international acid gas injection symposium

8th International Acid Gas Injection Symposium, 24th -27th September 2019, Ramada Plaza Downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada




Thanks to All AGIS Keynote Speakers!


AGIS_VIII Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rob Marriott, University of Calgary, AB

8th International Acid Gas Injection Symposium (AGIS VIII) will be held in Ramada Plaza Downtown Calgary and Conference center, Calgary, Alberta Canada in 24th -27th September 2019.

The technical topic in AGIS VIII will be covering from Acid Gas Injection, CO2 EOR, CCS to related technologies. Conference will be paper presentations, two workshops and technical Roundtable discussion.

AGIS VIII Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Rob Marriott, University of Calgary, AB. His Presentation topic will be" Water Content of Acid Gas: From the Lab to the Field ".

Dr. Marriott is an experimental thermodynamicist with research interests in high pressure sour gas properties and sulfur chemistry. His group focuses on optimizing gas conditioning in the presence of H2S, bulk fluid  separation by ionic liquids, water hydrocarbon mixture chemistry (including hydrates) and fundamental properties of elemental sulfur under industrial conditions. Research is carried out through an IRC program in the Department of the Chemistry and is sponsored by the Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co., Husky Oil Operations Ltd., Shell Canada Ltd., Sulphur Experts, the University of Calgary and Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd.

      Projects are carried out in collaboration with ASRL researchers at the University Research Centre and in many cases compliment and augment the Core Research Program. Prior to taking his faculty position, he spent 8 years with ASRL as a Research Scientist and Project Manager with interests in understanding elemental sulfur deposition during the production of sour gas, sulfur solvent properties, water content for acid gas mixtures, sulfur degassing mechanisms, reservoir mineral interactions, and PVT properties for SO2 and H2S mixtures. 

AGIS_VII Keynote Speaker: Mr. Jim Maddocks, PEng, PMP, Vice President, Gas Liquids Engineering Ltd.

7th International Acid Gas Injection Symposium (AGIS VII) will be held in Sandman Hotel and Conference center, Downtown Calgary, Alberta Canada in 22nd -25th May 2018.

The technical topic in AGIS VII will be covering from Acid Gas Injection, CO2 EOR, CCS to related technologies. Conference will be paper presentations and workshops.

AGIS VII Keynote Speaker will be Mr. Jim Maddocks, PEng, PMP, Vice President,  from Gas Liquids Engineering Ltd., Canada.  His Technical topic will be "Acid Gas Injection – A Very Dynamic Process".

Jim Maddocks, P.Eng, PMP, is CEO of Gas Liquids Engineering Ltd. (GLE). with over 30 years of experience in gas processing projects. Jim has worked on projects all over North America, Poland, Cuba and the Middle East.

Jim has been involved with over 1000 gas and liquids related projects ranging from simple projects to complete development programs that include multiple gas plants (sweet and sour), condensate handling systems, and large compression. He is a sought after leader on gas processing projects and projects with complex technical and/or regulatory requirements.

Jim’s reputation for dependability with clients and GLE project managers makes him a natural champion of quality performance within GLE, with a focus on project and capital cost control, business driver based designs, facility performance/operational synergies, and achieving schedule/budget expectations.

AGIS_VI Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Susan Hovorka

AGIS VI will be held in Omni Galleria hotel and conference center, Houston, TX, USA in 25th -28th October 2016, TX, USA. The technical topic in AGIS VI will be covering from Acid Gas Injection, CO2 EOR, CCS to related technologies. Conference will be paper presentations, tradeshows, workshop and roundtable discussion.

AGS_VI Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Susan Hovorka from the Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin. Her topic will be on "Progress toward commercialization of carbon capture, use, and storage for greenhouse gas management" .

Susan D. Hovorka is the Principle Investigator, Gulf Coast Carbon Center, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Susan Hovorka is a sedimentologist who works on fluid flow in diverse applications, including water resource protection, oil production, and waste storage. She has led a team working geologic storage of CO2 since 1998, with a focus on field studies, monitoring, and capacity estimation. Projects include saline injection at the Frio Test site and Cranfield Field and EOR studies at SACROC oil field, Cranfield, Hastings and other industrial CO2 utilization projects.

She has a long-term commitment to public and educational outreach.

She has a BA from Earlham College and a PhD in Geology from The University of Texas at Austin.

For more information about her, please check HERE.

AGIS_V Keynote Speaker: Dr. Geert Versteeg 

Dr. Geert Versteeg is co-founder of Procede Group BV. He founded the company to act as an intermediate between fundamental knowledge and industry. Dr. Versteeg is also Professor and chairholder of Multiphase Reactions at the State University, Groningen in The Netherlands. He was Professor and chairholder of Process Development and Design at Twente. He has significant depth of expertise in carbon capture systems design and engineering. He has over 25 years of professional experience in applied scientific research. Over the course of his career, he has co-authored over 200 publications on the subject of CO2 capture and acid gas treating.

Topic: Rate-base Simulations of Absorption Processes for Acid Gas Removal and Carbon Capture; Fata Morgana or Panacea?

For more information about  Prof. Dr. Geert Versteeg and his presentation in AGIS_V,  please check HERE.

AGIS_IV Keynote Speaker: Tim Wiwchar (Len Heckel) 

Len Heckel, Business Opportunity Manager, Development, Heavy Oil - Project Quest, Shell Canada Energy.

Len is responsible for the Quest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) business opportunity, namely to provide a single-point oversight for the project.

Len graduated as a chemical engineer and brings 30 years of experience in oil and gas business, engineering and plant operations, including 10 years at Shell’s Alberta Scotford complex. For the past 15 years he has been involved in developing and evaluating business opportunities in Shell’s refining and upgrading activities. He spent 3 years as the business and commercial manager for the Quest project prior to taking on the Business Opportunity Manager role in 2012.

The Quest Carbon Capture and Storage Project will reduce CO2 emissions from Shell’s oil sands operations by more than one million tonnes a year. CO2 will be captured from Scotford upgrader and transported by pipeline to a location 80 km to the north. There it will be injected into a formation about 2300 m below the surface permanently storing it deep underground. 

Due to Len Hechel position changes in 2013, Tim Wiwchar was agree to instead Len Hechel is a keynote speaker at AGIS IV.

Mr. Tim Wiwchar is Quest Operations and Business Opportunity Manager at Shell Canada in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta (near Edmonton). He has almost 20 years experience in the refining and chemical processing industries, including the last four with Shell.  

Mr. Wiwchar graduated from the University of Alberta in 1994 with a BSc in Chemical Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in the province of Alberta.

Topic:  Shell’s Quest Carbon Capture and Storage Project

For more information about Len Heckel, Tim Wiwchar and Shell Quest Project, please check HERE.

AGIS_III Keynote Speaker: Pro. Abbs Firoozabadi

Abbas Firoozabadi has  published some 150 Journal papers in petroleum interface, thermodynamics of hydrocarbon reservoirs and production, and multiphase multi-species flow in permeable media. Firoozabadi has published mainly in  the  Society of  Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Journals, AIChE Journal, Journal  of Chemical Physics, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Langmuir, Water Resources Research, Advances in Water Resources, and Journal of Computational Physics. He has authored a graduate text, “Thermodynamics of Hydrocarbon Reservoirs,” published by McGraw Hill in 1999.  The second edition of the book with major expansion will become available in mid 2011. Firoozabadi is the most prolific author of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Journals with over 70 SPE Journal papers.  He is also the most published author in petroleum engineering in comparison to faculty members and scientists in petroleum engineering in the US. He has two patents, one related to wettability alteration to intermediate gas wetting, and another patent for use of alcohols as co-surfactants for dispersion of the solid phase in flowlines.

Firoozabadi's major contributions include theoretical, experimental and advanced computational methods in thermodynamics and kinetics of flow assurance in hydrocarbon energy production. His current research focus includes higher-order numerical models to allow evaluation of CO2 subsurface injection. In the last several years Firoozabadi has focused on nano-technology concepts in oil and gas flowlines. Firoozabadi directs research efforts and provides insight in three of the potentially world largest scale CO2 injection projects, one in Mexico for Pemex, one in the North Sea for ConocoPhilips and one for the sub-salt group of giant fields for Petrobras in Brazil. His idea on increased gas well production rate is being implemented in Austria by OMV. His ideas on prevention of asphaltene precipitation through formation of nano-particles are being pursued in Abu Dhabi.

Firoozabadi is among the few who have received the AIME Anthony Lucas Gold Medal, the SPE Honorary Membership Award, the SPE John Franklin Carll Award, in recognition of setting the stage and new directions for petroleum production and environmental stewardship of hydrocarbon energy production.

For more information about Abbas Firoozabadi, please check HERE.

AGIS_II Keynote Speaker: Stefan Bachu

Dr. Stefan Bachu from Alberta Innovates – Technologies Future.

Stefan is a Distinguished Scientist, currently in the position of Principal Scientist for CO2 Storage at Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures in Alberta, Canada. For the last two decades, Stefan has focused his research interest and efforts on the potential for and risks of CO2 storage in geological media as a mitigation strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. Between 2002 and 2005 Stefan contributed as a Lead Author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on CO2 Capture and Storage, in which capacity he is co-sharing in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to IPCC.

Between 2005 and 2007, Stefan represented the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission Task Force on CO2 Storage. In 2007, Stefan served on the Technical Working Group of the Canada-Alberta EcoEnergy Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage. Since 2004, Stefan represents Canada on the Technical Group of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF), where he chaired the CSLF Task Force on CO2 Storage Capacity Estimation, and currently chairs the Task Force on Technical Challenges in the Transition from CO2-EOR to CCS. He also co-chaired in 2011 and 2012 the Expert Panel that advised the Government of Alberta on implementing a Regulatory Framework on CO2 storage in Alberta.

Stefan most recently led a study which evaluated the storage capacity in the Basal Aquifer of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Basal Aquifer project has allowed oil sands companies to identify potential storage sites and continue with further local-scale characterization research. He is now leading the Northern Aquifers study, aimed at identifying suitable CO2 storage sites to the west of oil sands production in the Athabasca area.

Stefan is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. He has published more than 190 papers in journals and conference proceedings, made more than 300 presentations and written more than 90 professional reports, of which more than half are on the subject of CO2 sequestration in geological media as a climate-change mitigation strategy.

Topic: Subsurface Characteristics of Acid Gas Disposal Operations in Western Canada: A Precursor to CO2 Storage

For more information about Dr. Stefan Bachu and his reasearch work, please check HERE.

AGIS_I Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Carroll and Pro Mehran Pooladi-Davish

 Dr. Carroll, Ph.D., P. Eng., has more than twenty years of directly applicable experience in the areas of thermodynamics, phase equilibria, physical property calculations and is acutely familiar with acid gas systems and natural gas hydrates. He has authored or co-authored 50 papers in technical journals and has contributed to 40 conference presentations. John has designed and implemented a large-scale physical properties calculation program for inclusion in commercial process simulators. He has taught courses at the University level and to practicing engineers in Canada and throughout the world.

His first book "Natural Gas Hydrates: A Guide for Engineers" was published in December 2002. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data.

He is the author of the renowned software AQUAlibrium that is widely accepted in industry as the best available for equilibria in acid gas water systems.

Topic: Acid Gas Injection: The Past, the Present, and the Future

For more information about Dr. John Carroll and his recently work, please check HERE

 Mehran Pooladi-Darvish is VP Engineering at Fekete Associates Inc, where he leads the reservoir modeling and simulation group. He specializes in the analytical and numerical modeling of hydrocarbon recovery and reservoir characterization. He has published more than 50 Journal papers including "Best Paper published in the 2000 and 2005 in JCPT " and the "Distinguished Author Series" in the SPE (JPT) in 2004. Between 1997 and 2011 Mehran was a professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary. His research focused on production of gas from gas hydrates, CO2 sequestration in geological formations, cold production of heavy oil and naturally fractured reservoirs. There, he was the recipient of three teaching awards. Mehran worked previously with R.E.R.I. in California and NIOC in Iran. He has appeared as an expert witness at the ERCB. Mehran received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Iran. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta. He is a member of SPE, and APEGGA.

Topic: Acid Gas Injection into Aquifers – Reservoir Engineering Considerations

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