The global shipping industry is under increasing political pressure to reduce emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases. For several years, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been working on tightening regulations controlling air pollutant emissions from shipping – regulations in Annex VI of the Marpol Convention. IFQC invited Donald Gregory, Director of the Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGCSA) to give an overview of the exhaust gas cleaning systems as well as developments and operating experience with them. This Webinar will provide you insight into the marine scrubber technology and help you understand what role it will play meeting the future marine challenges - perfect also for busy executives who do not have time to follow developments on a daily basis! The following questions are answered: What technologies exist to tackle marine emissions? How do these technologies differ? What is the payback period for the scrubber systems? What are the existing challenges for these technologies? What is their operating experience? The Webinar consists of a 30 minute presentation by Gregory and a 30 minute Q&A session. More on the Annex VI of the Marpol Convention: A revised Annex VI was formally approved by IMO in October 2008, and entered into force on July 1, 2010. Its main changes are tighter controls on sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions (via fuel sulfur limits), and on nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions. The first impact is that the sulfur limit for marine fuels used in designated SOx Emission Control Areas (ECAs) was lowered to 1.00 wt% July 2010. Beyond 2010, Annex VI will further tighten sulfur limits both globally and in SOx ECAs. In all cases, abatement measures (such as exhaust gas scrubbing) are permitted as an alternative to using compliant fuels. More on the EGCSA: Member companies of the EGCSA are involved in the development, design and final installed configuration and design approval and acceptance of turnkey exhaust gas cleaning systems to meet the current and future emissions regulations of IMO and where applicable additional regulations introduced by regional and national authorities.

Argentina’s Neuquén Basin holds a wealth of tight gas and shale reservoirs, and companies are launching drilling programs to assess these resources. Explorers are targeting the thick and rich Vaca Muerta and Los Molles shales, two well-known, world-class source rocks that are receiving new attention. A discovery by Repsol YPF in the oil-prone portion of the Vaca Muerta could hold 150 million barrels of recoverable oil, and the company has already kicked off a major development project. Operators are also testing unconventional gas prospects in both shales, and in tight-gas sands. In addition to its attractive geology, the Neuquén Basin has other attributes that favor unconventional development. It has a long history of oil and gas operations, is home to an established, thriving service sector, and has excellent access to markets.


In September 2009, the aviation industry lauded the successful passage of a brand-new specification by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that certifies the use of alternative jet fuels in aircraft. ASTM D7566 creates a framework for all alternatives and immediately qualifies 50% blends of Fischer-Tropsch synthetic jet fuel with conventional Jet A from multiple feedstocks including coal, biomass, natural gas and all combinations thereof. This framework will enable the passage of a range of hydrotreated renewable jet (HRJ) fuels, which are biofuels for aircraft made from a variety of feedstocks.

This specification represented the first aviation fuel qualification in nearly 20 years. So a year-and-a-half later, where are we? How far have efforts come in the commercialization of alternative jet fuels? And what are some of the challenges producers and end-users going to face?

Hart Energy’s International Fuel Quality Center and Global Biofuels Center present in partnership with FUEL magazine and Ethanol & Biofuels News a two-part series exploring the current state of the aviation biofuels industry and what’s ahead.

Session 1Setting the Stage 
•    The past, present and future for aviation biofuels
•    Challenges ahead
•    Achieving commercialization
•    Policies and incentives

Session 2Growing the Industry 
•    Biofuel producers
     o    what they need to provide
     o    progress they have made
     o    technical developments and challenges
     o    reaching commercialization
•    Airline buyers
     o    what they need from producers
     o    industry demands
     o    supply chain strategies

‘Night Dragon’ and ‘Stuxnet’ attacks have unleashed a flurry of media coverage. In the face of these advanced and persistent threats to your real-time systems and intellectual property do you need to think and act differently than you have in the past?

As cyber security threats escalate and the level of process automation increases, the oil and gas industry is taking lessons from downstream plants and the utility industry. Nation state attackers are the biggest threat to the industry, but many unknown threats also exist worldwide. If your corporate reputation and profitability are paramount, you must take control of cyber risks by implementing an actionable plan that closes gaps, meets standards and delivers the financial and organizational efficiencies and brand impact you seek.

During this live webcast, you'll learn to:

  • Adapt your security thinking to contemporary risks and attacker strategies
  • Define an architecture to mitigate cyber security risks — from the oil rig to the boardroom
  • Establish a stable baseline and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of core cyber security operations
  • Refocus limited internal resources from operational functions to more strategic priorities
  • Confidently outsource your security functions, while maintaining real-time visibility

Join us to hear best practices from other Process Industries that are proactively addressing regulatory mandates, protecting the most sensitive enterprise data and industrial controls — through a cost effective and efficient approach.  Learn how they are responding to U.S. government requirements and cyber security initiatives and how you can work with DHS more effectively.

This 3-panel session brings you a collection of 7 Industry Leaders discussing the following topics. Panel 1: Bakken and Three Forks/Sanish Harold G. Hamm, Chairman and CEO, Continental Resources What you will learn: Production and capacity in the Bakken Oil vs. gas production growth in the region Why the U.S. is now less dependant on foreign imports and the value of infrastructure Jim Volker, Chairman, President & CEO, Whiting Petroleum What you will learn: Rate of return based on well costs and production profile Future pipeline expansion and take-away capacity increases Previous equipment deployment and success ratios by distance Panel 2: Geochemistry, Geology & Geophysics of Oil-prone Shales Shale-oil Systems, Their Main Characteristics and Distribution Daniel M. Jarvie, President, Worldwide Geochemistry What you will learn: The benefits of using geochemistry on shale oil vs. shale gas A better understanding of the different types of shale oil systems Why fractured oil shales have the highest potential The Bakken: What We Know and What it Tells Us about Analogs Steve Sonnenberg, Professor, Colorado School of Mines What you will learn: Factors related to tight oil production Source bed plays Tight oil play examples (Bakken/Three Forks, Niobrara) Seismic Applications in Oil Shales Chris M. Friedemann, Sr. Vice President-Corporate Marketing, ION Geophysical Corporation What you will learn: The difference between gas and oil shales from a seismic perspective Methods to image shale plays Emerging technologies and techniques Panel 3: Bakken, Niobrara and Mowry Peter Dea, President and CEO, Cirque Resources LP What you will learn: Risk management in oil resource plays Recovery of OOIP, what are the drivers? Paleogeography of specific formations including the Bakken, Niobrara and Mowry Peter Loeffler, VP of Exploration and Development, American Oil & Gas Inc. What you will learn: Commercializing shale through advances in technology and revisiting previously malined areas Largest U.S. oil fields by capacity over the last century Proppant placement issues and challenges in the Bakken

This A&D panel brings you Wall Street's view of the Bakken and other oily shales. 

Where the money is, the investors will follow. The Bakken and Monterey shales have given us inspired hopes,
but where do we look next for future investments?

In this session you will hear views from Wall Street, as well as an A&D inside look on the oily shales

Wall Street's View of the Bakken and Oily Shales
Subash Chandra, Managing Director-Senior Exploration & Production Analyst, Jefferies & Company

What you will learn:

  1. How to find a financial edge through ‘well-watching’
  2. Why there is economic merit in frac-stages
  3. How the Street views NAV, acreage, production and rig counts

An A&D View on Oily Shales From an Industry Insider
Dan K. Eberhart, CEO, Frontier Wellhead and Supply Inc.

What you will learn:

  1. Challenges that investors and Bakken-focused E&P companies face
  2. Which factors facilitate the best drilling results in the Bakken
  3. Practical considerations of running an operation in the region


Oil and Gas Investor's editor-in-chief Leslie Haines'  Q&A with Subash Chandra



If you already purchased a webinar from this center, Please Lo

Current economics, both in terms of unconventional development and on a global, macroeconomic scale, are supportive to domestic oil and gas players. Three experts discuss global markets and their interrelationship with crude oil prices, the trend of improving results in shale-gas wells, and the possibility of LNG exports from North America.

The global scene for unconventional resources has great potential, but challenges will be amplified compared with the North American story. Four leading analysts provide an inside look at some of the world’s best opportunities for unconventional resource development. The international experience will not be the same as the North American experience for unconventional gas. Although in-place resources are tremendous, such factors as equipment availability, operational efficiency, and existing infrastructure that aided the vast growth of North American unconventional production will not be as favorable overseas. Add resource estimates, market dynamics and fiscal regimes to the mix, and the challenges are considerable. Learn the latest thinking on global development of resource plays.

The South Texas Eagle Ford play has galloped to the front of the shale herd. Its lightning-fast growth has been driven by strong well results across wide expanses. In this webinar, three operators talk about their approaches to the Eagle Ford, and how this play relates to their activities in other unconventional plays. Petrohawk Energy discovered the Eagle Ford play in 2008, when it opened Hawkville Field. Today, the operator continues to fine-tune its completion programs, and reports good results from HiWAY fracture treatments. The company is grappling with immature infrastructure in the play, which is one of the biggest challenges. It holds 300,000 acres it considers commercially productive Private firm Laredo Energy IV stays ultra-ultra-focused on South Texas. Its strengths are landowner relationships and the ability to get acreage through those relationships. It guards its reputation zealously, and is highly engaged in the community of Laredo. The company has deep roots in South Texas, beginning with work in the complex, highly faulted Lobo Trend. Today it works mainly in Webb and Zapata counties, and drills in the Austin Chalk, San Miguel, Escondido and Wilcox, in addition to the Eagle Ford. For El Paso E&P, the Eagle Ford is a focus area. The company holds 170,000 net acres in the play, and 60% of that is in the oily area. It has four rigs at work, and to date has drilled 25 wells. In addition to the Eagle Ford, El Paso has expanded into the Haynesville and Wolfcamp shale plays. Its current programs give it much greater visibility to future growth.

Three top executives—from a major, a large independent with international interests, and a North American-focused operator—talk about their strategies for success, and how unconventional resources fit into their portfolios. Major Royal Dutch Shell is bullish on gas for many reasons, and its investments show a strong commitment to developing shale resources. Shell entered the unconventional resource arena with its purchase of tight-gas assets at Pinedale in the Green River Basin in Wyoming, and followed that with 700,000 additional acres in the Marcellus shale and 250,000 acres in the Eagle Ford shale. Newfield Exploration, a mega-independent with assets in China and Malaysia, has garnered success by pursuing a diversified portfolio and focusing on margins. Newfield objectively evaluates investments and selects those most likely to be successful. This focused diversity has delivered investment flexibility. For U.S. independent SM Energy Co., success has come from a hard evaluation of company strategy. SM Energy transformed itself from a niche PDP acquirer with a large footprint to a company tightly focused on multi-pay basins and emerging plays. It also beefed up its operational and technical control by divesting non-operated properties and seeking high working interests. SM Energy’s new strategy has paid off: reserves are higher, finding costs are much lower and its multiples have improved dramatically.


Oil-rich California offers several intriguing resource plays, including the world-class Monterey and the Kreyenhagen shales. In this webinar, two independents share their results of work to date and their plans for the future in these oil-prone plays in the Golden State.

The San Joaquin Basin's Monterey and Kreyenhagen shales are the focus of Zodiac Exploration. The basin offers plenty of data, large resource targets, and excellent reservoir potential. Zodiac entered the basin in 2009 and has expanded its portfolio to 86,221 net acres. The company has been gathering data and delineating and derisking the Monterey and Kreyenhagen plays. Zodiac is currently delving into the data to rank and assess its primary prospects. Within one or two years, the company plans to drill between four and nine vertical and one to 10 horizontal wells.

Similarly, Denver-based Venoco Inc. has had its eye on California's unconventional potential. The company has a varying set of prospects all across the state, and has accumulated 200,000 acres prospective for the Monterey, 150,000 of which are onshore. Last year, Venoco drilled test wells across its position. It has drawn the conclusion that vertical wells are currently the most effective approach to exploiting the Monterey, and it is in the midst of a major Monterey effort.

Vitruvian Exploration is another private independent active in the Mississippi Lime. It notes that the outstanding economics are also due to favorable lease terms, high-quality oil, readily available water and water disposal formations. Vitruvian holds 120,000 net acres in the area west of the Nemaha uplift and 80,000 acres east of the Nemaha uplift.