PRESS RELEASE: RPSEA Selects Projects for the Small Producer Program


New Research Will Help Meet U.S. Energy Demand and Lower Costs for Consumers

SUGAR LAND, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) announced today that seven proposals have been selected for negotiations leading to an award under the $3.2 million RPSEA Small Producer Program. This program, which focuses on the technology challenges of small producers, targets in its 2007 Annual Plan advancing technology for mature fields.

"The selected projects will provide the technology to enable small producers to extract the maximum amount of oil and natural gas out of their existing asset base and continue to make their important contribution to the nations energy needs, said RPSEA President C. Michael Ming. The Small Producer Program is designed to bring the resources of Americas leading universities, research institutions and technology innovators to bear on the problems facing small producers trying to enhance production from mature fields. In mature fields up to two thirds of the original oil in place is often left behind, making this program especially beneficial to extract additional resources from existing surface footprints.

All awards under the RPSEA Small Producer Program are made to consortia organized for the benefit of small producers, and each proposal must provide a minimum of 20% cost share, with up to 50% for field demonstration projects.

The selected projects are:

Cost-Effective Treatment of Produced Water Using Co-Produced Energy Sources for Small Producers
Project Leader: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Additional Project Participants : Robert L. Bayless, Producer LLC and Harvard Petroleum Company, LLC
Enhancing Oil Recovery from Mature Reservoirs Using Radial-Jetted Laterals and High-Volume Progressive Cavity Pumps
Project Leader: University of Kansas
Additional Project Participants: Kansas Geological Survey and American Energies Corporation
Field Site Testing of Low Impact Oil Field Access Roads: Reducing the Footprint in Desert Ecosystems
Project Leader: Texas A&M University
Additional Project Participants: Rio Vista Bluff Ranch and Halliburton

Near Miscible CO2 Application to Improved Oil Recovery for Small Producers

Project Leader: University of Kansas
Additional Project Participants: Carmen Schmitt, Inc.
Preformed Particle Gel for Conformance Control
Project Leader: University of Missouri, Rolla
Additional Project Participants: ChemEOR Company and BJ Services
Reducing Impacts of New Pit Rules on Small Producers
Project Leader: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Addition Project Participants: Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico and New Mexico Oil Conservation Division
Seismic Stimulation to Enhance Oil Recovery
Project Leader: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Additional Project Participants: U.S. Oil & Gas Corporation and Berkeley GeoImaging Resources, LLC

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 programfunded from lease bonuses and royalties paid by industry to produce oil and gas on federal landsis 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 Energys National Energy Technology Laboratory to administer the program. RPSEA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit consortium with over 130 members, including 25 of the nation's premier research universities, 5 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.


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