Gas Flooding Joint Industry Project holds ninth annual meeting

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Gas Flooding Joint Industry Project held its ninth annual meeting in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Oct. 29-30. The meeting was organized by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute at Penn State in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin.

Meeting attendees included students and faculty from Penn State and the University of Texas at Austin as well as industry representatives from member companies Chevron, Shell, OMV, and Kuwait Oil Company (Denbury is also a member, but could not attend). The meeting included 13 technical presentations, and a dinner held the previous evening. Industry representatives asked questions of the student presenters, which resulted in thoughtful discussion on research goals and future work, and commented on the exceptional quality of the research.

The Gas Flooding Joint Industry Project is directed by Russell Johns, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering at Penn State. The program began at the University of Texas of Austin in 2006 and moved to Penn State in 2011. The program generates innovative research in gas flooding and closely related areas, and recruits and trains graduate students in petroleum engineering for careers in the oil industry. Going forward, Johns said he is changing the focus to enhanced oil recovery to offer a broader view.

The majority of funding for the program comes from industry membership, and, in order to ensure the research is highly relevant, the group encourages industry affiliates to provide topics and data for the research. The group's research falls into several key areas, including gas flooding processes such as CO2 gas flooding and rich gas flooding, thermodynamics and phase behavior, geo-chemistry, petrophysical properties and numerical simulation of gas floods.

For more information on the Gas Flooding Joint Industry Project visit www.energy.psu.edu/gf/.

Last Updated November 06, 2014