Oil & Gas
DOE Issues Notice of Intent for Funding Opportunity to Improve Deepwater Offshore Enhanced Oil Recovery
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) for a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for cost-shared research and development projects that will ultimately enhance the potential for deepwater enhanced oil recovery (EOR) of conventional resources. DE-FOA-0002005, Advanced Operations and Sensing Technologies to Improve Efficiency and Capabilities for EOR in Deepwater Offshore Wells, will support DOE’s offshore oil and gas portfolio. Read More!

Energy Department Announces Intent to Fund Enhanced Oil Recovery Research
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and NETL have 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. Read More!

U.S. Department of Energy Issues Notice of Intent for Funding Opportunity Announcement to Improve Recovery of Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Resources
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and NETL have issued a Notice of Intent for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Read More!

Efficient recovery of our nation’s fossil fuel resources in an environmentally safe manner requires the development and application of new technologies that address the unique nature and challenging locations of many of our remaining oil and natural gas accumulations. The National Energy Technology Laboratory's (NETL) research projects are designed to help catalyze the development of these new technologies, provide objective data to help quantify the environmental and safety risks of oil and gas development, and characterize emerging energy resources like methane hydrates.

Natural Gas & Oil Program Research Portfolio Reports

O-G-coversThe Office of Fossil Energy (FE)/National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is releasing a series of nine Research Portfolio Reports to provide a snapshot of results and accomplishments completed to-date for active and completed projects under three focus areas: Unconventional Oil & Gas Resources; Ultra-Deepwater; and Small Producers. The reports capture research conducted over the last ten years under FE’s Natural Gas and Oil Program. Each report discusses the research challenges, accomplishments, and lessons learned as well as providing a 1-2 page summary for each project.


Natural Gas Resources

Natural Gas Resources

NETL research focuses on technologies that reduce the cost, increase the efficiency, and minimize the environmental risk of finding and producing natural gas in unconventional reservoirs, most importantly in fractured shale. 

Unconventional Resources   

Natural Gas

Natural Gas Midstream

NETL research focuses on the development of cost efficient and effective ways to mitigate methane emissions from natural gas infrastructure and to better quantify the sources, volumes and rates of methane emissions.

Program Description | DOE/NETL Projects

Deepwater Technology

Deepwater Technology

NETL research supports development of technologies that can help offshore Gulf of Mexico discoveries progress to production quickly and safely, and to maximize recovery from fields that are currently at the edge of industry capabilities. 

Offshore Architecture | Environmental | Other Deepwater Technology

Enhanced oil recovery

Enhanced Oil Recovery

NETL research supports the development, demonstration, and application of enhanced oil recovery technologies to tap large deposits of crude oil trapped in mature U.S. oil fields. Additional research focuses on oil resources that are difficult to produce because of the character of the hydrocarbons or the rock in which they are found. 

CO2 EOR | Other EOR & Oil Resources | Environmental

methane hydrates

Gas Hydrates

Gas hydrates are a mixture of gas and water molecules that form an ice-like material within Arctic onshore or deepwater offshore sediments. NETL research focuses on understanding how gas hydrates form and behave, their potential as an energy resource, and their role in the Earth’s carbon cycle.

DOE/NETL Projects | 2017 Gulf of Mexico Drilling and Coring Expedition