The program directed by RPSEA is 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 impact.”  This program shall address the following areas:
  • Ultra-deepwater architecture and technology, including drilling to formations in the Outer Continental Shelf to depths greater than 15,000 feet;
  • Unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resource exploration and production technology; and
  • The technology challenges of small producers.