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Basin-Scale Produced Water Management Tools and Options – GIS-Based Models and Statistical Analysis of Shale Gas/Tight Sand Reservoirs and Their Produced Water Streams, Uinta Basin, Utah

Subcontractor:  Utah Geological Survey

Principal Investigator:  Thomas Chidsey
Project Number Project Status
11123-08
RPSEA Project Manager: John Terneus
Participants
Anadarko Petroleum Corp; EOG Resources, Inc.; Wind River Resources, Inc; QEP Resources, Inc; and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
October 10, 2012 August 5, 2015
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$719,980.00 $532,785.00 $179,995.00
Project Objectives

This project has main objectives: (1) create basin-wide, digital produced water management tools that integrate produced water character, water disposal/reuse, water transport, and groundwater sensitivity factors to allow for quicker and more efficient regulatory and management decisions related to unconventional gas developments in the Uinta Basin (figures 1 and 2); (2) investigate the option of beneficial use of produced water treatment for geothermal heat recovery or power generation in the Uinta Basin; (3) promote maximized produced water reuse which will minimized use of freshwater in

Report

File Name File Type Date
Basin-Scale Produced Water Management Tools and Options – GIS-Based Models and Statistical Analysis of Shale Gas/Tight Sand Reservoirs and Their Produced Water Streams, Uinta Basin, Utah Final Report 11/15
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Enhanced Oil Recovery from the Bakken Shale Using Surfactant Imbibition Coupled with Gravity Drainage

Subcontractor: University of North Dakota

Principal Investigator:  Dongmei Wang
Project Number Project Status
09123-09
RPSEA Project Manager: Martha Cather
Participants
North Dakota Industrial Commission; TIORCO, LLC; Champion Technologies, Inc.; HESS Corporation
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
March 16, 2011 March 17, 2014
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$622,956.53 $491,726.96 $125,000.00
Project Objectives

The objective of this project is to determine whether surfactant solutions solutions can alter the wettability of the Bakken shale(in North Dakota's Willston Basin), so that oil recovery can be enhanced by a mechanism involving inhibition and gravity drainage.

Report

File Name File Type Date
Enhanced Oil Recovery from the Bakken Shale Using Surfactant Imbibition Coupled with Gravity Drainage Final Report 03/14

Evaluation and Modeling of Stratigraphic Control on the Distribution of Hydrothermal Dolomite Reservoir Away from Major Fault Planes

Subcontractor:  Western Michigan University

Principal Investigator: Michael Grammer
Project Number Project Status
08123-12
RPSEA Project Manager: Martha Cather
Participants
Polaris Energy Company
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
October 14, 2009 January 31, 2013
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$1,146,043.00 $389,243.25 $752,674.00
Project Objectives

The primary goals of this study are aimed at improving recovery from the Albion-Scipio hydrothermal dolomite trend.

Report

File Name File Type Date
Evaluation Modeling Stratigraphic Hydrothermal Dolomite Fault Planes Final Report 01/13
Appendices A-C Final Report 01/13
Appendix D Final Report 01/13
Appendices E-N Final Report 01/13

Creating Fractures Past Damage More Effectively with Less Environmental Damage

Subcontractor: DaniMer Scientific, LLC

Principal Investigator: Steve Wann
Project Number Project Status
09123-20
RPSEA Project Manager: Martha Cather
Participants
CSi Technologies, Inc.; Texas A&M University; Ampak Oil Company; Burleson Cooke LLP
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
March 18, 2011 September 30, 2012
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$815,121.21 $310,688.00 $496,282.00
Project Objectives

The goal of this project is to demonstrate in the field a novel, cost effective and environmentally friendly fracturing process which could apply to a large number of wells where small fracturing features, which could apply to a large number of wells where small fracturing treatments, less than 50,000 pounds proppant, are necessary to fracture past damage. The process uses a novel residue free fluid that cleans up leaving no permeability plugging residue. uses substantially less fluid than conventional treatments and is designed to deliver optimal proppant pack distribution.

Report

File Name File Type Date
Creating Fractures Past Damage More Effectively With Less Final Report 02/13
RPSEA-Backed Fracture Technique Ready For Field Trials Article 10/12

Green Oil™ CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery for America's Small Oil Producers

Subcontractor: Pioneer Astronautics, Inc.

Principal Investigator: Robert Zubrin
Project Number Project Status
09123-14
RPSEA Project Manager: Martha Cather
Participants
Pioneer Energy, Inc.; J&L Allen, Inc; Carnegie Mellon University; American Power Ventures
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
February 11, 2011 November 30, 2013
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$1,143,746.00 $553,314.00 $579,223.00
Project Objectives

The goal of this project is to make EOR at small producer fields feasible, by developing truckportable equipment CO2 on-site and at scale of operation of approximately 1 million cubic feet per day. This is sufficent to generate about 100 additional barrels of oil per day, a relevant rate for small oil producers.

Report

File Name File Type Date
09123-14-FR-Green_Oil_Co2-Enhanced_Recovery_Americas_Small_Oil_Producer-08-09-13_P Final Report 08/13
RPSEA Green Oil; Technology Project Website

A Portable, Two Stage, Antifouling Hollow Fiber Membrane Nanofiltration Process for the Cost-Effective Treatment of Produced Water

Subcontractor: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Principal Investigator: Jianjia Yu
Project Number Project Status
12123-16
RPSEA Project Manager: Joe Renk
Participants
Harvard Petroleum Company
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
June 4, 2016 June 5, 2014
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$858,678.00 $415,433.22 $434,658.00
Project Objectives

The overall objective of this project is to develop and demonstrate the performance and cost-effectiveness of portable Two-Stage, Antifouling Hollow Fiber Membrane (TS-af-HFM) nanofiltration process to convert produced water into a clean water product for a reused fluid or direct discharge.

Report

File Name File Type Date
A Portable, Two Stage, Antifouling Hollow Fiber Membrane Nanofiltration Process for the Cost-Effective Treatment of Produced Water Tech. Status Assessment 07/14

Enhancing Oil Recovery from Mature Reservoirs Using Radial-Jetted Laterals and High-Volume Progressive Cavity Pumps

Subcontractor: The University of Kansas Center for Research

Principal Investigator: Lynn Watney
Project Number Project Status
07123-04
RPSEA Project Manager: Martha Cather
Participants
Kansas Geological Survey; American Energies Corporation
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
August 25, 2008 July 31, 2012
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$519,441.00 $248,385.00 $271,056.00
Project Objectives

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Contacting, New Reservoir in Hunton Dolomite in Nearly Depleted Unger Field, Marion County, Kansas Using a Lateral with Azimuthal Gamma Ray Sensor and Drillpipe Conveyed Wireline Logs Final Report 06/14

Evaluation and Modeling of Stratigraphic Control on the Distribution of Hydrothermal Dolomite Reservoir Away from Major Fault Planes

Subcontractor: Western Michigan University

Principal Investigator: Michael Grammer
Project Number Project Status
08123-12
RPSEA Project Manager: Martha Cather
Participants
Polaris Energy Company
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
October 14, 2009 January 31, 2013
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$1,146,043.00 $389,243.25 $752,674.00
Project Objectives

The primary goals of this study are aimed at improving recovery from the Albion‐Scipio hydrothermal dolomite trend.

Report

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Electrical Power Generation from Produced Water: Field Demonstration of Ways to Reduce Operating Costs of Small Producers

Subcontractor: Gulf Coast Green Energy

Principal Investigator: Robin Dahlheim
Project Number Project Status
08123-10
RPSEA Project Manager: Martha Cather
Participants
Denbury Resources, Inc., EletraTherm, Inc., Dry Coolers, Inc.
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
October 30, 2009 April 30, 2012
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$455,424.32 $225,200.08 $225,670.00
Project Objectives

Gulf Coast Green Energy is proposing to demonstrate a modified waste heat generator that uses produced water to create “green” electricity usable on site or for transmission off site for field operations. The overall objective is to identify and demonstrate technology that will reduce the field operating cost of electricity and minimize the environmental impact by creating green electricity using produced water and no additional fossil fuel.

Report

File Name File Type Date
Electrial Power Generation from Produced Water: Field Demonstration of Ways to Reduce Operating Costs of Small Producers Final Report 04/12

Mini-Waterflood: A New Cost Effective Approach to Extend the Economic Life of Small, Mature Oil Reservoirs

Subcontractor: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Principal Investigator: Thomas Engler
Project Number Project Status
08123-07
RPSEA Project Manager: Charlotte Schroeder
Participants
Armstrong Energy Corporation
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
August 5, 2009 August 4, 2011
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$271,757.00 $212,883.43 $56,156.00
Project Objectives

The goal of this project is to investigate a new, “mini-waterflood” strategy for enhancing oil recovery from small, mature fields. The project combines reservoir simulation and core displacement studies to evaluate the feasibility of the mini-flood concept. The broader objective is to provide small producers with knowledge and tools needed to improve recovery and extend the life of small, depleted oil fields.

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