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George Koperna

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Vice President

Advanced Resources International

Arlington, VA

Expertise in the fields of Unconventional Resources, Enhanced Recovery, as well as natural gas and CO2 Storage.


phone: 703-528-8420

Mr. Koperna is a petroleum engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the operational and reservoir aspects of primary, secondary, and tertiary recovery operations, with an emphasis on unconventional resources (coalbed methane, shale oil and gas, and tight gas), CO2-EOR, and gas storage applications. Mr. Koperna is a long-time volunteer to the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He has served on the SPE International Board of Directors (2006-2009) and is the current Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Technical Section Chairperson. Mr. Koperna maintains an international portfolio of public and private clientele.


M.S. Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, West Virginia University, 1994
B.S. Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, West Virginia University, 1992

Professional Experience

Vice President - Advanced Resources International, Inc., Arlington, VA
Oak Ridge Fellow – U.S. Department of Energy – Fossil Energy Division, Morgantown, WV

Select Project List:

2008-Present, U.S. Department of Energy, “SECARB Phase III – The Anthropogenic Test”: Mr. Koperna is the storage technical lead for an anthropogenic capture (25 MW) and geologic storage test to be conducted in proximity to one of Southern Company’s Plant Barry coal-fired electric generating facility. This effort will include overseeing all aspects of the geologic analysis, site characterization, MMV, reservoir modeling, permitting, drilling, injection, and monitoring efforts for the project.

2014-2015, Equion Energia Ltd., “Feasibility study of undertaking CO2 injection as enhanced oil recovery in the Cusiana Field”: Led a multidisciplinary team of engineers and gesoscientists that looked at the efficacy of conducting enhanced recovery operations in the giant oilfields of Colombia. Detailed geophysical well log, production, and reservoir simulation analyses were conducted as part of this effort.

2005-2009, U.S. Department of Energy, “The Mississippi Test Site”: Mr. Koperna was the technical co-lead for this saline reservoir CO2 storage experiment being conducted at Mississippi Power Company’s Victor J. Daniel Jr. electric generating facility. This included overseeing all aspects of the geologic analysis, site characterization, MMV, reservoir modeling, permitting (UIC and drilling), drilling and injection related efforts for the project. The project injected and monitored 3,000 tons of CO2.

2003-2006, U.S. Department of Energy, “Basin Oriented Enhanced Oil Recovery and Storage of Carbon Dioxide Emission”: In support of the national strategy for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, ARI conducted a field-level, reservoir screening and modeling exercise to understand the potential domestic upspide of the widespread adoption of CO2-EOR operations. This lead to the first modern assessment of the CO2-EOR potential in the U.S.

2001-2002, Private Client, “CBM Field Simulation Study”: Responsible for completing a field history match of the Helper coalbed methane field in Utah. Following the history match, this nearly 100 well field was screened for enhanced coalbed methane (ECBM) recovery.

1997-2001, The Gas Technology Institute, “Natural Gas Production Enhancement Through Restimulation”: In this project, new methods were tested and developed to identify under-producing wells, diagnose well performance problems and to design new and novel well remediation treatments for tight gas sand wells. Mr. Koperna conducted advanced production type curve and petrophysical well log analyses for more nearly 1,000 gas wells in the Frontier, Williams Fork and Cotton Valley formations.

1995-2000, U.S. Department of Energy – National Energy Technology Laboratory, “New and Novel Fracture Stimulation Technologies for the Revitalization of Existing Gas Storage Wells”: This multi-year R&D project sought to offset and improve the noted 5% deliverability decline in gas storage fields through the application of novel stimulation methodologies. Techniques such as tip-screenout, extreme overbalanced and liquid carbon dioxide fracturing were implemented. Transient testing was conducted prior to and following treatments to ascertain relative improvements. Mr. Koperna designed, conducted and analyzed more than 100 multi-point isochronal well tests for the project as well as handling the field supervision of the conducted stimulation treatments.

1994-1996, Cooperative Research and Development for Horizontal Gas Storage Wells”: Mr. Koperna was awarded an Oak Ridge Fellowship to demonstrate the importance of geologic modeling and reservoir simulation for the optimization and further development of gas storage fields using horizontal wells. Complete reservoir simulation models were built and implemented for modeling National Fuel Gas Supply Company’s Allegany State Park Storage Field in New York and Equitrans’ Pipeline Company’s Pratt Storage Field in Pennsylvania.

1993 to 1994, U.S. Department of Energy – Bartlesville Project Office, “Recovery of Bypassed Oil from Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico - South Pelto Block 10 Reservoir Simulation Study U-8 Sand”: Was responsible for conducting an extensive reservoir study, with attention was toward recovering bypassed, or attic, oil in the reservoir through the use of secondary recovery techniques and production options such as waterflooding, water-alternating-gas injection and the use of horizontal wells. Simulation was conducted using a first-of-its-kind PC-based reservoir simulator, BOAST3-PC.

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