SUGAR LAND, Texas (January 26, 2009) – The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) is pleased to announce it has received 92 total proposals in response to two FY2008 request for proposals (RFPs) issued under the Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research and Development Program authorized by Title IX, Subtitle J, Section 999 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
The two RFPs were for RPSEA’s Unconventional Resources and Small Producer Programs, which were released on November 11, 2008 with responses due January 12, 2009. A total of 69 proposals were received in response to the $13.9 million Unconventional Resources Program, which focuses on gas shales, coalbed methane produced water and tight gas sands. A total of 23 proposals were received in response to the $3.2 million Small Producer Program, which focuses on advancing technology for mature fields. The proposals received substantially exceed the available funding for both programs. The 92 proposals represent a 40% increase over the number of submittals to the 2007 RFPs in the initial year of the program.
"The number, topics and quality of the proposals complements well the breadth and depth of research activities underway in the 2007 program and reflects the continued strong interest of industry and academia in partnering with the government to enhance energy security by developing new technologies to increase domestic energy supplies," said RPSEA President C. Michael Ming. The proposals came from universities, national labs, nonprofit research entities, state agencies and industry, with substantial industry partnering and cost share support. Additional RFPs for RPSEA’s Ultra-Deepwater Program also have been issued with a due date of March 3, 2009.
Funding for the projects is provided through the Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research and Development Program authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This program—funded from lease bonuses and royalties paid by industry to produce oil and gas on federal lands—is specifically 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 is under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory to administer several elements of the program. RPSEA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit consortium with more than 140 members, including 25 of the nation's premier research universities, five national laboratories, other major research institutions, large and small energy producers and energy consumers. The mission of RPSEA, headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas, 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. Additional information can be found at www.rpsea.org.