EFD's goal is to establish a European equivalent to the successful EFD program that has been developed over the past five years in the United States. Ideally, the European program will also be a consortium, similar to the U.S. program, and that the two programs will be complimentary to one another.
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The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) is a 501(c)3 organization and Dr. Richard Haut from HARC manages the EFD program in the United States. Dr. Gerhard Thonhauser from the University of Leoben, Austria, manages the program in Europe. The EFD program focuses on technologies that reduce the environmental and societal tradeoffs associated with the development of energy sources identifying, developing and transferring critical, cost effective, new technologies that can provide policy makers and industry with the ability to develop reserves in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
The objective of the meeting is to identify and discuss best practices, as well as to identify new innovations and applications related to unconventional natural gas development. The meeting will enable operators and regulators to learn about technologies being developed and implemented throughout the world, fostering relationships between Europe and the U.S. European operations will be able to learn about technologies that have been cost effectively applied in environmentally sensitive areas within the U.S., for example, produced water and hydraulic fracturing technologies. European rules and regulations have incentivized various developments of technologies that may be applicable to the U.S.
The agenda for the forum is being developed. Commitments have been made from two U.S. State Oil and Gas Commissioners and a district manager from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, who will be participating in the forum.
Space for the forum is limited. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Ginny Jahn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-364-6051 to register.