Natural Gas and Renewables - What are the options?
Kindra McGregor, PetroSkills | John M Campbell
Thursday, May 28th
8:00 am - 12:00 pm MST
Speaker: Kindra Snow-McGregor, PE
Mrs. Kindra Snow-McGregor is the Technical Director of Oil and Gas Processing with PetroSkills | John M Campbell. She has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining from the Colorado School of Mines, and over 23 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Before joining John M Campbell, she served as the technical lead on several significant projects in the industry for BP, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Occidental, QatarGas, and XTO. Mrs. Snow-McGregor has been active in the gas processing/midstream industry for many years. She currently serves on the GPS Board of Directors, and the GPSA Engineering Data Book Editorial Review Board. She has published 10 technical papers at international conferences and is a co-inventor on two technology patents in the gas processing industry.
Abstract: Europe and portions of the United States (25 state governors that have joined the United States Climate Alliance) is trying to move into what many interpret as a hydrocarbon free economy. This is a process that is expected to take a long time, many decades. Despite many countries’ best efforts, global energy demand in 2018 (+2.9%) and carbon emissions (+2%) grew at their fastest rate since 2010-2011. For many, this has resulted in an increase in urgency to address the climate issue. Can this energy transition be achieved in a manner that provides the reliable, low-cost energy that modern societies have come to expect and enjoy? Probably not if one examines the numbers and recognizes the size of the gap between hydrocarbon fuels and renewables. The total world primary energy consumption is 13,865 MTOE (million tonnes of oil equivalent). The United States’ share of the worlds’ energy demand is nearly 17% and is growing by roughly 1% per year. In the energy mix, hydrocarbons (coal, oil, and gas) amount to 84.7% of the worlds’ energy consumption. In the U.S., this number is roughly 84%, with only 4.5% of the energy demand being provided by renewables. The gap between hydrocarbons and renewables is significant. Interesting to note the different approaches that Europe and the States have chosen to take in regard to the proposed energy transition. Europe, primarily the Netherlands and the UK, has invested heavily in researching possible solutions to shifting the bulk of their energy supply to alternative sources, including the estimated costs associated with this transition. In the States, local governors have decided to “legislate” the change at a State level with little to no knowledge of how much this transition and the technology required will cost, much less how it will work. Unfortunately, most people only think of renewable energy as power (electrons) – but the world depends on oil and gas for much more than electricity. So, what is the future of gas or fossil fuels in general?
This training session will investigate the three primary topics:
– Where are we today and Energy Parity with Renewables?
– If Renewables won’t get us there, What will?
– Planes, Trains, and Automobiles?
– Lastly, what to do with the skeleton in the closet – Petrochem….
Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm MST
Location: The comfort of your own home! PetroSkills will provide the hosting platform WebEx. The week of the training those who have registered will be sent the link and login info.
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