PTTC workshop overviews new technologies to increase oil and gas productivity in older plays

Share this post
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on LinkedInPrint this pageBuffer this page

April 13, 2016 by Kathy Jesperson, NRCCE

feature-pttcMorgantown, W.Va. –  A workshop on new technologies being used to extract additional oil and natural gas from older, conventional oil and gas plays will be held May 19 at the Erickson Alumni Center at West Virginia University.

The workshop, “Learning from Shales: Applying New Technology to Old Plays,” discusses how some companies are modifying shale technologies to increase productivity and economic viability from older, shallower plays.

The workshop is sponsored by WVU’s Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC) and Environmental Friendly Drilling. This day-long event includes numerous speakers who will talk about drilling techniques and case studies in the Appalachian basin states, including: Berea Sandstone in Kentucky; Berea, Clinton and Trenton in Ohio; Upper Devonian sandstones in Pennsylvania and New York; the Ft. Payne in Tennessee; and Mississippian sandstones in West Virginia.

“The participants will learn how companies around the basin have used new and re-engineered technologies to make gas drilling more cost effective,” said Doug Patchen, director of the Eastern Region PTTC. “Many larger and smaller companies have looked at newer shale technology and modified how they can apply it. We’re finding more gas and getting a more complete picture of the older plays.”

Petroleum geologists and engineers employed by industry, government and academia who live or work in the Appalachian basin will find this course informative. College students interested in attending should call for a discounted registration rate.

EFD imageIn addition, PTTC will issue a certificate for seven professional development hours at the end of the workshop. To receive this certificate at the workshop, you must register in advance.

To register, go to EventBrite at

The registration cost of $125 covers lunch, coffee breaks and all workshop expenses. Pre-registration online is required by May 13. On-site check in begins at 7:45 a.m. The workshop starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Doug Patchen, at 304.293.6216, or



CONTACT: Tracy Novak,

The PTTC is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University.