Nov. 16, 2022


Description

Note: This event is free for SPE members. Please register directly at the SPE Distinguished Lecturer webpage

Contrary to popular belief, the ongoing energy transition from a high to low carbon economy requires more than harnessing renewable energies. Currently, only 11% of global energy consumption come from renewable energy while 85% come from fossil fuels. The current pace of installing renewable power plants is inadequate for nations to achieve net-zero by the second half of the century. Achieving net-zero will require each country to decarbonize all three major energy consumptions sectors: power, transport and industry. There are essentially five ways to achieve this. They are renewable energy, carbon capture and storage (CCS), hydrogen, nuclear energy and reducing energy demand. How each country will utilize these ways to go through the energy transition will depend on its specific energy mix and the need to balance energy security, affordability, and sustainability.

This seminar will show how CCS and hydrogen are key to achieving net-zero in all three energy consumption sectors. Furthermore, there is enough storage capacity in oil and gas fields, and saline aquifers in the world to store two centuries of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emission. We will present several case studies of large-scale CCS demonstration projects in Europe and Asia and discuss what is needed to take CCS to the next level of implementation.


Featured Speakers

Speaker: Hon Chung Lau
Speaker Hon Chung Lau


Dr. Lau is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He has more than 35 years of experience in the upstream petroleum Industry. After completing his Ph.D. at Princeton University, Dr. Lau joined the Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas. Since then he has held positions of increasing responsibility in research and …


Dr. Lau is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He has more than 35 years of experience in the upstream petroleum Industry. After completing his Ph.D. at Princeton University, Dr. Lau joined the Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas. Since then he has held positions of increasing responsibility in research and development, operations, project delivery, technical assurance, training, recruitment, Technical Leadership, and project management.


He has worked in the USA, the Netherlands, Brunei, and China on various onshore, shallow water, and Deepwater oil and gas projects. Within Shell, Dr. Lau was recognized as a subject matter expert in chemically enhanced oil recovery (EOR), smart wells, and sand control. He was the pioneer of Shell’s horizontal open-hole gravel packing process, a good completion technology used by Shell worldwide.


He is the inventor of over twenty US, Canadian and European patents, covering a wide range of topics, including new ways to accommodate more wells in offshore platforms, new gravel packing processes, new Surfactant for EOR, foam for Mobility control, residual oil saturation reduction and new drilling mud formulations. He has authored technical papers in various aspects of EOR, sand control, smart wells, history matching, reservoir characterization, and unconventional resources.


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Organizer

Energy Transition - Special Interest Group


Date and Time

Wed, Nov. 16, 2022

noon - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central


Location

Virtual Only