Upcoming SPE Distinguished Lecturer Event
Shale Plays: How Technology, Governments, Regulators, Academia, and the Public Have Changed the World’s Energy Supply and Demand Equation
Joseph H. Frantz, Jr., Range Resources Corporation
When: 11:00am-12:00am, May 18, 2015
Where: Schermerhorn Building, Room 603, Columbia University, NY
The global shale revolution is just beginning. Production from US shale reservoirs has increased from 2.5 Bcf/d to over 25 Bcf/d since 2007, illustrating the viability of this prolific new source of long-term gas supply. Other countries will undoubtedly use the knowledge developed in North America to jump-start their own shale plays. Although technical advancements are largely responsible for unlocking the potential of shale gas, the industry’s coordination with a broad set of stakeholders arguably have equal, and perhaps more influence on implementation of new shale developments. As such, they will increasingly impact our industry’s ability to more fully develop these resources. This presentation focuses on key technological advancements that drive shale gas development, but also the important aspect of how our industry is working with governments, regulators, academia, and the public more collaboratively to best maximize the immense benefits from this opportunity, while fostering the use of best practices.
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Joseph H. Frantz, Jr. is the VP of Engineering Technology with Range Resources Corporation. He started working on shale reservoirs in 1984 and has been involved with studies on many shale fields across the U.S. Joseph has worked in every facet of upstream development. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications and taught an industry school on Developing Shale Reservoirs. He has served on numerous Technical Committees within SPE, Chaired the Pittsburgh PA SPE Section, and Co-Chaired a Regional SPE Meeting. He earned a BSc in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1981.