Jim Sorensen

Assistant Director for Subsurface Strategies at Energy & Environmental Research Center, University of North Dakota

James A. Sorensen is Assistant Director for Subsurface Strategies at the EERC, where he is a principal investigator and task manager for projects related to the sequestration of CO2 in geologic media and the sustainable development of tight oil resources. His primary areas of interest and expertise are enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in unconventional tight oil formations, CO2 utilization and storage in geologic formations, and tight oil resource assessment and development.

Since 2003, Mr. Sorensen has focused on the value-added use of CO2 for EOR. Since 2009, he has conducted a variety of research projects to develop an improved understanding of the Bakken petroleum system, including efforts to examine the potential to use CO2 and rich gas for EOR in the Bakken. In 2011, Mr. Sorensen conducted an assessment of North American tight oil resources that was included as a section in the National Petroleum Council’s report to the U.S. Secretary of Energy on the potential of North America’s abundant natural gas and oil resources. In 2017, he led the design and execution of a pilot-scale CO2 injection test into an unconventional tight Bakken reservoir for carbon storage and EOR. In 2017, Mr. Sorensen also served as the Cochair for the Society of Petroleum Engineers Forum on Enhanced Oil Recovery in Unconventional Reservoirs. From 2014 to 2019, he served on the Science and Engineering Research Committee of the Aquistore Project, a project focused on commercial-scale demonstration of the geologic storage of CO2 captured from a coal-fired power plant in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Mr. Sorensen received his B.S. degree in Geology from UND. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, serves on the Alumni Advisory Committee of the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering at UND, and is an author or coauthor of over 30 published papers.