PRESS RELEASE: RPSEA Selects First Round of Projects to Award $9.6 Million for the Ultra-Deepwater Program

The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) announces five proposals under the Ultra-Deepwater Program have been selected for negotiations leading to an award under its contract with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory and in support of the Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research and Development Program that was established pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This is the first of two rounds announced for the 2010 Ultra-Deepwater Program selections.

Awards, open to any U.S.-based organization, are negotiated once project selections are made within each RPSEA program, Unconventional Resources, Small Producer and Ultra-Deepwater.  These projects focus on improving safety, minimizing environmental impacts, increasing efficiencies and reducing costs of domestic hydrocarbon resources, maximizing their value. Collaboration of America’s leading universities, research institutions, independents, national laboratories, state associations, service and operating companies is encouraged to utilize each of their research and technology resources. Proposals must provide a minimum of 20% cost share with up to 50% for field demonstration projects. 

"The 2010 Ultra-Deepwater Program selections add to the current 41 program projects to form the foundation of a strong, interconnected assembly of tools and processes that will ultimately close the technological gaps in this challenging, but needed environment," said RPSEA Vice President, Ultra-Deepwater Program James Pappas. “The program goal is to unlock the potential for domestic hydrocarbon resources in water depths of 1,500 meters or greater by creating safe and environmentally sound solutions to energy needs.”

2010 ULTRA-DEEPWATER Program Selected Projects

More Improvements to Deepwater Subsea Measurement
Project Leader: Letton-Hall Group
Additional Project Participants: Oceaneering International, Inc./Deepwater Technical Solutions; Joe Brown Company, Inc.; BP America, Inc.; Chevron Corporation; ConocoPhillips Company; Shell International Exploration & Production; Statoil; TOTAL E&P USA, Inc.

Coil Tubing Drilling and Intervention System Using Cost Effective Vessel
Project Leader: Nautilus International, LLC
Additional Project Participants: INTECSEA/WorleyParsons Group; General Marine Contractors, LLC; NOV CTES; Tidewater, Inc.; GE VetcoGray; Anadarko Petroleum Corporation; Chevron Corporation; Shell International Exploration & Production; ConocoPhillips Company; Hess Corporation; Halliburton; Baker Hughes Incorporated; Rolls-Royce plc

Effect of Climate Variability and Change in Hurricane Activity in the North Atlantic
Project Leader: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Additional Project Participants: Willis Re; Chevron Corporation

Deepwater Reverse-Circulation Primary Cementing
Project Leader: CSI Technologies, LLC
Additional Project Participants: Weatherford International, Ltd., University of Houston

Autonomous Underwater Inspection Using a 3D Laser
Project Leader: Lockheed Martin Corporation
Additional Project Participants: 3D at Depth, LLC


Funding for the projects is provided through the Department of Energy’s Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research and Development Program established pursuant to 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 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 Secretary of Energy has ultimate responsibility for and oversight of all aspects of this program. RPSEA is under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory to administer three elements of the program. RPSEA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit consortium with more than 170 members, including 22 of the nation's premier research universities, six 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

Danette Mozisek
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