CO2 for EOR as CCUS Conference 2015

2nd Biennial CO2 for EOR as CCUS Conference

Collaborative Symposium on CO2 EOR between Universities in Texas and Norway, oil industry in Texas and Norway and other CO2 EOR stake holders

Venue: Rice University, BRC-Auditorium, 6500 Main St., Houston, TX, USA

Time: Oct. 4th – 6th, 2015

Participation 2015:

The 2015 CO2 for EOR as CCUS Conference gathered 120 registered attendees from 43 different companies, organizations and universities. A total of 60 graduate students participated; 20 from Norway and UK and 40 from 9 different universities in the USA (USC, Stanford, CSM, UT, TAMU, Rice, UH, KU and UND).

Provided by:

– NorTex Petroleum Cluster (

– Petroleum Research School of Norway (NFiP;

– Norwegian Consulate General ( )

Sponsored by:

Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, International Energy Agency (IEA), US Dept. of Energy (USDOE), Norwegian Research Council (NRC), Statoil, Schlumberger and BP.


From left: Mike Moore, Arne Graue, Chuck McConnell, Vello Kuuskraa, Steve Melzer and Fred Eames

Symposium Objectives:

  1. Accelerate CO2 Research Collaboration between Norway and the USA
  2. Provide opportunity for experts in industry and academia to collectively discuss CO2 research
  3. Provide Post docs and PhD students with current research status and the way forward
  4. Provide oil industry an opportunity to communicate needs to the next generation engineers
  5. Emphasize CO2 as mean to mitigate negative climate effects in oil production


Day 1: 

  •  CO2 for EOR with CO2 Storage in Conventional Reservoirs

Day 2: 

  • CO2 applied to Unconventional Hydrocarbon Reserves
  • Field Experience, Case Studies and the Way Forward
  • PhD Presentations

Sunday Oct. 4th

Conference Reception
18:30 Bus departure from The Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center
19:00 Reception at the Residence of Norway’s Consul General in Houston
Address: 1024 Rocky River RD, Houston, TX 77056
21:00 Bus returns to The Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center

Day 1: Monday Oct. 5th

CO2 for EOR with CO2 Storage in Conventional Reservoirs

08:15 Registration, Breakfast and Coffee
09:00 Opening Address
Norway’s Consul General in Houston, Morten Paulsen

Symposium Objectives
Arne Graue, Prof. of Physics, Univ. of Bergen, Norway
Chairman of the Board: Petroleum Research School of Norway and NorTex Petroleum Cluster

Welcome to Rice University – The Importance of CO2 EOR
Charles D. McConnell, Executive Director, Energy and Environment Initiative (E2I), Rice University and former Ass. Secr. for Fossil Energy U.S. Department of Energy

09:30 DOE CO2 EOR Research: Summary of Recent Projects
Eric Smistad, U.S. Department of Energy

09:50 IEA/GOT Implementing Agreement for Global Dialogue on Gas and Oil Technology
Paul Doucette, Global Leader Public Policy and Funding, GE Oil & Gas, IEA/GOT

10:10 Keynote: Increasing the Size of the CCUS Prize: The Potential and Economic Viability of Storing CO2 and Producing Oil from the ROZ of the Permian Basin Greatly Enhances the CCUS Option
Vello Kuuskraa, President, Advanced Resources International, Inc.

10:40 Coffee

11:00 CCUS: Policy Incentives and Barriers
Fredrick R. Eames, Partner, Hunton and Williams LLP

11:30 Keynote: CCUS – Global Opportunities in the Power Industry
Jason Bohrer, President & CEO, North Dakota Lignite Energy Council

12:00 Lunch

13:15 Optimizing CO2 Floods and Storage via Rate Control Using Smart Wells
Akhil Datta-Gupta, Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M U.

13:35 Market Drivers and Issues for CCUS and CO2-EOR
Mike Moore, Executive Director for North America Carbon Capture & Storage Association (NACCSA)

13:55 Range of Impacts of Oil Price Crashes on CO2 EOR
Steve Melzer, Melzer Consulting

14:15 Swing Injection for CO2 Storage and EOR
Bamshad Nazarian, Principal Researcher Reservoir Technology, Statoil ASA

14:35 The CO2 Capture Project – Phase 3 Results and Phase 4 Plans
Nigel Jenvey, Subsurface CO2 Manager, BP Houston

14:55 Coffee

15:20 Overview of CO2 Storage Capacity (CO2 Atlas) in Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) and the Potential for CO2 EOR Offshore Norway
Van Pham, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD)

15:40 Choice of surfactants for CO2 Foam for EOR
Keith Johnston, Prof. of Chem. Eng., University of Texas at Austin

16:00 Microfluidic Approach for Carbon Sequestration
Myeongsub (Mike) Kim, Ass.. Prof., Ocean and Mechanical Engineering, Florida Atlantic University

PhD Presentations

16:20 Laboratory investigations for CO2 based EOR
Michael Guoqing Jian, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Dept., Rice University

16:40 CO2-EOR Reservoir Workflow
Metin Karakas, Petr. Eng. Dept., U. of Southern California

17:00 END

19:00 Reception & Dinner at Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center hotel, 6633 Travis Street (next to the venue).

19:00 – 19:30 Reception 19:30 – 22:00 Dinner

Day 2: Tuesday Oct. 6th

08:15 Registration, Breakfast and Coffee

Part 1: CO2 applied to Unconventional Hydrocarbon Reserves

09:00 Methane Production from CO2 Injection in Hydrates – CO2 Hydrate Formation at Pore Scale
Jarand Gauteplass; Dept. of Physics and Technology, University of Bergen

09:30 Laboratory Evaluation of CO2 flow and EOR – Insight through Visualization
Martin Fernø, Assoc. Prof. of Physics, Univ. of Bergen, Norway

10:00 Shale gas reservoir treatment by a CO2-based technology
Peng Pei, Research Engineer, Institute for Energy Studies, University of North Dakota

10:30 Coffee

11:00 CO2 Injection for Methane Production from Hydrate Reservoirs
Arne Graue, Geir Ersland and Stian Almenningen, Dept. of Physics and Technology, University of Bergen

11:30 Effect of Gas Type and Composition on Foam Rheology in Porous Media for EOR
Yongchao Zeng, Sibani L. Biswal, and George J. Hirasaki, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University

12:00 Lunch

Part 2: Field Experience, Case Studies and the Way Forward

13:00 CO2 Conformance Control
Carmen C. Hinds & Dengen Zhou, Senior Advisors, CO2 EOR COP & ETC, Chevron

13:30 A Field-Scale Impact of Gas-Assisted Gravity Drainage EOR Process using CO2 and Flue Gas
Dandina N. Rao, Prof., Petroleum Engineering, Louisiana State University

14:00 CO2 Foam EOR Field Pilots in Texas and Mississippi
Arne Graue, Prof. of Physics, Univ. of Bergen, Norway

Field-Scale Modeling of Local Capillary Trapping During CO2 Injection into a Saline Aquifer
Bo Ren, Larry W. Lake, University of Texas at Austin and Steven L. Bryant, University of Calgary

15:00 Coffee

15:30 Development of Nanoparticle-Stabilized Foams To Improve Performance of Water-less Hydraulic Fracturing
Ali Qajar, Zheng Xue, Andrew Worthen, Chun Huh, Keith Johnston, Masa Prodanovic, Dept. of Petr. and Geosys. Eng., The University of Texas at Austin

PhD Presentations

16:00 Oil Production from Tight Shale Using CO2
Arthur Rognmo, Dept. of Physics and Technology, University of Bergen

16:20 Modified Carbon Black Nanoparticles for Carbon Sequestration
Chris Griffith, Dept. of Petr. and Geosys. Eng., The University of Texas at Austin

16:40 END