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Measurement of Hydrocarbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Uncharacterized Area Sources

2012 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 12122-15 Project Status: completed
Start Date: May 19, 2014 End Date: May 18, 2016
RPSEA PM: Sandy McSurdy Principal Investigator: Seth Lyman
Subcontractor: Utah State University
Project Objectives:

This project will quantify emissions from uncharacterized area sources, including produced water evaporation ponds, land farms, areas with natural (and human-enhanced) geological seepage, and soils near wells in Utah’s Uintah Basin.  These sources have never been quantified but likely contribute significantly to overall ozone-forming hydrocarbon and greenhouse gas emissions.  Quantification will improve the accuracy and efficacy of air quality decisions made by operators while expanding the pool of characterized emission sources that can be used in emissions reductions schemes required by air quality regulators in the Uintah Basin and other areas. Emissions from facilities that employ different solid and liquid waste management strategies will be tested to determine the air emissions impact of each strategy.

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Intelligent BOP RAM Actuation Sensor Systems

2011 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 11121-5503-01 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Oct. 4, 2013 End Date: July 4, 2016
RPSEA PM: Bill Fincham Principal Investigator: Emad Andarawis
Subcontractor: GE Global Research
Project Objectives:

Design and development of an instrumented BOP ram prototype and laboratory testing. The technology development will be conducted in five stage gates within two phases:  

  • A system feasibility determination, gaps analysis, and a risk assessment will be conducted, followed by technology selection (TRL0).

Instrumentation was conceptualized and reviewed (TRL1), designed (TRL2), a prototype was constructed and bench scale tested (TRL3-4), followed by review with BSEE and API, and development of a commercialization plan. 

 

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Reservoir Connectivity and Stimulating Gas Flow in Tight Sands

2007 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 07122-15 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Sept. 19, 2008 End Date: July 1, 2012
RPSEA PM: Kent Perry Principal Investigator: Dag Nummedal
Subcontractor: Colorado School of Mines
Project Objectives:

The project objective was to assess all parameters important to tight gas sand production in the Piceance Basin using the Mamm Creek field as a data source. The importance of all geologic, engineering and geophysical components and their interaction will be investigated.

 

Note: The Final Report for this project is comprised of multiple files and is available for viewing HERE.

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Development of a Research Report and Characterization Database of Deepwater and Ultra-Deepwater Assets in the Gulf of Mexico, including Technical Focus Direction, Incentives, Needs Assessment Analysis and Concepts Identification for Improved Recovery Tech

2007 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 07121-1701 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Feb. 3, 2009 End Date: Dec. 15, 2010
RPSEA PM: Charlotte Schroeder Principal Investigator: Joe Lach
Subcontractor: Knowledge Reservoir, LLC
Project Objectives:

The project will identify improved recovery opportunities in the early stages of field development planning, such that facility and well designs can be optimized to take advantage of those opportunities. Additionally, opportunities for improved recovery in producing fields will be assessed, as will current and near-future technologies for improved recovery. The project will include characterization of deepwater and ultra-deepwater reservoir assets and compile and categorize key causes of trapped and remaining hydrocarbons in such reservoirs. The prioritization of technology gaps in improved recovery methods will also be addressed as specifically related to deepwater and ultra-deepwater reservoirs, with the aim of identifying leading concepts for future research, investment, development, testing and deployment /application.

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Development of Subsurface Brine Disposal Framework in the Northern Appalachian Basin

2011 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 11122-73 Project Status: completed
Start Date: April 1, 2013 End Date: Oct. 31, 2015
RPSEA PM: Joe Renk Principal Investigator: Joel Sminchak
Subcontractor: Battelle Memorial Institute
Project Objectives:

The overall objective of this project is to develop a geologic and operational framework for brine disposal in the Northern Appalachian Basin so that the produced fluids from unconventional onshore resource exploitation can be disposed safety and economically. Growth in shale gas production and associated brine and flowback water disposal needs has led to significant current and projected demand for brine disposal wells in the Appalachian Basin. Addressing this demand in a safe and economically viable manner requires a systematic framework for managing fluids disposal in the Northern Appalachian Basin. This project addresses a crucial need of unconventional oil and gas production by assessing the geologic and reservoir management aspects, conducting source-sink analysis to predict the future capacity for brine disposal in the region, and providing guidance for operators, gas producers, regulators, and public stakeholders.

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Deepwater Permanent Subsea Pressure Compensated Chemical Reservoir

2011 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 11121-5302-01 Project Status: completed
Start Date: May 9, 2014 End Date: Sept. 18, 2016
RPSEA PM: Bill Fincham Principal Investigator: James Chitwood
Subcontractor: Safe Marine Transfer LLC
Project Objectives:

The objective of the project was to develop a functional and qualified subsea chemical storage and injection system design with an effective 3,000+ barrel chemical storage volume. The size of the chemical storage dominates the operational constraints for this system. There are several viable approaches to replenishing the chemistry and installation of the facility. Proven technology with economic factors is expected to dominate the selection of these installation and maintenance approaches as the technology for this objective is matured.

 

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Hydrate Modeling & Flow Loop Experiments for Water Continuous & Dispersed Systems

2010 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 10121-4202-01 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Aug. 2, 2012 End Date: Sept. 30, 2016
RPSEA PM: Bill Fincham Principal Investigator: Carolyn Koh
Subcontractor: Colorado School of Mines (CSM)
Project Objectives:

Hydrates continue as the most important flow assurance problem; an order of magnitude larger than waxes/asphaltenes. The project objectives are to: (1) modify the current pressure drop modeling approach to account for a free water phase, (2) perform flow loop experiments at the University of Tulsa to identify and quantify the key parameters affecting pressure drop, (3) incorporate the pressure drop model with the growth rate model in CSMHyK-fw, (4) validate the improved CSMHyK-fw model by predicting flow loop experiments, (5) model development for water+gas and water+gas+oil (continuous and partially dispersed) systems.

 

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Qualification of Flexible Fiber-Reinforced Pipe for 10,000-foot Water Depths

2010 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 10121-4402-01 Project Status: active
Start Date: Aug. 6, 2012 End Date: Sept. 30, 2016
RPSEA PM: Rick Baker Principal Investigator: Todd Anderson
Subcontractor: GE Global Research
Project Objectives:

This objective of this project is to develop, qualify, and field-deploy flexible fiber reinforced pipe (FFRP) for ultra-deepwater applications in the Gulf of Mexico. FFRP is unbonded flexible pipe with composite reinforcement layers which have the advantages of light weight, high flexibility and corrosion resistance. Due to these advantages, a simple, low top tension riser configuration is enabled. The initial design basis, to be confirmed during Phase 1, is a 7-inch ID, 10,000 psi design pressure, 120°C design temperature, 3,000 meter design water depth production riser application.  

 

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Ultra-Deepwater Riser Concepts for High Motion Vessels

2010 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 10121-4401-02 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Aug. 21, 2012 End Date: Aug. 20, 2015
RPSEA PM: Bill Head Principal Investigator: Brian Royer
Subcontractor: Stress Engineering Services, Inc.
Project Objectives:

Vessel imposed motions affect the long-term integrity of riser systems on offshore floating facilities. This is amplified for vessels tagged as “high-motion” such as conventional semi- submersibles and ship-shaped FPSOs, which can have significant heave motion and roll and pitch angular motions. This project is being undertaken to investigate riser concept(s) in water depths approaching 10,000 feet supported by high-motion vessels. The primary objective is to establish and bring to maturity at least one safe riser system that will reduce risk and increase safety to people, infrastructure, and the environment, as well as help maintain uninterrupted production.

 

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Methodology and Algorithm Development for the Evaluation of Ultra-Deepwater or Arctic Floating Platform Performance under Hazardous Sea Conditions

2012 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 12121-6402-01 Project Status: completed
Start Date: July 2, 2014 End Date: July 1, 2016
RPSEA PM: Gary Covatch Principal Investigator: Shan Shi
Subcontractor: Offshore Dynamics, Inc.
Project Objectives:

The objective of this project was to improve the overall safety of ultra-deepwater or arctic floating platforms by implementing nonlinear effects in a state of the art software code that could be used by the industry. Better understanding of the effects of nonlinearity on floating platforms through research and development would inherently decrease the risks associated with implementing ultra-deepwater or arctic design projects.  The objective was met through the development of a methodology and associated algorithms for the evaluation of ultra-deepwater floating platform performance under hazardous sea conditions. Numerical tools were developed and implemented for the computation of ultra-deepwater floating platform performance and safety for the extreme ocean conditions. 

 

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