RPSEA selects projects for the 2008 ultra deepwater program

The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) has selected twelve proposals for negotiations leading to an award under the 2008 Ultra-Deepwater Program.

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SUGAR LAND, Texas -- The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) has selected twelve proposals for negotiations leading to an award under the 2008 Ultra-Deepwater Program.

“These twelve projects continue to build the integrated research portfolio envisioned by the 2007 and 2008 approved Annual Plans for the Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research and Development Program to develop technologies and architectures for operations in ultra-deepwater,” says C. Michael Ming, RPSEA’s president. “This program is designed to bring the resources of America’s leading universities, research institutions and technology innovators to bear on the development of domestic resources in water depths of 1,500 m (4,921 ft) or greater by reducing costs, increasing efficiency, improving safety and minimizing environmental impacts.”

The selected projects are:

Coil tubing, drilling, and intervention systems using cost-effective vessel
Project leader: Nautilus International
Additional project participants: GE Oil & Gas, NOV CTES, INTECSEA, Tidewater Marine, University of Tulsa, Texas A&M University

New safety barrier testing methods
Project leader: Southwest Research Institute

Riserless intervention system (RIS)
Project leader: DTC International
Additional project participants: Superior Energy Services, NOV Texas Oil Tools, Deepwater Research, Det Norske Veritas (USA)

Advanced steady-state and transient, 3D, Single and multiphase, non-Newtonian simulation system for managed pressure drilling
Project leader: Stratamagnetic Software

Technologies of the future for pipeline monitoring and inspection
Project leader: University of Tulsa
Additional project participant: T.D. Williamson,

Wireless subsea communications systems
Project leader: GE Global Research
Additional project participant: Northeastern University

Replacing chemical biocides with targeted Bacteriophages in deepwater pipelines and reservoirs
Project leader: Phage Biocontrol
Additional project participants: Texas A&M University, Shell International Exploration & Production, ConocoPhillips, Petrobras America, Halliburton, Nalco, Multi-Chem, BJ Services, Champion Technologies, Intertek Group, INTECSEA, Livermore Instruments

Enumerating Bacteria in deepwater pipelines in real-time at a negligible marginal cost per analysis: A proof of concept study
Project leader: Livermore Instruments
Additional project participants: Phage Biocontrol, Texas A&M University, ConocoPhillips, Shell International Exploration & Production, Petrobras America, Halliburton, Nalco Company, Multi-Chem, BJ Services, Champion Technologies, Intertek Group, INTECSEA

Fiber containing sweep fluids for ultra-deepwater drilling applications
Project leader: University of Oklahoma
Additional project participant: M-I SWACO

Heavy viscous oils PVT for ultra-deepwater
Project leader: Schlumberger

Early reservoir appraisal, utilizing a well testing system
Project leader: Nautilus International
Additional Participants: Knowledge Reservoir, Expro International Group, General Marine Contractors, INTECSEA, Louisiana State University, University of Tulsa, Texas A&M University, GE Oil & Gas, Tidewater Marine

Ultra-reliable deepwater electrical power distribution system and power components
Project leader: GE Global Research
Additional Participants: Texas A&M University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, GE Oil & Gas.

09/03/2009

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