DOE meeting to eye ultradeepwater challenge

The US Department of Energy plans a Jan. 11 meeting in The Woodlands, Tex., to continue development of an Offshore Technology Development Program. DOE said the project seeks the best methods to commercialize US technologies for the sustainable development of the ultradeepwater Gulf of Mexico.


The US Department of Energy plans a Jan. 11 meeting in The Woodlands, Tex., to continue development of an Offshore Technology Development Program.

The meeting will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Fondren Lecture Hall of the Houston Advanced Research Center.

DOE said the project seeks the best methods to commercialize US technologies for the sustainable development of the ultradeepwater Gulf of Mexico.

A planning document determined the federal government needed to coordinate its efforts with those of stakeholders. DOE's Office of Natural Gas and Petroleum Technology and the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service have agreed to cooperate.

DOE said the meeting would explore how to improve coordination between stakeholder groups; identify the government role and responsibility; explore how to attract investment to the energy technology sector; and set federal priorities and determine how they fit in the federal budget process.

It said the meeting also would discuss doing business with DOE; the department's technology investment portfolio; industry's technology needs; federal priorities for fiscal year 2002; the structure of DOE's technology program; and evaluation criteria for project selection.

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