DOE wants to mobilize subsurface engineering R&D efforts

07/28/2014
The US Department of Energy wants to mobilize federal government, oil and gas industry, university, and other research to address subsurface engineering challenges, particularly controlling fracture propagation and fluid flow, officials said at the first of several projected discussions. The industry learned from experience after it starting producing oil and gas from tight shale formations in 1995-96, observed Doug Hollett, director of DOE's Geothermal Technologies Office and a member of the department's Subsurface Technology and Engineering Crosscut Technical Team. "There was this wonderful stumbling across information as producers drilled lots of wells and learned from their mista...
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