The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) announced twelve proposals have been selected for negotiations leading to an award under the 2008 Ultra-Deepwater Program focused on increasing the supply of ultra-deepwater and unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resources.
"These twelve projects continue to build the integrated research portfolio envisioned by the 2007 and 2008 approved Annual Plans for the Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research and Development Program to develop technologies and architectures for operations in ultra-deepwater," said RPSEA President C. Michael Ming. "They add to the 17 projects selected for the 2007 Ultra-Deepwater Program to make an increasingly important contribution to the nation's energy needs. This Program is designed to bring the resources of America's leading universities, research institutions and technology innovators to bear on the development of domestic resources in water depths of 1,500 meters or greater by reducing costs, increasing efficiency, improving safety and minimizing environmental impacts."
While awards under the RPSEA Ultra-Deepwater Program are open to any U.S.-based organization, most projects involve a team consisting of researchers along with producers or service companies that are in a position to evaluate and apply new technology. Each proposal must
The selected projects are as follows:
Coil Tubing, Drilling and Intervention Systems Using Cost Effective Vessel
New Safety Barrier Testing Methods
Riserless Intervention System (RIS)
Advanced Steady-State and Transient, Three-Dimensional, Single and
Technologies of the Future for Pipeline Monitoring and Inspection
Wireless Subsea Communications Systems
Replacing Chemical Biocides with Targeted Bacteriophages in Deepwater
Enumerating Bacteria in Deepwater Pipelines in Real-Time at a
Additional Project Participants: Phage Biocontrol, LLC; Texas A&M
Fiber Containing Sweep Fluids for Ultra-Deepwater Drilling Applications
Heavy Viscous Oils PVT for Ultra-Deepwater
Early Reservoir Appraisal, Utilizing a Well Testing System
Ultra-Reliable Deepwater Electrical Power Distribution System and
Funding for the projects is provided through the “Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research and Development Program” authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This program -- funded from lease bonuses and royalties paid by industry to produce oil and gas on federal lands -- is specifically designed to increase supply and reduce costs to consumers while enhancing the global leadership position of the United States in energy technology through the development of domestic intellectual capital. RPSEA is under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory to administer several elements of the program.
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