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Gas Well Pressure Drop Prediction Under Foam Flow Conditions

2009 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 09122-01 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Dec. 2, 2010 End Date: Dec. 1, 2014
RPSEA PM: Kent Perry Principal Investigator: Mohan Kelkar
Subcontractor: The University of Tulsa
Project Objectives:

The goal of the project was to develop suitable correlations to calculate the pressure drop in vertical gas wells with foam flow. Available data from vendors and field measurements, as well as collecting data from a new experimental facility will be used in the development.

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Lowering Drilling Cost, Improving Operational Safety, and Reducing Environmental Impact through Zonal Isolation Improvements for Horizontal Wells Drilled in the Marcellus and Haynesville Shales

2010 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 10122-19 Project Status: completed
Start Date: April 25, 2012 End Date: Jan. 31, 2015
RPSEA PM: Kent Perry Principal Investigator: Jeff Watters
Subcontractor: CSI Technologies, LLC.
Project Objectives:

The objective of the project was to undertake a comprehensive study of the cementing process applied in the Marcellus Shale play along with the effects of zonal isolation problems on safety and environmental issues.

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Development of Plasma Technology for Water Management of Frac/Produced Water

2011 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 11122-31 Project Status: completed
Start Date: April 9, 2013 End Date: Oct. 8, 2015
RPSEA PM: Sandy McSurdy Principal Investigator: Young Cho
Subcontractor: Drexel University
Project Objectives:

The overall objective of the project was to develop an integrated plasma water treatment system for improved water management for frac/produced water. The approach to accomplish this objective was to use the following three components: plasma-induced water softening, plasma-assistend self-cleaning filtration, and vapor-compression distillation.

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Field Testing and Diagnostics of Radial-Jet Well-Stimulation for Enhanced Oil Recovery from Marginal Reserves

2009 Small Producer

Project Number: 09123-03 Project Status: completed
Start Date: March 28, 2011 End Date: Dec. 31, 2015
RPSEA PM: John Terneus Principal Investigator: Robert Balch
Subcontractor: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Project Objectives:

The objective of the proposed research is to field demonstrate a newly developed radial jet technology for production enhancement from low‚Äźpermeability reserves. Diagnostic techniques including distributed pressure sensors and electrical resistivity tomography for monitoring lateral direction and placement will also be developed and field tested.

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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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Relationships between Induced Seismicity and Fluid Injection: Development of Strategies to Manage Fluid Disposal in Shale Hydrocarbon Plays

2011 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 11122-27 Project Status: completed
Start Date: March 11, 2013 End Date: March 10, 2015
RPSEA PM: Joe Renk Principal Investigator: Cliff Frohlich
Subcontractor: The University of Texas at Austin
Project Objectives:

The primary objectives of this program was: (1) to determine the relationships between fluid injection practices, regional geology and stress regime, and the occurrence of earthquakes; (2) to identify waste-disposal strategies for injection that reduce and minimize the triggering of seismic activity, or that ensure that seismic activity is confined to low-magnitude, harmless events.

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4D Integrated Study Using Geology, Geophysics, Reservoir Modeling & Rock Mechanics to Develop Assessment Models for Potential Induced Seismicity Risk

2012 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 12122-91 Project Status: completed
Start Date: June 16, 2014 End Date: June 15, 2016
RPSEA PM: Joe Renk Principal Investigator: Jeremy Boak
Subcontractor: The Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma
Project Objectives:

The objectives of this project are to understand the conditions in central Oklahoma that have increased the seismicity and potentially generated induced seismicity, via an innovative and highly integrated study of the geology, geophysics, reservoir and geo-mechanical conditions in the target area.

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Geological Foundation for Production of Natural Gas from Diverse Shale Formations

2007 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 07122-17 Project Status: completed
Start Date: July 31, 2008 End Date: Aug. 18, 2011
RPSEA PM: Kent Perry Principal Investigator: Jack Pashin
Subcontractor: Geological Survey of Alabama
Project Objectives:

The study objective was to assess gas shales in the state of Alabama (Black Warrior basin) for production potential. Geologic characterization throughout the geologic column was also conducted.

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Reducing the Impacts of Deterioration of Cement Integrity on Small Producers

2012 Small Producer

Project Number: 12123-42 Project Status: active
Start Date: June 18, 2014 End Date: Sept. 17, 2016
RPSEA PM: Rob Vagnetti Principal Investigator: Rouzbeh Shahsavari
Subcontractor: Rice University
Project Objectives:

The objective of this project is to develop a new technology to control, design and characterize a superior oil well cement with unprecedented physiochemical properties. The proof-of-concept prototype will be tested against API standards to ensure technical and economic viability. This work is expected to significantly contribute to cost-efficiency and risk reduction over the productive life of the wells while improving the overall environmental safety and protection for Small Producers specifically, and unconventional and deep-water producers generally.

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Advanced Hydraulic Fracturing

2011 Unconventional Resources

Project Number: 11122-20 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Dec. 27, 2012 End Date: March 27, 2016
RPSEA PM: Skip Pratt Principal Investigator: Iraj Salehi
Subcontractor: Gas Technology Institute
Project Objectives:

The primary objective of this project was to develop advanced methods and techniques for design and execution of environmentally safe and economically efficient hydraulic fracturing. The goal was to minimize the amount of water and additives used for fracture stimulation of a unit reservoir volume thereby alleviating the concerns relative to excessive use of fresh water, large volume of flow-back water, water disposal injections, and heavy truck traffic. The proposed optimization shall also reduce cost translating to sustainable production from gas shales.

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