A weekend with ExxonMobil

imagesThis past weekend I went to Lehigh University for a short course with ExxonMobil on basin analysis. I went to learn about ExxonMobil and how they go about finding hydrocarbons. While I barley scratched the surface of how our species has gone about extracting fuels from the ground, I learned a great deal about what geologic conditions are needed to produce oil and gas. It was fascinating to hear them talk about extracting resources to sell on the market.

While ExxonMobil is based in Texas, they talked about several markets they are currently pushing into; Russia, Kirgizstan, Brazil, Africa, and Mexico. They truly are a global energy exploration company when it comes to gas and oil. They seek business opportunities all over the world and employ the best geoscientists to find fossil fuels.

When asked about how they are going to be adapting as an industry to climate regulations, they strive for making their emissions less per BTU, that is to say they want to be more efficient with their fuels. In the 1970s ExxonMobil explored using renewable energies as a branch of operations, but they came to the quick conclusion that it was not what they are best at. They were not able to make renewable as economically successful, so they gave it up to do what they are best known for, oil and gas explorations and extraction.

When asked about how they would adapt to the world with carbon emissions limits, they spoke about carbon sequestration. They are currently working on a project in the Moxa Arch in Wyoming, read more about it here. This project would allow them to reduce the corporations overall emissions if they needed to under a scenario with carbon limiting legislation. While they are not currently injecting anthropogenic carbon dioxide, they are proving the concepts by injecting hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide. If they are able to successful sequester the carbon, this could lead to the continuation of ExxonMobil as a fossil fuel exploration company under carbon restrictive legislation.

Here is an article about their policy stances towards climate change

Here is an article about how they are mitigating GHG emissions

2 Replies to “A weekend with ExxonMobil”

  1. You had a pretty interesting experience, Will. ExxonMobil seems like a great place to make money, and that’s inciting some very smart people. I wonder how the company will fare in the future if climate policy becomes more stringent.

  2. Will – We spoke briefly about your time at Lehigh University but here are a couple of questions/comments that I haven’t had the chance to ask you. It’s almost like we’re super busy or something, haha.

    1) Going off of ExxonMobil’s response to adapting to carbon emissions — what are your thoughts on carbon sequestration?
    2) This is a quote from the Moxa Arch paper “…these geologic structures in Southwestern Wyoming are among the most promising large CO2 geologic storage sites in the United States”. What was the tone of the conversation when they spoke about these sites?

    Lastly, I found this article about the Carbon Management Institute (CMI) on the University of Wyoming website. It looks like their geology program is involved in this as well. Thoughts? http://www.uwyo.edu/cmi/about-carbonmanagement/

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