Shale gas future: Global distribution and industry impacts
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The increasing availability of natural gas from shale deposits in the U.S. is continuing to have a profound effect on many industrial sectors. While prominent shale deposits have received attention in the U.S., there is lower awareness of the distribution of shale across the globe and the enormous petroleum resources they represent. The economic advantage created by shale gas and the benefits to the U.S. economy of shale development are well reported. The impacts of the shale development on the technology used in the chemical industry is not discussed nearly as often. Increasing ethane use favorably impacts ethylene derivatives, but has negative implications for chemical products based on steam cracker co-products. The shifting feedstock slate creates challenges and opportunities for the industry. Less naphtha cracking creates less C3 and higher materials, leading to a shift toward on-purpose production of propylene, butadiene and other chemical intermediates. This Webinar is designed to help attendees better understand how the shale gas boom may play out globally, and what it will mean for the chemical industry in the future.
- How is shale distributed globally?
- What have we learned about the economics of drilling key shale plays in North America that might inform shale exploration and development elsewhere in the world?
- What are the areas around that world that represent “shale frontiers”?
- What are the important considerations for exploration, well planning and development in shale deposits and how do they differ compared to those for conventional petroleum?
- What are the environmental implications of global shale development?
- What are the differences in data gathering and technical analyses for conventional versus unconventional petroleum deposits?
- What products are limited by the shift toward cracking lighter feedstocks?
- What opportunities are there for on-purpose production of those limited products?
- Chemical engineers
- Petrochemical industry professionals
- Oil & gas industry professionals
Director of Technology
Texas A&M University, Global Petroleum Research Institute
David Burnett is the Director of Technology for the Global Petroleum Research Institute (GPRI) and is the Research Project Coordinator for the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. At present he leads two programs and is co-PI on a third. Burnett’s GPRI DesignsTM Desalination Technology is a trademarked technology, developed by Burnett’s team, presently in field trials in the Northeast serving to demonstrate cost-effective technology for the development of the Marcellus Shale. Mr. Burnett also is leading a multi-sponsor joint industry project for GPRI to develop working prototypes of environmentally friendly seismic sounding units for off shore O&G exploration. He serves as the co-director of the RPSEA (Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America) Field Testing of Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems representing a $6 million joint partnership among university/industry and government organizations. Burnett also serves as the Department of Petroleum Engineering Research Coordinator. During 2010, the Department of Petroleum Engineering, the Number 1 rated PE department in the nation according to US News and World Report, is conducting an estimated $30 million in funded research including Burnett’s industry and government funded projects of approximately $7,000,000. Burnett has numerous publications and has six patents.
David S. Bem, Ph.D.
David Bem received a B.A. in chemistry from West Virginia University in 1990 and a Ph.D. in inorganic
R&D Vice President
The Dow Chemical Company
chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995. Dr. Bem began his career at UOP, a
Honeywell Company, focused on the synthesis and applications of zeolites and microporous materials.
While at UOP, he led the discovery and development of PI-242, a high activity catalyst for butane isomerization. In 2000, he became R&D Director of Torial, a subsidiary of UOP, and developed and commercialized high throughput tools for heterogeneous catalysis.
In 2002, Dr. Bem joined Celanese Corporation as R&D Director for acetyls, oxygenates, and acetone derivatives where he was responsible for advancements in AO+™ (acetic acid technology) and Vantage Plus™ (vinyl acetate technology). In 2005, he became a member of the Celanese Corporate Executive Committee and R&D Director for Engineering Polymers/Ticona.
Dr. Bem joined Dow in 2007 and has held leadership positions in R&D Hydrocarbons & Energy, Alternative Feedstocks and Basic Chemicals; in 2008 he became the R&D director of Dow Automotive. He assumed his current role in November 2010 as leader of the Core R&D organization and the Corporate Innovation Fund, which allows for early stage exploration of disruptive technologies and the development of new businesses.
Dr. Bem was recently appointed to the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST) of the National Academy of Sciences and the Scientific Advisory Board for Oakridge National Laboratories Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorates. He is also on the Board of Advisors for the Department of Chemistry at UW-Madison. Dr. Bem holds nine US patents and has authored more than 20 publications.
Chemical Engineering magazine
Scott Jenkins has been an editor at Chemical Engineering since 2009. Prior to joining CE, Scott worked in various capacities as a science journalist and communications specialist, reporting and writing on a variety of sectors, including chemical processing, biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing and research policy. He also has industry experience as a quality assurance chemist and research experience as a synthetic organic chemist. Scott holds a bachelor's degree from Colgate University, and a master's degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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