Active Unconventional Resources Projects

Active Projects | Completed Projects


Field Labs | Fundamental Subsurface Science | Geological Characterization |
Stimulation Technology Improvements
| Produced Water | Non-Water-Based Stimulation |
Well Integrity and Zonal Isolation
| Air Quality/Emissions | Induced Seismic |
Technology Demonstration/Transfer | Reservoir Simulation

Field Laboratories
Project Number Project Name Primary Performer
DE-FE0024292 Hydraulic Fracturing Test Site Gas Technology Institute
DE-FE0024357 Utica Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory Ohio State University
DE-FE0024297 Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory West Virginia University

Fundamental Subsurface Science
Project Number Project Name Primary Performer
DE-AC26-07NT42677 Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas & Other Petroleum Resources Program Consortium Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA)
FWP 406/408/409 1 Experimental Study of In Situ Fracture Generation and Fluid Migration in Shale Los Alamos National Laboratory  
FWP 406/408/409 2 Probing Hydrocarbon Fluid Behavior in Nanoporous Formations to Maximize Unconventional Oil/Gas Recovery Los Alamos National Laboratory
FWP 406/408/409 3 Understanding Basic Mechanisms in Natural Gas Production Using Reservoir-Scale Modeling Los Alamos National Laboratory
FWP 100211 Chemical Control of Fluid Flow and Contaminant Release in Shale Microfractures SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
FWP-14-017608 Fundamental Understanding of Methane-Carbon Dioxide-Water (CH4-CO2-H2O) Interactions in Shale Nanopores under Reservoir Conditions Sandia National Laboratories 
DE-SC0013810 Development of a New Analytical Technology in Support of Oil and Natural Gas Extraction Amethyst Research, Inc.
ESD14084 Laboratory and Numerical Investigation of Hydraulic Fracture Propagation and Permeability Evolution in Heterogeneous and Anisotropic Shale and Sustainability of Hydraulic Fracture Conductivity in Ductile and Expanding Shales Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
ESD14085 Understanding Water Controls on Shale Gas Mobilization into Fractures Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
ESD14089 Numerical and Laboratory Investigations for Maximization of Production from Tight/Shale Oil Reservoirs: From Fundamental Studies to Technology Development and Evaluation Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Geological Characterization
Project Number Project Name Primary Performer
DE-SC0013735 High Performance Airborne Laser Scanner for Routine Mapping of Terrain from Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) Physical Sciences Inc. 
DE-FE0010667 Liquid-Rich Shale Potential of Utah's Uinta and Paradox Basins: Reservoir Characterization and Development Optimization Utah Geological Survey 

Stimulation Technology Improvements
Project Number Project Name Primary Performer
DE-FE0024271 Fracture Diagnostics Using Low Frequency Electromagnetic Induction and Electrically Conductive Properties  University of Texas at Austin 
DE-FE0024360 Injection and Tracking of Micro Seismic Emitters to Optimize UOG Development Paulsson, Inc.

Non-Water-Based Stimulation
Project Number Project Name Primary Performer
DE-SC0013242 Swellable Proppants for In-Situ Well Stimulation Terves, Inc.
DE-FE0024314 Development and Field Testing Novel Natural Gas Surface Process Equipment for Replacement of Water as Primary Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) 
DE-FE0013723 Development of Nanoparticle-Stabilized Foams To Improve Performance of Water-less Hydraulic Fracturing The University of Texas at Austin 

Well Integrity and Zonal Isolation
Project Number Project Name Primary Performer
DE-FE0014144 "Nanite" for Better Well-Bore Integrity and Zonal Isolation Oceanit 
DE-FE0024293 nXis Well Integrity Inspection in Unconventional Gas Wells GE Global Research
DE-FE0024296 Methods to Enhance Wellbore Cement Integrity with Microbially-Induced Calcite Precipitation Montana State University

Air Quality/Emissions
Project Number Project Name Primary Performer
DE-FE0014055 Measurements and Modeling to Quantify Emissions of Methane and VOCs from Shale Gas Operations Carnegie Mellon University
DE-FE0013590 Continuous, Regional Methane Emissions Estimates in Northern Pennsylvania Gas Fields Using Atmospheric Inversions The Pennsylvania State University 
DE-FE0013689 Assessing Fugitive Methane Emissions Using Natural Gas Engines in Unconventional Resource Development West Virginia University
DE-SC0011884 Innovative, Economical, Ultra-clean Incinerator for Low Heating Value VOC Emissions Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc

Technology Demonstration/Transfer
Project Number Project Name Primary Performer
DE-FE0000880 Risk Based Data Management System (RBDMS) and Cost Effective Regulatory Approaches (CERA) Related to Hydraulic Fracturing and Geologic Sequestration of CO2 Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC)
DE-FE0024311 Maximize Liquid Oil Production from Shale Oil and Gas Condensate Reservoirs by Cyclic Gas Injection Texas Tech University

Reservoir Simulation
Project Number Project Name Primary Performer