Petroleum Technology Luncheon - November 14th

The next Petroleum Technology Luncheon is on Tuesday November 14th.

Long Beach Petroleum Club
3636 Linden Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807
Registration: 11:30 AM
Buffet Lunch: 11:30 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

Chevron's Heavy Oil Fields of San Joaquin Valley
Past, Present and Future

Andrei Popa, PhD
Chevron and SPE WNAR Director


Over more than a century later, the San Joaquin Valley still produces a lot of oil. According to the latest public statistics from 2014, the Kern County had at total of 44,518 producing oil wells, and San Joaquin Valley contributed to about 74% of all the oil produced in the state. Furthermore, oil produced from the San Joaquin Valley in 2014 represented about 4.8% of the entire United States production, and about 0.5% of the total world oil production for the year.

The San Joaquin Valley is also home to one of the largest heavy oil fields, Kern River which produced more than 2 Billion barrels of oil produced to date. The presentation will cover the history of Kern River, the introduction of steam flooding technology which lead to fields peak production, the current operation and the vision of the future. The technology component is emphasized as a means of development and optimization.


Dr. Andrei Popa has over 20 years of experience applying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies to complex optimization problems in the energy industry. He has published more than three dozen papers on the subject, and most recently co-authored the book “Artificial Intelligence & Data Mining (AI&DM) Applications in the Exploration and Production Industry”, part of SPE's "Get Up To Speed" Series. Dr. Popa’s service within industry organizations has earned him several awards including the 2015 SPEI “Distinguished Service Award”. Currently he is serving on the SPE Board of Directors as the Western North America Regional Director. He is a Technology Advisor for the Applied Reservoir Management team at Chevron’s San Joaquin Valley Business Unit. Since joining Chevron in 2002, Andrei has had multiple assignments including production and reservoir engineer, special projects lead engineer, subsurface team lead, and i-field supervisor. Since 2009 he has taught “Applied Reservoir Engineering” and “Natural Gas Engineering” at University at Southern California, and served as a guest lecturer for several course within the “Smart Oilfield” program.

Dr. Popa earned his Ph. D. and M.S. degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from West Virginia University and he holds a B.S. degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from the University of Ploiesti.