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2014 Methane Hydrates Funding Opportunity Announcement

The objectives of this Funding Opportunity Announcement are to select projects in FY14 that will 1) lead to an extended-duration test program in Alaska, and 2) investigate the occurrence and nature of methane hydrates on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. Specifically, this FOA seeks to:

  • conduct scientific field tests in Alaska to further our understanding of the long-term response of gas hydrate occurrences to controlled destabilization via depressurization and other complimentary approaches.
  • better characterize naturally-occurring gas hydrate deposits via multi-site deepwater marine drilling, logging, and/or sampling programs.

To view the content/description of the Funding Opportunity Announcement please visit the FedConnect website and look for the Documentation section in the upper right hand corner. Click on “Body” to access the full FOA description.

To view a Synopsis of the Funding Opportunity Announcement or to download the Application and Instructions necessary for applying to the FOA please visit the Grants.gov website.

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
MAUREEN B. DAVISON, Contract Specialist (412-386-5163 Maureen.Davison@NETL.DOE.GOV )

If you have technical or administrative questions regarding the content of the FOA itself, those must be submitted through the FedConnect system. The ability to submit questions on the FOA is available to you once you have registered in the FedConnect system.

 February 2014 Issue of Fire in the Ice Now Available!
This issue has four articles, including an update on China’s second South China Sea expedition, a report on the estimation of gas hydrate resources in the East Sea of Korea, a short article on modeling post-shut-in gas hydrate reservoir behavior, and a story on a possible gas hydrate-sea life connection at Bremer Canyon, Australia.

Wellbore Cement: Research That Begins Where the Sidewalk Ends
As we meander down the sidewalk, how many of us give more than a passing thought to the cement underfoot? For the most part, it’s just another flat surface, a means to an end, whether it leads us to a coffee shop, book store, or parking lot. But when it’s puckered, chipped, or crumbling, we certainly think about its need for repair.

EDX - Share and Share Alike
At NETL, sharing energy technical knowledge and expertise just got a whole lot easier. The Laboratory’s Office of Research and Development has recently launched the Energy Data eXchange, or EDX, a knowledge-sharing network built to provide a single source for fossil energy-related datasets and the tools to use them. EDX is designed to make research and other data generated by NETL researchers, other EDX users, and outside agencies available almost instantly through a common portal that features key tools to support analysis and evaluation.

Fall 2013 Issue of E&P Focus Now Available! This issue of E&P Focus highlights DOE/NETL-sponsored projects related to the treatment of produced and frac water.

NETL has published an update to the popular "Modern Shale Gas Development in the United States: A Primer" published in 2009. This update, entitled "Modern Shale Gas Development in the United States: An Update", provides additional information on the current status of various shale plays that have undergone significant development over the past four years.

Expedition Provides New Insight on Gas Hydrates in Gulf of Mexico
A joint-federal-agency 15-day research expedition in the northern Gulf of Mexico yielded innovative high-resolution seismic data and imagery that will help refine characterizations of large methane hydrate resources in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.

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