Thursday, November 29, 2012

New DOE Research Projects Address Shale Plays

Fifteen research projects aimed at addressing the technical challenges of producing natural gas from shales and tight sands, while simultaneously reducing environmental footprints and risks, have been selected to receive a total of $28 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy.

The projects will address research needs primarily in four categories: (1) reduced environmental impacts, (2) improved water handling and treating methods, (3) enhanced characterization of shales, and (4) improved understanding of the hydraulic fracturing process.

Projects range from testing innovative technologies for cleaning fracture flowback water, to finding new ways to improve casing cement jobs, to increasing the understanding of the relationship between underground water disposal and induced seismicity.

Source: NETL

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