Message From The Chair

Golf Tournament and Energy Transition Networking Event Huge Successes, More Energy Transition News

Dear Colleagues,

As we wrap up another vibrant month at SPE LA Basin Section, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in our recent events. Your enthusiasm and engagement make the hard work that goes into in-person events worthwhile.

Golf Tournament Recap
We kicked off May with our annual Golf Tournament on Friday, May 3rd. It was a pleasure to see so many familiar faces, and new ones, enjoying the beautiful Navy course and the fun of a shotgun start. I had a great time selling raffle tickets and mingling with all of you. A big thank you to everyone who came out to play and support our scholarship programs. And a special thank you to Ted and Kelly Frankiewicz for showing up extra early to setup the check in area and all the hard work beforehand.

Energy Transition Discussion
Las month, we met for our first Energy Transition Discussion. I had the privilege of discussing hydrogen's role in the energy transition alongside Hiren Patel and Richard Holt, who shared their insights on carbon capture and geothermal resources, respectively. The event extended into a lively and enjoyable evening, and although we had to conclude at a set time, the spirited conversations were a clear sign of the passion and interest within our community. We are already looking forward to organizing more of these discussions and will aim to optimize the timing based on your valuable feedback. See the article on the discussion later in the newsletter, including pictures!!

Significant advancements continue in sustainable energy and digital transformation within our industry. The innovative approach to in-situ hydrogen production from natural gas wells, which includes subsurface carbon retention, enhances hydrogen production while mitigating carbon emissions. Similarly, TotalEnergies and Oman LNG have declared the final investment decision on the solar-powered Marsa project, emphasizing renewable integration in energy projects.

Fervo Energy's selection of Mitsubishi’s Turboden for its 400 MW geothermal project and the top objectives for digital transformation in emissions monitoring illustrate our industry's focus on innovative and efficient energy solutions. Additionally, the partnership between ExxonMobil and FuelCell Energy is accelerating carbonate fuel cell technology for carbon capture.

As the clean energy transition progresses, the oil & gas industry faces significant challenges and opportunities for adaptation. Industry analysis highlights efforts to balance production with carbon neutrality, and the International Energy Agency discusses this pivotal moment. For a deeper dive into energy policies and sustainable technology trends, I recommend downloading the Axios report.

Looking Ahead and Leadership Transition
As summer approaches, SPE activities will be on break. This pause gives us all a chance to reflect on the impactful sessions and insights shared over the past months. It's also a momentous time for me personally, as I begin preparing for a transition in leadership. After serving as your Chair since July 2020, it will soon be time to welcome Ian Johnecheck as the next Chair of the LA Basin SPE Section. Ian's expertise and vision will undoubtedly guide us into an exciting future. More reflections on our journey together will follow in the coming months, but for now, I look forward to seeing what we will accomplish under Ian’s leadership.

Enjoy the upcoming break, and let's all look forward to another dynamic year ahead with SPE!

Andrew López
SPE LA Basin Section Chair 2020-2024