The PESA WA evening talks programme kicked off for 2019 on 12 March, hosted with thanks to our evening talk sponsor Discover Geoscience. The Grand Bar and Bistro was filled to capacity for the talk on the role of geoscience in sustainable energy development – “recycling” the Permian Basin, West Texas presented by visiting AAPG President Denise Cox.
Various companies and academic institutions were represented in the crowd of well over 60 initially meeting in the Grand’s outdoor space for food, drinks and networking before heading upstairs for the talk. Denise Cox presented on sustainable development within the petroleum industry with a focus on reusing existing infrastructure and the environmental and economic benefits of strong stakeholder collaboration. The Permian Basin was presented as a case study. Maps of drilling activity over the past 100 years in decade increments were superimposed on the structural elements. This was a powerful tool in illustrating how the basin and it’s discovered resources have evolved in response global events with improvements in technology and geological understanding.
Finally, the talk shifted to developing technologies, how we as an industry can take ownership of carbon-dioxide with the ability to capture, utilise to aid recovery and ultimately store. We would like to thank our sponsor for the PESA WA Branch evening talks, Discover Geoscience for their support and making the evening technical series possible.