Oil and Gas News

Recovery of Pressurized Cores Key to Natural Gas Hydrate Research
December 4, 2017
An NETL-sponsored team led by the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) has recovered the first pressurized cores from a gas hydrate reservoir in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico—a key step in opening the door to a vast untouched natural gas resource.

Recovery of Pressurized Cores Key to Natural Gas Hydrate Research
August 23, 2017

Infographic: 5 Facts About the Impact of DOE Research and the Shale Revolution
July 27, 2017

DOE to Invest $20 Million in New Oil and Gas Research Projects
June 21, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and NETL today announced the availability of $20 million for cost-shared oil and gas research projects to increase recovery efficiency from unconventional oil and gas wells and to prevent offshore spills and leaks. This new funding opportunity seeks projects that will advance the Department’s objective to support a more environmentally responsible, secure, and resilient U.S. energy infrastructure, while enhancing economic competitiveness and national security.

Project Helps Provide More Precise Detection and Understanding of Seismic Activity in Oklahoma
June 6, 2017
The Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the University of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) have concluded a highly innovative and integrated study to determine what properties lead to induced seismicity.

Water-Management Tool May Help Turn Waste into a Resource
June 6, 2017
With project-management support from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the Colorado School of Mines and New Mexico State University have completed a project culminating in a new online water-management tool called the Decision Support Tool (DST), which can suggest treatment options for produced water and fracturing flowback—water that has been injected into shale formations as part of hydraulic fracturing operations that later emerges with minerals, organic matter, salts, and added chemicals. The tool will help minimize potential impacts of oil and natural gas production on natural water resources, public health, aquatic life, and the environment through informed decision-making.

NETL Scores “Innovative R&D” Prize at Shale Gas Innovation Contest
May 24, 2017
A technology developed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) providing a cost-effective early warning of oil or gas well destabilization that could result in blowout gusher has been recognized as an “Innovative R&D” winner at the Sixth Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest.

Frozen Heat: Exploring the Potential of Natural Gas Hydrates
May 12, 2017
Everyone hears about the vastness of our more traditional fossil fuel resources. But one potential source of fossil energy could exceed the energy content of all other known fossil fuels combined—and that’s natural gas hydrate.

2017 Gulf of Mexico Drilling and Coring Expedition
May 10, 2017
In partnership with NETL, the University of Texas at Austin is leading an effort to execute two drilling and coring expeditions to assess the nature and occurrence of gas hydrates in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The program is focused primarily on assessing the origin and evolution of geologic systems that generate and sustain high concentrations of gas hydrate within coarse-grained sediments. Follow the progress of the expedition!

Novel Oil-Spill Recovery Process Demonstrates Feasibility under Simulated Artic Conditions
April 24, 2017
NETL researchers have successfully demonstrated a new oil-spill recovery process under simulated Arctic conditions. The work, which is being conducted under a grant awarded to NETL by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environment Enforcement, is focused on verifying that this process can have real-world applications for oil recovery in a harsh Arctic environment.

NETL Examines Foamed Cement for Safer Recovery of Oil and Gas around the World
March 1, 2017
What does a CT scanner have to do with safer drilling operations? The answer may surprise you. Researchers at NETL are combining their unparalleled expertise with unexpected tools like CT scanners to investigate a material that prevents leaks and spills during oil and gas drilling operations—foamed cement.

The Spring, 2017 Issue of the Methane Hydrate Newsletter Fire in the Ice is Now Available
January 20, 2017


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