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SUBJECT: Distinguished professor to speak on future of natural gas
DATE: Feb. 14, 2003

The Oil and Gas Development Partnership Lecture Series continues at Memorial University on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, with a lecture titled Natural Gas: The Excruciating Transition. Given by Dr. Michael Economides, professor at the Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston, the lecture will look at the trend towards natural gas as the premium fuel of the future. A number of potential sources of natural gas, their limitations and potential will also be discussed. The lecture starts at 5 p.m. in the Engineering Lecture Theatre (EN-2006) located off the main lobby of the S.J. Carew (Engineering) Building. Media agencies are encouraged to send representatives.

"Energy has become a strategic factor in global geopolitics" Dr. Economides said. "It is a key to national power as well as a major requirement for economic growth. The de-carbonization of fuels is an extraordinary evolutionary process and natural gas is viewed as the compelling next fuel of choice worldwide, and as a necessary stepping stone towards hydrogen."

Dr. Michael Economides is highly regarded amongst his peers in the petroleum and chemical engineering profession and the energy industry. Prior to his present position at the University of Houston, he was the Samuel R. Noble Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University and served as chief scientist of the Global Petroleum Research Institute (GPRI). His research and teaching experience also includes being the director of the Institute of Drilling and Production at the Leoben Mining University in Austria.

When he is not teaching or doing research, Dr. Economides writes about his ongoing work. To date, he has authored or co-authored 10 professional textbooks, including The Colour of Oil, and written almost 200 journal papers and articles. Aside from technical issues, Dr. Economides has also written on a broad range of issues involving energy, energy economics and geopolitical issues.

Initiated in September 2001, the Oil and Gas Development Partnership Lecture Series brings together industry, academia, government and the community, providing information on new developments, issues, technologies and trends that directly affect the future of the east coast industry.

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