Speakers


Shale Development
and Hydraulic Fracturing
San Diego, California USA
March 17-19, 2014

Capturing
Unconventional
Opportunities



opening keynotes

Shale Revolution and Global Energy Opportunities

The shale oil and gas revolution has been well publicized and debated, with much of the discussion addressing the impact on society and the economy. This session will further this discussion by expanding on the expectations for shale development. In particular, what are the challenges and opportunities associated with this type of development? Why will the major differences from conventional oil and gas require different approaches?

keynotes:

 

Torstein Hole, Senior Vice President, Production & Development, Statoil

Mr. Torstein Hole has been with Statoil since 1985 and has held a range of operational and development roles in the upstream organization. More recently as Senior Vice President for Finance, Strategy and Business Development in Exploration and Production and, prior to moving to Houston in October 2011, the Senior Vice President of Operations South on the Norwegian continental shelf. He currently resides in Houston, Texas as the Senior Vice President of US Onshore in Statoil Development and Production North America.


 

Greg Andrews, Vice President, Operational Excellence, Upstream Unconventionals, Shell Energy Resources Company

Greg Andrews is Vice President of Operational Excellence for Shell's Upstream Americas Unconventionals (shale and similar E&P businesses) in onshore North and South America. His department includes various maintenance, operations, and hydrocarbon measurement and allocation support groups. Responsibilities include working with asset teams to create a continuously improving safe, efficient and effective production system.

Greg has been with Shell for over 28 years. He has worked assignments in reservoir engineering, operations, logistics, economics and planning. Locations include New Orleans (3 times), Aberdeen (twice), New Zealand and Houston (current). He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toledo and Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston.


 

Fersheed Mody, Manager, Global Research and Technology, Apache

Fersheed is the Manager, Global Research and Development for Apache Corporation, E & P – Technology, Houston, TX. His roles include developing a robust corporate R&D strategy and implementing the R&D strategy to meet the short, medium and long term corporate objectives of production targets, reserves replacement, operating costs, and HS&E.

He also maintains and grows external stakeholder relationships with research universities, national laboratories, technical organizations, and service providers.

In addition, Fersheed develops strategies and encourages an open innovation mindset, meets regularly basis with regional VP's to understand regional technical needs and challenges, and develops practical and flexible strategies on technology monetization.

He is the Technical Advisor to the office of CEO, COOs, and CTO and also plays the role of an internal technology champion within Apache and an external ambassador to universities and technical organizations like SPE, IADC, AADE, IRMA, etc.



Session 1

Taking Advantage of the Global Shale Revolution

Shale development has been rapid, impactful, and a game-changer within North America. But the long-term prospects and global potential remain uncertain. Will shale development trigger for the dawn of a global gas market? How unique are conditions within North America? Will the North American model be replicated elsewhere, or will North America take advantage of its position and establish a global export business?


Speakers:


 

Douglas Stephens, President, Pressure Pumping, Baker Hughes

Douglas Stephens has been president of Baker Hughes Pressure Pumping Division since 2012. Baker Hughes is a leading provider of oilfield products and services. Its pressure pumping group provides a variety of wellbore construction and production enhancement services including cementing, coiled tubing, and hydraulic fracturing.

Douglas has over twenty years in the oilfield services sector, working in various product lines across many countries. He has been involved directly in operations, line management, product development, personnel management and marketing.

Prior to joining BHI, Douglas was vice president and global account director at Schlumberger, having worked in Alaska, Europe, Africa and the CIS. In 1986, he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia.




Session 2

Enabling Technology: Hydraulic Fracturing

The marriage of long horizontal wells with multi-stage hydraulic fracturing triggered the shale gas revolution—and along with it a new economic landscape. This session will investigate ways to maximize opportunities in this new economy.

Speakers:


 

Chad Joost, Sr. VP Sales & Marketing, Stewart & Stevenson

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Ken DeCubellis, Chief Executive Officer

Ken DeCubellis joined Black Ridge as our Chief Executive Officer in November of 2011. Mr. DeCubellis brings over 20 years of executive experience in a broad range of energy industries including 10 years at Exxon Mobil Corp and most recently as President and CEO of Altra Inc., a venture capital backed biofuels company. Mr. DeCubellis also previously served as Chairman of KD Global Energy, Belize Ltd, a firm that provides upstream technical and geological services to petroleum lease holders in Belize. Mr. DeCubellis received an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1996 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1990.



Session 3

Technological Excellence for Optimal Effectiveness and Efficiency

When the shale revolution began, the industry brought conventional fracturing equipment and surface processes to deliver the desired solutions downhole. As the techniques have matured, so has the equipment, with new equipment designs emerging that can deliver the exceptionally different solutions in an integrated and efficient manner. This session will challenge some of the fundamentals (from conventional) and discuss new and innovative approaches.

Speakers:

 

Jeffrey Meisenhelder, Vice President, Unconventional Resources, Schlumberger

With over 33 years of industry experience, Jeffrey Meisenhelder is Vice President of Unconventional Resources for Schlumberger. Based in Houston, he is responsible for the R&D strategy, operational support, and marketing of Schlumberger services for shale gas and liquids, coalbed methane, and tight gas.

Meisenhelder began his career with Schlumberger in 1980 as a Wireline field engineer. He has held various technical and managerial roles in North and South America, Australia, Asia and Africa. His career includes diverse experiences in conventional oil, tight gas, HPHT and deep gas, H2S, and unconventional resources.

Meisenhelder graduated with a BSc in Physics from the University of Illinois. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers for over 28 years.


 

Keith Peach, EVP, Engineering, Weir Oil and Gas

Keith has more than 30 years of service with the Weir Group and has held a number of executive positions within the company. Currently, Keith is the Executive Vice President of Engineering at Weir Oil and Gas Pressure Pumping Division based in Ft. Worth, Texas where he has responsibility for all engineering activities including sustaining and new product introduction. Keith has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and is a chartered member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.




Session 4

Technologies for Completion and Fracturing—Efficiency, Economics, and Optimization

Completion and fracturing efficiency is the key driver, as shale production shares greater similarities with mining than conventional reservoir engineering. But we continue to misapply conventional concepts. The winners in the future of shale development will be companies that focus on improved recoveries and stimulation coverage.

Speakers:

 

Matthew Crump, Product Line Manager for Lower Completions, Weatherford International

Matthew Crump is a Product Line Manager for Lower Completions at Weatherford. He has 10 years of experience, working in engineering, supply chain, and product line management for multiple service companies. For the two years he's been focused on building strategy, portfolio management, and technology development for Weatherford's ZoneSelect Multistage Stimulation Completions product line. A Registered Professional Engineer, Mr. Crump holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Houston and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.


 

Rich Haut, Director of Energy Production, Houston Advanced Research Center

Dr. Richard Haut is currently the Director of Energy Production at HARC, where he serves as the Principal Investigator for the Environmentally Friendly Drilling program in partnership with Texas A&M University, other universities, industry and environmental organizations with the objective of providing unbiased science to address environmental issues associated with petroleum drilling and production. The effort was recognized by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, receiving their Chairman's Environmental Partnership award in 2009. Dr. Haut also is the P.I. of the Coastal Impacts Technology Program (CITP) aimed at addressing environmental issues associated with energy production along the Texas gulf coast. Dr. Haut's technical background includes a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in Engineering. He has over 25 years of industry, technical, and management experience prior to joining HARC in June 2002. Dr. Haut has been responsible for analyzing offerings for key technologies or niche capabilities and developing synergistic, strategic relationships in the energy industry. He also was instrumental in establishing joint ventures and other joint industry programs, including the start-up of Enventure Global Technology where he was the Chief Operating Officer.


 

Tim Stephens, Ph.D., Director of R&D, Saint-Gobain Proppants

Dr. Tim Stephens is the Director of Research and Development for Saint-Gobain Proppants, where he leads a collaborative team of diverse members to develop new concepts, products and product performance analysis for proppants. He began his career with British Petroleum in 1995 working in the chemicals division on technologies for monetizing stranded natural gas. Since joining Saint-Gobain in 2003, Tim has co-authored several technical papers and patents regarding the the application of material science to the field of hydraulic fracturing. He is currently the co-chair of the American Petroleum Institute committee on Long-Term Measurement of Proppant Conductivity (API-19D). Dr. Stephens holds a Master's and Ph.D. in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.



Session 5

Production Enhancement: Artificial Lift and Re-Fracturing

The extensive shift to horizontal wells that has been driven by the shale revolution has resulted in redesign of conventional artificial lift approaches. The efficiency of such systems is strongly linked to horizontal well design. This Session will investigate the application of systems in this new environment and also the major potential for additional recovery through re-fracturing of by-passed pay in the thousands of wells already drilled.

Speakers:

 

John Bearden, PE, Director, Research and Development, Baker Hughes

John joined Borg-Warner Ingersoll Research Center, which was Centrilift's corporate research facility, in 1972. While there, he handled projects that studied gaseous effects on downhole pumps and resulted in the development of Centrilift's Rotary Gas Separator prototype. He transferred to Centrilift (Byron-Jackson Pump) in 1976 as a project engineer and currently serves as Director of R&D Systems Engineering, Baker Hughes Artificial Lift Product Line. His career has involved the design, development, and application of ESP components and systems. He holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Oklahoma and is a member of SPE and ASME. He has published 18 papers, holds 16 patents in the ESP area, worked on the SPE Task Groups that developed the Recommended Practices on ESP's, authored the ESP chapter for the new edition of The Petroleum Engineering Handbook, and is currently on the committee that is developing the ISO Standard for ESP's. He was presented the Baker Hughes – Lifetime Technology Achievement Award in 2007.



 

Peter Lawson, Director, Technology, Baker Hughes

Peter studied at Robert Gordon's University in Aberdeen Scotland and holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Business. He began his oilfield career as a Field Engineer with Schlumberger prior to joining the Baker Hughes Artificial Lift group where he has spent the past twenty years. During his time with Baker Hughes, he has worked in a variety of capacities including Application Engineering, Product Engineering, Marketing, and Operations. He has also worked in a variety of countries including the UK, Norway, The Netherlands, France, and the USA. He is presently the Director of Technology for Baker Hughes Artificial Lift Systems in Claremore Oklahoma.



Session 6

Technologies for Reducing Environmental Impacts

This Session will investigate the latest innovations within drilling and completion approaches in North America, that impact environmental aspects. Areas to be covered include the full-cycle hydrocarbon footprint, fracturing fluid chemistry, efficient use of technology for power generation, and technologies that are likely to endure as new legislation related to emissions is enacted.

Speakers:


 

Frank Zamora, VP Engineering and Technology, Trican Well Service Ltd.

 


 



Session 7

Opportunities, Strategies, and Economics for Entering the Shale Play Market

Presentations covering management, resource allocation, and economics of redeployment of assets following the evolution of market opportunities around the globe.

Speakers:



 

Peter Foster, Senior Partner, Qittitut Consulting, LLC

Peter is a Senior Partner with Qittitut Consulting, serving clients in the E&P service sector on growth strategy, commercialization and product launch. He has over 30 years international experience as an operator, service provider and consultant at Shell, BP, Halliburton and Qittitut. His domain expertise spans exploration, drilling, completions and field development both onshore and offshore and he provides deep knowledge and insight into successful growth strategies for new technologies and ventures across the E&P value chain, including the latest in unconventional shale plays. Peter has a track record of delivering breakthrough performance in revenue growth for service and technology companies by focusing on bridging the gap between supply chain and customer needs. He has a BA in Geology from Oxford University and an MBA from City University in London.



Session 8

Water Management in Shale Play

Water management is a fundamental part of unconventional shale development, and the challenge for the oil and gas industry is to demonstrate that it is far less consumptive than existing alternative power generation schemes. This session will explore ways to showcase how the oil and gas industry makes efficient use of water resources.

Speakers:


 

John Felmy, Chief Economist, API

John Felmy is Chief Economist of API. His areas of emphasis are the economic, statistical and policy analysis of the Institute. This includes managing the production of the Institute's weeklyand monthly petroleum statistics. He has thirty years of experience in energy, economic and environmental analysis. He received Bachelors and Masters in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from The University of Maryland.

John is a member of several professional associations including the American Economics Association, the National Association for Business Economics and the International Association for Energy Economics.


 

Robert Balch, Section Head/Research Scientist, Petroleum Recovery Research Center, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Robert Balch is Section Head of the Reservoir Evaluation and Advanced Computational Technologies (REACT) group of the Petroleum Recovery Research Center at New Mexico Tech. He has been PI or Co-PI on a range of federally funded projects and has a track record for management and integration of multidisciplinary team research efforts; recent work includes development and testing of a wellhead produced water purification system, sensors for tracking short radius laterals for improved oil recovery, involvement with the BLM Pecos District Reasonable Foreseeable Development Plan, web-ware for New Mexico Pit Rule compliance, and the Southwest Partnerships Farnsworth unit carbon capture, utilization, and storage project where he is responsible for design and implementation of seismic Monitoring Verification and Accounting. His past research has focused on developing and applying solutions to a variety of problems at many scales using geological, geophysical, and engineering data—including single well studies, field scale analyses and most recently, regional exploration, simulation, drilling risk evaluation and regulatory issues. Dr. Balch holds an appointment as an Oil Conservation Commissioner for the State of New Mexico.



Session 9

Case Studies

Unconventional shale development has been driven by macroscopic statistical trends. One approach to generating maximum value has been analysis and publication of case histories within trends and basins. This session will focus on mining the large pool of valuable information available from Operators, Service Providers, GPS, and FracFocus.

Speakers:

 

Sam French, Senior Reservoir Engineer, BP's North American Gas Business

Sam French is a Senior Reservoir Engineer with BP's North American Gas Business Unit based in Houston Texas. For the past three years he has worked on teams developing BP's Woodford Shale acreage in Oklahoma and appraising BP's Utica Shale acreage in Ohio. He is currently the Project Manager for BP's Woodford Shale Refrac program. Sam has 29 years experience in various reservoir engineering, operations and leadership roles with a wide variety of reservoirs throughout North America. He spent 15 years in Alaska working innovative projects such as Prudhoe Bay gas cap water injection, Alpine miscible gas enhanced recovery, Lisburne fractured carbonate development and Endicott low salinity waterflooding. Sam is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Alaska and Texas. He has a BS degree with Honors in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming.



 

Dan Themig, CEO, Packers Plus Energy Services

Dan Themig is President of Packers Plus Energy Services. He has served in various engineering and technical positions in the U.S. and Canada and has been involved in advanced horizontal and multilateral projects worldwide. He has a B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Illinois and later an MBA from Oklahoma State University. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of SPE. Dan has recently received the 2010 SPE Meritorious Engineering Award, the 2012 Sproule Innovation and Achievement award, holds more than a dozen patents and has authored numerous technical articles.



Panel

Environmentally Sustainable & Competitive Solutions

Unlike conventional oil and gas, shale development can have a visible and measurable impact on local communities, infrastructure, and resources. It is therefore essential that, as an industry, we cultivate these resources in partnership with state, county, and local communities. This panel discussion to discuss and investigate various concerns and issues.

Panel discussion and audience Q&A on balancing the hydraulic fracturing advancement with environmental concerns.

panelists:

Rich Haut, Senior Research Scientist, Houston Advanced Research Center

Dr. Richard Haut is currently the Director of Energy Production at HARC, where he serves as the Principal Investigator for the Environmentally Friendly Drilling program in partnership with Texas A&M University, other universities, industry and environmental organizations with the objective of providing unbiased science to address environmental issues associated with petroleum drilling and production. The effort was recognized by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, receiving their Chairman's Environmental Partnership award in 2009. Dr. Haut also is the P.I. of the Coastal Impacts Technology Program (CITP) aimed at addressing environmental issues associated with energy production along the Texas gulf coast. Dr. Haut's technical background includes a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in Engineering. He has over 25 years of industry, technical, and management experience prior to joining HARC in June 2002. Dr. Haut has been responsible for analyzing offerings for key technologies or niche capabilities and developing synergistic, strategic relationships in the energy industry. He also was instrumental in establishing joint ventures and other joint industry programs, including the start-up of Enventure Global Technology where he was the Chief Operating Officer.


Darrell Pepper, Professor and Director, NCACM, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Darrell Pepper is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Nevada Center for Advanced Computational Methods (NCACM), which he founded in 1996, at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). He was appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy from 2011-2013. Dr. Pepper served as Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering, as well as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering at UNLV, and was a Congressional Fellow working for Senator Feinstein in Washington, DC where he handled science, aerospace, and engineering issues. He obtained his B.S.M.E., M.S.A.E., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri – Rolla. Prior to his arrival at UNLV in 1992, Dr. Pepper held various technical and managerial positions with Dupont at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, SC. He served as Chief Scientist for the Marquardt Company in Van Nuys, CA, where he worked on the National Aerospace Plane program, and was CEO of a company he co-founded in southern California. He has given briefings to Congress and to several Presidential Science Advisors on modeling issues. Dr. Pepper has published over 300 technical papers on fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and environmental transport topics, including five textbooks on numerical modeling. He was a recipient of the 1996 Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award from UNLV, and the 1996 and 2011 Distinguished Research Award from the College of Engineering. He served as a member of the Baldrige Board of Examiners and was appointed a Commissioner to the ABET Engineering Accreditation Board in 2008. In 2008 he was awarded the international Eric Reissner medal by the ICCES, the Harry Reid Silver State Research Award in 2010, the AIAA Distinguished Service Award in 2011, and the AIAA Energy Systems Award in 2012.



Mark Zoback, Professor of Geophysics, Stanford University

Dr. Mark D. Zoback is the Benjamin M. Page Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University. Dr. Zoback conducts research on in situ stress, fault mechanics, and reservoir geomechanics with an emphasis on shale gas, tight gas and tight oil production. He was one of the principal investigators of the SAFOD project in which a scientific research well was successfully drilled through the San Andreas Fault at seismogenic depth. He is the author of a textbook entitled Reservoir Geomechanics published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press. He is the author/co-author of over 300 technical papers and holds five patents. He was the co-founder of GeoMechanics International in 1996, where he was Chairman of the Board until 2008. Dr. Zoback currently serves as a Senior Executive Adviser to Baker Hughes. Dr. Zoback has received a number of awards and honors, including the 2006 Emil Wiechert Medal of the German Geophysical Society and the 2008 Walter H. Bucher Medal of the American Geophysical Union. In 2011, he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and in 2012 elected to Honorary Membership in the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. He is the 2013 recipient of the Louis Néel Medal, European Geosciences Union and named an Einstein Chair Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He recently served on the National Academy of Engineering committee investigating the Deepwater Horizon accident and the Secretary of Energy's committee on shale gas development and environmental protection. He currently serves on a Canadian Council of Academies panel investigating the same topic. Dr. Zoback is currently serving on the National Academy of Sciences Advisory Board on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.



Participants may be subject to change