November 12, 2020

Flaring and Emissions Reduction Roundtable (FERR)

Flaring and Emissions Reduction Roundtable (FERR) The Energy Think Tank

About Event

Flaring and emissions are key public issues for oil and gas production. The expansion of flaring in Texas has alarmed many, including those in the industry. However, solutions are emerging to reduce flaring and emission from oil and gas production. The Flaring & Emissions Reduction Roundtable (FERR) is a focused one-day event developed to highlight successful and emerging technologies with the goal to speed adoption. The scope will include gas emissions reduction methods and technologies associated gas recovery systems from both tanks and flare systems and with flare and production monitoring technologies. Energy conversion technologies for gas-to-wire, gas-to-liquids are of interest as well as transportation solutions such as CNG and infrastructure improvement. New "tankless pad” development strategies that reduce pad storage liquids will be highlighted as well as operational changes that yield a lower carbon footprint. The event has been structured to be a highly interactive roundtable with end-user presentations supported by vendor exhibitions and emerging technologies sessions.


  • Vapor Recovery Systems
  • Multiphase/Tankless Production
  • Power Generation, i.e Gas to Wire 
  • Flare Recovery Systems
  • Flare Measurement Technology
  • Drone Inspection
  • Sensors
  • Multiphase Metering/Pumping
  • Leak Detection
  • Sequestration
  • EOR
  • Gas-Lift Compression Reduction
  • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
  • Liquified Natural Gas (LNG)
  • Pipeline Infrastructure
  • Gas Conversion Technologies (hydrates, fuel, etc.) 

Why Should I Attend?

FERR is an interactive forum, emphasizing case study examples and field-proven technologies. By engaging, and sometimes challenging the speakers, audience members play a crucial role in facilitating the exchange of information. Brief, PowerPoint presentations help speakers set the stage, but it is the extended, interactive discussions that tease out and explore critical issues.

Technical Innovation of 2020 Award

Nominate yourself or an admired colleague based on their contribution to the energy industry. The recipient of The Energy Think Tank Technical Innovation of 2020 Award will be recognized at The Energy Think Tank Flaming Emissions Reduction Roundtable (FERR) on November 12, 2020, and will include coverage in the Midland Telegram Reporter, the Houston Chronicle, the Journal of Information Technology, and social media websites.

Speaker and Sponsor Representation

Steve Mezler


Steve Melzer is a consulting engineer in Midland, Texas specializing in, CO2 injection projects, enhanced oil recovery (EOR), reservoir properties and horizontal well reservoir depressuring projects.  He also provides engineering and business planning services for a variety of U.S. and International commercial clients in the oil and gas, industrial gas, coal and power sectors as well as advising policy makers and non-governmental organizations on the subject of CO2 EOR and carbon capture and storage.  He has also originated and operated many exploration and production projects in the oil and gas sector.  He has conducted research on the origin and distribution of residual oil zones and their commercial exploitation through the use of both CO2 EOR and horizontal wells. 

He has been the director of the 25 years of the annual CO2 Flooding Conference and assists in organizing the EOR Carbon Management Workshop, both held each year in December in Midland, Texas.  He has served on the Governor of Texas’ FutureGen Board, as a past Director of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s Petroleum Industry Alliance, and continues to serve on several out of state Technical Advisory Boards as well as local Advisory Boards and Councils.

Steve resides in Midland, Tx.  He has a BS in geological engineering from Texas A&M and a MS degree in Engineering from Purdue University.  

Dr. Robert Kester Key-Note


President of Honeywell Rebellion (formerly Rebellion Photonics) is the inventor of its Gas Cloud Imaging (GCI) systems and technologies. As author of over 10 publications, 6 patents (and 6 more pending), Robert focuses on decisions that affect the technical integrity of the products and oversees Strategic Direction, Operational management, Development and Deployment of Honeywell Rebellion products. As a member of the Executive Board of Directors, his work leading the company in Innovative Engineering Design, Sales Management Leadership and Product Development has catapulted the success of the company in ground-breaking solutions for the detection of explosive gas leaks and cloud imaging. 

Additionally, Dr. Kester has procured key research grant funding for product development and is a frequent keynote speaker at business and technology conferences around the world, including the most recent Innovation Award at the World Gas Conference 2018: Emissions Detection and Mitigation from the Technical and Innovation Center.

Dr. Kester has a Bachelor of Science in Laser Optical Engineering Technology from the Oregon Institute of Technology, a MS in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona, and a Doctorate in Bio-Engineering degree from Rice University.

Marcel Karolys


Mr. Karolys is the Global Sales Manager of Honeywell Rebellion. In his role, he is responsible for the sales and growth of Rebellion Gas Cloud Imaging and ThermoRebellion. With more than three decades in the Digital Transformation, general and Oil and Gas Industry. Marcel has held a variety of executive and sales roles leading global sales teams in multi-industry markets. Prior to Honeywell, Marcel worked in the Oil & Gas segment specializing in Multiphase Pumping Technology, Automation, and Advanced Process Control. He also led several Sales and Marketing leadership roles in the Handheld Computer, Portables, Electrical Manufacturing and Oilfield Supply and Services markets.

Marcel earned his B.S. in Technology from the University of Houston and an M.B.A. from Kennedy Western University.

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Mr. Banschbach has worked in the gas processing and marketing business for 40 years, initially for a major oil company (Atlantic Richfield) and over the last 20 years representing numerous small to mid-size independent oil and gas companies in negotiations with gas processors and NGL and crude buyers. His primary efforts are to evaluate competing offers from gas processors for newly drilled wells, to negotiate new and re-negotiate existing gas processing contracts, to audit gas processor statements for accuracy and to market the commodities of natural gas, crude and NGLs. He has a Chemical Engineering degree from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, and holds a Board of Director position for Mexco Energy and various charitable organizations.

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Mark Patton is President of Hydrozonix. Mark has over 25 years’ experience in the development, design, implementation and operation of treatment technologies both nationally and internationally. Mark’s oil and gas experience includes treatment systems for waters, wastewaters, drilling muds, tank bottoms and process residuals. Mark holds 5 produced water patents with three additional patents pending. Mark directed the restructuring of Hydrozonix in 2017 to develop new technologies specifically for the oil and gas industry. As a result, Frost and Sullivan recognized Hydrozonix in 2019 for Competitive Strategy, Innovation and Leadership by awarding them in the category of Water Quality Management. Additionally, World Oil Magazine also recognized Hydrozonix for Best Water Management Technology in 2019.

Mark earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1985.

Closing Reception, Networking & Veteran's Charity Happy Hour

Join us for our cocktail hour. Enjoy networking with industry professionals. Register now to show support as we raise money for our local Veterans.

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