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Petroleum Engineering Research Presented at Global Conference

January 10, 2019
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Petroleum Engineering Department Head Brian Toelle presented with some of the world's preeminent shale reservoir researchers at a conference in Bahrain. (Brian Toelle photo)

The University of Wyoming's Brian Toelle presented study results at the the American Association of Petroleum Geologists/European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Shale Gas Evolution Symposium in Manama, Bahrain, in December 2018.

The symposium was hosted by Bahrain's Minister of Oil Shaikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa and was attended by shale reservoir researchers from all over the world.

Toelle is the interim head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering. He presented results from a study conducted by his Wyoming Petroleum Systems Research Group. This study was performed by Marcin Pankau, one of Toelle’s former graduate students, as part of his master’s thesis. Two UW co-authors also contributed to the study, including Petroleum Engineering Assistant Professor Pejman Tahmasebi and Geology and Geophysics Adjunct Professor Ranie Lynds. The title of this study is “3-D Petroleum Systems Model of the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming.”

The report included an analysis of the exploration potential of shale reservoirs in Wyoming's Bighorn Basin. Shale reservoirs have become an important resource for the United States and Toelle’s research group is focused on helping to determine the exploration potential of shale reservoirs in the state. The information and methodologies used could promote investment into the drilling of shale exploration wells in various Wyoming basins.

After his presentation, Toelle met with a number of attendees and presenters who traveled to the symposium from China. Many conference attendees were from various countries throughout the Middle East region.

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