WVU Shale Gas Network Forum announcements include Monday, March 2nd Synfuels-China seminar plus other news

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February 25, 2015 by Trina Wafle, NRCCE

Morgantown, W.Va.– At the WVU Shale Gas Network Forum held at the Erickson Alumni Center on Tuesday, February 24, Associate Vice President for Research Earl Scime shared the following news with more than 80 faculty, staff, and nearby research colleagues who attended the afternoon event.

  • Monday, March 2nd the WVU US-China Energy Center will host a seminar by Synfuels-China Chief Technology Officer Dr. Yong-Wang Li, who will present. “Energy Conversion Technology.” He will talk about Synfuels-China’s energy business and R&D related to converting coal and gas to liquid fuels and chemicals and possible collaborations. Synfuels-China is the world’s second largest coal-to-liquids producer, after Sasol, and is moving into the gas-to-liquids market.  Dr. Li is a member of the Chinese Academy of Science. The event opens with refreshments at 3:30 p.m. with the presentation at 4:00 p.m. at the WVU Museum Education Center (the old Erickson center). All are welcome.
  • April 16th, the Petroleum Technology Transfer Consortium Appalachian Center and the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Program will host a workshop, “Navigating those Bumps in the Road on the Way to a Successful Horizontal Well,” focusing on improved communications between the engineers and geoscientists. PTTC is offering six professional development hours. The workshop will be held April 16 at Lakeview Resort & Spa. Details and registration.
  • May 20th, the WVU Extension Service’s Oil and Gas program will be hosting the 4th Annual Conference on Enhancing Public Understanding of Natural Gas Issues at the Bridgeport Conference Center in Charles Point. Registration will begin in April. Details will be posted here.
  • A shale gas utilization brown bag lunch seminar series will be launched in March. Look for details to be announced soon.
  • WVU is a co-sponsor of the National Research Council Unconventional Hydrocarbon Development Roundtable. Industry and academia will provide independent analysis and expertise for the White House and Congress. Industry members of the roundtable include ExxonMobil, Apache, Pioneer, and Schlumberger. Academic members include WVU, The Ohio State University, and the Colorado School of Mines. The U.S. Department of Energy, Department of Interior, and the Environmental Protection Agency are represented as are NGOs such as the Environmental Defense Fund and Mitchell Foundation. The roundtable will sit for three years. For more information, contact WVU Energy Institute Director Brian Anderson.
  • Following up on the Shale Gas Network Forum held last fall about shale gas utilization, at the recent West Virginia Independent Oil and Gas Association meeting, David Peebles from Odebrecht gave an update on the Wood County cracker facility indicating that they are proceeding cautiously in the context of the current oil price, but still moving forward. The SABIC plant that currently occupies the land will cease operations later this year and then demo will commence. Related to the Odebrecht/Braskem plant, WVU Regional Research Institute Director Randall Jackson is involved with researchers at Ohio State working on an economic cluster analysis for related economic impacts with regard to manufacturing and offtake industries in the region.
  • In October, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin will host a three-governor’s meeting on the topic of economic development related to the Marcellus and Utica shale resources. The meeting will focus largely on the chemical industries, but also on manufacturing that low energy costs afford. Leading up to this conference, WVU, the University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University are teaming to develop a plan to leverage our innovation expertise in the area of shale gas utilization, working with the Allegheny Conference. Contact WVU Energy Institute Director Brian Anderson for more information.


CONTACT:  Trina Walfe; 304.293.6038

The WVU Shale Gas Network Forum meets quarterly and is sponsored by the Research Office and the National Research Center for Coal and Energy.