Tours / Special Events

Tour of Range Resources Southwest Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Producing Operations

Date:  Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Price: $100 (For tour, coach rental/transportation & lunch)

Tour capacity: 30 people

Departure time: Thursday October 29, 2015 - 8:00 a.m.

Estimated Return Time: Thursday October 29, 4:00 p.m.

Dress Code: Long pants that cover all skin and closed toed shoes. This area can be cold, windy, and blustery this time of year. It can also be sunny and pleasant. Please check the weather and dress accordingly, since we will be spending time outside on the well pads.

This tour will takes us to Washington County, Pennsylvania, approximately 30 minutes south of Pittsburgh, to visit Range Resources' Marcellus shale gas drilling operations.

Gas production in the Appalachian region increased from approximately 2.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd) in October 2011, when participants from the USAEE Annual Conference in Washington D.C. toured the area, to over 15 Bcfd at the end of 2014, as exploration and production companies deployed a new production techniques to tap the gas reserves locked in the Marcellus Shale formation. Most of the production in Marcellus, which extends from New York to West Virginia, has come from Pennsylvania, where cutting edge technology such as horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing, self-moving rigs, and multi-well pads is being used to release the gas trapped in the impermeable shale rock.

Tour Details
We will meet in the lobby of the Wyndham Gran Hotel at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 29 and board the bus. We will then drive approximately 30 minutes to the Range Resources headquarters where the Range staff will conduct a safety briefing, before taking the group in a tour of several well pads. Lunch will be included in the tour. We will return to the Range offices by approximately 3:30 p.m. board the bus back to Pittsburgh and arrive at the hotel around 4:00 p.m.


EverPower Wind Farm Tour

Date:  Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Price: $75 (For tour, coach rental/transportation & lunch)

Tour capacity: 30 people

Departure time: Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 9:00 a.m.

Estimated Return Time: Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 4:00 p.m.

Dress Code: Long pants that cover all skin and closed toed shoes. This area can be cold, windy, and blustery this time of year. It can also be sunny and pleasant. Please check the weather and dress accordingly, since we will be spending time outside.

Description

Wind power is an increasingly important form of electricity generation in the United States. Generation from wind power currently accounts for over 4% of total power generation, a 300% increase from 2008, and will increase in future years to comply with state renewable energy targets and market needs. Pennsylvania currently has 1,340 MW of installed wind capacity, most of which is near Pittsburgh.

On this tour, we will take an up-close look at EverPower's Patton Wind Farm, which is located about 1 hour and 30 minutes east of Pittsburgh. The project uses 15 Gamesa wind turbines, each with a nameplate rating of 2.0 MW with several components manufactured in Pennsylvania. In total, the Patton Wind Farm generates enough electricity to power approximately 7,000 homes annually. The project became operational at the end of 2012.

As part of the tour, we will learn about the wind farm's performance, its day-to-day operation, and the engineering behind its construction.

Logistics

We will meet in the lobby of the Wyndham Gran Hotel at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 25th and board the bus. We will then drive approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes to the Patton Wind Farm, where the staff will greet us, conduct a short safety briefing, and begin the tour. The tour is expected to take 1 - 2 hours. We will board the bus back to Pittsburgh at 1pm and arrive at the hotel around 4:00 p.m. A boxed lunch will be served on the bus ride to the EverPower Wind Farm.

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Reception:  Andy Warhol Museum

Date:  Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Time:  6:30pm-8:30pm

Location:  The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

 

Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks served. Buses will begin loading at 6:00pm at the hotel front entrance. Transportation will be provided to and from the Reception. Weather abiding, we encourage those able to take the short 15 minute walk to the museum, see walking directions here. There is parking in the surrounding areas of the Warhol, should you wish to drive yourself. Please note, you must bring both your name badge as well as drink tickets with you to attend this event.

 

The collection features Warhol’s student work from the 1940s, 1950s drawings, commercial illustrations and sketchbooks; 1960s Pop paintings of consumer products (Campbell's Soup Cans), celebrities (LizJackieMarilynElvis), and much more. The film & video collection includes 60 feature films, 200 of Warhol's Screen Tests, and more than 4,000 videos. Following your gallery visits you may head down to the Warhol factory where you may choose from a selection of images and colorful ink and learn how to silkscreen on notebooks at no additional charge.

Walking directions from the Wyndham:

Starting Address:

600 Commonwealth Place

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Roughly a 15 minute walk.

  • Head south on Commonwealth Place toward Liberty Avenue
  • Turn left onto Liberty Avenue
  • Continue onto Penn Avenue
  • Turn left onto 6th St
  • Turn right onto Fort Duquesne Boulevard
  • Turn left onto 7th St/Andy Warhol Bridge
  • Continue onto Sandusky St, and the Museum will be on your left

 

For more information regarding The Andy Warhol Museum, visit http://www.warhol.org/museum/

 


Workshop: Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage

Location: Commonwealth 1, 2

Date: Wednesday, October 28 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Price: $50/conference attendees and $75/non-conference attendees

Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) is gaining attention in energy policy discussions, particularly as policies aimed at reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions gain traction. Reconciling climate change policy with the existing deep and well-established fossil fuel supply chains presents a challenge that technology has the potential to address through carbon capture and storage. However, any new technology must be commercially viable in its own right to have an economically sustainable footprint. Thus, the potential value proposition in utilizing CO2 to enhance profitability in the extractive industries has grabbed significant attention. This workshop will address the technical challenges of CCUS and demonstrate multiple efforts aimed at modeling the implications of expanded CCUS on energy markets.

For a full listing of workshop participants, please click here