In 2002, the Department of Energy completed an Ultra-deepwater Resource roadmap covering technologies that need to be accelerated. This was a significant effort between government, academia and industry. Critical technology areas were identified. The results also exposed the many potentially concurrent research efforts requiring coordination and focus to accelerate development of the ultra-deepwater resources. A review of this roadmap is appropriate to incorporate the latest technology and operational methodologies into the pathways.
Although the surface environment above the reservoirs is different in the search for onshore unconventional natural gas and resources, the need for a well thought out and comprehensive starting point was also recognized. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and Gas Technology Institute jointly facilitated creation of an initial "Technology Roadmap for Unconventional Natural Gas Resources". While this roadmap identified key technology needs associated with particular unconventional resources future exercises will be directed toward developing approaches toward prioritizing and meeting these needs in a way that ensures the maximum new gas production for each research dollar invested.
Through the Energy Policy Act of 2005, funds have been established for a natural gas supply research and development program associated with Ultra-deepwater and Unconventional Onshore Hydrocarbon Resources. In January 2007, RPSEA, through a competitive process, was awarded management of these funds.