WHAT? World-class CCS training for and by industry professionals, focusing on individuals in the Permian Basin but through online presence, available to individuals throughout the U.S. and world. Multiple training products that are being employed include:
Week-Long Short Course
Stimulated by a grant from the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) with Recovery Act funding, the TEAM (see below) formed for the project already has experience conducting very popular 4-day duration CO2 Schools (twice a year) and one-day CO2 short courses as a part of the annual CO2 Flooding Conference and is moving ahead to develop additional and wide-ranging training products. Efforts are guided and directed by an Industry Advisory Board to ensure training products deliver the skill sets needed by those working in the CCS industry. Watch for delivery of those products in spring 2010.
WHY? It is a political reality that there are individual and business opportunities in CCS. To seize those opportunities, companies and the individuals involved must acquire technology knowledge and hone certain skill sets. Although similar to traditional O&G skill sets, there are differences that those working in CCS must know. This projects goal is simple – maintaining a strong industry/business focus throughout, develop and deliver training products credible to industry that will equip participants with the needed CCS skill sets.
THE TEAM? A Team involving the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Applied Petroleum Technology Academy (APTA) has formed for this project. Each organization in its own right has significant capabilities. Combined, they bring formidable industry knowledge and insight to achieve project goals. THE TEAM STRUCTURE AND RESPONSIBILITIES of contributing individuals are melded to utilize respective strengths.
Text Box: Tech Transfer
The Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC) focuses on transferring O&G technology to the domestic O&G industry. Since inception in 1993, working with six regions involving 10 different universities/geological surveys, PTTC has earned credibility in technology transfer and developed a national audience of 18,000 individuals for its newsletter, 9,000 for its email Tech Alerts, and maintains an active workshop program that delivers more than 70 workshops per year. Within the Permian Basin, there is a natural tie between CO2-enhanced oil recovery and CCS.
Text Box: CCS & Tech Transfer
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) is the world’s largest scientific and professional geological association, having about 37,000 members worldwide. AAPG brings online/distance learning, publications, conference capabilities and, through volunteers/members active in CCS, technical expertise to the Program. Recent initiatives include webinars/e-symposia and Geoscience Technology Workshops. AAPG has led a multi-society international research conference on “Geological Carbon Sequestration: Prediction and Verification” and its Division of Environmental Geology has developed CCS-oriented products. AAPG brings technical knowledge, publications and communications/conference capabilities to the team.
Applied Petroleum Technology Academy (APTA)
Text Box: CCS & Tech Transfer The Applied Petroleum Technology Academy (APTA) in Midland, Texas provides practical training in the management of mature oil and gas producing fields, capturing industry and academic expertise found in the Permian Basin and delivering that information through short courses. With the Permian Basin being the heart of the CO2 flooding industry, a central focus has been CO2 flooding and carbon management/CCS. Three individuals available to the Team through APTA (Steve Melzer, Robert Trentham and Robert Kiker) bring multiple decades of Permian Basin O&G, CO2 flooding and CCS experience to the team. All have been involved in some fashion in CO2 flooding, APTA, Midland’s Annual CO2 and Carbon Management workshops, DOE-supported R&D projects in the Permian Basin, technology transfer and the Permian Basin’s FutureGen effort.