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Oilfield Chemistry Roundtable

The ACS GCI Oilfield Chemistry Roundtable is a collaboration between the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® and Oil & Gas companies to advance green chemistry and engineering in their industry. The Roundtable provides member companies a collective scientific-focused organization better positioned to prioritize research needs and inform the research agenda, and to improve cost effectiveness of investment in the design and implementation of green chemistry and engineering tools specific to the industry.

Since 2020, the members have expanded their mission beyond hydraulic fracturing, and have started to collaborate to advance green chemistry and engineering in the broader oil and gas industry. The Roundtable was created in 2014 when GCI and companies within the hydraulic fracturing industry developed a business plan for a new roundtable to integrate green chemistry and engineering into the chemical supply chain for hydraulic fracturing.

Current & Recent Projects and Events

  • Currently evaluating innovative alternatives for friction reducers as they are likely the largest volume chemical in the oilfield stimulation as a key research area.
  • Presented the ACS webinar, Grand Challenges and Opportunities for Greener Alternatives within the Oil and Gas Industry, to educate and engage scientists on new research (September, 2020).
  • Another key research area that was identified is finding alternative biocides or another way to reduce the use of biocides. Accordingly, the Roundtable engaged in a research collaboration with Montana State University’s Center for Biofilm Engineering to investigate enzymatic approaches to reduce biofilms.
  • To ignite research innovations, the Roundtable published a paper in Energy & Fuels Journal, defining the Grand Challenges & Opportunities for Greener Chemical Alternatives in Hydraulic Fracturing.  
  • Organizes and sponsors sessions in the Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, including “Bio-based materials and processes for the energy & petrochemical industry” at this year’s event. Previous sessions have covered topics related to greener chemicals alternatives for hydraulic fracturing.
  • The Roundtable will be presenting a symposium at ACS Spring 2022 in collaboration with the Energy and Fuels Division.
  • Collaborated with the ACS on the Science and Technology of Hydraulic Fracturing, the current position statement.

Mission & Strategic Priorities

Mission

To systematically integrate green and sustainable chemistry and engineering principles and practices into the chemical supply chain for oilfield chemistry.  This scientific collaboration will seek to enable informed decisions about those chemicals commonly employed in oilfield chemistry and will work to promote the prioritized development of more sustainable chemical alternatives.

Strategic Priorities

  1. To develop and disseminate scientific information related to the application and impact of green and sustainable chemistry and engineering principles in the chemical supply chain for oilfield chemistry.
  2. To provide a scientific framework and tools to facilitate the integration of green and sustainable chemistry and engineering principles and practices into oilfield chemistry.
  3. To identify, assess and prioritize chemicals in the oilfield chemistry manufacturing process that may warrant more sustainable alternatives. 
  4. To promote effective communication and collaboration with key stakeholders, as appropriate, to facilitate the integration of green and sustainable chemistry and engineering principles and practices into the chemical supply chain of oilfield chemistry.
  5. To advocate for and foster high-quality, risk-based, evidence-based, scientific approaches to green and sustainable chemistry and engineering and the use of innovative additive technology in the pursuit of more sustainable practices in oilfield chemistry.

Membership

The ACS GCI Oilfield Chemistry Roundtable welcomes the active participation of member companies meeting the following description:

Companies self-identified as meeting the definition of one of the following NAICS codes or a manufacturer of chemicals in direct supply to a company in one of the following NAICS codes.

  • 211111: Crude Petroleum & Natural Gas Extraction
  • 213112: Support activities for oil and gas separations

Global participation is encouraged.

Become a Member

The ACS GCI Oilfield Chemistry Roundtable welcomes the active participation of member companies meeting the following description:

Companies self-identified as meeting the definition of one of the following NAICS codes or a manufacturer of chemicals in direct supply to a company in one of the following NAICS codes.

  • 211111: Crude Petroleum & Natural Gas Extraction
  • 213112: Support activities for oil and gas separations

Global participation is encouraged.

Membership Participation

Member companies pledge their support and contribute to the Roundtable by making available their knowledge and experience as well as providing financial support. Member companies participate in monthly meetings and work with committees to direct and develop resources to meet the needs of the member companies. Each member company may designate employees to participate in the Roundtable. Diversity in expertise including but not limited to chemistry, environmental, health and safety, toxicology, etc., provides an opportunity to address the green chemistry and engineering needs of the oilfield chemistry industry from a wider perspective.

Membership Fees

Membership fees are restricted for the purpose of meeting the project needs of the Roundtable. Annual fees range from $2500 to $25,000 depending on the price of oil. Fees are prorated the first year according to month of membership, but no less than half the annual fee.

Recommended Publications

The ACS GCI Oilfield Chemistry Roundtable is committed to systematically integrate green chemistry and engineering principles into the chemical supply chain for oilfield chemistry.

In accordance with the Roundtable’s strategic priority to develop and disseminate scientific information related to the application and impact of green chemistry and engineering principles in the chemical supply chain for oilfield chemistry, the ACS GCI Oilfield Chemistry Roundtable recommends the following publications.

Disclaimer: The American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute’s Oilfield Chemistry Roundtable (“the Roundtable”) has created this list of publications to inform about green chemistry application in oilfield chemistry. The Roundtable has used reasonable efforts in collecting, preparing and providing quality information and material, but does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, adequacy or currency of the information contained in the list. By downloading, viewing and utilizing information from the list, visitors assume full responsibility for their own actions and any damages or liabilities that may result from the utilization of information obtained. Should you have any questions or comments, please send an e-mail to gciroundtables@acs.org.


Member Companies

 

Apache
Baker Hughes
BASF
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CES Canadian Energy
Dupont
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Rockwater

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