SUGAR LAND, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) is pleased to announce a strong response to the two initial FY2007 Requests for Proposals (RFPs) issued under the Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research and Development Program. RPSEA is under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to administer this program which is authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The two initial RFPs, which were for RPSEA’s Unconventional Onshore Program and Small Producer Program, were released on October 17, 2007, with responses due December 3, 2007. Proposals received are well in excess of the available funding for both programs. A total of 50 proposals were received in response to the $13.9 million Unconventional Onshore Program which focuses on gas shales, coal bed methane produced water, and tight gas sands. A total of 17 proposals were received in response to the $3.2 million Small Producer Program, which focuses on advancing technology for mature fields.
"The strong response to these RFP’s reflects the intense interest of industry and academia in partnering with the government to enhance energy security by developing new technologies to increase domestic energy supplies, and provides industry backed support for the academic and research community to develop the next generation of energy technologists," said RPSEA President C. Michael Ming. The proposals came from universities, national labs, non profit research entities, and industry with substantial industry cost share support. The number of proposals and the industry cost share support of this unique public/private partnership confirm the potential for effective public policy to mobilize the research community in concert with the private sector and build on the experience of DOE’s past efforts to address the critical energy needs of the United States. Two additional groups of RFPs for RPSEA’s Ultra-Deepwater program which have also been issued have due dates of December 27, 2007 and January 28, 2008.
The 2006 Energy Information Administration (EIA) proved reserve numbers for U.S. natural gas are 211 trillion cubic feet (1 TCF = 1 quad) which is the eighth straight year of reserve growth. This number is approximately equal to U.S. proved reserves in 1979 despite the production of over 500 TCF between 1979 and 2006. This reserve growth performance is in part attributable to DOE’s ongoing technology development program and past collaborative research and development partnerships between DOE and the natural gas industry. U.S. consumers use approximately 22 TCF per year. The Potential Gas Committee recently released its 2006 report which estimates the total U.S. potential natural gas resource base to be 1,525 TCF, nearly a 70-year supply at current consumption. Converting this resource base into producing reserves will require the continued development of the advanced technologies and processes proposed by the spectrum of researchers participating in the RPSEA program to provide abundant and affordable energy supplies for the U.S.
RPSEA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit consortium competitively selected in May 2006 by the U.S. DOE to manage the Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources program authorized by Subtitle J, Section 999 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Section 999 is a ten-year program that provides $50 million per year from a royalty trust fund for the research, development, demonstration, and commercialization of technologies to maximize the value of natural gas and other petroleum resources of the United States, by increasing the supply of such resources, through reducing the cost and increasing the efficiency of exploration for and production of such resources, while improving safety and minimizing environmental impacts. The royalty trust fund is funded by federal land lease bonus sales and production royalties paid by the natural gas and oil industry. This public benefits program is designed to increase supply and reduce costs to consumers while enhancing the global leadership position of the United States in energy technology through the development of domestic intellectual capital.
RPSEA, which is headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas, is a membership organization composed of 130 leading U.S. energy entities. RPSEA’s mission is to provide a stewardship role in ensuring the focused research, development and deployment of safe and environmentally responsible technology that can effectively deliver hydrocarbons from domestic resources to the citizens of the United States. Founded in 2002, it uses a collaborative approach with industry, government, non-government organizations, academia, national laboratories, federally funded research and development centers and independent research groups. Additional information about RPSEA, the Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research and Development Program and other RPSEA solicitations can be found at http://www.rpsea.org/en/cms/?43.
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