Geothermal Engineering and Development
This one-day course provides an overview of geothermal energy and its nature. It provides insights into how humanity has historically utilized geothermal energy. The training also introduces earth science concepts that will provide a better understanding of how geothermal energy is generated. The course covers the nature, occurrence, types and classification of geothermal fields, including those classified as advanced geothermal systems (EGS/HDR, magma, geo-pressure). The basics of geothermal exploration, drilling and production / development techniques are also introduced, including those of geothermal reservoir engineering. The different geothermal energy utilization and conversion methods and the issues affiliated with geothermal energy development will also be discussed.
Why You Should Attend
- To get an overview of geothermal energy and its nature.
- To acquire insights into how humanity has historically utilized geothermal energy.
- To know earth science concepts that will provide a better understanding of how geothermal energy is generated.
- To gain familiarity about the nature, occurrence, types and classification of geothermal fields, including those classified as advanced geothermal systems (EGS/HDR, magma, geo-pressure)
- To identify with geothermal exploration techniques and how they are utilizes to gain knowledge about the geothermal resource.
- To learn about techniques and practices associated with the drilling, completion, operation, maintenance and abandonment of geothermal wells.
- To have an overview of geothermal engineering concepts and how they differ from petroleum reservoir engineering.
- To get an education on geothermal energy utilization and conversion methods.
- To study the issues related to geothermal energy development.
Who Should Attend
This course is prepared for those interested in learning more about geothermal energy engineering and development. It will provide oil and gas professionals with an overview of the concepts related to geothermal energy, particularly its nature, affiliated techniques and technologies and on how it has historically been used to augment the global energy supply.
Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDH).
Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.
Steve Nas has more than 30 years of oilfield experience, including 27 years as a drilling engineer. Nas is currently the engineering manager for Weatherford’s Controlled Pressure Drilling Services in Asia Pacific in Singapore. In 2001 Nas was head of the BP Colombia Underbalanced Drilling operations on behalf of Weatherford. Since then he has been involved in numerous feasibility studies and international underbalanced operations, both offshore and onshore, and with jointed pipe as well as with coiled tubing. Nas was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer on underbalanced drilling technology from 1999 to 2000, and lectured on advanced drilling technology at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. He has authored sever al papers on underbalanced drilling and coiled tubing drilling technology. Nas holds a BS in electronics from the MTS in Nijmegen, Holland, and an MS in drilling engineering from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Julmar Shaun S. Toralde graduated Magna Cum Laude from the pioneering Bachelor of Science in Geothermal Engineering program of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) in the Philippines in 1999. He spent six years with NORSU as an Instructor and as Department Chairperson of the Geothermal Engineering Program, as well as serving as Research Coordinator of the College of Engineering and Architecture (focusing on renewable energy research and development) and Research Journal Editor of the university. He also served for a year as Lead Copyeditor and Quality Control Specialist for leading global research journals with SPI Technologies.
Shaun joined Weatherford in 2005 as Controlled Pressure Drilling (CPD) Engineer for a geothermal aerated fluids drilling campaign in Leyte, Philippines and subsequently served as CPD&T Engineering Coordinator – Indonesia from 2008 - 2011, where he led engineers in supporting a total of ~40 Weatherford projects and ~100 wells (including geothermal operations) in the country. He spearheaded the successful delivery of the globally pioneering deepwater managed pressure drilling (MPD) / pressurized mud cap drilling (PMCD) / riser gas risk mitigation (RGRM) project on a dynamically positioned drillship using a submerged rotating control device and is actively involved in other pioneering deepwater MPD/PMCD/RGRM projects globally. He served previously as Engineering Manager - Asia Pacific, Well Construction Services, and is currently Sales Manager, Secure Drilling Services – Asia Pacific, as well as Engineering Lead, Well Engineering and Project Management - Asia Pacific, with Weatherford, where he is managing more than 50 engineers in developing novel solutions for critical environments [deepwater, high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT), narrow mud weight window (NMWW), severe losses, geothermal] using advanced well construction technologies.