Charles D. Gorecki is the Director of Subsurface R&D at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota (UND), where he is responsible for developing and managing programs and projects focused on conventional, unconventional, and enhanced oil and gas production; the geologic storage of CO2; geothermal; and other energy and environmental research. He currently serves as the Program Manager for the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership, one of seven regional partnerships funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Program. The PCOR Partnership Program is a three-phase, multiyear, multimillion-dollar program, focused on assessing the technical and economic feasibility of capturing and storing CO2 emissions from stationary sources in the northern Great Plains and adjacent area. Under this program, Mr. Gorecki leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers working primarily on developing monitoring, verification, and accounting concepts and technologies for large-scale CO2 storage (>1 million tons per year) in deep saline formations and oil fields and the characterization of the geologic formations in the PCOR Partnership region in preparation for the implementation of the commercial deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS). In addition to the PCOR Partnership Program, Mr. Gorecki also manages or oversees projects related to CO2 storage capacity estimation, novel reservoir surveillance and CO2 storage monitoring techniques, and unconventional oil and gas resource modeling, characterization, and testing.
Mr. Gorecki’s principal areas of interest and expertise include enhanced oil recovery (EOR), unconventional oil and gas research, and the geologic storage of CO2, specifically in the areas of reservoir and simulation engineering. He has also led several other national and international projects associated with CO2 storage, the nexus of water and CCS, and CO2 EOR. Mr. Gorecki has authored and coauthored many papers and given presentations on a variety of topics associated with CO2 EOR and CO2 storage in the United States and throughout the world. He holds a B.S. degree in Geological Engineering from UND.