GRI asks FERC to approve gas research program

The Gas Research Institute, Des Plaines, Ill., has asked the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve its 2002 research, development, and demonstration program. FERC regulates surcharges on interstate gas shipments that are used to fund GRI programs.


By the OGJ Online Staff

WASHINGTON, DC, June 5 -- The Gas Research Institute, Des Plaines, Ill., has asked the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve its 2002 research, development, and demonstration program.

The proposed $60 million budget is for the FERC-funded portion of GRI's budget and is part of a GRI filing that includes the 2002-2006 RD&D plan. FERC regulates surcharges on interstate gas shipments that are used to fund GRI programs.

GRI proposes to use all funds in 2002 to support a 16-project core program with broad applications for the gas industry. It said 15 of the projects continue or consolidate projects begun in prior years, and the new project, Advanced Drilling and Completion, expands on previous work.

In addition to the FERC portion of the budget, GRI anticipates about $27.3 million in cofunding from industry and government sources in 2002.

The 2002 filing marks the fifth year of GRI's 7-year transition to an all-voluntary R&D program. In 1998, the first year of the transition, FERC approved GRI funding for $164 million. The funding declined to $70 million in 2001 and will be $60 million/year in 2002, 2003, and 2004.

The institute said last year 28 new or enhanced GRI products, processes, techniques, tools, and key research information entered the marketplace. It said between January 1996 and December 2000, the GRI program led to the commercialization of 170 items.

GRI, established in 1976, conducts research, development, and commercialization programs that benefit the entire gas industry and its customers, as well as targeted RD&D efforts in partnership with individual organizations and consortia.

In April 2000 GRI merged with the Institute of Gas Technology to form the Gas Technology Institute, in order to serve a more competitive, deregulated energy industry. GRI and IGT continue to exist as separate entities within GTI.

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