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Oilfield Chemistry Roundtable

In 2014, the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® 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. In 2020, the members decided to expand their mission beyond hydraulic fracturing, and collaborate to advance green chemistry and engineering in the broader oil and gas industry.  The Oilfield Chemistry 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.

  • 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.

  • Current Projects & Events

    • The Roundtable has identified finding an alternative biocide or another way to reduce the use of biocides in hydraulic fracturing as a key research area. Accordingly, the Roundtable is currently engaged in a research collaboration with Montana State University’s Center for Biofilm Engineering to investigate enzymatic approaches to reduce biofilms.
    • The Roundtable is working on a white paper defining the Grand Challenges & Opportunities for Greener Chemical Alternatives in Hydraulic Fracturing.
    •  The Roundtable will be presenting a symposium at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA in Spring 2020 in the Energy and Fuels Division. Past symposium have been presented at the Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference in 2019 and 2017 on “Hydraulic fracturing chemicals overview greener hydraulic fracturing chemicals”.
    • The Roundtable collaborated with the ACS on the Science and Technology of Hydraulic Fracturing position statement.
  • Press

  • 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
CES Canadian Energy
Dupont
Rockwater

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