Thursday, 30 May 2019

11:00 – 12:00

Room 420, Building 78 (GP South)
St Lucia Campus

The recent growth of renewable energy infrastructure in Uruguay (e.g. biomass, biofuels, windmills, hydroelectric dams) had led to a remarkable reduction of fossil fuel dependency in the electric power sector. Nevertheless, most of these renewable sources exhibit reliance on favourable or at least normal weather conditions, and which is more important, transport sector still demands the import of crude oil for the production of liquid fuels. Natural gas is not yet an important energy source in the country, though possible increase in the regional supply would extend it import.

The local energy outlook is not much different from the global perspective; what is termed the global energy transition implies an increasing proportion of renewable sources in the energy matrix, though insufficient to accommodate the increasing demand of overall energy, and in particular, in the transport sector.

This talk will examine the main projects developed by ANCAP (the national oil company) the last 10 years to explore prospective resources in Uruguay, in order to meet the energy needs: oil and gas, coal and oil shales. While some of these projects have evolved to large-scale exploration, producing huge amounts of relevant geophysical and geological data, others are still at pilot field scale or even at R&D level. Recent experiences of close collaboration of researches from the field of geoscience and engineering will be presented, emphasizing the opportunities of R&D projects to assess the prospective resources of Uruguay.

Pablo Gristo Savornin is the Geoscience Manager of ANCAP, the national oil company of Uruguay. He leads a group of geologists and geophysicists in several research and exploration projects. He is a chemical engineer (UdelaR, Uruguay, 2001), with postgraduate studies in geosciences for exploration and production (YPF, Argentina, 2009), and MSc in petroleum engineering (Heriot-Watt University, UK, 2017).

Mr Gristo participated in exploration and production projects in Uruguay and Venezuela (seismic, drilling, and surface facilities), with increasing assignments from junior to senior professional, from design to supervision, in the last 10 years. He has also been involved into the training of young professionals and into research projects with local and international Universities. His previous working experience at DINAMA (the national environmental directorate in Uruguay), provides him with a holistic and rich perspective to pursue the sustainability of the projects and operations. He is currently a member of the board of the Association of Chemical Engineers of Uruguay and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Further details: Jeanette Watson, School of Civil Engineering,


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