Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin


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Graduate Seminar - Dr. Lionel Ribeiro


Monday, February 06, 2017


03:00pm - 04:00pm


CPE 2.204


Speaker:  Dr. Lionel Ribeiro, Completions Engineer in the Shale Oil and Gas Research and Technology team at Statoil

Title of Seminar: “Developing and Implementing New Shale Oil and Gas Technologies to the Field: The Statoil Approach”

Abstract: This seminar showcases three examples of current technologies that were successfully developed, field tested, and implemented by Statoil in their US unconventional fields in 2016. These examples highlight how technologies can quickly mature from idea generation on the drawing board to full-scale implementation. Notably, the seminar will discuss: (1) how CO2 fracturing may be used to improve production and reduce water usage, (2) how re-fracturing can mitigate the production loss commonly observed on in-fill wells while revitalizing the production of old producers, and (3) how a new generation of methane sensors and sensing protocols may reduce fugitive methane emissions and the carbon footprint. Attendees will learn about real-world examples of innovative technologies designed to increase production, improve cost efficiency, and reduce emissions.

Biography:   Dr. Lionel Ribeiro is a completions researcher working on research and technology programs for Statoil Shale Oil and Gas in Austin. Currently, Ribeiro is the project leader for three key Statoil initiatives: CO2 fracturing, re-fracturing, and resource allocation using multi-phase meters. His research interests include fracturing technologies for unconventional resources, geomechanics, completion/well spacing optimization, and field implementation of new technologies. Ribeiro has authored or co-authored more than 10 technical papers. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin (under the supervision of Dr. Mukul Sharma) and a Master’s and Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Ecole des Mines de Nancy in France.