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Stratigraphic Controls on Higher-Than-Average Permeability Zones in Tight-Gas Sands, Piceance Basin

2008 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 08122-40 Project Status: completed
Start Date: July 22, 2009 End Date: June 1, 2012
RPSEA PM: Kent Perry Principal Investigator: Jennifer Aschoff
Subcontractor: Colorado School of Mines (CSM)
Project Objectives:

The main objective of the research is to delineate stratigraphic controls on the location and character of higher-than-average permeability zones in tight-gas reservoirs in the Piceance Basin, CO.

Coupled Flow-Geomechanical-Geophysical-Geochemical (F3G) Analysis of Tight Gas Production

2008 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 08122-45 Project Status: completed
Start Date: April 27, 2010 End Date: March 31, 2014
RPSEA PM: Kent Perry Principal Investigator: George Moridis
Subcontractor: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Project Objectives:

Develop and implement an integrated methodology for building geomechanical models of tight gas systems (shale) that include knowledge of important characteristics of the native fracture network in the original undisturbed system, investigate through theoretical analysis, numerical simulation, laboratory studies and field experiments the interrelation between the geomechanical and geophysical behavior of such systems in the course of well completion and stimulation, and develop models of the coupled flow, geomechanical geophysical and geochemical behavior of fractured tight gas systems from the earliest stages of well stimulation to long-term production, and use the results of the field test to validate them.

Sustaining Fracture Area and Conductivity of Gas Shale Reservoirs for Enhancing Long-Term Production and Recovery

2008 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 08122-48 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Sept. 14, 2009 End Date: May 16, 2013
RPSEA PM: Charlotte Schroeder Principal Investigator: Ahmed Ghassemi
Subcontractor: Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)
Project Objectives:

The objective of the project is to define types of fracture networks more prone of loosing fracture area, and to define critical parameters (including proppant concentration, fluid interaction, relative shear displacement, and others) for each reservoir type, to maintain adequate fracture conductivity.

Multiazimuth Seismic Diffraction Imaging for Fracture Characterization in Low-Permeability Gas Formations

2008 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 08122-53 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Oct. 22, 2009 End Date: Nov. 30, 2013
RPSEA PM: Charlotte Schroeder Principal Investigator: Sergey Fomel
Subcontractor: The University of Texas at Austin
Project Objectives:

The objective of the project is to create the seismic technology for fracture detection using p-wave diffraction imaging and test it against realistic fracture patterns. Also, the project will perfect sidewall-core and wireline-based methods that can be used to verify the new seismic method. Both methods will be tested to verify that they work in an exploration and production setting.

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Evaluation of Fracture Systems and Stress Fields Within the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale and Characterization of Associated Water Disposal Reservoirs: Appalachian Basin

2008 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 08122-55 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Sept. 29, 2009 End Date: Jan. 31, 2013
RPSEA PM: Charlotte Schroeder Principal Investigator: Bob Hardage
Subcontractor: The University of Texas at Austin
Project Objectives:

The objective of the project is to use rock physics modeling in combination with new seismic data-acquisition technologies based on cableless boxes and accelerated-weight and vector-explosive sources to demonstrate how combinations of offset-dependent and azimuth-dependent P-wave and S-wave attributes can be used to optimize exploitation of fractured, shale-gas reservoirs.

Field Demonstration of Alkaline Surfactant Polymer Floods in Mature Oil Reservoirs Brookshire Dome, Texas

2008 Small Producer

Project Number: 08123-02 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Dec. 1, 2009 End Date: Nov. 1, 2012
RPSEA PM: Martha Cather Principal Investigator: Chris Lewis
Subcontractor: Layline Petroleum 1, LLC
Project Objectives:

This proposal aims to demonstrate through a field pilot implementation that the use of alkaline surfactant polymer (ASP) flooding in appropriately selected reservoirs can result in an incremental oil production of 10 to 20% of the original oil (15 to 30% of the remaining oil).

Mini-Waterflood: A New Cost Effective Approach to Extend the Economic Life of Small, Mature Oil Reservoirs

2008 Small Producer

Project Number: 08123-07 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Aug. 5, 2009 End Date: Aug. 4, 2011
RPSEA PM: Charlotte Schroeder Principal Investigator: Thomas Engler
Subcontractor: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Project Objectives:

The goal of this project is to investigate a new, “mini-waterflood” strategy for enhancing oil recovery from small, mature fields. The project combines reservoir simulation and core displacement studies to evaluate the feasibility of the mini-flood concept. The broader objective is to provide small producers with knowledge and tools needed to improve recovery and extend the life of small, depleted oil fields.

Electrical Power Generation from Produced Water: Field Demonstration of Ways to Reduce Operating Costs of Small Producers

2008 Small Producer

Project Number: 08123-10 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Oct. 30, 2009 End Date: April 30, 2012
RPSEA PM: Martha Cather Principal Investigator: Robin Dahlheim
Subcontractor: Gulf Coast Green Energy
Project Objectives:

Gulf Coast Green Energy is proposing to demonstrate a modified waste heat generator that uses produced water to create “green” electricity usable on site or for ransmission off site for field operations. The overall objective is to identify and demonstrate technology that will reduce the field operating cost of electricity and minimize the environmental impact by creating green electricity using produced water and no additional fossil fuel.

Evaluation and Modeling of Stratigraphic Control on the Distribution of Hydrothermal Dolomite Reservoir Away from Major Fault Planes

2008 Small Producer

Project Number: 08123-12 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Oct. 14, 2009 End Date: Jan. 31, 2013
RPSEA PM: Martha Cather Principal Investigator: Michael Grammer
Subcontractor: Western Michigan University
Project Objectives:

The primary goals of this study are aimed at improving recovery from the Albion‐Scipio hydrothermal dolomite trend. Specific goals are 1) to determine how reservoir quality units that developed laterally away from the major fault zones are controlled by primary facies and their position within a sequence stratigraphic framework; 2) to correlate laboratory measured sonic velocity data from various reservoir and non‐reservoir facies to sonic logs and 3‐D seismic signatures; and 3) to produce 3‐D stratigraphic and reservoir models using Schlumberger’s 3‐D Petrel modeling software that will be tested with recently drilled wells.

Development Strategies for Maximizing East Texas Oil Field Production

2008 Small Producer

Project Number: 08123-16 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Oct. 26, 2009 End Date: July 31, 2014
RPSEA PM: Kent Perry Principal Investigator: Fred Wang
Subcontractor: The University of Texas at Austin
Project Objectives:

The objective of this study is to explore short‐ and midterm strategies for maximizing recovery from the East Texas Oil Field. After 88 years of production, more than 1.5 billion barrels (Bbbl) of oil is estimated to remain in the reservoir.