Brad Hayes wrote in the Daily Oil Bulletin on adopting realistic viewpoints on the 21st century Energy Transition. Reasoned, thoughtful analysis tells us that with a lot of innovation and effort we can produce a lot of energy to supply the world’s expanding demands from alternative sources – but that oil and gas will be key to survival for decades to come.
Read the article at the DOB
Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd (PRCL) and Canadian Petroleum Engineering (CPE) have formed an alliance to provide a full scope of geothermal services to the industry. This includes assessment of reservoir quality/deliverability as well as facilities, economics and advice on regulatory issues. Details of our full services and geothermal experience can be found here.
Cormark Securities released a comprehensive report on helium and exciting new exploration and development plans by several companies
Cormark Securities released a comprehensive report on helium and exciting new exploration and development plans by several companies. PRCL has been very active in the helium space since 2013. We assisted in launching First Helium Inc. and advised on the acquisition of their exciting core Worsley asset. Currently, PRCL is guiding Imperial Helium Corp.’s exploration and development plans, under the leadership of PRCL Advisor Dr. David Johnson (IHC CEO) and PRCL President Dr. Brad Hayes.
Download the report here.
Brad Hayes spoke to CSUR members on “Energy Transitions”, discussing the realities of how the world can move forward in transitioning to alternative energy sources in the future. The Daily Oil Bulletin wrote about it at the Daily Oil Bulletin.
Petrel Robertson advised Secondstreet.org on the production of their new video and blog “Quebec’s Green Opportunity”, estimating GHG emissions that could be eliminated if Quebec produced its own natural gas resources instead of importing gas from the U.S. and western Canada.
Read the article at SecondStreet.org
Brad Hayes invited to join the Research Advisory Committee of the Canadian Energy Research Institute
Brad Hayes, PRCL President, has been invited to join the Research Advisory Committee of the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI). The Committee gives independent advice and review on CERI’s research work, which provides decision-makers in government, industry and other stakeholders with analyses of economic and environmental issues in the energy production, transportation and consumption sectors. Brad’s three-year term with CERI runs through March 2023.
Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd. is pleased to announce our partnership with Imperial Helium Corp. (www.imperialhelium.ca), a Vancouver-based junior company exploring for helium in western Canada.
Helium is a valuable commodity with many advanced high-technology applications. It is commonly extracted as a by-product of natural gas production, although it may also occur in gas reservoirs dominated by other inert gases such as nitrogen and carbon dioxide with little or no hydrocarbon content.
World helium demand is increasing every year, while long-term supplies from the United States are in decline, and new supplies from the Eastern Hemisphere carry considerable political risk.
Historically, helium production from Western Canada has been limited, but PRCL has developed new exploration strategies, leveraging our extensive technical and strategic knowledge of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. We will supply geoscience and engineering expertise to Imperial Helium in identifying, appraising and developing new helium production.
Petrel Robertson has undertaken a reservoir quality and sequence stratigraphic study of Cretaceous reservoirs in the Indus Basin of Pakistan for Pakistan Petroleum Ltd.
Petrel Robertson has undertaken a reservoir quality and sequence stratigraphic study of Cretaceous reservoirs in the Indus Basin of Pakistan for Pakistan Petroleum Ltd. We are working with colleagues from the University of Alberta to augment PPL’s understanding of these prolific gas/condensate reservoirs, and to optimize their appraisal and development. Cretaceous reservoirs of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin provide excellent analogues to support our reservoir models.
PRCL President Brad Hayes urges energy professionals to participate in discussions about energy and climate policy, in a responsible, factual manner
Read the article at the Daily Oil Bulletin.
PRCL has commenced work on a new regional study for Geoscience BC – Wastewater Disposal in the Maturing Montney Play Fairway of NEBC
Wastewater Disposal in the Maturing Montney Play Fairway of NEBC
This study will address knowledge gaps outlined in the 2019 report of the Scientific Review of Hydraulic Fracturing in British Columbia.
Hydraulic fracturing and hydrocarbon production bring water to the surface that contains frac fluid additives and salt-rich formation fluids from deep underground. These cannot be allowed to contaminate fresh surface water or shallow groundwater zones, so provincial regulations dictate safe disposal in deep formations far below potable groundwater.
Deep formations vary widely in their capacity to accept and contain disposed waters. PRCL will identify and characterize suitable disposal zones across the vast area of NEBC being developed for gas and oil from the Montney Formation. We will also identify situations where injection of waste water could pose risks by creating fractures that would allow waste water to escape from the disposal zone, or which could create seismic events.
Joining the PRCL team will be:
- Howard Anderson, P.Eng. (Reservoir Engineering)
- Mark Cooper, Ph.D., P.Geol, Sherwood Geoconsulting (structural geology)
- Pat McLellan, M.Sc, P.Eng., McLellan Energy Advisors (geomechanics, fluids and reservoir responses)
- Ben Rostron, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.Geol., Isobrine Solutions (fluids and pressure systems analysis)
- AGAT Laboratories will also provide new analytical work to address data gaps.
PRCL President / CSUR Outreach Director Brad Hayes joins industry commentator Terry Etam and Canadian Heavy Oil Association’s Louisa DeCarlo on CHOA’s Podcast Over A Barrel.
PRCL President / CSUR Outreach Director Brad Hayes joins industry commentator Terry Etam and Canadian Heavy Oil Association’s Louisa DeCarlo on CHOA’s Podcast Over A Barrel. We discuss “Today’s News: Fact or Fiction”, talking about the role of media and expert commentary in debates around energy and climate issues. Listen to the podcast here.
PRCL President / CSUR Outreach Director Brad Hayes explains “Canada’s Role as the World’s Greenest Natural Gas Supplier”
PRCL President / CSUR Outreach Director Brad Hayes explains “Canada’s Role as the World’s Greenest Natural Gas Supplier” in Gastech Insights, available here.
Brad Hayes writes: “Alberta needs the ‘war room’ to challenge energy ignorance”. Read the article at JWN Daily Oil & Gas News
Brad Hayes shares ideas on exploring and developing the Lower Montney play in western Canada:
Brad Hayes talks about media’s failure to give Canadians reliable and accurate energy information in this analysis published in the Daily Oil Bulletin:
PRCL facilitates 21st century Energy Transitions
We apply our subsurface geoscience and engineering expertise to oil and gas, water resource characterization, geothermal resources, subsurface energy storage and carbon sequestration, and exploration for helium and other strategic commodities
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THE 21st CENTURY ENERGY TRANSITION
Petrel Robertson is playing an important role as Canada and the world transition to more diverse energy sources and storage.
Oil and gas will be critical for energy and petrochemicals for decades to come. PRCL supports orderly, efficient, and environmentally responsible development of oil and gas resources. Much of our oil- and gas-related work now supports initiatives such as identifying water source and disposal opportunities for unconventional oil and gas, while ensuring protection of fresh water resources.
We are also finding opportunities to leverage our subsurface skill sets beyond oil and gas, including:
- Exploring for and developing other resources, such as minerals-rich saline brines and helium, found in deep gas reservoirs
- Characterizing saline water resources in deep aquifers to supply water for hydraulic fracturing, and to safely dispose of waste water from petroleum and other industrial processes
- Characterizing fresh water resources in shallow aquifers, as water supply for many uses, and to guard against contamination
- Mapping areas at risk from induced seismicity
- Evaluating and planning geothermal energy development
- Assessing and planning subsurface energy storage, as in caverns and fracture systems
Next week Kathleen Dorey will be chairing the subject session on Wednesday morning, Sept 23rd as part of Geoconvention 2020. The talks will include case studies for the Charlie Lk. and horizontal well placement in Alberta as well as a sub-thrust exploration play in...