New DOE oil projects focus on long-term research

In an effort to keep US oil and gas fields producing successfully in the future, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 10 projects to share in an $8.7-million exploration, drilling, and production research and development program.DOE said in a press release it is looking "to the next decade and beyond" when the industry will need a realm of new approaches to keep production alive. "The focus will be on longer-range, more-fundamental oil technology research," DOE said.The federal government is funding 74% of the projects cost, while participants will provide the remainder.The projects, selected from 56 proposals, incorporate exploratory research efforts ranging from pioneering con...

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