PRESS RELEASE: RPSEA Selects Projects to Award $12.4 Million for the Unconventional Resources and Small Producer Programs

SUGAR LAND, Texas – August 1, 2011 – The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) announces eight proposals under the Unconventional Resources Program and three proposals under the Small Producer 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 by DOE pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  
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 Unconventional Resources Program selections add to the current 39 program projects, enabling a more effective development of clean-burning North American natural gas to help meet our nation's energy needs for many decades to come," said RPSEA President Dr. Robert Siegfried. "In order to ensure that the potential of domestic unconventional gas is realized, we must ensure that this resource can be developed in a safe and environmentally responsible fashion. Many of the projects selected in the 2010 program are oriented toward this objective.” 

Siegfried added, "The 2010 Small Producer Program selections are intended to develop technology that will allow small producing companies to maximize oil and gas extraction from their existing assets. Ensuring maximum production from currently developed fields leverages existing oil and gas infrastructure to meet the nation’s energy needs.”  

2010 Unconventional Resources Program Selected Projects

NORM Mitigation and Clean Water Recovery from Marcellus Frac Water
Project Leader: GE Global Research
Additional Project Participants: Endicott Interconnect Technologies; Inflection Energy LLC; Piceance Natural Gas, Inc.; Stearns & Wheeler, LLC

Lowering Drilling Cost, Improving Operational Safety, and Reducing Environmental Impact Through Zonal Isolation Improvements for Horizontal Wells Drilled in the Marcellus and Haynesville Shales
Project Leader: CSI Technologies, Inc.
Additional Project Participants: Chesapeake Energy Corporation; University of Houston
Development of Non-Contaminating Cryogenic Fracturing Technology for Shale and Tight Gas Reservoirs
Project Leader: Colorado School of Mines
Additional Project Participants: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Pioneer Natural Resources Company; CARBO Ceramics, Inc.
Novel Engineered Osmosis Technology: A Comprehensive Approach to the Treatment and Reuse of Produced Water and Drilling Wastewater
Project Leader: Colorado School of Mines
Additional Project Participants: Hydration Technology Innovations, LLC; Bear Creek Services, LLC; Pinnacle Operating Company, Inc.; MS Energy Services; Penn Virginia Oil & Gas Corporation
A Geomechanical Analysis of Gas Shale Fracturing and Its Containment
Project Leader: Texas A&M University
Additional Project Participants: Shell International Exploration & Production; Matador Resources; TerraTek, A Schlumberger Company; Apex HiPoint, LLC
Diagnosis of Multiple Fracture Stimulation in Horizontal Wells by Downhole Temperature Measurement for Unconventional Oil and Gas Wells
Project Leader: Texas A&M University
Additional Project Participants: Hess Corporation; Shell International Exploration & Production
Predicting Higher-Than-Average Permeability Zones in Tight-Gas Sands, Piceance Basin: An Integrated Structural and Stratigraphic Analysis
Project Leader: Colorado School of Mines
Additional Project Participants: Bill Barrett Corporation; Williams Exploration & Production
Technology Integration Program
Project Leader: Houston Advanced Research Center
2010 Small Producer Program Selected Projects

Game Changing Technology of Polymeric-Surfactants for Tertiary Oil Recovery in the Illinois Basin
Project Leader: Power Environmental Energy Research Institute (PEER Institute)
Additional Project Participants: MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company
Predicting Porosity and Saturations from Mud Logs and Drilling Information Using Artificial Intelligence with Focus on a Horizontal Well
Project Leader: Correlations Company Inc.
Additional Project Participants: Lynx Petroleum Inc.; Armstrong Energy Corporation; Read & Stevens, Inc.; Harvey E. Yates Company; New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
Identifying and Developing Technology for Enabling Small Producers to Pursue the Residual Oil Zone (ROZ) Fairways of the Permian Basin, San Andres
Project Leader: The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Additional Project Participants: Timberline Oil & Gas Corporation; Legado Resources, LLC; ER Operating Company; Tabula Rasa Energy, LLC; Kinder Morgan, Inc.; Advanced Resources International, Inc.; Applied Petroleum Technology Academy; University of Houston; Melzer Consulting; Petroleum Technology Transfer Council


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

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