Luncheon – June 21, 2002

Title: U.S. Department of Energy Deep Gas Technology Development

Speaker: Edith Allison, Office of Natural Gas and Petroleum Technology, U.S. Department of Energy

Date: June 21, 2002

Publication: The Outcrop, June 2002, p. 5

Resource estimates by the Energy Information Administration and National Petroleum Council suggest that increased production from non-conventional reservoirs, including deep gas, will be needed to meet the future demand for natural gas. Deep gas reservoirs, greater than 15,000 feet deep, currently produce 1.5 Trillion cubic feet (Tcf) per year. Production from these reservoirs is expected to reach 3.4 Tcf per year by 2015, assuming technology advances continue as they have over the past decade.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Natural Gas and Petroleum Technology sponsors research to enhance the efficiency of domestic oil and gas exploration and recovery. These efforts include assessments of the technology required to recover basin-centered gas, and field demonstrations of new imaging and drilling technology targeting deep reservoirs. The presentation will describe the results of some of this work in the Greater Green River and Wind River Basins.

The DOE also develops environmental technology and promotes regulatory streamlining to increase access to federal lands, primarily in the Rocky Mountains.

There are numerous opportunities for companies to work with the DOE. For example, in 2000 the DOE will request proposals for work in two new programs that impact deep gas, Deep Trek and PRIME. Deep Trek will fund development of advanced materials and sensors for deep wells. PRIME will fund long-term university research for reservoir imaging, drilling, and enhanced oil recovery.