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UW’s EORI Reviews Reservoir Pilot Test Data Acquisition Program Applications

December 15, 2017

The University of Wyoming’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) is evaluating applications for the Wyoming Reservoir Pilot Test Data Acquisition Program (WRPTDAP).

The initial applications have begun to address the myriad issues facing Wyoming oil and gas producers, EORI Director Steve Carpenter says.

EORI proposals are designed to acquire real-world Wyoming petroleum reservoir operating data in partnership with various technology vendors and Wyoming operators. Data collected from approved projects will be used by the institute’s research, engineering and geology staff to analyze Wyoming oil and gas reservoirs and technologies.

“The goal is to suggest improved, economical methods for recovering larger volumes of stranded oil and gas, which is at the heart of the institute’s mission and legislative mandate,” Carpenter says. “The matrix displayed on our website (at www.eoriwyoming.org) shows the applications to date and the issues being addressed and in which reservoirs. This list is not exhaustive, and this program desires to solicit projects that will help EORI address multiple issues Wyoming operators face preventing optimal oil and gas production.”

As one of the centers of excellence in UW’s School of Energy Resources, the EORI facilitates meaningful and measureable increases in recoverable reserves, and production of oil and natural gas in Wyoming that may otherwise not be realized.

The WRPTDAP offers cost-sharing on a dollar-for-dollar basis with successful applicants. The EORI provides up to half of the direct costs to conduct studies until the budget of $500,000 is exhausted or until June 30, 2018. The institute will consider a number of funded projects that will address a variety of research topics. Carpenter says the program is open to all oil and gas operators, as well as oil and gas industry vendors doing business in Wyoming producing oil and gas from the state’s reservoirs.

“Wyoming has a rich and varied geology and, therefore, a rich and varied collection of geological traps and structures that produce oil and gas,” Carpenter states. “The objective of this program is to gather a diverse set of real-world operating data looking at various approaches to increase oil and gas production in these varied production scenarios.”

Examples might be interwell tracer tests to determine “thief zones,” connectivity and flow characteristics of a reservoir.

“New technologies that hold promise for solving production problems might be good candidates for pilot tests,” Carpenter says. “Of interest to the institute is our ability to address as many production problems/issues as possible across as many Wyoming reservoirs/rocks as possible.”

For more information, and application details, visit www.eoriwyoming.org.

For questions or assistance with the application, call Carpenter in the EORI office at (307) 315-6442 or email steven.carpenter@uwyo.edu; or call EORI Deputy Director Rob Hurless at (307) 315-6443 or email rhurless@uwyo.edu.


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