DOE seeks projects to identify best oil field operating practices

The US Department of Energy is seeking more projects in its program to identify best operating practices for US oil producers. PUMP II (Preferred Upstream Management Practices) seeks engineering and geologic practices that can be developed and deployed rapidly to oil companies, especially small ones.


By the OGJ Online Staff

WASHINGTON, DC, June 27 -- The US Department of Energy is seeking more projects in its program to identify best operating practices for US oil producers.

PUMP II (Preferred Upstream Management Practices) seeks engineering and geologic practices that can be developed and deployed rapidly to oil companies, especially small ones.

Goal of the program is to promote the use of technologies, data, or other actions that can reduce well abandonments and the decline in US oil production.

The National Petroleum Technology Office, Tulsa, Okla., issued the PUMP I solicitation in June 2000 and selected six projects last April.

PUMP II is seeking proposals in two technology areas: developing portfolios of recovery technologies for critical production plays, and demonstrating methods of regional data sharing, particularly regarding advanced technologies.

DOE plans to select six to eight projects of up to 2 years duration. Sponsors must pay at least half of the project cost. DOE will contribute up to $500,000/project. The application deadline is Aug. 14.

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