Kinder Morgan CO2 Companies, Avasthi & Associates, ConocoPhillips Company
Mr. Charles E. (Chuck) Fox, P.E., is Vice President of Operations and Technology at Kinder Morgan CO2 Company LP in Houston, Texas.
In addition to managing operations of the McElmo Dome CO2 source field and 1,000 miles of CO2 pipelines, he is responsible for his company’s oil and gas CO2 EOR operations, which include the 5 billion barrel original-oil-in-place (OOIP) Yates field, the 3 billion barrel OOIP SACROC field, and the Snyder Gasoline Plant.
Mr. Fox is a co-instructor of the popular SPE courses on the topics of ‘Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR’, and ‘Geological Sequestration of CO2’. He is one of the co-authors of the SPE Monograph Volume 22, ‘Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding’, published in 2002, on which the ‘Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR’ course is based. He was an instructor for several short-courses held at the annual CO2 conferences in Midland, Texas, which were sponsored by the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and the SPE.
Mr. Fox was Chairman of the Program Committee of the SPE/DOE Fourteenth Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery, held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during April 2004. He holds a MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University, and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and New Mexico, and a longstanding member of the SPE.
Dr. S. M. (Sam) Avasthi, P.E. is president of Avasthi & Associates, Inc., a worldwide petroleum consulting company, headquartered in Houston, Texas. In addition to managing the company, that he founded in 1990 and that now provides Petroleum Engineering, Geomechanics and Geosciences, CO2 Flooding EOR and CO2 Geosequestration, Oil & Gas Field Operations, and Management Consulting Services around the world, he is active in providing consulting and training services in his own areas of expertise.
Dr. Sam Avasthi has more than 38 years worldwide oil & gas industry experience in oil & gas reservoir engineering and simulation, mature oilfield revitalization, CO2 Flooding EOR project design, evaluation and optimization, gas, gas-condensate, volatile oil, and black oil reservoir asset optimization, and training. He has lectured on numerous topics in his areas of expertise in the United States, Japan, South-East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America.
Dr. Sam Avasthi is a co-instructor of the popular SPE courses on the topics of ‘Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR’, and ‘Geological Sequestration of CO2’, and a new SPE course on the topic of ‘Optimizing Gas Fields’. In his other SPE activities, during the last few years, a paper co-authored by him on ‘Planning EOR Projects’, was presented at the SPE International Petroleum Conference in Mexico, held in Puebla, Mexico, during November 2004; and an article based on that paper was published under Management Series in March 2005 issue of JPT. Another paper co-authored by him on ‘Planning EOR Projects in Offshore Oil Fields’ was presented at the Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference (LACPEC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during June 2005.
Dr. Sam Avasthi is an engineering alumnus of Indian School of Mines, Imperial College, and Texas A&M University. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University, and thereafter was a Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering at Rice University. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas, a senior member of the SPE, and a Technical Editor for the SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal.
Mr. Scott B. Rennie, P.E., is Director of Advanced Technology, CO2 storage, at ConocoPhillips. He has responsibility for the company’s work in technology development for geological storage of CO2 and is involved in the development of the CO2 storage portion of several integrated gasification – CO2 storage projects being developed by ConocoPhillips. He is involved in several joint industry programs developing technology and capacity for CO2 storage, including the Carbon Capture Project, the Gulf Coast Carbon Center and the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium.
Mr. Rennie has broad petroleum engineering experience covering well intervention, production engineering, reservoir engineering and asset development in the USA, Venezuela and the Middle East. He is a registered professional engineer in Alaska, a long-time member of the SPE, and co-author of several SPE papers.
Mr. Rennie is an alumnus of Rice University, where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering.
Dr. J. M. (Jay) Avasthi is Executive Vice President and Director Geoservices (Geomechanics, Geosciences and CO2 Geosequestration) at Avasthi & Associates, Inc., a worldwide petroleum consulting company headquartered in Houston, Texas, and provides consulting and training services in his areas of expertise.
Dr. Jay Avasthi has 29 years' worldwide oil & gas industry experience, including 24 years with Chevron Corporation in geomechanics, well stimulation, rock properties, wellbore stability, and sand production prediction research and supervision. His expertise includes acquisition, calibration and use of the in situ stress data for oil & gas well construction and production, and for waterflood and CO2 flood enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project improvement; and solving fracturing stimulation, waste disposal through injection, wellbore stability, wellbore mechanics, and sand production prediction problems. He has taught several short courses, and conducted hands on training workshops, in his areas of expertise, around the world. He has authored/ co-authored numerous technical publications and a patent.
Dr. Jay Avasthi is an alumnus of Indian School of Mines (where he earned degrees in Applied Geology and Mining Engineering), the University of Minnesota (where he earned a M.S. degree in Geo-Engineering, with specialization in Rock Mechanics), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (where he earned a Ph.D. degree in Mining Engineering, with specialization in Rock Mechanics). Thereafter, he worked in senior-level research and supervisory positions at Chevron for 24 years. He is a long-standing member of the SPE, a Technical Editor for the SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, and has served as the SPE Los Angeles Basin Section Director and Program Chairman.