Speaker: Elena Melchert
Monday, 23 July
Rapid growth in unconventional oil and gas (UOG) production presents new opportunities and challenges within the domestic energy landscape, and positions the United States towards addressing the goal of U.S. energy dominance. The U.S. Department of Energy, through collaboration with industry, academia, state, and local governments, has identified that some basins are more mature in producing unconventional oil and gas, while other basins are less developed. Because of different geological (ex. reservoir characteristics), environmental (ex. water use and disposal), and social constraints (ex. infrastructure development), basins have different regional issues and in response, DOE has been building a research portfolio that characterizes basin-specific UOG development. DOE is developing a series of field laboratories in different basins, including the Appalachian Basin, Permian Basin, and Western Gulf Coast Basin to improve understanding of regional development while improving technologies and best practices to optimize recovery. Successful basin-level characterization can determine optimal completion techniques, allowing for the development/deployment of technologies that increase hydrocarbon production while reducing environmental impacts and ensuring the public good.