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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.

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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.

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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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Field Demonstration of Alkaline Surfactant Polymer Floods in Mature Oil Reservoirs Brookshire Dome, Texas

Subcontractor: Layline Petroleum 1, LLC

Principal Investigator: Chris Lewis
Project Number Project Status
08123-02
RPSEA Project Manager: Martha Cather
Participants
Tiorco, LLC; The University of Texas at Austin
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
December 1, 2009 November 1, 2012
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$1,228,666.90 $565,468.45 $650,911.78
Project Objectives

This proposal aims to demonstrate through a field pilot implementation that the use of alkaline surfactant polymer (ASP) flooding in appropriately selected reservoirs can result in an incremental oil production of 10 to 20% of the original oil (15 to 30% of the remaining oil).

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Reducing Impacts of New Pit Rules on Small Producers

Subcontractor: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Principal Investigator: Robert Balch
Project Number Project Status
07123-07
RPSEA Project Manager: Charlotte Schroeder
Participants
Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico; New Mexico Oil Conservation Division
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
August 6, 2008 August 5, 2012
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$763,396.00 $501,551.04 $254,211.00
Project Objectives

To minimize the impact of new “pit rules” on New Mexico’s small producers, thus minimizing the added cost of compliance and increased difficulty of permitting future drilling and production wells. A wide selection of data needed for compliance will be made available, in acceptable automated formats, to allow faster applications without the necessity of expensive surveys in most areas.

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New Mexico PIT Rules

Seismic Stimulation to Enhance Oil Recovery

Subcontractor: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Principal Investigator: Steven Pride
Project Number Project Status
07123-06
RPSEA Project Manager: Kent Perry
Participants
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
September 8, 2008 December 31, 2014
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$1,373,373.00 $723,373.00 $650,000.00
Project Objectives

This project seeks to determine if seismic stimulation can increase oil production in mature oil fields where production is declining. The major objectives of this project are to perform a well-controlled field test of seismic stimulation in a mature oil field, and to provide modeling and understanding of the mechanisms involved to determine where seismic stimulation might be best applied.

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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

High water cut production is a problem in many mature oil fields that have either undergone water flooding or produce with a strong water-drive mechanism. The primary technology to be tested in this project, radial-jetted lateral and PCP, originally proposed to substantially increase total volume of fluid production in a high water cut oil well has been replaced by tailored, cost-effective lateral drilling. Maintaining control of azimuth and trajectory and depth of penetration of the lateral has been deemed critical to contacting and producing remaining oil in the reservoir.

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Near Miscible CO2 Application to Improve Oil Recovery for Small Producers

Subcontractor: The University of Kansas Center for Research

Principal Investigator: Jyun Syung Tsau
Project Number Project Status
07123-03
RPSEA Project Manager: Martha Cather
Participants
Carmen Schmitt, Inc.
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
May 21, 2008 October 31, 2010
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$342,714.00 $274,171.00 $68,543.00
Project Objectives

This project seeks to demonstrate that “near miscible” carbon dioxide (CO2) flooding, where CO2 is injected at pressures below the minimum miscibility pressure (MMP) can result in incremental oil production.  Many reservoirs operated by small producers are at shallow depths below the MMP and have not generally been considered to be good candidates for CO2 injection.

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Preformed Particle Gels for Mitigating Water Production and Extending the Life of Mature Oil Wells and Further Improve Particle Gel Technology

Subcontractor: The University of Missouri

Principal Investigator: Baojun Bai
Project Number Project Status
07123-02
RPSEA Project Manager: Martha Cather
Participants
ChemEOR and BJ Services
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
July 31, 2008 March 31, 2011
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$800,929.00 $512,344.90 $280,735.00
Project Objectives

This project seeks to establish methods to optimize particle gel treatments for increasing oil recovery and reducing water production by improving the efficiency of water flood sweep. Traditional gel treaments can have some drawbacks that may be solved by use of preformed gel particles. The primary objectives of this project are to identify where particle gels can be most effective, and to test gel propagation for several products during extrusion through fractures to guide the selection of best products for different widths of fractures.

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Preformed Particle Gel for Conformance Control

Reducing the Impacts of Deterioration of Cement Integrity on Small Producers

Subcontractor: Rice University

Principal Investigator: Rouzbeh Shahsavari
Project Number Project Status
12123-42
RPSEA Project Manager: Rob Vagnetti
Participants
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$1,259,749.00 $995,200.00 $251,952.00
Project Objectives

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