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Marcellus Gas Shale Project

2009 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 09122-04 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Nov. 10, 2010 End Date: June 10, 2013
RPSEA PM: Kent Perry Principal Investigator: Iraj Salehi
Subcontractor: Gas Technology Institute
Project Objectives:

The objective of the project is to create an innovative user-friendly software prototype (called DomAnal) that can be used by operators to characterize flow properties of stimulation domains, diagnose well stimulations, and provide options to improve well stimulations. DomAnal shall be a fast analytic screening model, with appropriate approximations, rather than a slow completely rigorous numerical model, such as finite elements.

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Deep Sea Hybrid Power System

2007 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 07121-1902 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Oct. 31, 2008 End Date: Oct. 31, 2010
RPSEA PM: James Pappas Principal Investigator: Richard Haut
Project Objectives:

To evaluate the feasibility and project the economics of generating electric power on the seafloor near the point of its consumption. The study will evaluated a range of alternatives to determine the more feasible alternatives and recommend further evaluations.

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Improved Reservoir Access Through Refracture Treatments in Tight Gas Sands and Gas Shales

2007 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 07122-41 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Aug. 27, 2008 End Date: June 30, 2013
RPSEA PM: Charlotte Schroeder Principal Investigator: Mukul Sharma
Subcontractor: The University of Texas at Austin
Project Objectives:

The objective of this project was to improve the performance of re-fracture treatments in gas shales and tight gas sands through novel fluids, better re-fracture designs and candidate well selection based on poro-elastic models and field data analysis.

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High Resolution 3D Laser Imaging for Inspection, Maintenance, Repair and Operations

2009 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 09121-3300-06 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Jan. 19, 2011 End Date: Dec. 12, 2014
RPSEA PM: James Pappas Principal Investigator: Carl Embry
Subcontractor: 3D at Depth, LLC
Project Objectives:

The objectives of the project include the development of a fully operational sensor to scan targets in a pool environment and then integrate with the power and communications from an industry leading ROV. This will validate the capabilities of underwater laser imaging to collect accurate 3 dimensional data of objects which are representative of those found in deep water oil and gas production systems.



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Novel Concepts for Unconventional Gas Development in Shales, Tight Sands and Coalbeds

2007 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 07122-07 Project Status: completed
Start Date: July 24, 2008 End Date: Feb. 19, 2009
RPSEA PM: Kent Perry Principal Investigator: Ernest Carter
Subcontractor: Carter Technologies Co.
Project Objectives:

The objective of this project was to conduct a preliminary evaluation of novel methods for stimulating gas production from low-permeability rocks, including shale, tight sands, and coal bed formations. Specifically, the goal was to assess the feasibility of using a saw to cut a deep slot from a horizontal borehole into the formation at 5,000 to 10,000 foot depths.

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Synthetic Hurricane Risk Model for Gulf of Mexico

2010 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 10121-4801-01 Project Status: completed
Start Date: June 10, 2013 End Date: April 15, 2016
RPSEA PM: Gary Covatch Principal Investigator: Peter Vickery
Subcontractor: Applied Research Associates, Inc.
Project Objectives:

The research efforts for this project will produce a state of the art synthetic GOM hurricane model to evaluate hurricane risk, as expressed by n-year wind speeds, to offshore and coastal locations for current and future climate scenarios. As a result risks from hurricanes will be reduced by developing and refining a synthetic hurricane model to improve the characterization of the hurricane risk, and, ultimately, the industry understanding of the hurricane hazards within the GOM. Improving the ability to accurately model and understand the hurricane hazards resulting from high wind and wave conditions will in turn result in safer designs for offshore structures, minimizing the risk of infrastructure and personnel loss.

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Corrosion and Scale at Extreme Temperature and Pressure

2010 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 10121-4204-01 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Aug. 30, 2012 End Date: Aug. 29, 2015
RPSEA PM: Bill Fincham Principal Investigator: Mason Tomson
Subcontractor: Brine Chemistry Solutions, LLC
Project Objectives:

A lack of data and models for corrosion, scale, and stress cracking at the extreme temperatures and pressures encountered in ultra-deepwater reservoirs increases the economic and safety risks of offshore production. The objective of this project is to develop the necessary data, models, and experimental tools to assess corrosion, stress cracking, and scale formation at extremes of temperature and pressure encountered in deepwater development.


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Petrophysics and Tight Rock Characterization for the Application of Improved Stimulation and Production Technology in Shale

2011 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 11122-63 Project Status: completed
Start Date: June 27, 2013 End Date: June 26, 2016
RPSEA PM: Skip Pratt Principal Investigator: Jim Puckette
Subcontractor: Oklahoma State University
Project Objectives:

The goals of project are to improve understanding of rock-fluid interactions in shale, to improve petrophysical characterization methods and propose standards for shale analysis, and to develop methodology for the selection of fracturing fluids and additives. Specific objectives include (1) developing techniques, workflows, and best practices for the petrologic and petrophysical characterization of shale; (2) proposing analytical standards for porosity and permeability measurement in shale similar to those that exist for conventional reservoirs; (3) explore techniques to characterize shale microstructure; (4) characterizing interactions among rock, reservoir fluid, stimulation fluid, and additives; and (5) developing techniques to rapidly evaluate stimulation fluids and additives.

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Cost-effective Treatment of Produced Water Using Co-Produced Energy Sources, Phase II: Field Scale Demonstration and Commercialization

2011 Small Producer

Project Number: 11123-03 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Nov. 5, 2012 End Date: Oct. 31, 2015
RPSEA PM: David Cercone Principal Investigator: Robert Balch
Subcontractor: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Project Objectives:

The objective of this project is to upscale the humidification dehumidification (HDH) process that has been tested successfully at field scale in RPSEA Project 07123-05, “Cost-Effective Treatment of Produced Water Using Co-Produced Energy Sources for Small Producers,” and to demonstrate a viable and cost effective process using solar energy to augment the process for continuous operation. This project had its kick-off meeting on November 28, 2012. FIle edit view Dec 18


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Subsea Produced Water Sensor Development

2012 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 12121-6301-03 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Sept. 11, 2014 End Date: Sept. 30, 2016
RPSEA PM: Bill Fincham Principal Investigator: Jianfeng Zhang
Subcontractor: Clearview Subsea LLC
Project Objectives:

To develop and design Subsea water quality monitoring sensors to measure the quality of produced water separated at the Sea-floor. The sensors will also offer an improved failsafe system as well as for controls of Subsea production equipment. These sensors will be capable of determining if the level of contamination is below, at, or above the permitted level, and then be able to give signals to shut down operations or to divert all of the production fluids to a topside facility. The project developed Subsea produced water (PW) sensors to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3.



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