanding of local heterogeneity in regional- or global-scale oceanographic changes, such as oceanic anoxic events. Through sample re-analyses, this study provides a high-resolution Mesozoic chronostratigraphic and paleoenvironmental…

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EGI Advisory Board Chair

EGI Advisory Board Chair Receives 2020 AAPG Distinguished Service Award


EGI is delighted to congratulate Advisory Board Chairperson, Dr. Jonathan Craig from ENI, who was awarded the 2020 AAPG Distinguished Service Award. Established by AAPG Executive Committee action in 1971 the Distinguished Service Award is presented to members who have distinguished themselves in singular and beneficial long-term service to AAPG. Jonathan entered the oil & gas industry in 1980 and has worked as a structural geologist for Geomorphological Services Ltd., an exploration geoscientist for Shell, and an Exploration Manager and the Chief Geologist for LASMO plc. Since 2001, he has successively been the Head of Technical Projects, Head of Prospect Validation, Head of Geology and Head of Strategic Exploration Projects for the Eni in London and Milan. EGI Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Jonathan Craig (Eni) During his career he has worked on a wide variety of international exploration and development projects, including overseas assignments in Australia, Tanzania, Indonesia, Pakistan, Colombia,…

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2020 Outstanding Chemical Engineering Dissertation Award


EGI Affiliate Scientist and Former EGI Fellow Receives Chemical Engineering Award EGI is proud to congratulate Affiliate Scientist and former EGI fellow, Dr. Jan Goral, in his selection for the 2020 Outstanding Chemical Engineering Dissertation Award for his work “Digital (Shale) Rock Multi-Physics: Micro-/Nano-Scale Characterization of Petrophysical and Geomechanical Properties of Oil-/Gas-Bearing Rocks.” Jan completed his PhD and graduated from the Department of Chemical Engineering in Spring 2019. Jan Goral joined EGI when he started his PhD at the Department of Chemical Engineering with Professor Milind Deo in January, 2016. Prior to that, he was a graduate research/teaching assistant at the Department of Mining Engineering while working on his master’s degree in Mining Engineering. At EGI, Jan worked on projects with professors Milind Deo and John McLennan, Affiliate Scientist Ian Walton, and EGI Director Raymond Levey. He conducted research on micro- and nanoscale-resolution 3D imaging and modeling of shale rocks, as…

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EGI Staff & Affiliate Publication Updates – Q1 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. Dhrupad Beti Vega, C. & Beti, D. & Setoyama, E. & McLennan, J. & Ring, T. & Levey, R. & Martínez-Romero, N.. (2020). Source rock evaluation in the central-western flank of the Tampico Misantla Basin, Mexico. Journal of South American Earth Sciences. 102552. 10.1016/j.jsames.2020.102552. Beti, D., Panja, P., Jiang, C., Milovic, M., Robinson, R., Ring, T.A., Levey, R. 2020 Change in Hydrocarbon Composition in Rock Samples as a Function of Time: A Thermodynamic Evaporation Model, Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 103238, ISSN 1875-5100, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2020.103238. Beti, D., Jiang, C., Panja, P., Ring, T.A., Levey, R. 2020. Hydrocarbon distributions of incremental S1 peaks corresponding to different boiling point ranges of petroleum in rock samples, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 107174, ISSN 0920-4105, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2020.107174.…

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Message from the Director


As we welcome a new decade, we at EGI wish you all a very productive and prosperous 2020.  Reflecting on 10 years of changes, growth, challenges, and successes, we know that it is your support and engagement that are the cornerstones of our progress. It is our honor and pleasure to continue to work on behalf of all of our members and the energy industry at large.  The collaborative partnerships forged between EGI members and researchers is unparalleled in this type of consortia and we are grateful for the opportunity to continue to be your partner to develop the innovative, science-driven knowledge to move the energy industry forward especially in this dynamic time of change. Looking forward, 2020 is off to a busy start as we plan for EGI international and domestic meetings and conferences, as well as Distinguished Lecture Series, workshops & short courses, and enhanced access to EGI…

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2020 Transform Margins Workshop in Smolenice, Slovakia – POSTPONED


Due to the global Covid-19 crisis, this event has been RESCHEDULED for December 14–17, 2020. Further details are available HERE. Preliminary Agenda Transform Margins Workshop & Field Excursion Arrive December 14 – Depart December 17 Registration Open to All Invited Guests Monday, December 14: 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, December 15 & 16: Two days of Transform Margin workshops. The Workshop structure will include invited talks to be followed by open discussion. Thursday, December 17: Morning departure by bus for return to Vienna Airport. (Exact time TBD; likely 7:00 am) For full workshop details and abstracts, please visit https://transformmargins.com. Questions and concern specifically pertaining to the Transform Margins Workshop may be directed to Marína Matejová. For complete workshop details and abstracts, please…

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New EGIconnect & Research Catalog Platforms to Deliver Enhanced Access


Preview the new platforms now By Christopher Kesler EGI is excited to share new developments for improving and enhancing how we deliver the research and information resources our members depend on. Beginning in late 2019, EGI began the process of migrating the EGIconnect platform to a new Enterprise ArcGIS Online service that will bring easier search and access features, data security, and new user capabilities. As the initial stages have been completed, we are excited to share the new potential as we continue to work toward full implementation. The EGI Research Catalog— publicly accessible abstracts of EGI legacy research and projects available to all EGI members— has recently been upgraded for easier searching and access. The location map for navigating and searching the EGI public research catalog has been upgraded to an ArcGIS Online web application. For an overview of any or all of the 850+ completed reports, zoom in…

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EGI Awarded New Patent in Source Rock Analysis


EGI is pleased to announce that based on the PhD topic of Dr. Dhrupad Beti, who successfully defended his PhD in December 2019, EGI has received a new patent titled "Temperature Profile for Rock Sample Composition Analysis." The patented method enables predicting liquid hydrocarbon composition solely by analyzing rock samples using anhydrous pyrolysis technique. The inventors (EGI Affiliate Scientist David Thul and Dr. Dhrupad Beti) have just received approval. The goal of this research supported by EGI and now patented is to license this technology for effective use by the industry and EGI member companies. Following his successful PhD defense, Dr. Beti is now starting a new position as EGI Data Science Post-Doctoral Fellow. Mr. Dan Jarvie, well known to the petroleum industry will be an informal advisor to EGI for this special fellowship position. Dr. Beti is the first to be awarded the EGI Post-Doctoral Fellow in Data Science.…

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EGI at AAPG Global Superbasins Leadership Conference


photo credit: Dr. Rasoul Sorkhabi and AAPG Explorer. EGI Research Professor Dr. Rasoul Sorkhabi is an invited speaker at the AAPG Super Basin 2020 conference in Sugar Land, Texas, 11–13 February 2020. Dr. Sorkhabi’s talk is “Source Rocks of the World Overview” and is scheduled for Wednesday, 12 February morning session. In advance of the conference, Dr. Sorkhabi was interviewed by AAPG for their recent issue of AAPG Explorer. Emphasizing the importance of petroleum systems analysis in developing shale plays, Sorkhabi says, “We need to go beyond this vague umbrella term of ‘shale’ and really look at our rocks. Petroleum systems are very integrated physical, geochemical, sedimentological and structural processes. All unconventional plays are located in conventional basins. They need to be studied using a detailed and holistic approach.”  The full article, highlighting “‘lessons learned’ from current super basins” and applying these lessons to new discoveries, is available in the current issue…

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Shale Plays of the Middle East


New Article and Distinguished Lecture from EGI’s Rasoul Sorkhabi photo credit: GEOExPro, vol 16 issue 5 Dr. Rasoul Sorkhabi recently published an article entitled Shale Plays of the Middle East in GeoExPro (Vol. 16 no.5, 2019). The article examines the potential for transferring the U.S. shale technology revolution to exploration in the Middle East.  While shale formations are common throughout the Middle East, Dr. Sorkhabi goes on to evaluate current challenges and opportunities in potential development of shale resources in the region. Visit GeoExPro to read Dr. Sorkhabi’s full article. EGI is also delighted to announce that Dr. Sorkhabi will also be presenting on the subject as an EGI Distinguished Lecturer. For more information and scheduling, please email us and someone will respond promptly. Read More
photo, male, speaker, Tony Doré, EGI

Tony Doré Receives Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award


EGIGlobal Chief Scientist among recipients of Best Article Award Global Chief Scientist & Senior Advisor to the Director, Tony Doré, with his co-authors, was awarded the 2019 Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award for their paper titled “Triassic-Paleogene paleogeography of the Arctic: Implication for Sediment routing and Basin fill.” The Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award serves to honor and reward the author(s) of the best AAPG Bulletin article published each calendar year. The paper appeared in AAPG Bulletin 102. Sømme, Tor & Doré, Anthony & Lundin, Erik & Tørudbakken, Bjorn. (2018). Triassic–Paleogene paleogeography of the Arctic: Implications for sediment routing and basin fill. AAPG Bulletin. 102. 2481-2517. 10.1306/05111817254. Read More
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