It is an honor to welcome you all to the inaugural ASME Onshore Petroleum Technology Conference (OPTC), in a worldwide virtual format, from September 27 - 29, 2021.
We are excited to bring you this conference because it fills an obvious void for content in our industry that is not offered at conferences that focus on production facilities, plants and refining, emissions detection and carbon technology. This conference will feature strategically relevant presentations highlighting new technology from the wellhead to the shipping terminal, including LNG and transportation – two of the fastest expanding segments of the hydrocarbon supply chain.
Here's why we started this conference:
- The world is currently consuming 94,000,000 barrels of crude per day, and will continue to play a role in the global economy.
- Natural gas will play a key role in the energy transition for the next several decades or until there is adequate grid-scale battery storage.
- Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) is something that can be done right now to combat climate change, and it is being championed by the petroleum industry.
- A technology boom is taking place onshore with data analytics, robotics, and emissions detection, leading to better transparency in an industry that is reinventing itself.
Academia, government, operators, and service companies are all contributing to this conference because they all have a piece to this massive puzzle, and better collaboration among them can be quite impactful.
This inaugural virtual conference lays a nice groundwork for building a future in-person conference in Houston, Texas. Thank you for participating, and we look forward to seeing you next year!
Kyle Richter, PE, PMP
2021 ASME OPTC Conference Chair
Reservoir Engineer, Occidental