Proppant demand continues to run full-out, and supply continues to run tight or out—and when exploiting U.S. shale and tight natural gas is at the top of more and more E&P companies’ capital-spending plans. What is the nature of the supply and demand balance currently of the various types of proppant? What types of proppant are required by play for the best initial and long-term results? What have been the trends in the quality of domestically produced proppant, and particularly as material from outside North America may increasingly land in U.S. wells? And, what is on the horizon for a “smart” proppant? Experts will answer these questions in the webinar "Seeking Proppant: The Outlook for Supply Capacity, Demand and Quality,” March 11, 10 a.m. CDT. Register here:

What You Will Learn:

-- The fundamentals of proppants, such as when it is best to use sand or ceramic, depending on the nature of the formation. -- Current U.S. supply and demand, and any supply/demand issues outside North America that may affect the availability of more product in the U.S. -- The current quality of U.S. proppant supply, and how to assure the material is reliably to specs. -- The nature of nano-structured proppant, the new “smart ceramic” that is being developed now.

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Stephen (Steve) A. Holditch, department head & Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Endowed Chair in Petroleum, Texas A&M University. Prior to Texas A&M, Dr. Holditch worked for Shell Oil Co. and was president from 1977-2000 of S.A. Holditch & Associates, now a division of Schlumberger and provides petroleum-engineering technology involving the analysis of low-permeability gas reservoirs and the design of hydraulic-fracture treatments for industrial and government clients, spanning reservoir simulation, well testing, reservoir engineering, natural gas engineering, coalbed-methane development, and the use of horizontal wells to develop gas reservoirs. He joined the Texas A&M petroleum-engineering faculty in 1976 and was named to the R.L. Adams Endowed Professorship in 1995. He has BS, MS and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M.

Dave Pursell, head of macro-research, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities Inc. Dave Pursell was an original partner in Pickering Energy Partners. Pursell was previously director of upstream research at investment-banking firm Simmons & Co. International and spent eight years a manager of petrophysics at S.A. Holditch & Associates, now a division of Schlumberger. He gained operational experience with Arco Alaska Inc., conducting field engineering and operations. Pursell holds a BS and MS in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.

Earl R. Freeman, executive vice president, PropTester Inc. Earl R. Freeman is executive vice president of independent proppant-testing firm PropTester Inc. Previously, he was sales and marketing manager, oilfield technology group, for Borden Chemical Inc. He began his career in the late 1970s with the Western Company of North America, where he assembled a proppant-testing laboratory that contributed to the eventual development of API-recommended practices (e.g. API RP 56), and later spent 15 years with BJ Services. He has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas-Arlington, is an author of several SPE papers on fracturing and cementing, and holds two U.S. patents on well-stimulation methods.

Chris Coker, president, Oxane Materials Inc. Chris Coker has served as Oxane Materials Inc.’s president since its founding in late 2002. Chris has raised more than $15MM in capital from

industry partners, private-equity firms, and high-net-worth families. He led Oxane’s market-selection process (ultimately focusing on proppant), crafted Oxane’s IP and operating strategy, and assembled its operating and advisory team. Chris is a named inventor on two issued Oxane patents and more than 10 Oxane patent applications. Prior to founding Oxane, Chris worked at Taproot Ventures, the venture arm of the Harbour Group and Enron Corp. where he worked principally in their gas-trading organization. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics from Occidental College.

About the Moderator:

Nissa Darbonne, executive editor, Oil and Gas Investor. Nissa Darbonne is executive editor of Hart Energy Publishing’s Oil and Gas Investor group, which consists of Oil and Gas Investor magazine, the online market-intelligence centers and, the newsletters A&D Watch and Oil and Gas Investor This Week, and the conferences Developing Unconventional Gas (DUG), Energy Capital Week and A&D Strategies and Opportunities. She joined Hart in 1998 after nine years in news reporting for The Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, Louisiana), the last two years as business editor. She holds a BA in Journalism and English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.