News of Note


Science Diplomacy to Advance Energy Resources in India

On March 3, at the Utah World Trade Center in Salt Lake City, EGI Director Dr. Raymond Levey met with His Excellency Arun Kumar Singh Ambassador form the Republic of India to the USA. EGI has conducted extensive research projects evaluating the resource potential both offshore and onshore India.

EGI’s latest research in India was Indian Subcontinent Shale Resource Plays, Phase 1, led by Dr. Sudeep Kanungo, Head of EGI’s Biostratigraphy Group.

In January 2016, EGI co-sponsored an International Shale Oil & Gas Workshop with the University of Jammu in India at the 3rd Annual International Conference on Geosciences and the Environment.

EGI has long maintained a collaborative relationship with industry, academic, and government institutions in India. In addition to a range of cost-shared and sole-sponsored research, EGI sponsors research fellows from the University of Jammu who come to EGI for intensive internships and experience working with EGI’s researchers and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

University of Utah Chemical Engineering Graduate Symposium Awards

The University of Utah Department of Chemical Engineering recently held it’s 2nd Annual Graduate Symposium. EGI Fellow and Research Assistant Manas Pathak was awarded the 2nd prize for his oral presentation Phase Behavior of Oils in Shale Reservoirs “Effect of presence of kerogen on PVT properties.” Manas’s presentation slides may be viewed by clicking on the presentation title.

Manas has received outstanding positive feedback about his research from the faculty members that were present in the symposium, noting the novel research establishing that there exist two phases of oil in shales. EGI is proud to support talented students and researchers as they emerge as leaders in their field. We congratulate Manas on another well earned achievement.

NavPort Announces Strategic Partnership with the Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI)

EGI and NavPort announced in March a new strategic partnership for sourcing North American completion and production data. NavPort’s analytics offering includes a newly released, patent-pending production model that will enhance EGI’s research portfolio and services.

“Together, NavPort and EGI will be positioned to approach the oil and gas industry with a complete data service for the USA and Canada, and other international basin evaluations developed by EGI,” said Dr. Raymond Levey, EGI Director.

Likewise, NavPort will be able to leverage the comprehensive geoscience and engineering capabilities at EGI to refine the utility of its data and analytics.

“NavPort’s completion and production data continues to lead the industry,” said Eric Foster, NavPort president. “Having a renowned academic and geoscience institute like EGI as a strategic partner is a great fit.”

U of U Nuclear Engineering Seminars

EGI Director Dr. Raymond Levey and Geothermal Group leader Joseph Moore recently presented separate seminar discussions to classes in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Utah. The Department holds a series of seminars each semester, presented by distinguished speakers and field experts.

Dr. Joseph Moore presented an invited talk covering the basics of geothermal energy and the need for EGS development and a national FORGE laboratory, where new technologies can be tested.

Dr. Levey discussed EGI’s 44 years of global research and collaborations with industry and government, including hydrocarbon energy focused on ocean margins, rift basins, and shale reservoir systems globally; geothermal energy focused on power generation spanning hydrothermal systems to enhanced geothermal systems (EGS); and carbon management research focused on carbon sequestration and the injection of carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery.

‘Research as Art’ to Feature EGI Scientist

Photographs by EGI Research Scientist Dr. Bryony Richards McClung are being featured in a local art show at the Alta Club in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The show, titled “Research as Art,” is free and open to the public at the Alta Club Gallery Monday through Saturday. The show runs April – September 2016.  Below are Dr. Richards-McClung’s featured images Exploding Volcanic Crystals and Zeolite Radial Crystals.

Exploding Volcanic Crystals

False-color backscatter electron (BSE) scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of radial olivine crystals in a diamond-bearing volcanic rock. The crystals in the rock grew as magma rose from beneath the African crust to the Earths surface, before erupting as a diamond-bearing volcano (kimberlite). Petrological (the study of the origin, composition, distribution, and structure of rocks) analysis of samples is an essential part of mineralogical research. The results of which, allow a full picture of the evolution of magmatic, metamorphic, or sedimentary rocks to be established. SEM analysis are vital in the understanding of the micro- to nano-scale evolution of crystal structure and mineral associations. The horizontal field width (HFW) of the image is approximately 800 µm.

Zeolite Radial Crystals

Polarized transmitted light image of radial zeolite crystals. Zeolites are micro-porous, aluminosilicate minerals which, occur both naturally, in addition to being produced industrially. Natural zeolites (like those shown in the photo) form in a variety of settings; including when alkaline groundwater reacts with volcanic rocks and as a part of the post-depositional processes that may occur in shallow marine basins. Petrological (the study of the origin, composition, distribution, and structure of rocks) analysis of samples is an essential part of mineralogical research. The results of which, allow a full picture of the evolution of magmatic, metamorphic, or sedimentary rocks to be established. The horizontal field width (HFW) of the image is approximately 1.2 mm.