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Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society Monthly Dinner Meeting: Thursday, March 1, 2018

  Emma McConville, Graduate Student, Geologist, UNR, Reno, NV
TOPIC:  Applications of the Play Fairway Analysis for Geothermal Systems in Crescent Valley, Eureka County, Nevada
ABSTRACT: Crescent Valley received one of the highest favorability scores in phase I of the DOE-sponsored Nevada play fairway analysis project and was therefore selected for detailed study in phase II. As part of the detailed study, geological, geochemical, and geophysical data were collected, synthesized, and analyzed to identify favorable structural settings for geothermal fluids in the basin. A total of nine favorable structural settings were identified. Two host known geothermal systems, and six could potentially host blind geothermal systems. In phase II a predictive geothermal potential model was conducted for each favorable structural setting. The highest-ranking areas in Crescent Valley are in the Dann Hot Springs step-over (relay ramp), followed by the two northern step-overs along the Cortez Mountains front, as well as a fault intersection at Hot Springs Point.

BIO: Emma McConville – Graduate Student, Geologist – UNR, Reno, NV
Emma was born in Barcelona, Spain and grew up throughout Latin America. When she was twelve years old she visited El Tatio Geysers in Chile and immediately became fascinated with geothermal energy and energy policy. In 2012 her interests landed her at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA, where she double majored and earned a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). After college, she worked at Endeavor Mexico as a Fulbright Scholar where she started the Endeavor Investor Network and coordinated the largest international private investment event in Mexico to date. Emma had the opportunity to explore the corners of Mexico and her travels reignited her love of the outdoors and geology. In 2013 she decided to refocus her career path and become a geologist. Emma earned a B.S. from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD where she was chosen to be the student speaker for the commencement ceremony for the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. During her time at the University of Maryland she interned at the Geothermal Energy Association, was awarded the NAGT-USGS internship in Menlo Park, CA, and was the coordinator of Girls Excelling in Math and Science, an afternoon program geared towards encouraging middle school girls to take an interest in STEM. In 2016, Emma began her graduate studies under the guidance of Jim Faulds and plans to earn her M.Sc. in Geology this upcoming summer. Emma has been offered a position as a geologist at ExxonMobil and will be moving to Houston, TX after completing her studies.

LOCATION: Tamarack Junction, Reno, NV
13101 S. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89511

Cocktail Reception 6:30 PM; Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPGS Members $25-$28; Non-Members $30-$33; Students $15

Please use this link to RSVP by Tuesday, Feb 27:

If you must cancel your reservation, please contact Jake Zachry, jzachry@kecorp.us or Tom Gallagher, tomg@nevadawatersolutions.com

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

Thursday, April 5
Vincent Ramirez, 3PL Operating, Inc.
Lake Livada and Other Lithium Exploration Activities in Nevada

Thursday, May 3
Jason Craig, UNR
Gabbs Valley – Blind Geothermal Prospect


NPGS Monthly Meeting—Monday February 5

Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society
Monthly Dinner Meeting
Monday, February 5, 2018
SPEAKERS:  John Menghini, BLM, Reno, NV and Lowell Price, NDOM, Carson City, NV
TOPIC:  “State-of-the-State: An Update on Geothermal, Dissolved Minerals (Lithium in Brine), and Oil & Gas Exploration and Development in Nevada”

Please join us on Monday, February 5 2018 at the Tamarack Junction for a State of the State presentation. Lowell Price with Nevada Division of Minerals and John Menghini from the BLM Nevada State Office will discuss oil, gas and geothermal issues in the Silver State.

John MenghiniUS DOI Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Oil and Gas Program Lead.  John has worked in the Nevada State Office, Reno Nevada since 2003.  He provides oversight for all oil and gas operations and technical expertise for all fluid-related development in the state of Nevada.  John is involved not only with the oil and gas program, but as a technical operations specialist for the Geothermal Program.  He has a wide range of knowledge with all aspects of the federal requirements dealing with permitting and unitization agreements including lease suspensions, unavoidable delay requests, paying well determination and establishment/revisions of participating areas.  Because of the limited size of Nevada’s oil and gas program, he is involved in every aspect of the development and support of the fluids program for all District Offices in Nevada.

John graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BS in Petroleum Engineering.  After working a few years in the oil and gas industry, John decided that a little business knowledge would be helpful.  John returned to University of Wyoming, where he graduated with his second degree in Business Management.  John then went to work for the BLM in 1989 in Rawlins, Wyoming as a staff Petroleum Engineer.  In 1993, John transferred to Casper where he worked for the Reservoir Management Group in units and drainage.  In 1995 he moved to the Platte River Resource Area as the Lead Petroleum Engineer for that office.  Later this office became the Casper District, and John stayed there until his move to the Nevada State Office in 2003, where he has worked since that time. John will have 29 years in with the BLM this February.

Lowell Price—Nevada Division of Minerals, Fluid Minerals Program Manager. Received BSc in Geology from the University of Texas at Arlington.

1978 to 1986: Eight years in oil and gas exploration with Amoco International Oil Company. Exploration geologist specializing in thrusted terrains. Primary areas of work were onshore Oman and the United Arab Emirates (Oman Mountains Thrust System). Worked on Rocky Mountain Thrust System structural projects for Amoco Denver for one year (on loan from Amoco International) in western Wyoming and southeastern Idaho. Also worked the Gulf of Suez, onshore Tunisia, offshore Morocco, and offshore Gabon, all extensional structural targets, and a calci-turbidite stratigraphic play in onshore Abu Dhabi.

1987 to 1998: Twelve years in precious metals exploration. Worked as a contract geologist for six years for multiple companies, such as Freeport-McMoRan, Tenneco Minerals, Chevron Minerals, and Morrison Knudsen, running large exploration drilling programs, as well as mapping and sampling project areas, in Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, and Oregon. Worked as an exploration geologist for Independence Mining for six years in the Independence Range and the Bull Run Mountains, both located in northeastern Nevada.

1998 to 2000: Two years as a partner in Dray & Price Exploration. Worked as an exploration geologist evaluating areas within the northern Rockies and basins along the eastern margin of the northern Rockies for potential oil and gas plays.

2000 to 2008: Eight years working wellsite geology in Nevada, California, Alaska, Belize, and Guatemala, in both oil/gas and geothermal drilling operations.

2008 to present day: Nine plus years as the Fluid Minerals Program Manager with the Nevada Division of Minerals. Primary work is the review of all oil/gas, geothermal, and dissolved mineral permit applications and drilling programs, as well as sundry notices related to the oil/gas and geothermal industries. Have worked as one of the many team members in revising and developing regulations for all three industries, such as regulations developed for hydraulic fracturing in 2014 and the new dissolved mineral resources exploration draft regulations in 2017 and 2018. Oversee all drilling operations for the Division, as well as perform wellsite inspections for the approximate 580 oil/gas and geothermal related wells in Nevada.

LOCATION: Tamarack Junction, Reno, NV
13101 S. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89511
Cocktail Reception 6:30 PM; Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPGS Members $25-$28; Non-Members $30-$33; Students $15

RSVP for the Dinner Meeting by Friday, February 2, with the following link:

If you must cancel your reservation, please contact Jake Zachry, jzachry@kecorp.us or Tom Gallagher, tomg@nevadawatersolutions.com

Upcoming NPGS Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, March 1: Emma McConville (UNR), Assessment of the Geothermal Potential of Crescent Valley, North-Central Nevada
  • Thursday, April 5: Vincent Ramirez (ReXplore), Lake Livada and Other Lithium Exploration Activities in Nevada
  • Thursday, May 3: Jake Zachry (Krummrich Engineering), Natural Gas Storage Well Integrity and API RP 1171

Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society Monthly Dinner Meeting

Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society
Monthly Dinner Meeting
Thursday, January 11, 2018

LOCATION: Tamarack Junction, Reno, NV
13101 S. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89511

Please use this link to RSVP by Tuesday, Jan 9:

If you must cancel your reservation, please contact Jake Zachry, jzachry@kecorp.us or Tom Gallagher, tomg@nevadawatersolutions.com

SPEAKER:    Chris Reede, Omat Nevada, Reno, NV
TOPIC:     Artificial Lift in Geothermal Applications
Cocktail Reception 6:30 PM; Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPGS Members $25-$28; Non-Members $30-$33; Students $15


Upcoming Meeting Dates, NOTE FEB DATE CHANGE

***Monday, Feb 5    Lowell Price, NDOM & John Menghini, BLM: State of the State

Thursday, March 1 Emma McConville, UNR: Assessment of the Geothermal Potential of Crescent Valley, North-Central Nevada

Thursday, April 5 Vincent Ramirez, ReXplore: Tertiary surface deformation in Nevada caused by obduction tectonics across the Cordillera

Thursday, May 3 Jake Zachry, Krummrich Engineering: Natural Gas Storage Well Integrity and API RP 1171

NPGS Monthly Dinner Meeting—October 5—RSVP by Tues October 3:

Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society Monthly Dinner Meeting
SPEAKER:  Chris Ellis, VP & General Manager, Coso Operating Co., LLC
TOPIC:  Coso Geothermal Power Plant
DATE:  Thursday, October 5, 2017

ABSTRACT:  Brief geothermal introduction with an overview of the Coso facility, including a discussion of some of the issues, problems and solutions that have been encountered and managed.

BIOGRAPHY:  Christopher Ellis is Vice President and General Manager for Coso Operating Company, has been at the Coso Project since 1988.  During his tenure, he has held various positions with the company encompassing all aspects of facility operations, maintenance, construction, and administration.  He was directly involved in the start-up on eight of the nine power plants at Coso.  He obtained his formal training and education in the US Navy’s Nuclear Power Program after attending the University of Arizona.

He currently serves as President for the Boards of the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce and The Geothermal (a non-profit fund raising organization), and is a board member of the East Kern Air Pollution Control District Hearing Board, Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corporation and The Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.

Tamarack Junction
13101 S. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89511
(775) 852-3600

Cocktail Reception 6:30 PM; Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPGS Members $20; Non-Members $23; Students $10

Thank you to our contributing sponsors for the dinner and cocktail reception: Premier Oilfield Service and Sinclair Well Products and Services.

RSVP is very important for an accurate count at this new venue.

Please RSVP with the following link by Tuesday, October 3:

If you find that you cannot attend, please email Vicki Ehni at vehni@aol.com or call at 775-720-6387.
NPGS will be charged for no-shows. Thank you for your consideration.

DGSE Seminar Series—Monday September 11:

DGSE Seminar SeriesMonday September 11:
Engineered Geothermal Systems and the Fallon FORGE Project
Dr. Bridget Ayling
Abstract: Engineered Geothermal Systems (EGS) have the potential to significantly contribute to our baseload energy requirements, with over 500 GWe of resource potential estimated for the western USA alone (USGS, 2008). After the first R&D project to test the EGS concept was initiated at Fenton Hill (New Mexico) in the 1970s, there have been several projects in the USA and internationally that aimed to evaluate the viability of EGS and progress the technologies required to make EGS economic. The key technical challenges associated with EGS center on creating and maintaining appropriate reservoir heat-exchange networks, while managing any induced seismicity associated with stimulation of the reservoir.

In this talk, I will introduce the US Department of Energy’s FORGE initiative (Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy) that aims to develop a site for the testing and development of EGS technologies. I will also present an overview of the progress to date at the Fallon FORGE site in Nevada, and upcoming activities planned for the project.

A message from Philipp Ruprecht (Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno, phone 775-682-6048): “The speaker list is mostly complete and below you find a preview of what is to come for this semester.”

These seminars are on Mondays at 4:00 PM in SEM 326 at UNR:
9/11/17    Bridget Ayling (UNR/NBMG/Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy)
9/25/17    Adrian Fiege (American Museum of Natural History, NYC)
10/2/17    Cin-Ty Lee (Rice University)
10/16/17  Greg Stock (National Park Service)
11/13/17  Michael Krawczynski (Washington University, St. Louis)
12/4/17    Pre-AGU student presentation

Parking information

Stepping Up Outreach for the Fallon FORGE Project

By Bridget Ayling

Members of the Fallon FORGE team staffed a booth at the Fallon Cantaloupe Festival and Country Fair, 24–27th August 2017, to meet the Fallon community and provide them an opportunity to meet us, ask questions and learn more about the Fallon FORGE project. The booth was a success: we spoke with many locals and visitors to the region, and the majority were interested to learn more about our activities and are supportive of the project going forward. We also attracted the younger generation via our swag options (drink bottles, etc.), geothermal core samples borrowed from NBMG’s core facility (the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library), and a microscope set-up with petrographic thin sections available for viewing. Outreach activities for the Fallon FORGE project are ongoing, and will become increasingly important if the project makes it into the next phase of the FORGE initiative—this will be determined in spring/summer 2018.

Representatives of the Fallon FORGE team at the beginning of the festival:
ready to go and spread the word about geothermal! Photo: Bridget Ayling

New NBMG/DGSE graduate student Kurt Kraal guides a future geologist
in looking at geothermal thin sections under a microscope. Photo: Bridget Ayling

Visitors at the booth learning more about the Fallon FORGE project. Photo: Bridget Ayling

If you want to learn more about the Fallon FORGE project, Dr. Bridget Ayling will be the guest speaker for the DGSE seminar series this Monday, September 11.

NPGS Monthly Dinner Meeting—Sept 7

Nevada Petroleum & Geothermal Society
Monthly Dinner Meeting
Thursday, Sep 7, 2017
Subject: The Shell Oil “Vilche” Deep Test and a Better Understanding of the Pine Creek Fault, Northern Sacramento Basin: What a Difference One Micropaleontology Report Makes!
Speaker: Scott T. Hector, Geologist, Hobby Energy, Rio Vista, CA

Abstract: The Shell Oil “Vilche” well was drilled to a total depth of 19,670’ in 1980.  It is by far the deepest well ever drilled in the Sacramento Basin, even though the deep dry hole is located in the far northern portion of the basin and lies north of any natural gas production.  Recent remapping of this part of the basin, making use of a micropaleontology report of the well, has caused a significant change in the understanding of this part of the basin.  These data, along with data from a 15-well drilling program by Hamar Associates and the Nahabedian Exploration Group between 1998 and 2006, show that the Pine Creek fault has a much larger offset than was previously thought.  The data also show that a thick section of Upper Cretaceous strata was preserved in a “sub-basin” on the northern side of the fault.

Bio: Scott Hector is a partner in Hobby Energy, a geological consulting firm located in Rio Vista, California. The company was started in 2005 with the help of the late Kevin Graham, who also owned Paul Graham Drilling and Service Company. Hobby assists other companies in oil and gas prospect analysis, drilling proposals and mineral remoteness opinions. In recent years most of the work for the firm has been the Mineral Remoteness Opinions, mainly for the solar power and wind power industries.

Scott was born in 1948 in Albany, California. He has been interested in geology since he burned his hand trying to pick up a sparkly gravel rock in the parking lot of a restaurant near Palm Springs in the middle of summer at the age of 5. His father bought him a small child’s rock collection in the restaurant to stop his crying. He fell in love with the collection, even sleeping with it, according to his parents. The love affair has never ended!

Scott attended Humboldt State College from 1967 to 1970, but transferred to the University of California at Davis. He received his B.S. degree in Geology from there in 1972, and his M.S. degree from UCD in 1976. He actually started to work in the oil industry with Texaco in 1974, and finished his thesis two years later. His thesis was a mapping thesis over the Castle Rock Quadrangle in the Santa Cruz Mountains, some 40 miles south of San Francisco on the Peninsula (and, where he grew up on a 200-acre ranch). Scott had Robert Matthews and Cordell Durrell from UCD on his committee, and Dr. Earl Brabb from the USGS.

So, Scott’s oil patch experience has been over 40 years. He has held between 12 and 14 jobs, depending how you count “ungainful employment as a consultant”. Work places have been Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Woodland, Davis, Houston, Denver. Employers have included Texaco, Carlsberg Petroleum, Great Basins, Champlin, MCOR (McCulloch), Energylog, North Valley, Gary Drilling, Gotland Oil, Carneros Energy and Hobby Energy. Areas of work have included oil or gas fields throughout the U.S.A., but mainly in the basins of California and the Paradox Basin of Utah and Colorado.

The paper presented today is due to work that Scott is doing for the Pacific Section AAPG. The group is planning to publish a C.D. on geological contributions on the Sacramento Basin. Scott started to work on a paper on the deepest wells drilled in the basin, and became intrigued with the deepest one. This led to discussions with his great friend Al Almgren, who provided him with paleo data on the deep well. The results of the study will be discussed with the group. The talk was first presented at the join Rocky Mountain AAPG and Pacific Section AAPG meeting in Las Vegas in October 2016.

Location: Ramada Reno Hotel, 1000 East 6th Street, Reno, NV 89512
Details: Cocktail Reception 6:30 PM, Skyline Bar, 14th Floor
Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPGS Members $20, Non-Members $23, Students $10

Please RSVP by TODAY Sept 6 by 5 PM for the Dinner Meeting with the following link:

If you find that you cannot attend, please email Vicki Ehni at vehni@aol.com or call at 775-720-6387. NPGS will be charged for all no-shows. Thank you for your consideration.