DOE grants support gas lift programs

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded grants to four small producers to help them adapt gas repressurization methods to boost field production. DOE said, "Injecting natural gas or other gases into an oil reservoir to force additional crude oil to production wells is a common practice of major oil companies and large independent producers. "But rarely have smaller companies operating in many of the nation's marginal oil fields adopted the procedure. Economic and technical uncertainties have been the stumbling blocks." Scaled-down processes DOE selected four projects, all with small independents, to carry out field experiments to test scaled-down gas repressurization...

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