Active Unconventional Resources Projects

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Field Labs | Fundamental Subsurface Science | Geological Characterization |
Stimulation Technology Improvements
| Offshore TechnologiesProduced Water |
Non-Water-Based Stimulation | Well Integrity and Zonal Isolation | Air Quality/Emissions

Field Laboratories
Project Number Project Name Primary Performer
Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Laboratory
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
DE-FE0031606 Alaska North Slope Field Laboratory
University of Alaska – Fairbanks
DE-FE0031577 Hydraulic Fracture Test Site II (HFTS2) Delaware Basin
Gas Technology Institute (GTI)
Field Laboratory For Emerging Stacked Unconventional Plays In Central Appalachia
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
DE-FE0031579 Eagle Ford Shale Laboratory (EFSL)
Texas A&M University
DE-FE0024292 Hydraulic Fracturing Test Site Gas Technology Institute
DE-FE0024297 Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory West Virginia University

Fundamental Subsurface Science
Project Number Project Name Primary Performer
FWP-100211 Chemical Control and Fluid Flow in Shale Microfractures SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
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-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-FE0026962 Update and Enhancement of U.S. Shale Gas Outlooks Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG), University of Texas at Austin
DE-SC0013735 High Performance Airborne Laser Scanner for Routine Mapping of Terrain from Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) Physical Sciences Inc. 

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.

Offshore Technologies
Project Number Project Name Primary Performer
Hexagonal Boron Nitride Reinforced Multifunctional Well Cement for Extreme Conditions
C-Crete Technologies LLC
In-Situ Applied Coatings For Mitigating Gas Hydrate Deposition In Deepwater Operations
Colorado School of Mines

Produced Water
Project Number Project Name Primary Performer
Risk Based Data Management System (RBDMS), FracFocus, States First and Produced Water Initiatives
Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC)

Non-Water-Based Stimulation
Project Number Project Name Primary Performer
Development and Field Testing Novel Natural Gas Surface Process Equipment for Replacement of Water as Primary Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
DE-SC0013242 Swellable Proppants for In-Situ Well Stimulation Terves, Inc.

Well Integrity and Zonal Isolation
Project Number Project Name Primary Performer
DE-FE0024296 Methods to Enhance Wellbore Cement Integrity with Microbially-Induced Calcite Precipitation Montana State University