News Release

Release Date: October 10, 2018

Energy Department Announces Intent to Fund Enhanced Oil Recovery Research


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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has issued a Notice of Intent for a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) expected to fund cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects that reduce technical risks associated with enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and expand application of EOR methods.

The objective of DE-FOA-0001988, Advanced Technologies for Enhanced Oil Recovery, is to competitively solicit and award R&D projects that will focus primarily on developing enhanced recovery technologies in unconventional and conventional reservoirs. Projects should also aid in the development of domestic unconventional fossil energy resources, as well as improve the understanding of reservoirs and improve low recovery factors from unconventional oil wells.

FE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the selected projects, which will focus on two areas of interest: 1) EOR technologies for onshore conventional oil reservoirs and 2) EOR technologies for unconventional reservoirs.

Prospective applicants to this FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of its issuance in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2019, possibly in November 2018. No applications will be accepted through the Notice of Intent, and all of the information it contains is subject to change.

Read the full Notice of Intent here.

The Office of Fossil Energy funds research and development projects to reduce the risk of advanced fossil energy technologies and further the sustainable use of the Nation’s fossil resources. To learn more about unconventional resource research projects within the Office of Fossil Energy, visit the NETL projects page.  More information about the National Energy Technology Laboratory is available on the NETL website.


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