XGEM Team Visited Devon

A selfie of me in my safety gear at the Devon well site.

The XGEM team visited Devon recently to learn more about how the oil extraction giant operates their well pads in the Anadarko Basin.  My colleagues and I were given an opportunity to drive out to one of their modern sites to look at how wells pull fluid up from deep reservoirs.  The process has changed so much since I learned about it as a kid.  For example, the old piston pumps I still see around here are quite outdated.  Instead, these new plunger wells can reach the terrific depths and speeds required to extract from the Anadarko.

In addition to getting a tour of the new technology, when the XGEM team visited Devon, we were given the opportunity to learn a great deal about their gas transport on the site.  One of the primary goals of the XGEM team is to detect gas leaks at sites like this.  So, tracking down these leaks saves the site operator money by reducing lost revenue and has the added benefit of reducing environmental pollution.  We plan to look at all the leaky nooks and crannies of sites like these to help solve major environmental challenges.

When the XGEM team visited Devon, my colleagues (pictured in the blue safety gear) were given a detailed tour by the Devon folks.

Pictured here are my research colleagues from OU in blue safety gear and the site managers who showed us around.  I’m behind the camera.  I’d like to thank the Devon guys for giving the tour.  They really handled the myriad of nerdy questions fielded by the researchers with aplomb.


Read more about about the XGEM Big Idea Challenge team at OU here.