Technology Impacts on Global Energy Supplies

Event Date: April 21, 2011
Speaker: Mr. Charles Davidson (BS 1972)
Speaker Affiliation: Chairman/CEO

Noble Energy, Inc.
Sponsor: Centennial Seminar
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: FRNY G140


From deepwater basins far offshore to the heart of legacy producing fields, new supplies of oil and gas are being identified and developed. Perhaps this is best exemplified by the recent evolution of shale gas in the United States which has helped to grow our natural gas resources to an estimated 100 years of supply, virtually eliminating the need for natural gas imports. This Centennial Seminar presentation discusses how new and evolving exploration and production technologies such as horizontal drilling, deepwater production systems and geophysics are allowing the oil and natural gas industry to efficiently meet the energy needs in the coming decades.


Charles D. "Chuck" Davidson is Noble Energy, Inc.'s chairman, and chief executive officer. Noble Energy is a leading independent energy company which has been engaged in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas since 1932. Noble Energy's operations include significant producing assets in the United States as well as in China, Equatorial Guinea, Israel, and the North Sea. Noble Energy has been publicly traded since 1972 and is currently a member of the S&P 500 index.

Before joining Noble Energy, Chuck was chairman, president and chief executive of Vastar Resources, Inc., a publicly owned subsidiary of ARCO, which merged with BP in 2000. In total, he has nearly 40 years of energy industry experience.

Chuck has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University (1972) and a master's degree in management from the University of Texas in Dallas (1981).

He is a member in numerous professional and industry trade organizations as well as being involved with several Houston community organizations.