Episode 223: Innovating for a Sustainable Future with Geophysics

“In the realm of applied geophysics, we have a lot of knowledge, a lot of skills, a lot of experience in dealing with the subsurface, which translates quite well into carbon capture and storage applications.”

SEG Europe Regional Advisory Committee members discuss the 4th Net-Zero Emissions annual virtual workshop.

Overview

  • Why it’s important to work towards a net-zero emissions future
  • The role of geophysicists in addressing net-zero challenges
  • The business opportunities and challenges associated with carbon capture and storage
  • Why SEG is an effective forum for communication and education
Seismic Soundoff · 223: Innovating for a Sustainable Future with Geophysics

Host Andrew Geary delves into the critical role geophysicists play in achieving net-zero emissions with guests Emin Sadikov, Antony Price, and Adriana Citlali Ramírez. They discuss the importance of repurposing knowledge, adapting skill sets, and contributing to carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology innovations. Learn about the industry’s challenges and opportunities, the economic implications, and the importance of global cooperation in addressing climate change.

For this year’s 4th Net-Zero Emissions annual virtual workshop, the organizers will bring together regulators and policymakers, operators, vendors, and academia to have a fruitful discussion on challenges and obstacles and how geoscientists can collaborate to overcome them. In addition, prominent key speakers across Europe will highlight the most successful net-zero journeys across the industry.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to share your case studies, challenges, and proposed solutions. Register for the workshop using the links below.

Episode Links

Guest Bios

Emin Sadikhov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and received a BSc. in Geophysics from Azerbaijan State Oil Academy and an MSc. in Geophysics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. After completing his studies, Emin began his career at CGG, working with seismic data processing and later leading an in-house processing team. In 2010, Emin joined Equinor to work with seismic data processing and analysis, mainly focusing on ocean bottom seismic and time-lapse monitoring. Since 2013, Emin has been involved in the setup and operations of permanent reservoir monitoring and various digitalization projects. Emin is the project coordinator for Johan Sverdrup and Johan Castberg Permanent Reservoir monitoring projects. Since 2023, Emin has held the role of the chair of the SEG Europe Regional Advisory Committee. His passions are innovation, communication, and knowledge sharing.

Adriana Citlali Ramírez is the chief geophysicist and senior director at TGS. She holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Houston’s Mission-Oriented Seismic Research Program. Adriana interned with Shell, Statoil (now Equinor), ConocoPhillips, and BP during her graduate studies. After graduation, she worked in R&D at WesternGeco in the United States and later at PGS in the UK. In 2012, Adriana joined Equinor’s Research and Technology Exploration unit in Norway, where she led the R&D work related to broadband technology. She later moved to geophysical operations and focused on survey design and new technological developments. During her last years at Equinor, she worked as a geophysics specialist in the chief geophysicist’s team in exploration. In August 2019, Adriana joined TGS in the position of chief geophysicist. She has an advisory role for geophysics, focusing on strategy, business, and technology, emphasizing Europe and Russia.

Antony Price is a senior geophysical specialist at TotalEnergies based in Pau, France, with over 30 years of experience in various activities, from acquisition to interpretation and reservoir modeling. Antony has been a member of the SEG for over 20 years and with the SEG Europe Regional Advisory Committee since 2017 and is currently the committee’s vice-chair.

Show Credits

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Andrew Geary at TreasureMint hosted, edited and produced this episode. The SEG podcast team comprises Jennifer Cobb, Kathy Gamble, and Ally McGinnis. 

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