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Low Impact Testing of Oil Field Access Roads: Reducing the Environmental Footprint in Desert Ecosystems

2007 Small Producer

Project Number: 07123-01 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Sept. 3, 2008 End Date: Jan. 26, 2016
RPSEA PM: Martha Cather Principal Investigator: David Burnett
Subcontractor: Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)
Project Objectives:

The goal of this project is to collect quantitative information on the performance of a variety of novel low environmental impact lease road construction alternatives. This information will be used to determine if such alternatives can be employed to reduce the footprint of oil and gas operations in ecologically sensitive desert locations.

Preformed Particle Gels for Mitigating Water Production and Extending the Life of Mature Oil Wells and Further Improve Particle Gel Technology

2007 Small Producer

Project Number: 07123-02 Project Status: completed
Start Date: July 31, 2008 End Date: March 31, 2011
RPSEA PM: Martha Cather Principal Investigator: Baojun Bai
Subcontractor: The University of Missouri
Project Objectives:

This project seeks to establish methods to optimize particle gel treatments for increasing oil recovery and reducing water production by improving the efficiency of water flood sweep. Traditional gel treaments can have some drawbacks that may be solved by use of preformed gel particles. The primary objectives of this project are to identify where particle gels can be most effective, and to test gel propagation for several products during extrusion through fractures to guide the selection of best products for different widths of fractures.

Near Miscible CO2 Application to Improve Oil Recovery for Small Producers

2007 Small Producer

Project Number: 07123-03 Project Status: completed
Start Date: May 21, 2008 End Date: Oct. 31, 2010
RPSEA PM: Martha Cather Principal Investigator: Jyun Syung Tsau
Subcontractor: The University of Kansas Center for Research
Project Objectives:

This project seeks to demonstrate that “near miscible” carbon dioxide (CO2) flooding, where CO2 is injected at pressures below the minimum miscibility pressure (MMP) can result in incremental oil production.  Many reservoirs operated by small producers are at shallow depths below the MMP and have not generally been considered to be good candidates for CO2 injection. The application of CO2 injection at near miscible conditions may lead to development of CO2 projects by small producers in reservoirs where the MMP is not attainable at current operating reservoir pressures, in particular, the Arbuckle Formation of Kansas.

Enhancing Oil Recovery from Mature Reservoirs Using Radial-Jetted Laterals and High-Volume Progressive Cavity Pumps

2007 Small Producer

Project Number: 07123-04 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Aug. 25, 2008 End Date: July 31, 2012
RPSEA PM: Martha Cather Principal Investigator: Lynn Watney
Subcontractor: The University of Kansas Center for Research
Project Objectives:

High water cut production is a problem in many mature oil fields that have either undergone water flooding or produce with a strong water-drive mechanism. The primary technology to be tested in this project, radial-jetted lateral and PCP, originally proposed to substantially increase total volume of fluid production in a high water cut oil well has been replaced by tailored, cost-effective lateral drilling. Maintaining control of azimuth and trajectory and depth of penetration of the lateral has been deemed critical to contacting and producing remaining oil in the reservoir.

Cost-Effective Treatment of Produced Water Using Co-Produced Energy Sources for Small Producers

2007 Small Producer

Project Number: 07123-05 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Aug. 6, 2008 End Date: Jan. 5, 2012
RPSEA PM: Charlotte Schroeder Principal Investigator: Robert Balch
Subcontractor: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Project Objectives:

This project seeks to demonstrate a cost-effective process for produced water purification at the wellhead using a low-temperature distillation unit. The researchers will construct a demonstration unit that can utilize solar energy and coproduced geothermal energy for wellhead produced water desalination and will conduct a pilot test at two wellhead locations for a period of one year. Technical feasibility and economic efficiency of the proposed process will be evaluated by testing the energy consumption, maintenance cost, and durability.

Seismic Stimulation to Enhance Oil Recovery

2007 Small Producer

Project Number: 07123-06 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Sept. 8, 2008 End Date: Dec. 31, 2014
RPSEA PM: Kent Perry Principal Investigator: Steven Pride
Subcontractor: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Project Objectives:

This project seeks to determine if seismic stimulation can increase oil production in mature oil fields where production is declining. The major objectives of this project are to perform a well-controlled field test of seismic stimulation in a mature oil field, and to provide modeling and understanding of the mechanisms involved to determine where seismic stimulation might be best applied.

Reducing Impacts of New Pit Rules on Small Producers

2007 Small Producer

Project Number: 07123-07 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Aug. 6, 2008 End Date: Aug. 5, 2012
RPSEA PM: Charlotte Schroeder Principal Investigator: Robert Balch
Subcontractor: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Project Objectives:

To minimize the impact of new “pit rules” on New Mexico’s small producers, thus minimizing the added cost of compliance and increased difficulty of permitting future drilling and production wells. A wide selection of data needed for compliance will be made available, in acceptable automated formats, to allow faster applications without the necessity of expensive surveys in most areas. In addition, maps of leaching potential and site risk will be generated to allow quick review of compliance issues and potential remediation expenses for all potential drill sites in New Mexico’s producing regions.

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.