Energy Transition Student Days

Empowering Energy Innovators

The Energy Transition Student Days is scheduled from 4 to 7 November 2024 during the EAGE GET conference. Registration is free for students, providing a fantastic opportunity to engage with key topics and industry leaders in the energy transition field.

The ‘Energy Transition Student Days‘ provide participants with a broad understanding of technical, economic, and societal aspects of the Energy Transition. What is involved in the development of a Carbon Capture & Storage project or a geothermal project? And how do these compare to an oil field in terms of energy content, emissions, profitability and stakeholder aspects? If you want to increase your understanding of the role of Earth Scientists, Engineers, or Policymakers in the Energy Transition, sign up for this hands-on course led by industry professionals.

You will get an underground map, a well profile and other basic data. You will be guided as a team to propose a development plan for these underground resources. You will have fun reading maps, creating production profiles, discussing the impact of geology on the attractiveness or risks associated with these developments and tackling technical and non-technical challenges. By doing so, you will consider the feasibility of these projects from technical, economic, and societal perspectives. You will also place the contributions of these projects in the context of the energy transition needs in the Netherlands and thus get an idea of ​​the scope of the tasks that lie ahead of us all to meet the Paris Climate goals and national targets.

Instructors

Dr. Raymond
Franssen

Geologist
Synergeo LLC

Dr. Manuel
Willemse

Geologist and Petroleum Engineer

What does your complimentary pass offer?

Registration is free for students

Pass includes:

  Opening Ceremony
  Plenary Sessions
  Technical Programme
  Exhibition
  Exhibition Programme
  Icebreaker Reception
  Conference Evening
  Workshops
  Field Trips
  Short Courses

Learning Lectures

Learning is through a blend of lectures covering the basics of subsurface resource development (4 sessions of 3 hours each in the morning), reinforced by practical team-work (1 hour each afternoon) and class discussions of interim results (next day). In this way, learning is reinforced by doing, with a focus on realistic and practical examples.

A basic knowledge of earth sciences is preferred, though not required.

Morning Lecture – 3 hours

  • Introduction of course objectives, global energy system characteristics, formation of teams.
  • Lecture on methods to determine in-place subsurface pore volume (first rough proxy for amount of storable CO2/amount of heat recoverable/ amount of hydrocarbon recoverable). This includes evaluation of subsurface structure, faults, reservoir and top seal.
  • Introduction to afternoon exercise

Afternoon Exercise – 1 hour

  • Analyze provided data: basic map, area-depth graph, well log, rock & fluid data, recovery factors.
  • Calculate in-place and recoverable resource volume. Reflect on uncertainty and limitations of data and of knowledge.
  • Output: resource volume of oil/gas, heat, and store volume CO2

Morning Lecture – 3 hours

  • Recap day 1 including discussion of exercise results
  • Overview of production equipment, introduction to development planning and production forecasting. Methods to use single well production forecast and production constraints to create a field forecast and technical development plan.
  • Introduction to afternoon exercise

Afternoon Exercise – 1-2 hours

  • Consider plateau production (injection) level? How many wells, where and when? Other significant aspects such as inter-well connectivity, potential operational opportunities or constraints (eg seismicity)? Calculation of total recoverable hydrocarbons, energy, CO2 emitted, heat generated and CO2 abated. 
  • Output: basic technical development plan incl. maps and well locations with production forecasts (heat or oil/CO2 produced or CO2-injected).

Morning Lecture – 3 hours

  • Recap day 2 including discussion of exercise results 
  • Lecture on cash flow and basic economic assessment of a subsurface resource development plan, price assumptions, Capex, Opex, economic indicators. 
  • Lecture on the impact of internal geological architecture, heterogeneity and variability of rock and fluid properties on development plan. Discuss subsurface and production constraints such as subsidence, induced seismicity, injection pressure, reservoir monitoring, well failure on development plan.
  • Introduction to afternoon exercise

Afternoon Exercise – 1 hour

  • Carry out a base case economic analysis and list key subsurface uncertainties.
  • Output: techno-economic development plan with maps, well locations, production and expenditure forecast, cashflow diagram, evaluation of economic indicators as well as list of key geological uncertainties and risks/opportunities.

Morning Lecture – 3 hours

  • Recap day 3 including discussion of results of resources assessment exercises
  • Lecture on Risks and opportunities matrix and basic scenario modelling to evaluate impact of uncertainties.
  • Lecture and role play on stakeholder engagement strategies to appreciate impact of non-technical aspects on final fully integrated development plan.
  • Course wrap-up with key messages
  • Course evaluation

Afternoon Exercise – 1 hour

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Bio: Saba Keynejad

Environmental Data Scientist Energy Transition and Environment at CGG
Co-chair Geothermal Energy Conference

Saba Keynejad received her Master’s degree in mineral exploration with a focus on geothermal exploration in 2012. She obtained her PhD from the University of Arizona in 2018, developing machine learning approaches for subsurface characterization. Since then, Saba has worked in the energy sector, contributing to projects in subsurface analysis and geothermal research. Currently, she applies her expertise to providing environmental solutions and advancing sustainable practices in energy, mining, and other major industries. Beyond technical work, Saba has been actively involved in leading conferences and webinars within her company and externally. She aims to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration through these events. Saba also participates in mentorship schemes focused on women of color in the energy and technology industry. As co-chair of EAGE GET2024, Saba brings a wealth of experience spanning academia, industry, and leadership. She looks forward to bringing together geothermal experts to drive the field forward through open dialogue and partnership. Saba is honored to help convene important discussions on the conference stage.

Bio: Gehrig Schultz

COO | Geoscience at EPI Group
Co-chair Geothermal Energy Conference

Dr. Gehrig Schultz has been actively involved in using geophysics to solve geological and engineering problems since 1986.  Dr. Schultz is currently COO for Geosciences at EPI Group where he leads a multidisciplinary team specialized in applying geophysics to geothermal energy, nuclear waste disposal, near surface engineering and hydrocarbons exploration and field redevelopment. He has worked both as a service provider and as a senior energy company executive.  His experience spans growing former Romanian state owned geophysical and geological enterprise to become a highly respected international geophysical supplier with annual revenues of over € 100 million, rejuvenating a producing hydrocarbons field, starting a cased whole logging and well maintenance company, and technical leadership of several startup companies. Gehrig recently earned a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Bucharest and graduated with a BS in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

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