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RPSEA Resource V11N3 2016

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October 2016
Welcome to the new RPSEA Resource newsletter. This publication will provide our members with timely information related to RPSEA services, programs and activities.

Best of RPSEA
The Best of RPSEA conference that took place in Galveston on August 30-31 presented so many projects that it required four distinct technical session tracks. The presentations included project results in: Low Permeability Resources, Well Completions, Environmental Impact Mitigation Techniques, Metocean Issues, Environmental and Safety Risk Reduction, Effective Use of Reservoir and Geoscience Techniques, Drilling and Interventions, Ultra-Deepwater Floating Systems and Risers, Subsea Power Systems, Measurement and System Integrity, Inspection, Maintenance and Repairs and more.

The meeting also provided a great networking opportunity for members, researchers and DOE to review our new RPSEA strategic plan that builds upon the successes of our program. RPSEA has proven its value in collaborative R&D and we will continue to do so for years to come. We are doing this by adapting to the needs of our members and the reality of current market conditions. Our new business plan available at www.rpsea.org, outlines the necessary changes we have made. Our overall mission is not changing. Specifically, we will continue to lead in facilitating the development of technology to develop our energy resources. By working together, RPSEA can deliver the technology solutions of tomorrow by building on the foundation set by RPSEA’s successes.

The oil and gas press was well represented at the meeting and those not at the meeting have no doubt seen some of the related articles about RPSEA. We are posting a compilation of all the articles written about the event on the RPSEA website.

Section 999 Close Out
As many of the Section 999 projects are being completed, the fact sheets, reports and presentations are being posted to the website. In our effort to document these successes, we developed a database of 5,000 plus articles that will be available to RPSEA members. These articles will be easy to search and highlight the applications and findings from these projects. Going forward, we will be focusing on technology transfer throughout the next year. Papers will be presented at various workshops and conferences, including Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE), Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC), Hart DUG Conference, Department of Transportation (DOT), EOR Carbon Management Workshop (C02/ROZ) and others. We want all our subcontractors to utilize RPSEA and Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC) as a resource to help commercialize these technologies.

As the Section 999 project reports are finalized, a report to DOE is also being completed. This report will include a review of the projects, successes, learnings and an objective assessment on ways to improve our processes in the future. A notice will be sent to members when this report is posted.

Recent Events & Engagements
While the oil and gas industry meetings and conferences never seem to have a slow season, the fall meetings make it impossible for us to be everywhere at the same time. The following are a few of the meetings we have attended:

The Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC) Annual Forum was held September 11-14. Presentations (that included RPSEA members) on topics and studies on produced water, baseline sampling and induced seismicity. RPSEA members and the management team are also supporting the GWPC/IOGCC States First initiative on gas storage and well integrity. GWPC is a great organizations and this was an excellent event.

The 2016 Offshore Energy Center Hall of Fame Committee on September 17, awarded its prestigious founding Pioneer Award to Michael Halbouty, the Industry Champion to Lillian Espinoza-Gala, Industry Pioneers Roger Bexon, Bob Scott and Gordon Sterling. One of the Pioneering Technology Awards was for Polyester Deepwater Mooring Systems that included work funded by RPSEA. This award was a tremendous honor for our members and partners.

On September 15, RPSEA took part in a meeting with at Rice University with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Advanced Modeling Program (SEAM). RPSEA and SEG agree on a path forward to work together on projects of mutual interest, including the Life of Field project, CO2 management, gas storage modeling and simulation. RPSEA and SEG are in the process of developing and finalizing a reciprocal agreement and are seeking new projects opportunities and sources of funding.

The Center for Offshore Safety annual meeting September 20-21 highlighted one of the most successful collaborative efforts to improve safety performance in our industry’s history. It is definitely worthwhile to visit their informative website and learn about what COS does and why. For RPSEA, working with COS helps us better focus our R&D on technologies that prevent incidents as well as technologies to mitigate minor events before they become major events. The recently published National Academies Report “Beyond Compliance, Strengthening the Safety Culture of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry” references the COS and is a document everyone in the industry should read here: www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/175037.aspx.

RPSEA had a booth at the Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) annual meeting September 24-28. The quality of the presentations and the event itself were both outstanding. This meeting provided us with the opportunity to meet with many of our members who have participated in our onshore program.

We announced in the new RPSEA Strategic Plan that RPSEA will be forming a regulatory committee. The committee will serve to identify existing and emerging regulations and identify critical research needs to enable the oil and gas industry to comply with regulations.

The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) are excellent organizations to interact with onshore regulators. The IOGCC initiated a project through its Energy Resources, Research and Technology (ERRT) standing committee to develop recommendations to the IOGCC and its membership on ways to improve regulatory agency awareness and responsiveness to the changing technical and operational practices in the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) industry. Two of the nine recommendations identified a role for RPSEA including “Issues and Compiling Responsive Technical Information” and “Technology Transfer” regarding the most effective ways to facilitate technology transfer for the regulatory audience, and help convene and sponsor opportunities as appropriate. The report recommends a specific focus on technology transfer of federally funded research to state agencies. RPSEA is also interacting with BLM, EPA and PHMSA, and for offshore with BSEE and BOEM. The committee structure will be more formalized in a kick off meeting December 2016. Other committee activities will also be announced before the end of the year.

In conjunction with the IPAA mid-year meeting in June and the IOGCC annual meeting in October 2-4 we met with the Liaison Committee of Cooperating Oil and Gas Associations. The objective was to learn more about the needs of independents to help shape our focus on conventional and mature oil and gas production. RPSEA presented the results of a white paper report to address marginal, shut-in, idle wells, future access and issues. Based on information in the recent IOGCC marginal well report, prior studies by the NPC and in particular RPSEA research by Advanced Resources International, Melzer and U of TX on EOR C02 and recovery from Residual Oil Zones (ROZ), we better understand the value of our conventional and marginal wells. The potential of recovering three times as much oil as we have produced in the US from these known reservoirs provides a compelling target for RPSEA to focus. The challenges include advancing the technology in a low cost environment and complying with new environmental regulations. The IOGCC report and presentations can be found on the IOGCC website.

The annual IOGCC meeting recognizes positive programs through the Chairman’s Stewardship Awards and several RPSEA members were recipients. Southwest Energy won the Large Company award. Anadarko won two awards for Energy Education and an Honorable Mention for Large Company. HARC was awarded the Environmental Partnership Honorable Mention award for the RPSEA funded EFD TIP program. Finally, the Small Company Honorable Mention Award was earned by a RPSEA-funded Texas A&M project and contractor Scott Environment for beneficial use of cuttings. Information on these achievements can also be found on the IOGCC website.

On Saturday, October 15, RPSEA participated in Houston’s Energy Day, hosted by RPSEA member Consumer Energy Alliance and the Consumer Energy Education Foundation. More than 22,000 people attended the event. Jack Belcher worked with students from Houston’s Energy Institute High School at the RPSEA booth to perform interactive experiments with hundreds of students, parents and teachers. The largest festival of its kind, Energy Day helps spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the classroom skills industry needs to continue the energy revolution. RPSEA has been an active participant in Energy Day and CEA as part of its commitment to energy education.

Upcoming Opportunities

In the coming weeks, RPSEA will be participating in the following events:

ARPA-E U.S. Investments in Natural Gas Technology, October 25, Rice University, Houston, TX

Offshore Arctic Technology Conference, October 24 – 28, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, CANADA

DUG Midcontinent Conference, October 26 – 28, Oklahoma City, OK

Hart Executive Conference, November 7 – 8, Midland, TX

IPAA Annual Meeting, November 9 – 11, Sea Island, GA

Midland CO2 Conference, December 8 – 11, Midland, TX

Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions regarding this issue of RPSEA Resource. Your comments are appreciated.


Best regards,

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Tom WilliamsJack Belcher