INTERA is pleased to announce that Dr. Alaa Aly has been promoted to Vice President. He will be in charge of the company’s northwestern U.S. operations. This includes INTERA’s Richland office and on-site staff supporting environmental restoration efforts at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford site. Dr. Aly has been with INTERA since 2001 and served as a Senior Water Resources Engineer responsible for managing water resource projects in Florida and Colorado. In 2008, Dr. Aly moved to INTERA’s Richland, Washington office where he has been serving as the company’s Hanford Program Director for the past three years.Continue Reading
Archives for October 2011
The Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management has named INTERA Senior Environmental Scientist, Abhishek Singh, Ph.D., as an Associate Editor to the Editorial Board. In this capacity, Dr. Singh will evaluate technical papers and articles covering a variety of topics including systems analysis (i.e., optimization, uncertainty analysis, and water resource decision-making) and evolutionary optimization and machine learning techniques applied to water resources problems. Dr. Singh is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is an expert in water resources systems analysis.Continue Reading
INTERA, in association with Mitsubishi Materials Corporation (MMC) and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), was recently awarded a contract with Japan Carbon Capture and Storage Company (JCCS), a consortium of over 30 companies, to support the geological sequestration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in Japan. Geological sequestration involves the long-term underground storage of greenhouse gases, such as CO2, typically in depleted oil and gas reservoirs. INTERA’s scope on this project entails developing an appropriate methodology for guiding the assessment of risk of CO2 leakage via abandoned wells.
Two hypothetical sites have been provided as the basis for numerical simulations to estimate the extent and properties of the CO2 plume in the reservoir as a function of time. Other detailed process modeling will involve a quantitative estimation of CO2 leakage via different potential leakage pathways (e.g., between cement seal and casing, or annular cement and formation) as a basis for carrying out a probabilistic treatment of leakage rates and amounts for different types of wells drilled into the CO2 reservoir. Ultimately, the results will be used to rank these different types of wells in terms of their potential for leakage.Continue Reading