PRESS RELEASE: RPSEA's Unconventional Resources Program Wins Best Project Award at the 24th World Gas Conference

The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) Unconventional Resources Program was recognized at the 24th World Gas Conference, The Global Energy Challenge: Reviewing the Strategies for Natural Gas with the RPSEA New Albany Shale Gas project receiving a best project award.

RPSEA’s Team Lead, Unconventional Resources Kent Perry presented at the conference that was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was attended by more than 3,500 attendees from 83 countries around the world.  

The International Gas Union (IGU) hosts the event every three years, which comprises all domains of the gas industry, from the wellhead to the end user, covering special important features, sustainable development, market integration, regulation, and research and development. It is the purpose of IGU to continue in its contribution to a sharper insight on the new key energy and natural gas industry challenges, involving every representative stakeholder in this process, including governments and policymakers.

The New Albany Shale Gas project is being performed by a research team led by the Gas Technology Institute and includes Amherst College, University of Massachusetts, ResTech, Texas A&M University, Pinnacle Technologies, West Virginia University and the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology to develop techniques and methods for increasing the productivity of New Albany shale gas wells to a level where the otherwise noncommercial gas resource may become commercially viable.
 
The primary goal of this project is to identify technical hurdles to successful development of this large gas resource and, through a focused research effort, resolve those issues. All the necessary aspects of developing a shale resource are being integrated into this project. The New Albany shale will require careful consideration of well drilling geometries, accurate formation characterization, and completion practices to ensure optimum gas recovery.
 
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 150 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. 

Please see below Kent Perry's paper and presentation that won the award.  Congratulations to Kent and his team for a job well done!

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