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The 2019 CO2 & ROZ Conference Planning is well underway with anticipation of another full house with great speakers and technology-rich material.  The Conference will begin on Monday morning, December 9th in the sparkling new Bush Convention Center in Downtown Midland.  Monday is devoted to the Carbon Management subject and all the new thinking related to CO2 capture and geologic storage.  45Q tax credits are taking center stage with project planning – some even very large 100 million to billion dollar projects needing to capture their emission streams and find a subsurface storage site for capture streams.

Tuesday will feature an all-day CO2 field trip.  Early thinking has targeted the SACROC flood and surface facilities operated by Kinder Morgan CO2 about 90 minutes east of Midland.  This is the longest-lived CO2 flood in the world and is still making >28,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) and storing huge volumes of CO2 while doing so.  The recent recognition of a thick zone of residual oil beneath the field that contains as much as 2 billion bo promises to make the project continue another 10 years on top of the 45 years of CO2 injection to date.

The organizers of the Conference are extremely excited to present on Wednesday, Dec 11th, the first-time airing of a short course on the subject of natural and induced transmissive fractures.  The evolution of horizontal well drilling technologies has illuminated a 100 fold increase in the ability to both detect and witness the effects of the fractures on well production.  High water cuts, altered properties of the oil, and sour oil and gas production are just three of the effects of stimulating into the fractures.  The diagnostics used to detect the fractures will be addressed along with 5-7 case histories from the Permian Basin and around the world will be part of the full-day agenda.  Vertical natural fractures have generally gone unnoticed in the age of vertical wells so insights as to their occurrence, properties and effects are now available for the first time today.

The Thursday and Friday morning sessions will again provide the ever popular focus on International and U.S. CO2 EOR case histories, as well as update folks on the 650-well horizontal ROZ, play in the San Andres formation of the Permian Basin.  These sessions are unique in that they offer field best practices for the design and execution of new and expanding flood opportunities.

A summary of the events is provided in the graphic below.

The registration site will be made live on September 1st but it is recommended that hotel reservations be made well in advance due to the nature of the frantic business in Midland and Odessa. 


2018 Conference Summary

The Conference Committee for the 2018 CO2 and ROZ Conference Week (Dec 3rd -6th, 2018) put together a 4-day set of sessions packed with excellent content and great speakers for the CO2 Conference week events. The set of sessions composed both the 16th annual EOR Carbon Management Workshop and the 24th Annual CO2 Flooding and ROZ Conference.

The 2018 version of the CO2 & ROZ Conference is complete. The program began Monday morning, December 3rd and continued thru Thursday the 6th at the Horseshoe Facility in south Midland. (

2018 was, in many ways, a very significant year. Much occurred with the CCS, CO2 EOR and ROZ subjects since the last conference in Dec 2017. The economics of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) took a huge step forward with the passage of the updated 45Q (Federal) tax credits in February. The horizontal drilling with the San Andres residual oil zones (ROZs) rapidly advanced to where over 37,000 barrels of oil per day are being produced in 6 different Permian Basin counties. Renewed worldwide enthusiasm occurred in CO2 flooding projects as oil settled above $50/bbl for the 12 months of 2018 and the first greenfield ROZ project responded beautifully. Concurrent storage during EOR finally began being accepted as the least expensive way to securely store large volumes of CO2 from captured emission streams. All of these intertwined subjects were addressed in detail during the Conference week.

The Monday and Tuesday events focused on the CO2 storage that occurs during a CO2 EOR project. The Wednesday events started with a ½-day field trip to Kinder Morgan’s new and expanding greenfield ROZ CO2 flood north of Midland and were followed by the first of three ½ day theme sessions. This first session focused on the exciting advances in horizontal drilling within the upper portions of the San Andres formation ROZs. The greater understandings and the many advances in completion techniques were the special topics in this session.

The Thursday AM and PM sessions provided case histories of CO2 EOR projects in the U.S. and Canada. The special loyalty of the Conference supporters over the years bring the conference some exciting case histories not publicly presented before and were part of the two Thursday sessions.

Details of each of the three subjects are provided below .

Monday (Dec 3rd) “Carbon Management Workshop” – The agenda brough the latest in CO2 capture and demonstration projects, future plans, legislative initiatives, and policy matters related to carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS)


Opening Day Program (Monday Dec 3rd): CO2 EOR Carbon Management Workshop

8:00-12:00 Latest Policy, Regulatory, Project and Market Developments

7:15 – 8:00 Registration

8:00 – 8:15 Opening Remarks – Michael Moore EWSA and Steve Melzer of Melzer Consulting

8:15-9:00 Keynote Opening Speaker Latest on ROZ, CO2 EOR and CO2 Storage – Vello

Kuuskraa CEO Advanced Resources International (ARI)

9:00-9:30 Policy and Regulatory Updates – Post-midterm Elections Fred Eames Partner – Hunton Andrews Kurth

9:30-10:00 International Energy Status – Barry Worthington Executive Director of USEA

10:20-10:50 Southern States Energy Board Updates – Kenneth Nemeth, Executive Director SSEB

10:50-11:20 Mike Fowler – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. – Latest on CO2 Capture Deployment

11:20-11:40 William Swetra, Oxy’s Low Carbon Ventures – Opportunities with CO2

11:40-12:00 Russell Martin, Perdure Energy – an Anthropogenic CO2 EOR Pure Play in a Carbon Opportunity World

12:00-1:20 Luncheon and Keynote Speaker: Charles McConnell, Former Assistant Secretary US DOE Fossil Energy and now Executive Director, Carbon Management and Energy Sustainability at the University of Houston

1:20 – 3:00 Projects, Programs, Technology Insights

1:20- 1:50 Jeff Brown – Principal, Brown Brothers Energy and Environment LLC , Developing the Next CCUS Project

1:50-2:10 John Hamling, UND – EERC: CO2 EOR in Shale, ROZ and MPZ developments

2:10-2:30 Wayne Rowe Business Manager NA Decarbonization Projects, Schlumberger; CO2 Storage Associated with Unconventionals/Shale

2:30:3:00 Jeff Erickson Global CCS Institute International and US CCUS Developments

3:15-5:30 Special Areas of Interest and Programs

3:15-3:45 The Colorado Plateau CO2 Study, Randy Eminger, ED Energy Policy Network

3:45-4:30 Latest on Geologic Storage Panel, Grant Bromhal NETL/NRAP and Dr. Sue Hovorka UTBEG/GCCC

4:30-5:00 Dan Cole, V.P. Denbury and the PBS/EERC Bell Creek CO2 EOR and CCUS Story

5:00-5:30 Mike Godec, ARI – Importance of 45Q and Large-scale CO2 EOR-Storage along with Wrap-Up and Pre-45Q Seminar Panel, Mike Moore, Steve Melzer, Dan Cole, Mike Godec

5:30 Monday Program Conclusion

6:15-8:00 Monday Evening Reception at the Commemorative Air Force Hangar ( – featuring Historical Planes of WWII and the Midland Army Air Field Museum – Sponsors, Rockall Petroleum, NCG Consulting Group _________________________________________________________________

Day 2 Program (Tuesday Dec 4th): A Full Day Seminar on 45Q and CO2 EOR’s Vital Role in Carbon Management

AM Session: What is 45Q and What is Different Now? Can the Worlds of CCS and CO2 EOR Merge?

7:30 – 8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks – Michael Moore, Workshop Director and EWSA

8:15 – 9:00 Secrets in the 45Q Sauce: An Introduction to 45Q – Keith Tracy, Cornerpost CO2 LLC

9:00 – 9:30 Secure Geologic Storage: The Overlay of 45Q on Business-As-Usual CO2 EOR – Mark DeFigueiredo, EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program

9:30 – 10:15 Three Small Letters That Pack a Punch: Strategies for 45Q “MRV” Plans

• Sarah Wade, Wade LLC

• Bob Mannes, Core Energy LLC

10:35 – 11:20 Let’s Make a Deal: Perspectives on 45Q Deal Structures

• EOR Producer Perspective – Ben Cook, Univ. of Wyoming EORI

• Financial Investor Perspective – Jeff Brown, Stanford

• Legal Perspective – David Lowman, Hunton Andrews Kurth

11:20 – 12:00 Panel Discussion and Group Q&A (all morning speakers)

12:00 – 1:00 Luncheon – Presentation : William Swtra, Occidental Petroleum Corp

PM Session: Qualifying and Using 45Q: A Look into The Future

1:00 – 1:30 Lone Star Leading: An Overview of Texas Geologic Sequestration Rules – Leslie Savage, Texas Railroad Commission

1:30 – 2:10 Permission Matters: Injection Well Strategies for 45Q Projects

• Class 2 Non-EOR Wells –– Alberto Gutierrez, Geolex

• Class 6 Wells and Financial Security Requirements – Chiara Trabucchi, IEc

2:10 – 2:30 Counting Up for EOR: Section 43 Comes Before 45Q – Jeff Lambert, Lambert Tax Consultants©

2:50 – 3:10 Guidance: Ten 45Q Questions the IRS Should Answer – Keith Tracy, Cornerpost CO2, LLC

3:10 – 3:50 Not Standing Still: Looking Back at Passage of 45Q Amendments, and Looking Forward to Future Policy Developments – Brad Crabtree, Carbon Capture Coalition, and Kurt Waltzer, Clean Air Task Force©

3:50 – 4:30 New Intersections: How 45Q Interplays with ROZs – Steve Melzer, Melzer Consulting

4:30 – 5:00 Concluding Remarks/Adjourn to Reception in the Education Room

5:00 – 7:30 Tues Evening Reception @ Horseshoe Facility (Heavy Hors Devours) – Sponsors – NCS MultiStage & Brown Brothers Energy & Environment


Day 3 Program (Wednesday, Dec 5th)

AM Field Trip

A ½-Day Field Trip to Kinder Morgan’s Tall Cotton Project (a “Greenfield” ROZ CO2 Flood in an area littered with old dry holes and now making ~3000 bopd from one section [640 acres]).


Wednesday PM – First of Three ½-Day Theme Sessions

Theme Session #1: “San Andres Laterals in the ROZ: Operations and Case Histories”

(Dec 5th: 1:00 to 5:15 pm)

1:00-2:00 Signs of Another PB Resource Play – Update on Status of the San Andres Horizontal Play; Russell Hall ©, R.K. Hall and Associates w/ Contributions from R Trentham and S. Melzer

2:00-2:40 The Evolution of Horizontal Well Completion Techniques; S. Stedman, Steward Energy

2:40-3:10 “The Growing Use of “Sliding Sleeves” and Lower Rate Hydrofracture Treatments” Brenton Cheeseman, NCS Multistage

3:10-3:30 Break and Display/Exhibit of Sliding Sleeves

3:30-4:10 “An Accidental Experiment in Frac Productivity” John Dobitz, Windy Cove

4:10-4:45 Panel on Well Completions Steward, Monadnock, Verdugo, Mammoth

4:45- 5:15 Merges into a Broader Panel Discussion All Speakers

5:30-7:30 Wed Evening Reception at Permian Basin Petr Museum; Sponsors: Kinder Morgan CO2 Company and the PB Section of the SPE


Day 4 Program: (Thursday Dec 6th)

Theme Session #2: “CO2 Flooding & ROZ Operations and Case Histories”

(Thursday, Dec 6th: 8:00 to 11:30 am)

8:00-8:40 “Analogs to the San Andres Horizontal Play? – A Fresh Look at the Glorieta-Yeso Play in SE New Mexico” Steve Melzer – Melzer Consulting©, Evan Allard – Summer Intern, CO2 ROZ Conference©

8:40-9:10 “Recap of Monday Workshop & the 45Q Seminar” Mike Moore – Workshop Director©

9:10 – 9:40 “The Oyster Bayou CO2 Flood Case History” Alton Ahrens, Denbury Resources

9:40-9:50 A Quick Section 43 Update Jeff Lambert, Lambert Tax Consultants

10:10-10:45 “CO2 Processing Rates: Too Fast/Slow?” Scott Wehner, Wehner CO2onsulting LLC

10:40-11:30 Speaker Panel Discussion All Morning Presenters

11:30-1:00 Lunch

Theme Session #3: “CO2 Flood Operations and Case Histories” (Thurs, Dec 6th: 1:10 to 5:15 pm)

1:00-1:40 “Horizontal Producers & Injectors at SACROC” Clyde Findlay and Jeremy Pitts, Kinder Morgan CO2 Company

1:40-2:20 “Monell Unit, Patrick Draw Field Case History Grant Caldwell, Fleur de Lis

2:20-3:00 Horizontal Well CO2 Flooding: The Legacies and Exciting Future of the Weyburn CO2 EOR Project (Canada) Whitecap Resources Inc.

3:20-4:00 “Lab Comparisons: Methane, Ethane, Propane, CO2 and Produced

Gas for Hydrocarbon Mobilization” Energy & Environmental Research Center, ND

4:15-4:50 Conoco’s E. Vacuum Field Update Doug Pecore, Conoco

4:50-5:15 Panel Discussion All Speakers All Afternoon Presenters

5:15 Conference Week Ended

2018 CO2 Conference Week Agendas – Nov 26