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Unconventional Energy Draws Growing Interest at Conference

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With the shale boom in full effect, unconventional sources of oil and gas are growing interest. That trend was evident in Denver at a recent conference on the subject.

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The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) announced that attendance rose by almost 20 percent at the second annual Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC), Aug. 25-27, at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center. More than 5,000 oil and gas professionals and more than 230 companies exhibited at the event, showcasing the latest products, technologies and services for successful unconventional play development.

“The remarkable response shown by industry colleagues from around the globe and crossing all segments of the unconventional market underscores the critical need for high-quality, integrated, multidisciplinary technical solutions to the ever more demanding challenges we face in drilling for unconventional hydrocarbon resources,” said URTeC management committee chairman Lee Krystinik. “As new concepts and technologies continue to evolve globally, I believe URTeC will remain at the epicenter of technical innovation.”

The conference program, comprised of experts from every aspect of the unconventional sector, featured multi-themed technical sessions including 193 oral sessions, 66 ePapers, team presentations, topical breakfasts and luncheons and interactive panel sessions. Over three days, conference attendees shared information and insights into a mix of strategic and technical issues related to the development of unconventional plays in North America.

“URTeC is a cutting-edge meeting that is extremely well suited to addressing the needs of the industry as we strive to deliver additional oil and gas reserves to the country and provide North America with energy security,” said Randi Martinsen, 2014-15 president of AAPG. “Unlocking unconventional petroleum accumulations requires a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates geology, geophysics and engineering. This is exactly what URTeC offers. We are very happy with the attendance this year and I see tremendous potential for this meeting as the industry keeps pushing the frontiers on extracting hydrocarbons from unconventional accumulations.”

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