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George P. Mitchell receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Gas Technology Institute

Petroleum engineering legend honoured in Amsterdam for impact on energy with shale gas revolution

 

Houston oilman George P. Mitchell has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gas Technology Institute. The founder of Mitchell Energy & Development Corp., Mitchell received the prestigious honour for pioneering hydraulic fracturing and drilling technologies that created a shale gas revolution. Mitchell was given the award at the “Global Unconventional Gas 2010: Unlocking Your Potential” conference as energy professionals from around the world met in Amsterdam June 16, 2010.

For 17 years, visionary Mitchell insisted the impossible was possible. A petroleum engineer with geology training from Texas A&M University, Mitchell believed natural gas could be extracted from shale when no one else did. Not wanting his oil wells to go to waste in the event of flow shortages, Mitchell had his employees drill into an area known as the Barnett Shale for hydrocarbons. Despite the cautioning of his engineers that the endeavor could prove futile, Mitchell gave the order to fracture the rock.

The company invested more than 30 wells to test different processes of hydraulic fracturing, with some wells’ production barely even covering the cost of operation. Yet Mitchell remained steadfast, continuing to analyze test results that yielded the greatest return, and eventually completed the first successful instance of using hydraulic fracturing to drill into shale for natural gas. The results were staggering – many experts believe the Barnett Shale may be the largest onshore natural gas field in the United States, containing more than an estimated 26 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

In recent years, advances in drilling technology have made it possible for energy companies to extract large amounts of natural gas from the Barnett Shale. Devon Energy Corporation acquired Mitchell Energy & Development Corp. in 2002 and added the innovation of horizontal drilling to make shale gas wells even more productive. The two techniques have subsequently revolutionized the unconventional shale gas play.

What started with Mitchell’s vision and passion for unconventional development has spread to application to other gas shales throughout North America and Europe. Embracing unconventional gas opportunities has transformed the U.S. energy picture. In less than a decade, a view that the U.S. was running out of gas and would require tremendous imports of LNG has been transformed to a projected 100 years or more of projected supplies of gas, enabling a sustainable affordable energy source that provides new choices on how natural gas resources are used. Mitchell is an inspiration to all those who are building on his legacy to make the unconventional conventional.

“I’m truly honored to be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gas Technology Institute. I believe that the United States should examine all forms of natural gas in order to ease our dependence on coal and foreign oil,” said George P. Mitchell. “It is my hope that my efforts will aid the search for new and unconventional energy sources that can be used by my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

Keynote presentations at the “Global Unconventional Gas 2010: Unlocking Your Potential” conference included energy notables such as Aubrey K. McClendon, Chairman and CEO, Chesapeake Energy Corporation; Dr. Abdul Rahim Hashim, President, IGU; Christopher Flavin, President, Worldwatch Institute; Chris Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy; and leading shale technology, resource, and business experts, as well as prominent European and global energy officials.

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Schlumberger Introduces Petrel Shale for Unconventional Resources

Petrel Shale users are able to characterize unconventional reservoirs from exploration to production.
Petrel Shale users are able to characterize unconventional reservoirs from exploration to production.

Schlumberger has announced the release of Petrel Shale, a customized user interface and toolset engineered for exploiting shale resources. Scalable and straightforward to deploy, Petrel Shale is designed to optimize operations to increase capital efficiency.

“Integration of shale workflows is critical to improve the success of the asset. Petrel Shale has been specifically designed to address the integration challenge from exploration to production,” said Uwem Ukpong, president, Schlumberger Information Solutions. “By providing efficient geological and geophysical map-based evaluations, our customers can expedite decision-making, streamline their operations and maximize return.”

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Modular frac manifolds offer safety and cost savings

GE Oil & Gas’ Pressure Control business adding modular frac manifolds to its fracturing services portfolio. The new product expands GE’s support of operators in the unconventional market, including shale gas.

GE’s modular frac manifold is a skid-mounted assembly designed to safely allow simultaneous frac operations on multiple well pads, resulting in time savings. Each self-contained unit consists of a customized array of actuated valves, blocks and frac head outlets and is engineered to safely isolate each well during stimulation. Multiple manifolds can be installed side by side to accommodate each customer’s specific well site requirements.

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Oil Gas Product News Readers Save 15% on Registration for 'Tight Oil & Shale Gas Well Site Facilities Design Western Canada 2014,' Meeting December 9-10 in Calgary, Canada.

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Polyurethane piping system for fracking sand transport

Bailey-Parks Urethane has developed an innovative, long-lasting polyurethane piping system to replace the metal systems used on trailers that transport fracking sand. Highly customizable, the Sand Viper piping system includes 16 modular components that can be used to build a complete piping system to fit nearly any specifications.


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Unconventional Gas a game-changer at Gastech 2011

Representing game-changing developments in the international gas industry, innovations in the field of unconventional gas are exerting considerable forces on the global gas industry. The Gastech Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam next month will spotlight unconventional gas, its place in the global energy mix and how it will affect global markets.

With new unconventional technologies, there are potential challenges for engineers and operators working for the natural gas companies that deploy these innovations. Held 21-24 March, Gastech will feature an ‘Unconventional Gas Conference stream,’ in conjunction with the Gas Technology Institute, which aims to address the significance of the advancements and accelerating evolution of the industry with in-depth, high-level considerations to wider issues and concerns in the sector.

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Capstone receives three megawatt order from south Texas shale play

Capstone Turbine Corporation, the clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, has received an order for three C1000 Power Packages for a large independent oil-and-gas exploration and production company in the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas.  

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Leading shale gas producers to discuss water management

According to American Business Conferences, a Texas-based company who specializes in hosting industry-specific global summits for end-users of new technologies, including government, research and private sector organizations, the boom in shale gas drilling  is prompting more and more ecological concerns over the impact of hydraulic fracturing on local water supplies. With up to 3 million gallons of water required per treatment, the company says there is now an urgent demand for water treatment, filtration, separation and recycling solutions to help shale gas operators treat and reuse their produced water.  

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With the boom in shale gas drilling across the U.S. prompting ecological
concerns over the impact of hydraulic fracturing on local water supplies
( up to 3 million gallons of water are required per treatment ) there
is now an urgent demand for water treatment, filtration, separation and
recycling solutions to help shale gas operators treat and reuse their
produced water.

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E&P company including Shell, Chevron, Chesapeake, Encana, Apache Canada (to name a few) as well as Ministries and Departments of Energy,
Regulatory Authorities and Technological Suppliers will be meeting in
Dallas between 28th - 29th October for the forthcoming Global Shale Gas
Water Management Initiative 2010 to discuss these issues.

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Transportable water treatment system ideal for shale gas produced water

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies offers a transportable water treatment system, which has been proven effective for treating produced water generated from gas exploration activities at Marcellus Shale drilling sites.

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