The increasing demand for reliable, affordable, and secure domestic supplies of energy amplify the need for continued research into ways to economically access our Nation’s vast unconventional natural gas and oil resources. While significant advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technology were made during the “shale revolution,” they are unable to recover more than a quarter of the natural gas and oil in place.
As a result, three drivers provide a clear focus for the role of technology in enhancing the Nation’s ability to benefit from its vast natural gas and oil resources:
While the definition of the term “unconventional” has evolved over time, this research program is focused on the production of hydrocarbons from shale and other tight formations. The current portfolio of active projects is balanced among research thrusts including:
Find a full list of the current active projects in the Unconventional Resource program here.