HARC, University of Leoben Team Up for Low Impact Drilling

The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) and Austria's University of Leoben announce the formation of a research collaboration to promote advanced technology for low-impact oil and gas drilling.

The new Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems - European (EFD-EU) Chapter, established as part of the Environmentally Friendly Drilling (EFD) Program, will identify, fund and transfer cost effective technologies and best practices to accelerate development of reserves in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

According to Rich Haut, manager of the EFD program and senior research scientist at HARC, the collaboration seeks to develop and share the latest research findings and cost effective technologies with leaders in energy, academia, environmental protection, and government on both sides of the Atlantic. The program enables industry and environmental organizations to leverage their limited research budgets.

"We believe the opportunities for innovation here at home and abroad will broaden as operators and regulators learn about each others' programs and technologies," Dr. Haut said. "Working with European countries that have strict regulatory standards similar to our own can help us all leverage our resources to improve environmental performance."

Gerhard Thonhauser, EFD- EU chapter manager and chair of Drilling and Completion Engineering at the University of Leoben, said he looks forward to a powerful collaborative effort.

"This collaboration is a great example of how global, open innovation practices can make important contributions to both energy security and environmental preservation," Dr. Thonhauser said. "European operations, for example, can learn about technologies already being applied in environmentally sensitive areas within the United States, such as new hydraulic fracturing technologies to produce oil, gas or water without harming the environment."


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