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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. Secondary Gas Recovery (1987-1995)
In 1992 the National Petroleum Council estimated that a resource base of 1,295 trillion
cubic feet (Tcf) of technically recoverable natural gas resources (including proved
reserves, conventional resources, and non-conventional resources) existed in the United
This compartmentalization (other than structural compartmentalization) is primarily a function of the depositional system and, secondarily, of the diagenetic history of the reservoir after deposition.
The Secondary Natural Gas Recover (SGR): Targeted Technology Applications for Infield Reserve Growth was a joint venture research project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Gas Research Institute (GRI), the State of Texas through the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin, and the natural gas industry.
DOE leveraged $8.5 million in federal funding with $6.5 million from GRI, $1 million from Texas and $6.3 million from industry to support a 5-year proof-of-concept project. The SGR project was a field-based program employing a multidisciplinary approach that integrated geology, geophysics, engineering, and petrophysics.
A major objective of this research project was to develop, test, and verify those technologies and methodologies that would have near- to mid-term potential for maximizing recovery of gas from conventional reservoirs in known fields. The new technologies to be developed and applied included 3-D seismic and vertical seismic profiling.
The Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas led the SGR team and coordinated the research, first in the onshore Texas Gulf Coast Basin and then in the Ft. Worth Basin.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
2. GRI Research into Unconventional Gas Resources
3. Structure of the Enhanced Gas Recovery Program (EGR)