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DOE to issue funding opportunity for projects to increase recovery of unconventional oil and gas

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has issued a Notice of Intent for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). This FOA is expected to provide funding for cost-shared research and development projects that increase recovery from unconventional oil and natural gas (UOG) plays and characterize fundamental attributes of emerging shale plays.

DE-FOA-0001990, Advanced Technologies for Recovery of Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Resources, will support key efforts within DOE’s Oil and Natural Gas Program. These efforts aim to increase the estimated ultimate recovery and recovery efficiency of oil and gas from US unconventional resources in order to support US energy dominance. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage projects selected under this FOA.

The planned FOA expects to solicit the development of innovative technologies that advance our knowledge and understanding of the thermodynamic, petrophysical, geochemical, and geomechanical processes controlling the behavior of UOG reservoirs.

Those technologies would enable the optimization of well placement and the completion and stimulation practices necessary to improve recovery efficiencies in UOG reservoirs. In addition, the planned FOA expects to solicit field laboratory research to characterize emerging UOG plays to underpin their future development.



I wish DOE would try something like unconventional fracking fluids, e.g. supercritical CO2.  A fluid that doesn't dissolve toxic salts well (if at all) and doesn't require waste treatment or deep-well disposal would be a big advance over water.


Those technologies would enable the optimization of well placement.

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