Knowledge Reservoir, a leading geosciences and engineering consulting company, announced a contract with the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), to provide project direction and technical services for a project awarded under the RPSEA Ultra-Deepwater Program (UDW).
The project will deliver a research report and characterization database of deepwater and ultra-deepwater assets in the Gulf of Mexico focused on incentives, needs assessment analyses and concepts identification for the application of Improved Recovery Techniques (IOR/EOR) in deepwater. The project will be directed by Knowledge Reservoir, with primary project participants Louisiana State University (LSU) and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko).
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 they specifically relate to deepwater and ultra-deepwater reservoirs, with the aim of identifying leading concepts for future research, investment, development, testing and deployment / application. A thorough and comprehensive review of IOR/EOR techniques, experience and best practices, both on- and offshore, will be conducted.
Project results will be captured in a knowledge base to facilitate effective technology transfer. The primary outcomes of the project will be the advancement of understanding of improved recovery techniques, provision of a foundation for future development, testing and deployment phases of new technology and methodology, all ultimately leading to the recovery of more resources from deepwater and ultra-deepwater assets.
Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Ivor R. Ellul, President and CEO of Knowledge Reservoir, stated, “Knowledge Reservoir is extremely pleased with the confidence that RPSEA has put in the improved recovery expertise within our deepwater geosciences and reservoir engineering consulting practice, as well as the quality of the project team we have assembled together with LSU and Anadarko.”