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2015 Pioneer Award winners announced

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The Energy & Environmental Research Centre’s Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership has announced the winners of its 2015 Pioneer Award during its annual membership meeting and workshop held in Chicago, Illinois.

The Pioneer Award is given out each year to PCOR Partnership members who have demonstrated pioneering efforts in carbon capture, utilisation, and storage. This year’s award winners include Robert Benson, President and CEO, North American Coal, Bismarck, North Dakota, and Neil Wildgust, Principal Manager for Geological Storage, Global CCS Institute, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Mr. Benson has worked for North American Coal for more than 38 years. Under his direction, the organisation has grown significantly with the addition of seven new mining and services operations. He has also led the development of a unified approach to CO2management by promoting information sharing among mine management teams, significantly improving the operation of existing mines, and enabling more efficient construction and start-up of new mines.

Mr. Wildgust is responsible for leading the storage advisory team across the Global CCS Institute and managing relationships with Canadian members. He has worked with the EERC in various capacities for more than 25 years.

Last year’s Pioneer Award winners included Jim Erdle, Vice President, USA & Latin America Region, Computer Modelling Group, and Dwight Peters, Advisor, LTI.

Adapted from press release by Joseph Green

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