Petroleum Technology Luncheon - June 11th

The next Petroleum Technology Luncheon is on Tuesday June 11th.

4101 E. Willow St
Long Beach, CA 90815
Registration: 11:30 AM
Lunch: 11:45 AM
Presentation: 12:00-1:00 PM
$30.00 members (+$1 credit card fee)
$30.00 for non members (+$1 credit card fee)
$10 for students

Securing Wells in the Middle of a Volcanic Eruption

Charlene Wardlow
California DOGGR


In May Charlene was deployed to the Big Island of Hawaii to work under the Director of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to assist in securing the geothermal wells at Puna Geothermal Venture's project south in the East Rift Zone of Kilauea. The project didn't turn out to be primarily an engineering task due to the logistics of working on a remote island and an active eruption that constantly changing. Charlene will explain the challenges of running simple bridge plugs under these circumstances, the technology used to monitor the eruption including drones, and other unique aspects of this operation. Also, the eruption has stopped so what's next for the project.


Charlene is the Northern District Deputy and Geothermal Program Manager for the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources. She has a B.S. in geology and a M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, NM. She has over 3 decades of experience in the geothermal industry including 23 years at The Geysers involved in oversight of wellfield and power plant operations. She spent 10-years working for Ormat Technologies, Inc. focused on developing new geothermal projects in California with an emphasis on exploration activities, drilling and well operations, and the power plant construction and operations. She supported environmental compliance for existing projects and coordinated permitting and compliance with the local, state and federal agencies, elected officials including community and public outreach.