Source: Mitchell Energy & Development Corp.
Gas Technology Institute (GTI) awarded George P. Mitchell, former chairman of Mitchell Energy & Development Corp., with a Lifetime Achievement Award for pioneering drilling and completion technologies that created a shale gas revolution. His unconventional thinking and passion changed the energy future in the United States and now has the potential to significantly impact the world.
For 17 years, visionary Mitchell insisted the impossible was possible. The geologist and petroleum engineer believed in extracting gas from shale when the term “shale play” did not even exist. He drilled for gas in a rock formation known as the “Barnett Shale” found across Northern Texas and enabled viable production through the first successful application of the hydraulic fracturing technique to dense shale formations.
Devon Energy Corporation acquired Mitchell Energy & Development Corp. in 2002 and added the innovation of horizontal drilling to make shale gas wells even more productive. The two techniques have subsequently revolutionized the unconventional shale gas play.
What started with Mitchell’s vision and passion for unconventional development has spread to application to other gas shales throughout North America. Embracing unconventional gas opportunities has transformed the U.S. energy picture. In less than a decade, a view that the U.S. was running out of gas and would require tremendous imports of LNG has been transformed to a projected 100 years or more of projected supplies of gas, enabling a sustainable affordable energy source that provides new choices on how natural gas resources are used. Mitchell is an inspiration to all those who are building on his legacy to make the unconventional conventional.
About Gas Technology Institute (GTI)
GTI is a leading research, development, and training organization serving the global natural gas and energy industry. For 65 years, GTI has solved important energy and environmental challenges by developing technology-based solutions that create value for consumers, industry, and government. GTI has been actively involved in the development of unconventional gas in the U.S. for more than 20 years, including activities in coal bed methane, tight gas formations, and gas shales.