Larry Hjalmarson, Energy Consultant Natural Gas and NGL Systems

March 3, 2015 10:45 – 11:35 AM WEB L104


The use of directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing in shale formations containing gas and oil has led to unprecedented increases in the recoverable gas and oil reserves in the United States and the world. The abundance of natural gas and the low cost of extraction is now being called the Golden Age of Natural Gas. Along with increasing renewable energies, natural gas is recognized as the most important energy, the fastest growing in terms of total energy increase per year. How does the natural gas industry work? What does it take to move gas from the wellhead to the burner tip? Where does a chemical engineer fit it? The presenter will answer these questions.


Larry Hjalmarson is a consultant and a retired executive with 35 years of experience in the natural gas industry. He was the vice president of safety, environmental and gas pipeline integrity for Williams Gas Pipeline and previously served as their vice president of operations. The system had 15,000 miles of pipeline crossing 20 states and transported 12% of the natural gas in the United States. He also served in various operations and engineering roles in natural gas gathering, processing and transmission in the U.S. and Venezuela. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona. He is married with two children.