Proceedings of the 28th Oil Shale Symposium

October 13-15, 2008

Colorado School of Mines

Golden, Colorado


The Center for Oil Shale Technology, along with the Colorado Energy Research Institute (CERI), the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and other sponsors hosts the Oil Shale Symposium each year. The Oil Shale
Symposium is the premier technical meeting on this resource and
Symposium reviews development of oil shale resources worldwide,
including research & development, environmental impact analysis,
regulatory framework, and project & program status.

The program includes both oral and poster presentations. The full
proceedings of the 28th Oil Shale Symposium are posted below, with
links to individual abstracts, presentations, posters, and papers. Not all authors submitted final papers. Some plenary talks were not accompanied
by presentation materials.

28th Colorado Oil Shale Symposium

Monday, October 13th, 2008
1.Welcoming Plenary

Welcome to the 28th Oil Shale Symposium, Jeremy Boak, Chair, 28th Oil Shale Symposium Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado Abstract

Welcome and Introductions by the President of the Colorado School of Mines,
President Myles W. Scoggins, Colorado School of Mines Abstract Paper

Utah's strategy for development of oil shale, Governor John Huntsman, State of Utah, Salt Lake City Utah Abstract

Colorado's strategy for development of oil shale, Harris Sherman, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources Abstract

Update on U. S. Department of Interior Oil Shale Program, Foster Wade, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals, U. S. Department of Interior Abstract Presentation

2. Program Overview Plenary

Oil Shale and ExxonMobil's Strategy for Unconventional Resources, Raymond G. Charles, ExxonMobil Abstract Presentation

Update on U. S. Government Actions Around Federal Oil Shale Leasing and Regulatory Programs, Terry O'Connor, Shell Abstract Presentation

The Place of Oil Shale in Total's Exploration Strategy, Pierre Allix, Total
Abstract Presentation

An Overview of the Western Energy Corridor Initiative, Thomas Wood, Michael Hagood Abstract Presentation

Utah Oil Shale Development: Status and Policy Considerations, Laura Nelson
Ecoshale, Salt Lake City, UT, United States Abstract Presentation

Tuesday Morning, October 14, 2008
3. In Situ Processing

Parametric Controls on the Composition of Oil Generated by In Situ Pyrolysis of Oil Shale, William Meurer, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, Houston, TX, United States Abstract Paper Presentation

Shell's In Situ Conversion Process - Factors Affecting the Properties of Produced Shale Oil, Gary Beer, Shell Exploration and Production Inc, Houston, Texas Abstract Presentation

Shell ICP - Shale Oil Refining, Vijay Nair, Shell E&P Co., Houston, Texas Abstract Presentation

Influence of Water Vapor Pressure on Oil Shale Product Recovery
Earl Mattson, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho Abstract Presentation

4. Environmental Issues

Solid Wastes of Oil Shale Processing, Environmental Challenges of Disposal and Use, Uuve Kirso, National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Tallinn, Estonia Abstract Presentation

Aspects Of Groundwater Modeling In Oil Shale Basins, Paul Quinn, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado Abstract Presentation

Environmental Review of Selected Oil Shale Technologies, James Covell, EG&G Technical Services, Morgantown, West Virgini, Abstract Presentation

Successful Test Of A Frozen Ground Barrier To Flow, Bill McKinzie, Shell Exploration and Production, Houston, Texas Abstract Presentation

5. In Situ Process Modeling

Heat Conduction Modeling Tools for Screening In Situ Oil Shale Conversion Processes, William A. Symington, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, Houston, Texas Abstract Paper Presentation

Transport Model of the EGL Oil Shale Process, Henrik Wallman, American Oil Shale, LLC, Rifle, Colorado Abstract Presentation

Modeling Deformation and Fracturing of Oil Shale Induced by In Situ Fluid Generation, Hai Huang, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls Abstract Presentation

Resource characterization and reservoir modeling of oil shale deposits in Uinta Basin, Utah, William Gallin, Milind Deo, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, Abstract Presentation

6. Data Review & Assessment

Aspects of Jordan Oil Shale as Investment Opportunity, Jamal Alali, Natural Resources Authority, Amman, Jordan Abstract

Re-Evaluation of Utah's Uinta Basin Oil Shale Resource, Michael Vanden Berg, Utah Geological Survey, Salt Lake City, Utah Abstract Presentation

Common Data Repository Development and Water Resource Assessment for the Piceance Structural Basin, Judith Thomas, U.S. Geological Survey, Colorado Water Science Center, Grand Junction, Colorado Abstract Presentation

Risk Assessment in the Quality Control of Oil Shale in Estonian Deposit
Sergei Sabanov, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia Abstract Presentation

7. Oil Shale Properties

Log Interpretation Parameters Determined by Analysis of Green River Oil Shale Samples: Initial Steps, Michael Herron, Schlumberger-Doll Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts Abstract Paper Presentation

New and Old Oil shale Deposits in Jordan: Comparative Study, Mohammed Khair Nawasreh, Natural Resources Authority, Amman, Jordan Abstract Presentation

Estimation of Flow Geometry, Swept Volume, and Surface Area from Tracer Tests, Paul Reimus, G. Michael Shook, Chevron ETC, Houston, Texas Abstract Presentation

Dielectric Properties of Jordanian oil Shales, Mohammad Al-Harahsheh, Department of Mining Engineering, Nottingham, United Kingdom Abstract Presentation

8. Evaluation of Oil Shale Options

Rational Technology for Processing the Oil Shale from different Deposits in the World, Volkov Eduard, G.M.Krzhizhanovsky ENIN, Moscow, Russian Federation Abstract Presentation

Evaluation Model for Choice of Oil Shale Processing Technology - RESOURCE, Alexander Blokhin, Ruslan Salikhov, Research & Design Institute ATOMENERGOPROEKT, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation Abstract Presentation

Modelling Analysis and Optimization of Oil Shale Processes for Different Oil Shale Deposits, Jimmy Jia, PROCOM Consultants, Darra, QLD, Australia Abstract Presentation

General Perspectives on Methods of Oil Shale Extraction and R&D needs, Piceance Basin, Colorado, Glen Miller, Consultant, Grand Junction, Colorado, Abstract Paper Presentation

9. Geology & Stratigraphy
Lacustrine Stratigraphic and Stable Isotopic Expression of Overfilled and Balanced-Filled Transitions within the Tipton Member of the Green River Formation, Wyoming, Jennifer C. Walker, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin Abstract Presentation

A study of the Axial arch in northwest Colorado-a barrier between Eocene Lake Uinta and Eocene Lake Gosiute, Ronald Johnson, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado Abstract Presentation

The Unified Stratigraphy and Depositional Systems of the Green River Oil Shale in the Piceance and Greater Green River Basins, Colorado and Wyoming
Frederick Sarg, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado Abstract Presentation

Geology and Oil Shale Resource Characterization of the Green River Formation in the Northern Piceance Creek Basin, Colorado - A Shell ICP Perspective
Mark Picha, Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas Abstract

10. Surface Process Modeling

Mathematical Model For Pyrolysis and Combustion Reactions In An Oil Shale Particle, Karim Ghesmat, Sanjiv Save, Hatch Associates Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2Hatch Associates Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Abstract Presentation

DEM-CFD coupled simulation of oil shale pyrolysis in a rotary kiln, Zhenhai Pan, Peking University, Beijing, China Abstract

Process Modeling for the Development of Oil Shale Retorting Processes
Rick Sherritt, PROCOM Consultants Pty Ltd, Darra QLD, Australia Abstract Presentation

Oil Shale Pyrolysis Modeling, Ramesh Sarathi, ConocoPhillips, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Abstract Presentation

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

11. Geology & Stratigraphy
Oil Shale Geology Assessments in Jordan, Khaled Shawabkeh, Jordan Oil Shale Energy Company(JOSECO), Amman, Jordan Abstract

Thickness, Compositional and Textural Variability, and Genesis of El-Lajjun Oil Shale, Central Jordan, Hani Alnawafleh, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, Ma'an, Jordan Abstract Presentation

Characteristics and Genetic Types of Continental Oil Shale, China
Liu Zhaojun, College of Earth Sciences, Jilin University, Changchun, China Abstract Presentation

Effect on Oil Shale Mineralization of Gravity Flows, Rong Liu, Jilin University, Changchun, China Abstract

12. Processing Alternatives
Process For Converting Oil Shale Into Petroleum, Dwight Zwick, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, United States Abstract Presentation

Radio-Frequency In Situ Heating To Extract Shale Oil, Jack Bridges, PyroPhase, Chicago, Illinois Abstract Presentation

Past, Present, And Pending Intellectual Property For Heating Oil Shale With Electromagnetic Energy, Dwight Kinze, Quasar Energy LLC, Fargo, North Dakota Abstract Paper Presentation

Discussion of Comprehensive Utilization of Oil Shale Ash, Gan Shuca, College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun, China, 2College of Earth Science, Jilin University, Changchun, China Abstract Presentation

13. International Programs

Jordan Oil Shale Energy Company (JOSECO): A Vision Towards Oil Shale Commercialization, Munther Bsieso, Jordan Oil Shale Energy Company, Amman, Jordan Abstract Presentation

Recent development for Chinese Oil Shale activities Shuyuan Li, China University of Petroleum, Beijing, China Abstract Presentation

Timahdit Oil Shale Deposit Evaluation - Morocco, Mohammed Bencherifa, TOTAL Exploration & Production, Paris, France Abstract Presentation

Challenge of Oil Shale Exploration in Thailand in the First Phase
Apichart Jeennagool, Apiradee Suwannathong, Department of Mineral Fuels, Bangkok, Thailand Abstract Presentation

14. Chemistry

Applying Hydrous Pyrolysis to In Situ Oil-Shale Retorting, Michael Lewan, U. S. Geological Survey & Babcock & Brown Energy, Denver, Colorado Abstract Presentation

Dissolved Constituents in Water from Hydrous Retort Experiments, Carl
, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho Abstract Presentation

The Effect of Demineralization of Jordanian Ellajun Oil Shale on the Oil Yield Obtained by Fisher Assay and Solvent Extraction, Adnan Al-Harahsheh, Mohammad Al-Harahsheh, Institute of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Al al-Bayt University, Mofraq, Jordan Abstract Presentation

Successful Upgrading Of Estonian Shale Oil Via Hydrotreating, Alan Goelzer, Jacobs Consultancy, Houston, Texas Abstract Presentation

15. Carbon Management

Unconventional Sources of Fossil Fuel and Carbon Management: India's Perspective, Baleshwar Kumar, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, A.P., India Abstract Presentation

Oil Shale Sourced CO2 Sequestration Options Uinta & Piceance Basins - Utah & Colorado, Marty Gottlob, Kevin Beacom, SI-International, Inc, Denver, Colorado Abstract Presentation

Elimination of CO2 Emissions from Plants that Produce Motor Fuels from Oil Shale Ore, Kent E. Hatfield, L. Douglas Smoot, CRE Energy, Provo, Utah Abstract Presentation

CO2 Sequestration in Spent Oil Shale Retorts, Alan Burnham, American Shale Oil LLC, Rifle, Colorado Abstract Presentation

16. Company Program Status
Overview of American Shale Oil LLC Progress and Plans, Alan Burnham, American Shale Oil LLC, Rifle, Colorado Abstract Presentation

Alberta Taciuk Process (ATP) Technology - Recent Developments and Activities, Steven Odut, UMATAC Industrial Processes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Abstract Presentation

Update on the White River Oil Shale Project, Utah, Gary Aho, Oil Shale Exploration Company (OSEC), Utah Abstract Presentation

Evolution of Studies of Petrochina Company Limited Oil Shale in DaQing,
Zhixin Ge, Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration & Development-Lang Fang, Lang Fang, China Abstract Presentation

17. Surface Processing
Estonian Solid Heat Carrier Technology (TSK) as a Development Platform for Oil Shale Processing, Harri Mikk, Eesti Energia, Tallinn, Estonia Abstract Presentation

Experimental Study of a High Capacity Rotary Kiln for Oil Shale Processing, Ralph L. Coates, CRE Energy, Inc., Provo, Utah, United States Abstract Presentation

Environmental and Operational Aspects of an Oil Shale Industrial Plant in Brazil, Marcelino Kaizer, Casimiro Silva Filho, ETROBRAS SA, Sao Mateus do Sul - PR, Brazil Abstract Presentation

Isothermal and Non-isothermal Kinetic Analyses of Mahogany Oil Shale with TGA, Pankaj Tiwari, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Utah, Salt Lake City Abstract Presentation

18. Socioeconomic & Policy Issues
History of the United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation, Hervey Priddy, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas Abstract Paper Presentation

Surface Retorting: Research and Development Efforts to Move beyond the Small-Unit Size Barrier, Larry Southwick, L. M Southwick & Associates, Cincinnati, Ohio Abstract Presentation

Optimal Use of Oil Shale in Jordan Considering the Uranium Substance
Musa Resheidat, Jordan University of Science & Technology, Irbid, Jordan, Jordan Abstract Presentation

The Center for Oil Shale Technology and Research (COSTAR) at the Colorado School of Mines, Jeremy Boak, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado Abstract Presentation

Poster Session

1. Correlation between organic carbon content and oil yield of oil shale and its significance, Dong Qingshui, College of Earth Science, Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin Province, China Abstract

2. The Energy, Water and Carbon Balance of Extracting Unconverntional Petroleum Resources, Peter Kobos, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, United States Abstract

3. Study of Oil Shale Occurrence in South Volga Region, Russia
Leonid Anisimov, Lukoil-VolgogradNIPImorneft, Volgograd, Russian Federation
Abstract Poster

4. Oil Shale Characteristics and Mineralization Regularity of Eocene, Fushun Basin, Meng Quingtao, Liu Rong Jilin University, Changchun, China Abstract

5. Eocene age fossilized filamentous bacteria: New evidence suggesting a bacterial genesis of siderite in the Green River Formation, Wyoming, Glenn Mason, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany Abstract Paper Poster

6. Oil Shale Exploration in the Assam-Arakan Basin, Ignace Salpeteur, Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Minieres, Orleans, France
Abstract Poster

7. Energy Independence for Europe: 2008 Update on Development of the Cambrian Alum Shale of Sweden, a World Class Energy Resource for Oil and Uranium, Edward Godin, Continental Precious Minerals Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada Abstract Poster

8. Eesti Energia - Unlocking the Potential of Oil Shale, Harri Mikk, Eesti Energia, Tallinn, Estonia Abstract

9. Main Problems in Development and Utilzation of Oil Shale and Status of the Insitu conversion Process Technology In China, Chaohe Fang, Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration & Development, BeiJing, China Abstract Paper

10. Dynamic Impact Model and Information System to Support Unconventional Fuels Development, Ryan Hruska, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho Abstract

11. Thermobituminizing Kinetics of Estonian Oil Shale At Low-Temperature Pyrolysis, Ille Johannes, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia Abstract

12. Thermal Analysis of Huadian Oil shale with Isocnversional Method, Wang Qing, Northeast Dianli University, Jilin, China Abstract Poster

13. Gas Production Rate - A Significant Index of Industrial Quality, Lu Jin Cai, Xi'an Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources, Xi'an/Shaanxi, China Abstract

14. A comparative overview of the solvent swelling studies of oil shales, Vahur Oja, Department of Chemical Engineering Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia Abstract

15. Characteristics of Illite-Rich Oil Shale from the Piceance Basin, Colorado, Alan Burnham, American Shale Oil LLC, Rifle, Colorado Abstract Poster

16. Variability of Jordanian Oil shale and Processing Technologies, Feras Fraige, AlHussien Bin Talal University - College of Mining and Environmental Engineering - Mining Engineering Department, Maan, Jordan Abstract Poster

17. Oil Shale - a Scientific-Technical Journal Published in Estonia, Meelika Nõmme, Estonian Academy Publishes, Journal Oil Shale, Tallinn, Estonia Abstract Poster

18. National Oil Shale Association Status, Glenn Vawter, National Oil Shale Association, Glenwood Springs, Colorado Abstract

19. Froth Flotation of Jordanian El-Lajjun Oil Shale, Awni Al-Otoom, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan Abstract

20. Alberta Taciuk Process (ATP) Technology - Projects and Performance, Gordon W. Taciuk, UMATAC Industrial Processes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Abstract

21. Oil Shale Mining and Utilization in Longkou Mining Area China, Ying Chang, Longkou Mining Group Co., Ltd., Longkou, Shandong, China Abstract Poster

22. Adaptation of Galoter Technology for High Sulfurous Oil Shale in Arid Region, Alexander Blokhin, Research & Design Institute ATOMENERGOPROEKT, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation Abstract

23. Effects of Process Conditions on Kerogen Recovery in Oil Shale Solvent Extraction, Jeong-Geol Na, Korea Institute of Energy Research, Daejeon, Republic of Korea Abstract

24. Current Status of Oil Shale Resources of Indonesia, Dr. Hadianto, Center for Geological Resources, Jakarta, Indonesia Abstract

25. Chattanooga Corp - Surface or Subterranean processing: Does it really matter today? Marty Karpenski, Chattanooga Corp, Florham Park, New Jersey Abstract

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