RPSEA Small Producer Program Showcase - Permian Basin Focus

The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) is a nonprofit corporation established to help meet the nation’s growing need for hydrocarbon resources produced from reservoirs in America. RPSEA has established and coordinated a public benefit research program to ensure the focused research, development and deployment of safe, environmentally sensitive technology that can effectively deliver hydrocarbons from domestic resources to the citizens of the United States.

The Small Producer Program of RPSEA recognizes the fundamental uniqueness of independent producers and their role in supplying the nation’s energy. This program funds research in technology development in mature oil and gas fields with the objective of extending the life and ultimate recovery of these fields.

In this workshop, RPSEA President Mike Ming will give an overview of RPSEA. Martha Cather, coordinator of RPSEA’s Small Producer Program will explain how to apply for Small Producer funding, giving an overview of the basics on how to write a proposal. Other speakers include RPSEA Principal Investigators under the Small Producer Program.

8:30-9 a.m. Registration and Coffee

The RPSEA Program – What it Means for Small Producers
Mike Ming, RPSEA President

Reducing Impacts of New Pit Rules on Small Producers
Dr. Bob Balch
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Project Goals: Generate downloadable maps, online software, and automated form-filling to help reduce cost and time needed for producers to comply with new Pit rules
Near Miscible CO2 Application to Improved Oil Recovery for Small Producers
Dr. Jyun Syung Tsau
Project Leader: University of Kansas
Project Goals: Systematically characterize the near miscible condition and study recovery of waterflood residual oil using CO2 displacement at near-miscible pressures.
Field Site Testing of Low Impact Oil Field Access Roads: Reducing the Footprint in Desert Ecosystems
David Burnett
Project Leader: Texas A&M University
Project Goals: Build a test track simulating a minimal impact O&G lease road, analyze the performance of various products used in test sections and perform an economic analysis to measure applicability of the alternate systems

Preformed Particle Gel for Conformance Control
Dr. Baojun Bai
Project Leader: University of Missouri, Rolla
Project Goals: Identify where particle gels can be effective and how best to use them, and test various methods to improve preformed particle gel treatments.

Applying for RPSEA Small Producer Program Funding – Writing a Good Proposal
Martha Cather, RPSEA Program Coordinator, Small Producer

Commercial Exploitation and the Origin of Residual Oil Zones: Developing a Case History in the Permian Basin of New Mexico and West Texas
Dr. Bob Trentham
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Project Goals: Describe and develop model for the origin of residual oil zones and enhance the capacity to understand and exploit potential ROZs nationwide.

Mini-Waterflood: A New Cost Effective Approach to Extend the Economic Life of Small, Mature Oil Reservoirs
Dr. Tom Engler
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Project Goals: The goal of this project is to demonstrate the feasibility of successfully waterflooding small oil reservoirs that are not conducive to a fully-developed, patterned waterflood.

Cost Effective Treatment of Produced Water Using Co-Produced Energy Sources for Small Producers
Dr. Lianxiong Li
Project Leader: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Project Goals: Design and test a low temperature and cost-effective distillation unit for use at the wellhead


Organizer Danette Mozisek


Wed, Feb. 3, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Center for Energy & Economic Diversification (CEED)
1400 North F.M. 1788
Midland, Texas 79706