PRESS RELEASE: RPSEA Selects Projects to Award $8.4 Million for the Small Producer Program

The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) announces nine proposals under the Small Producer Program have been selected for negotiations leading to an award under its contract with the U.S. 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.  

The $8.4 million in federal funding is added to $5.7 million in cost share by the industry participants giving a total value of the nine selections of more than $14 million. These 2011 Small Producer Program selections add to the 21 existing projects.
"The 2011 Small Producer Program selections are intended to develop technology that will enable small producing companies to produce domestic oil and gas resources in an environmentally responsible manner, while maximizing recovery from those resources,” RPSEA Vice President, Onshore Programs Kent Perry said. “Ensuring maximum production from our current resources is an important step toward meeting our nation’s energy needs.”  
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 a minimum of 50% for field demonstration projects. 

2011 Small Producer Program Selected Projects

Cost-Effective Treatment of Produced Water Using Co-Produced Energy Sources Phase II: Field Scale Demonstration and Commercialization
Project Leader: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Field Demonstration of Eco-Friendly Creation of Propped Hydraulic Fractures
Project Leader: DaniMer Scientific, LLC

Field Demonstration of Chemical Flooding of the Trembley Oilfield, Reno County, Kansas
Project Leader: The University of Kansas Center for Research

Hybrid Rotor Compression for Multiphase and Liquids-Rich Wellhead Production Applications
Project Leader: OsComp Systems Inc.

Study and Pilot Test of Preformed Particle Gel Conformance Control Combined with Surfactant Treatment
Project Leader: Missouri University of Science and Technology

Basin-Scale Produced Water Management Tools and Options – GIS-Based Models and Statistical Analysis of Shale Gas/Tight Sand Reservoirs and Their Produced Water Streams, Uinta Basin, Utah
Project Leader: Utah Geological Survey

Reduction of Uncertainty in Surfactant-Flooding Pilot Design Using Multiple Single Well Tests, Fingerprinting, and Modeling
Project Leader: The University of Oklahoma

Upstream Ultrasonic Processing for Small Producers: Preventative Maintenance for Paraffin Management in Production Tubing Using Non-Invasive Ultrasonic Technology
Project Leader: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Water Management in Mature Oil Fields Using Advanced Particle Gels
Project Leader: The University of Texas at Austin

RPSEA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit consortium with more than 180 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

Funding for the projects is provided through the U.S. 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.

Danette Mozisek
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Author: Danette Mozisek
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