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DOE's Unconventional Gas Research Programs 1976-1995
SOURCE: U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region






3.6.2. Major Projects


There was only one major project funded under this program. The performer was the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin, under DOE contract DE-FG21-88MC25031.

The effort was divided into three main elements.

Targeted Technology Applications for Infield Reserve Growth A Synopsis of the Secondary Natural Gas Recovery Project Research, Gulf Coast Basin
Contract:
DE-FG21-88MC25031
Performer: Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin
Key Investigators: Raymond A. Leavey, Robert J. Finley, Bob A. Hardage
Time Period: Sept 1988 April 1993
Objectives: The broad objectives of this project were to:

  • Establish how depositional and diagenetic heterogeneities cause reservoir compartmentalization and lead to incomplete recovery of natural gas,
  • Document examples of reserve growth occurrence and potential from fluvial and deltaic sandstones of the Texas Gulf Coast Basin, and
  • Demonstrate how the integration of geology, reservoir engineering, geophysics, and well log analysis/petrophysics can lead to recompletion and well placement strategies for reserve growth in mature fields. Secondary Natural Gas Recovery: Targeted Applications for Infield Reserve Growth in Midcontinent Reservoirs Boonsville Field, Fort Worth Basin, TX
    Contract:
    DE-FG21-88MC25031
    Performer: Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin
    Key Investigators: Bob A. Hardage, David L. Carr, Robert J. Finley, Noel Tyler, David E. Lancaster, Robert Y. Elphick, James R. Ballard
    Time Period: May 1993 June 1995
    Objectives: The broad objectives of this project were to define undrained or incompletely drained reservoir compartments controlled primarily by depositional heterogeneity in a low-accommodation, cratonic Midcontinent depositional setting, and afterwards, to develop and transfer to producers strategies for infield reserve growth of natural gas. Two specific activities were:
    • To perform integrated geologic, geophysical, reservoir engineering and petrophysical evaluations of complex and difficult-to-characterize fluvial and deltaic reservoirs in the Boonsville Field (Bend Conglomerate Gas), a large mature gas field in the Fort Worth Basin of North Texas, and
    • To demonstrate to industry approaches for overcoming reservoir complexity using state-of-the-art technologies being applied by a large cross-section of Midcontinent operators.
    Integrated Strategies for Carbonate Reservoir Reserve Growth: an Example from the Ellenburger Group, Permian Basin, West Texas
    Contract:
    DE-FG21-88MC25031
    Performer: Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin
    Key Investigators: Bob A. Hardage, R.P. Major
    Time Period: August 1995 March 1998
    Objectives: The broad objectives of this project were to provide a guide to results of research into the use of modern multidisciplinary analyses, including advanced analysis of modern 3-D seismic data, to establish procedures for gas reserve growth in complex carbonate reservoirs of West Texas.

    Key reports related to the SGR program are detailed in Table 3.6.1.

    Table 3.6.1: List of Key Research Reports for Secondary Gas Recovery Program (1987-1995).

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    Secondary Gas Recovery: Targeted Applications for Infield Reserve Growth in Midcontinent Reservoirs Boonsville Field, Fort Worth Basin, TX Hardage, B.A., Carr, D.L., Finley, R.J., Tyler, N., Lancaster, D.E., Elphick, R.Y., Ballard, J.R. Bureau of Economic Geology, at the University of Texas July 1995
    Targeted Technology Applications for Infield Reserve Growth A Synopsis of the Secondary Natural Gas Recovery Project Research, Gulf Coast Basin (Topical and Final Report) Levey, R.A., Finley, R.A., Hardage, B.A. Bureau of Economic Geology, at the University of Texas June 1994
    Integrated Strategies for Carbonate Reservoir Reserve Growth: An Example from the Ellenburger Group, Permian Basin, West Texas Hardage, B.A., Major, R. P. Bureau of Economic Geology, at the University of Texas March 1998



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  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Cover Page

    Executive Summary

    1. Background

    2. GRI Research into Unconventional Gas Resources

    3. Structure of the Enhanced Gas Recovery Program (EGR)

  • 3.1. Eastern Gas Shales Program (1976-1992)

  • 3.1.1. Key Questions and Related R&D Goals
  • 3.1.2. Program Design and Overview of Major Projects
  • 3.1.3. Key Eastern Gas Shales Projects
  • 3.1.4. Highlights of Important Results
  • 3.1.5. Subsequent Developments in DOE and Other Research Related to Eastern Gas Shales

  • 3.2. Western Gas Sands Program (1978-1992)

  • 3.2.1. Key Questions and Related R&D Goals
  • 3.2.2. Program Design and Overview of Major Projects
  • 3.2.3. Key Western Gas Sands Projects
  • 3.2.4. Highlights of Important Results
  • 3.2.5. Subsequent Developments in DOE Research Related to Tight Gas Sands

  • 3.3. Methane Recovery from Coalbeds Program (1978-1982)

  • 3.3.1. Key Questions Related to Coal Seam Methane
  • 3.3.2. MRCP Program Design and Overview
  • 3.3.3. Key Methane Recovery from Coalbeds Projects
  • 3.3.4. Highlights of Important Results
  • 3.3.5. Subsequent Research Related to Methane Recovery from Coalbeds

  • 3.4. Deep Source Gas Project (1982-1992)

  • 3.4.1. Key Deep Source Gas Projects
  • 3.4.2. Highlights of Important Results

  • 3.5. Methane Hydrates Program (1982-1992)

  • 3.5.1. Methane Hydrates Workshop (March 1982)
  • 3.5.2. Key Questions and Related R&D Goals
  • 3.5.3. Program Design
  • 3.5.4. Major Contracted Gas Hydrates Projects
  • 3.5.5. Methane Hydrate Research Efforts of METC's In-House Organization
  • 3.5.6. Highlights of Important Results
  • 3.5.7. Subsequent Developments in Methane Hydrate Research

  • 3.6. Secondary Gas Recovery (1987-1995)

  • 3.6.1. Key Objectives and Program Design
  • 3.6.2. Major Projects
  • 3.6.3. Major Results

    4. Elements of Spreadsheet Bibliographies (by Program)

    Appendix A: Details of Major 1970-1980 Unconventional Gas Resource Assessments


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