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RPSEA Releases Oil & Gas Technology Roadmap

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:29:00 -0600

RPSEA Releases Oil & Gas Technology RoadmapPlan Outlines Challenges and Research Need for U.S. Industry for the Next Decade   January 16, 2018   Houston, TX – RPSEA has released its Technology Roadmap, a plan that outlines the challenges and research needs of the U.S. onshore and offshore oil and gas industry for the coming decade. It takes advantage of RPSEA’s extensive network leading subject matter experts in looking at challenges best addressed through investments in R&D, providing value in terms of energy security, jobs and the economy while improving safety and environmental performance for the next decade.  The plan, entitled, “Keeping it going for the long haul – the easy stuff is gone”, provides a roadmap as to the R&D opportunities that will allow the U.S. to continue to be the leading producer of oil and gas and natural gas into the future. It includes: Technologies that will improve safety and environmental performance; Onshore emerging and developing shale plays; Offshore satellite fields; and Improved recovery for onshore and offshore reservoirs.   “No one knows what the energy industry will look like in the next ten years, but we do know in order to maintain our leadership position, the United States must compete on a global basis, take full advantage of rapidly evolving technology and address the variety of challenges we will face,” said Tom Williams, RPSEA President. The Technology Roadmap is evolutionary, building upon the foundation of RPSEA’s successful program the past 10 years working with the industry, academia, and the Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The rapid transfer and application of new ideas and results will be facilitated by the continuing involvement of producers and service companies in the planning and execution of the research program.  The emphasis on safety and environmental sensitivity reflected in this plan will require more direct involvement and communication with the regulatory agencies and the environmental community. “The safe and environmentally sensitive delivery of secure domestic hydrocarbon resources to the citizens of the United States is not the only outcome of the research conducted under this program” said Williams. “While the U. S. is currently a leader in terms of the development of oil and gas (in particular, the onshore unconventional shale resources), other nations are beginning to see these resources as an important component of a plan to move toward a lower-carbon, sustainable energy mix.  While development of these resources in the U.S. directly yields thousands of high-paying domestic jobs, research efforts funded by RPSEA’s program are helping to keep U.S. companies and universities in the forefront of energy technology worldwide.”   This PLAN was developed through member and key stakeholder involvement, RPSEA conducted surveys, focused program advisory meetings, and meetings with industry leaders.  RPSEA also asked leaders to identify the grand technical challenges, then identifying target enabling technology needs, and the R&D required to develop technologies. The PLAN also incorporates information from publications, presentations and reports from technical organizations, government, science and industry associations.  About RPSEA Founded in 2002, RPSEA is a unique 501(c)(3) non-profit, national consortium that provides focused research and development to deploy safe and environmentally sensitive technology that can deliver hydrocarbons from domestic resources to the citizens of the United States.  Its membership consists of nine of the nation’s premier research universities, five national laboratories, other major research institutions, large and small energy producers, and energy consumers. Contact: Jack Belcher HBW Resources, LLC(832) 248-2914 Kristin Marcell SmartMark Communications (215) 504-4272  [...]

RPSEA to Initiate Study to Determine Emissions Profile of Marginal Wells

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:00:00 -0500

RPSEA to Initiate Study to Determine Emissions Profile of Marginal Wells

New Data Needed to Replace Modeled Data Used by EPA in Developing Methane Rule 

HOUSTON, TX – August 21, 2017 –  The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) is initiating a joint industry project with U.S. oil and gas industry partners to conduct and manage a real-world survey that will determine the precise levels of methane emitting from marginal wells in the U.S.

RPSEA officials say the survey is needed to demonstrate if the contribution of methane emissions from marginal oil and gas wells are much lower than what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined and used when it updated its New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) under former President Barack Obama.

As part of that rule, the EPA did not provide an expected exemption of marginal wells from Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) requirements, RPSEA says, consequently adding a significant economic burden to oil and gas producers, particularly those which are independent or smaller.

The need to complete this research, RPSEA says, was brought to light after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit this month ordered the EPA to lift a stay on the rule, reversing a Trump administration order to delay its implementation.

“The data that EPA used to develop this rule were assumptions, with limited accurate and defensible data from marginal wells to base this ruling,” said RPSEA President Tom Williams. “It is absolutely imperative that we provide EPA with data that shows the accurate methane emissions contributions made by marginal wells.”

The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and U.S. Oil and Gas Association (USOGA) support the proposed study and RPSEA will be working with their members, plus state and regional associations and member companies of both organizations, to conduct it. Work will commence when adequate funding is secured. Parties interested in participating or learning more should visit the RPSEA website or contact Business Development Program Director Jack Belcher at the number below.

RPSEA has previously funded several projects on air emissions and is teaming up Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), GSI Environmental Inc. and advisory teams from academia, industry and state and federal governments to perform this research and other RPSEA members to assure there will be broad local presence and expertise in the various regions of the study. 

Marginal oil wells are those with an average production of no more than 15 barrels per day, those producing heavy oil or those wells producing not less than 95 percent water, with average production of not more than 25 barrels per day of oil. Marginal gas wells are those producing not more than 90 Mcf a day. There are more than 1.1 million oil and natural gas wells in the U.S., accounting for up to 20 percent of the U.S. oil production and about 13 percent of the U.S. natural gas production.


Founded in 2002, RPSEA is a unique 501(c)(3) non-profit, national consortium that provides focused research and development to deploy safe and environmentally sensitive technology that can deliver hydrocarbons from domestic resources to the citizens of the United States.  Its membership consists of nine of the nation’s premier research universities, five national laboratories, other major research institutions, large and small energy producers, and energy consumers.




Jack Belcher
(832) 248-2914

RPSEA and SEAM Sign MOU to Partner on Future Cutting-Edge Energy Research

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:27:00 -0500

Houston – The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) and the SEG Advanced Modeling Corporation (SEAM), a subsidiary of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to combine resources and jointly pursue research projects that will benefit their constituents, including the energy industry and public sectors.


By working together, the groups will address some of the greatest challenges facing the U.S. oil and gas industry. Projects of mutual interest might include Life of Field Subsurface Simulation, or the modeling of Unconventional Resources, CO2 Sequestration, groundwater or gas storage. Both parties have strong track records for managing research that focuses on meeting the challenges to the energy industry. The MOU provides them with a platform to pursue opportunities jointly.


“RPSEA is excited to execute this MOU with SEAM,” RPSEA President Tom Williams said. “We already have a solid relationship with SEAM and this provides us with a great opportunity to pursue critical research. RPSEA’s combination of oil and gas producers, service companies and research universities – coupled with SEAM’s members, technology, and modeling capabilities – create a remarkable combination of resources that can be applied to complex research resulting in valuable insights and solutions to some of our biggest challenges.” 


“SEAM is very pleased to have formalized a broader collaboration with RPSEA,” SEAM Chairman Dr. Leon Thomsen said. “This MOU builds on recent project successes and will create a platform for both organizations to access broader stakeholder participation going forward. We believe this more pervasive engagement will drive better research supported by more powerful and realistic models.”


Other elements of the MOU include:


  • Reciprocal observation status on subcommittees
  • An annual steering committee meeting comprised of each organization’s executive committee members
  • Reciprocal participation in meetings, workshops and events
  • Joint publicizing of joint projects
  • Joint delivery of workshops and forums



Founded in 2002, RPSEA is a unique 501(c)(3) non-profit, national consortium that provides focused research and development to deploy safe and environmentally sensitive technology that can deliver hydrocarbons from domestic resources to the citizens of the United States.  Its membership consists of nine of the nation’s premier research universities, five national laboratories, other major research institutions, large and small energy producers, and energy consumers.

About SEAM

The SEG Advanced Modeling Corporation (SEAM) is an industrial consortium dedicated to large-scale leading-edge geophysical numerical modeling, established in 2007 as a not-for-profit organization, and subsidiary and research arm of the Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG). SEAM projects are funded by specific fixed term commitments from the participants, who in turn drive the modeling scope and deliverables.   SEAM projects provide the geoscience community with integrated subsurface models and simulated geophysical data at a level of complexity and size that cannot be practicably computed by any single company, and that yield key insights at the nexus of subsurface reality and remote sensing observations. 

RPSEA Provides Department of Energy Benefits of 10 Year Oil & Gas Research Program

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:37:00 -0600

Houston — More than 170 projects managed by the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) generated over $150 billion in direct economic value from jobs, royalties and revenue, and yielded over $40 billion in environmental damage mitigation, the organization announced today. The economic findings were outlined in a report provided by RPSEA to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of its Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research Program, established pursuant to Title XI, Subtitle J, Section 999 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct).

RPSEA conducted the research in three program areas: ultra-deepwater architecture and technology, unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resources exploration and production technology and technology challenges of small producers. Within the three research areas, RPSEA successfully managed 170-plus projects utilizing $350 million for the DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

The projects, several of which are already commercial, have resulted in improved safety, reduced environmental risk and increased energy security, RPSEA President Tom Williams said.

“We are very proud of the success that RPSEA has achieved in providing commercially applicable technology enhancements to improve safety, environmental performance and overall productivity,” Williams said. “RPSEA’s work has provided the nation with tremendous results with return on investment that helped the U.S. become the global leader in oil production."

Williams added: “Our report documents the most successful public-private partnership for oil and gas research and development in the U.S. and lays the foundation for future endeavors to build upon this success. As RPSEA moves into the next phase of this partnership, we are well-positioned to tackle the greatest challenges facing the oil and gas industry and ensure the U.S. will have a vibrant commercial energy future for years to come.”

RSPEA’s final report identified several areas where additional research can result in significant positive impacts on U.S. oil and gas exploration and production. Onshore projects may include:

  • Cost-effective treatment of produced water
  • Reducing emissions from operation using power from stranded and flared natural gas
  • Identifying and developing residual oil zones
  • Addressing induced seismicity
  • Improving drilling safety
  • Real time data management
  • Improving recovery factors

Offshore projects, meanwhile, may address:

  • Improved safety technology
  • Reservoir characterization and IOR technologies
  • Inspection technologies for infrastructure and facilities
  • Riser life-cycle management systems
  • Improvements in subsea flow assurance measurements and smart cementing
  • Drilling fluids

GE and Baker Hughes Combine Oil and Gas Business

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:20:00 -0500

General Electric, Inc. announced on Monday that they are combining their oil and gas business with Baker Hughes, Inc. The "new" Baker Hughes will combine GE's technology expertise and Baker Hughes' oilfield services to provide the best "physical and digital technology solutions for customer productivity." The new Baker Hughes will operate in 120 countries and has $32 billion in combined revenue. The new company is positioned to grow in any market and provide technical innovation and service execution with an expanded digital framework and oilfield service platform. GE will own 62.5% of the new company and Baker Hughes shareholders will own 37.5% of the new company. GE will contribute $7.4 billion to fund the one-time cash dividend of $17.50 to Baker Hughes shareholders. GE shareholders will benefit from a broader based, competitive business. The company will be called “the new Baker Hughes”. 

Lease Sale for Offshore New York Wind Energy Announced

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:20:00 -0500

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced on October 27 that the lease sale for 125 sq miles of Federal Waters offshore New York will be opened on December 15th. The lease sale will promote development of wind energy, part of President Obama’s efforts to increase jobs in renewable energy. Fourteen companies are qualified to participate in the lease sale. Previously 11 commercial leases off the east coast for wind energy have generated $16 million. 

Oil and Gas Workers Split Vote

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0500

A recent Reuters poll shows that U.S. oil and gas workers are contributing only slightly more to the Clinton campaign for president that the Trump campaign and are likely to split their votes on election day. The two candidates have widely different energy policies, but neither side appears to have attracted a strong following from people in the oil and gas industry. Trump calls for drastic reductions in regulations on drilling, and Clinton calls for tougher environmental protection and more use of renewable resources. Dave McCurdy, head of the American Gas Association (AGA) said, "I am moved by the disturbing nature of what I see in Trump's vision for America on trade, the economy and national security." He noted that he agreed with Clinton on reducing carbon dioxide emissions and felt natural gas would be significant in that effort. AGA has not endorsed either candidate.

Schlumberger Forecasts Oil Recovery

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0500

On Friday in a post-earnings call, Schlumberger announced that they see early signs of recovery in drilling operations for most of the world. Chief Executive, Paal Kibsgaard, said "The only place where we don't see any signs of recovery at this stage is in Asia." Schlumberger Ltd is the world’s largest oil field service provider. Kibsgaard said they expect solid growth in the Middle East and Russia in 2017 and see some increased activity in Latin America, Europe and Africa.

Rig Count Continues to Rise

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0500

The Baker Hughes rig count report shows that the U.S. rig count continues to rise after 17 weeks with no declines. Last week was the 2n best week with 11 new oil rigs going on line. The U.S. rig count is now up to 443. The count is still way below the 2014 high of 1609, but with oil prices over $50, U.S. operators are optimistic. Since May 2016, 127 rigs have been added across the U.S.

Former Greenpeace Leader Defends Fracking

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:46:00 -0500

Stephen Tindale, the executive director of Greenpeace U.K from 2000 to 2005, had come out with a statement that hydraulic fracturing is needed to help fight global warming.  He noted that natural gas extracted by fracking cuts “greenhouse gas emissions by reducing reliance on coal.” These statements put him in conflict with Greenpeace activists, who are opposed to fracing and energy development. Tindale said, “As a lifelong champion of the Green cause, I’m convinced that fracking is not the problem but a central part of the answer.” Tindale applauded Great Britain’s recent approval of a shale gas project in Lancashire. Tindale is currently heads an environmental think-tank group, Climate Answers.

Fiber Containing Sweep Fluids for Ultra-Deepwater Drilling Applications

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 23:06:07 -0500

The University of Oklahoma - Principal Investigator:  Dr. Ramadan Ahmed

Objective:  The project objectives are to improve the understanding of (drilling fluid) fiber sweeps, develop fiber sweep systems that improve hole cleaning in UDW drilling operations, minimize hole cleaning related problems, develop models and correlations to predict fiber sweep performance and optimization, recommend fiber sweep best practices, reduce drilling costs and improve operational safety, and develop sweep technology that minimizes the impacts of drilling on the natural environment. The study will deliver formulations of stable fiber containing sweep fluids, an experimental database describing hole cleaning performance of fiber sweeps, correlations and mathematical models that are useful for designing and optimizing fiber sweep applications, and recommendations and guidelines for field operations.
Period of Performance:  January 5, 2010 to January 4, 2012
NETL Fact Sheet

Enumerating Bacteria in Deepwater Pipelines in Real-Time and at a Negligible Marginal Cost per Analysis: A Proof of Concept Study

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 23:00:58 -0500

Livermore Instruments Inc. - Principal Investigator:  Dr. David P. Fergenson

Objective:  The objective of the project is to provide improved evaluation technology for identifying microbially‐influenced corrosion caused by bacteria producing iron sulfides that accumulate and block pipelines. Livermore Instruments will develop BioAerosol Mass Spectrometry (BAMS) technology to provide real time bioassays and conduct a laboratory demonstration of the enumeration and quantification of sulfate‐reducing bacteria (SRB) in real time, and determine the threshold application of sodium hypochlorite required to neutralize SRB in vitro.
Period of Performance:  January 25, 2010 to July 31, 2011
NETL Fact Sheet

Replacing Chemical Biocides with Targeted Bacteriophages in Deepwater Pipelines and Reservoirs

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 22:57:10 -0500

Phage Biocontrol, LLC. - Principal Investigator:  Dr. Neil Summer

Objective:  The objective of the project is to evaluate the use of bacteriophage, or phage, the natural viral predators of bacteria, in a focused approach to reduce the agents of microbially influenced corrosion of from the production wellhead to the refinery including pipelines. Phage are highly specific to their target bacteria and are harmless to any other cells, or non‐targeted bacteria. Phage targeting problem bacteria can be injected at the head of the pipeline for long term biological control, thus reducing the environmental impact by negating the use of biocides for bacteria control.
Period of Performance:  January 21, 2010 to February 21, 2012
NETL Fact Sheet

Wireless Subsea Communications Systems (08121-2902-03)

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 22:53:38 -0500

GE Global Research - Principal Investigator:  Dan Sexton

Objective:  This project will explore the limits and capacity of wireless communications for subsea operations using radio frequency (RF) conduction, which is proven to work over short ranges and various conditions through seawater at relatively high data rates. Recent advances in modulation and channel coding should allow communications through conduction to be highly robust and viable without the limitations of other more commonly used techniques. The goal is to show that RF conduction presents a viable mechanism for communications through saltwater. It involves optimizing the transmitter and receiver design and placement as a function of channel used, and testing and verifying data collection to determine performance characteristics.
Period of Performance:  January 22, 2010 to December 30, 2011 
NETL Fact Sheet

Technologies of the Future for Pipeline Monitoring and Inspection

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 22:49:29 -0500

The University of Tulsa - Principal Investigator:  Dr. Michael Volk, Jr.

Objective:  The objective of the University of Tulsa project is to provide a system for monitoring and maintaining deepwater pipelines which would predict and allow proactive measures to be taken to avoid the problems associated with pipeline fouling or plugging or other deleterious conditions in the pipeline. Preferred technologies to be recommended would be lower cost conventional technologies and those with improved safety or data quality that would reduce risks of plugging flow lines.
Period of Performance:  December 2, 2009 to December 1, 2011
NETL Fact Sheet

Ultra-Reliable Deepwater Electrical Power Distribution System and Power Components

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 22:46:17 -0500

GE Global Research - Principal Investigator:  Dr. Rajib Datta

Objective: The project goal is to design an electrical power transmission and distribution (T&D) system that will enable subsea oil and gas production for a deepwater field development scenario; it includes designing, building, and qualifying critical components in a system demonstration to advance their Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs). In Phase I, the Modular Stacked Direct Current (MSDC) system will be assessed against existing subsea T&D solutions, and critical building block components to enable the technology will be identified. In Phase II, four components will be designed, developed, and qualification tested using a demonstration system.
Period of Performance:  November 24, 2009 to November 23, 2012
NETL Fact Sheet

Advanced Steady-State and Transient, Three-Dimensional, Single and Multiphase, Non-Newtonian Simulation System for Managed Pressure Drilling

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 22:42:10 -0500

Stratamagnetic Software, LLC – Principal Investigator:  Wilson C. Chin

Objective:  Fully predictive accurate pressure profiling methods along general well paths will be developed by solving rigorous mathematical models that do not bear the limitations of ad hoc assumptions implicit in mean hydraulic radius, slot flow, multiphase empirical correlation and like approaches. The project objective is to bring state-of-the art models that exceed commercial capabilities and their newer counterparts to Managed Pressure Drilling planning to provide an integrated software platform for the entire circulation system that will set new industry standards.
Period of Performance:  October 19, 2009 to April 18, 2011 
NETL Fact Sheet


Early Reservoir Appraisal, Utilizing a Well Testing System

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 22:34:18 -0500

Nautilus International, LLC - Principal Investigator:  Keith Millheim

Objective:  This project will define appropriate cost-effective systems for testing deepwater reservoirs to avoid the use of expensive production and storage facilities or Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs). It  will build a database on deepwater GOM reservoirs, the tests to be conducted, equipment for testing, and provide software written specifically to assess alternative equipment and estimate costs for conducting specific tests. The project team will review eight alternative approaches, determine their Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs), identify technology gaps, and prepare a conceptual design for a practical, effective, low cost system. The team will also evaluate the various GOM deepwater reservoirs to identify well testing facilities capabilities required to achieve a successful reservoir tests.
Period of Performance:  October 20, 2009 to March 31, 2011
NETL Fact Sheet


Riserless Interventions System (RIS)

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 20:42:58 -0500

DTC International, Inc. - Principal Investigator:  Bill Parks

Objective:  The objectives of this project are to develop a Deepwater Riserless Intervention System (RIS) capable of conducting typical wireline interventions in water depths up to 10,000 feet, progress the design, establish the cost of conducting a typical wireline intervention using the RIS, verify the anticipated cost savings, develop a business case for commercialization, develop the RIS as part of a fully integrated Subsea Well Intervention System (SWIS) capable of conducting both riser—based and riserless Interventions, increase the maximum water depth rating to 12,000 feet and maximum pressure rating to 15,000 psi (with  potential upgrading to 20,000 psi) and maximum temperature rating to 300 °F (with potential upgrading to 350 °F), eliminate all down-lines from the intervention vessel except for the ROV deployment cable and all connections between the RIS and the intervention vessel and ROV, develop standardized interfaces between the RIS and subsea trees and offer these standardized interfaces to the subsea industry for adoption by the operators and/or standardization societies, and develop a business case for a SWIS “Tool Pool” including the RIS.
Period of Performance:  January 6, 2010 to April 6, 2012
NETL Fact Sheet

New Safety Barrier Testing Methods

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 20:15:40 -0500

Southwest Research Institute - Principal Investigator:  Shane P. Siebenaler

Objective:  The objective of the Southwest Research Institute project is to provide a more efficient program to monitor performance and leak detection in the ultra-deepwater community related to temperature and pressure differences, and to demonstrate more efficient and effective means of evaluating safety barriers critical to production operations. The modeling program is designed is to determine if complex well parameters can be reduced down to several easier-to-track features, such as time required to differentiate pressure changes due to leaks.
Period of Performance:  January 19, 2010 to May 19, 2011
NETL Fact Sheet

The Future Best Practices for Extraction Industries in a Lower Carbon Environment

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:50:51 -0600

This forum addresses practical aspects of how the fossil fuel industry should operate in the coming decades based on two key assumptions/ goals. First, availability to energy increases prosperity and well being of the population as a whole and our industry should strive to furnish it. The second is that policies that restrict any manner of alteration to local or global environments are likely to become more prevalent as technology allows both more detailed measurements and various media allow dissemination of both information and disinformation.

The Next 100 Years of Global Energy Use: Resources, Impacts and Economics

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:48:19 -0600

This forum, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, addresses the future challenges of the oil and gas industry to supply the world’s increasing energy needs without compromising global environmental concerns with continued use of fossil fuels. A diverse panel of distinguished speakers will engage in a sobering discussion of the global challenges in transitioning to low carbon energy future.


Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:08:44 -0600

SPE Reservoir Simulation Conference

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:22:52 -0600


SPE North America Student Symposium

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:21:02 -0600


DUG Rockies

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:17:52 -0600


Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference & Exhibition

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:14:35 -0600


Use of Surface Geochemistry in Petroleum Exploration

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:09:31 -0600


Energy Day Festival 2016

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:26:27 -0500

Energy Day Festival 2016 is only a few days away, so make plans to be Downtown at Sam Houston Park. Come out and enjoy the cooler October weather and experience FREE educational fun!  See last year’s video, and help us spread the word, and forward our newsletter to everyone you know who is interested in STEM education. Also, like us on Facebook for more fun STEM information.  


Wed, 13 Jul 2016 01:30:07 -0500

Talon International Inc

Tue, 24 May 2016 01:28:14 -0500

Subsea Engineering Technologies, LLC

Tue, 24 May 2016 01:27:20 -0500

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc.

Tue, 24 May 2016 01:26:35 -0500

Clearview Subsea LLC

Tue, 24 May 2016 01:25:19 -0500

Doris, Inc.

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 22:21:08 -0600

PowerIn, LLC

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 00:08:57 -0600

Quest Integrity Group, LLC

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 00:07:02 -0600

Northwestern University

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 23:50:41 -0600

Hart Energy

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 23:48:35 -0600

2016 Onshore Technology Workshop - Canonsburg

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:12:50 -0500

2016 Onshore Technology Workshop - Canonsburg

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:12:48 -0500

2016 Onshore Technology Workshop - Denver

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:34:39 -0500

2016 Onshore Technology Workshop - Denver

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:34:34 -0500

Subsea Produced Water Sensor Development

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:15:24 -0500

To develop and design Subsea water quality monitoring sensors to measure the quality of produced water separated at the Sea-floor. The sensors will also offer an improved failsafe system as well as for controls of Subsea production equipment. These sensors will be capable of determining if the level of contamination is below, at, or above the permitted level, and then be able to give signals to shut down operations or to divert all of the production fluids to a topside facility. The project developed Subsea produced water (PW) sensors to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3.



Pressure Prediction and Hazard Avoidance through Improved Seismic Imaging

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:13:15 -0500

The objectives of this project was to (1) Deliver a benchmark simulated seismic dataset that will be used by industry and academic research institutes to investigate improved approaches for prediction of shallow hazards and deep over-pressured reservoirs; and 2) Reduce drilling risk – both safety and environmental – through improved pre-drill pressure prediction methodologies that are derived from iterative interpretations of the simulated dataset. 

The project evaluated and advanced current methodologies for pre‐drill pressure prediction from seismic data in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. An industry research consortium will be established to provide a collaborative forum where industry experts will prioritize current challenges in the use of seismic velocity (and other seismic attributes) to construct pore pressure and hazards forecasts for well planning. The existing SEAM Deepwater Subsalt earth model will be modified to incorporate these challenges. A seismic acquisition plan will be designed that can evaluate the potential for current and future acquisition and processing techniques to provide improved estimates of abnormal pressure regimes. This seismic dataset will be developed through advanced computer simulation. The resultant benchmark dataset(s) is available to industry and academia for quantifying risk and uncertainty associated with velocity models derived from current and future state‐of‐the‐art in seismic acquisition, processing and imaging. A proposed methodology will be developed, with recommendations for further research, for assessing risk and uncertainty in pressure prediction from seismic. 



Reconciling top-down and bottom-up greenhouse gas and air pollutant emission estimates from unconventional gas development in the Denver-Julesburg Basin

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:17:31 -0500

The objective of the project is to provide the scientific and industrial communities with a tested, standardized research protocol for estimating methane emissions from onshore oil and gas systems in a given natural gas production basin anywhere in the continental US. This protocol shall include advancements in both bottom-up and top-down components, aiming to reconcile potential differences between results from the two approaches. Reconciliation is defined as reducing the gap observed in prior studies between inventories and measurements with the goal of achieving the closest agreement possible considering relevant uncertainty analysis for each approach.


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Development of Advanced CFD Tools for the Enhanced Prediction of Explosion Pressure Development and Deflagration Risk on Drilling and Production Facilities

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:15:14 -0500

The objective of the project was to provide oil and gas companies operating in the GOM with the tools necessary to design “inherently safer” offshore facilities that can survive gas explosion incidents and prevent escalation. This project enhanced and validated the capabilities of the industry-standard explosion modeling CFD software, FLACS, to aid in reducing the HS&E-related incidents in the GOM. The project has improved and adapted the capabilities of FLACS to predict MCE early in the design phase of GOM UDW drilling and production facilities and provide the information necessary to design facilities to minimize the consequences of explosion incidents. The project was divided into two phases. In Phase 1, the FLACS DDT onset prediction capability was validated for scales and geometries relevant to GOM UDW structures through a series of large-scale experiments to provide data for model validation of FLACS. In Phase 2 an anticipated congestion methodology (ACM) was developed for GOM offshore drilling and production facilities.


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Methodology and Algorithm Development for the Evaluation of Ultra-Deepwater or Arctic Floating Platform Performance under Hazardous Sea Conditions

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:24:09 -0500

The objective of this project was to improve the overall safety of ultra-deepwater or arctic floating platforms by implementing nonlinear effects in a state of the art software code that could be used by the industry. Better understanding of the effects of nonlinearity on floating platforms through research and development would inherently decrease the risks associated with implementing ultra-deepwater or arctic design projects.  The objective was met through the development of a methodology and associated algorithms for the evaluation of ultra-deepwater floating platform performance under hazardous sea conditions. Numerical tools were developed and implemented for the computation of ultra-deepwater floating platform performance and safety for the extreme ocean conditions. 


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Reliability of Annular Pressure Buildup (APB) Mitigation Technologies

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:50:48 -0500

Annular Pressure Buildup (APB) occurs in all wells with high bottom hole temperature, multiple casing strings and annuli that cannot be vented --- which includes most deepwater Gulf of Mexico wells.  APB can result in casing string and premature well failure, unless a well is properly designed, APB risks are fully assessed for all load cases, and any necessary APB mitigation methods are evaluated, fully analyzed for effectiveness, and properly implemented.

This project  covers the RPSEA RFP requirements of analyzing APB mitigation technologies. Moreover, will provide industry with a stochastic tool for analysis, comparison, and choice of possible APB mitigation techniques applicable to an operator's well and field situation.


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Water Treatment System for Effective Acid Mine Drainage Water Use in Hydraulic Fracturing

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:48:30 -0500

The objective is to develop and field test a new water treatment system that economically processes both sulfate-rich acid mine drainage water and resulting flowback and produced waters to make them suitable for use in hydraulic fracturing. The project will develop 1) a novel ion exchange membrane and water treatment process capable of reducing sulfates to no more than 500 ppm at bench-scale influent flow rates of 1-5 gal/min, and 2) filter cartridges, skids, and system maintenance processes for the new system that generates water with sulfate concentrations of no more than 500 ppm as tested against API standard RP 45 for oil field waters, at intermediate scale influent flow rates of 10-50 gal/min. This design will be optimized so that one, non-specialized laborer can operate and maintain the system. This design will undergo field validation of the efficacy and ease of use of the new treatment process. The field tests will be conducted at drilling locations at targeted influent flow rates of 400-500 gal/min.

Reducing the Impacts of Deterioration of Cement Integrity on Small Producers

Sun, 03 Aug 2014 16:30:13 -0500

The objective of this project is to develop a new technology to control, design and characterize a superior oil well cement with unprecedented physiochemical properties. The proof-of-concept prototype will be tested against API standards to ensure technical and economic viability. This work is expected to significantly contribute to cost-efficiency and risk reduction over the productive life of the wells while improving the overall environmental safety and protection for Small Producers specifically, and unconventional and deep-water producers generally.

A Portable, Two Stage, Antifouling Hollow Fiber Membrane Nanofiltration Process for the Cost-Effective Treatment of Produced Water

Sun, 03 Aug 2014 16:28:39 -0500

The overall objective of this project is to develop and demonstrate the performance and cost-effectiveness of the portable Two-Stage, Antifouling Hollow Fiber Membrane (TS-af-HFM) nanofiltration process to convert produced water into a clean water product for a reused fluid or direct discharge.  

4D Integrated Study Using Geology, Geophysics, Reservoir Modeling & Rock Mechanics to Develop Assessment Models for Potential Induced Seismicity Risk

Sun, 03 Aug 2014 16:26:46 -0500

The objectives of this project are to understand the conditions in central Oklahoma that have increased the seismicity and potentially generated induced seismicity, via an innovative and highly integrated study of the geology, geophysics, reservoir and geo-mechanical conditions in the target area.

Notice of Intent to Award Subcontract

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:17:38 -0500

Ultra Deepwater

2012 RFP for Small Producer

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:14:08 -0500

Small Producer

2012 RFP for Unconventional Gas and Other Petroleum Resources

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:12:50 -0500

Unconventional Resources

2011RFP2011UDW002, Technical Areas of Interest 5401, 5402, 5404 and 5801

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:11:05 -0500

Ultra Deepwater

2011 RFP for Unconventional Gas and Other Petroleum Resources

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:05:55 -0500

Unconventional Resources

2011 RFP for Small Producer

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:03:41 -0500

Small Producer

2010 RFP2010UDW007, Technical Areas of Interest 4305 and 4405

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:04:02 -0500

Ultra Deepwater

2010 RFP2010UDW006, Need 2 Technical Area of Interest

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:01:45 -0500

Ultra Deepwater

Environmental Advisory Committee (EAG)

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:18:46 -0500

Technical Advisory Committee UR

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:18:12 -0500

Technical Advisory Committee UDW

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:17:46 -0500

Program Advisory Committee UR

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:16:18 -0500

Program Advisory Committee UDW

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:15:14 -0500

Program Advisory Committee SP

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:08:29 -0500

Board of Directors

Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:01:19 -0500

Executive Committee

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:53:13 -0500

  John Allen Strategic Accounts Director     Dr. Richard Bajura Director, National Research Center for Coal & Energy     David Fleischaker President & CEO of Jolen Operation Companies     Dr. Stephen Holditch Director, Texas A&M Energy Institute       Mr. Dan LeFevers Executive Director Washington Operations       Dr. Daniel Lopez President     Hani Sadek     Dr. Robert Siegfriend President     Jay Still Executive Vice President Domestic Operations       T.J. Wainerdi Special Assistant to the Provost - U.H. Energy       John Warren Legal Area Manager       Dr. Kalliat Valsaraj Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development                                     [...]

Small Producer Program Advisory Committee (PAC)

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:04:00 -0600

Proposals submitted for the Small Producer Program are evaluated by the Small Producer Advisory Committee (SPAC), consisting of representatives of small producers operating in various geographic areas, as well as academics and researchers with experience working with small producers on topics related to the program theme. In addition to technical merit, alignment with program goals and capabilities of the proposer, the SPAC considers factors such as balance among technology time scales, diversity of technical approach and the geographic distribution of resources impacted when selecting projects intended to maximize the probability of meeting program goals.

David Fleischaker

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:38:47 -0600

David Fleischaker (born 1944) is an American businessman and lawyer who served as the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy under Governor of Oklahoma Brad Henry from 2003 to 2008. Fleischaker has served as the President and CEO of Jolen Operating Company, a privately held independent oil and gas exploration and production company, since 1982.