Research sought on unconventional gas

Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, Sugar Land, Tex., has requested industry proposals for projects on gas shales, coalbed methane water management, and tight sands.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Nov. 25 -- Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), Sugar Land, Tex., has requested industry proposals for projects on gas shales, coalbed methane water management, and tight sands.

The full text of the RFPs is on the RPSEA web site. The proposals are due Jan. 12, 2009, for projects to start around April 2009.

The focus of the gas shales proposal is on the challenges associated with development of the shale resource from the Permian basin through the Fort Worth basin and in southern Appalachian shale gas basins.

Concepts may include characterization of parameters that differentiate high-performing wells and development of methods to assess production potential, model production results, delineate the fracture system, develop extra-extended lateral drilling techniques, develop steerable hydraulic fracs, and a host of other concepts.

Another request is for development of tools, techniques, and methods to greatly reduce the cost and environmental impact of CBM and shale gas development through more effective management of water used and produced in drilling, completion, stimulation, and production.

The tight sands solicitation seeks proposals for development of tools, techniques, and methods to increase commercial production and ultimate recovery from established tight gas sand formations and accelerate development of emerging and frontier tight gas plays. This work is to be focused on the Rocky Mountain region.

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