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  • [ December 06, 2010]

    University of Wyoming Professors Lecture at COE

  • On December3, Professor Ronald C. Surdam, director of the University of Wyoming Carbon Management Institute, and Professor Zunsheng Jiao, chief geologist of the Wyoming State Geological Survey, visited Peking University upon invitation.
    Surdam gave a presentation entitled “Characterization of the Highest-priority Geological CO2 Storage Site in Wyoming: the Rock Spring Uplift” at the Peking University Ziyuan West Building. This lecture was hosted by the PKU Society of Petroleum Engineers. Professor Bin Gong of the PKU College of Engineering presided over the meeting.

    Surdam giving his presentation

    Starting from the study of energy resources and geology at UW, Surdam discussed the factors that must be considered in carbon capture and storage (CCS) site selection. He also mentioned the commercialization of CCS projects and its main difficulties. He pointed out that the bottleneck to CCS commercialization lies in the high cost of CO2 capture before storage.

    As a student of Surdam’s, Jiao added his own thoughts based on many years of research.

    CCS research at the Energy and Resources Simulation Lab of the PKU College of Engineering is led by Professor Dongxiao Zhang and Professor Bin Gong. The lab has established long-term collaborations with many institutions such as Shenhua Group, Stanford University, University of California Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

    About the presenter
    RONALD C. SURDAM and co-authors have published 240 articles in various scientific journals and books. He has presented more than 300 invited lectures. While at UW, he founded and directed the Institute for Energy Research and directed the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute. Another accomplishment by Surdam and his colleague Zunsheng Jiao from 1997–2000 was their role in assisting the McMurry Oil Company in the rediscovery and development of the giant Jonah gas field (14 TCF reserves). They assisted by developing an innovative discovery technology that substantially reduced risk in detecting and delineating natural gas production sweet spots in anomalously pressured tight-gas sandstone reservoirs. Over the past 45 years, Surdam has focused on oil and gas exploration, oil shale and trona depositional systems, coal and zeolite deposits in the Rocky Mountain Laramide basins of Wyoming and other states, and anomalously pressured natural gas accumulations and geological CO2 storage around the world. He has served the State of Wyoming in numerous capacities, most recently as director of the Wyoming State Geological Survey. Currently, as director of the University of Wyoming Carbon Management Institute and principal investigator of the Wyoming Carbon Underground Storage Project ($20 million), Surdam is helping lead the effort to accomplish commercial geological CO2 sequestration in the Rocky Mountain region. As a visiting professor at three Chinese universities, he is assisting with carbon storage in the Shaanxi and Shanxi provinces of China.