OSLO, Norway – The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is teaming up with 10 oil companies and the Danish Energy Agency to explore ways of improving recovery from tight chalk fields.
The parties will cooperate on R&D and share experience to further solutions for fields offshore Norway and Denmark.
The NPD and the Danish Energy Agency have taken the initiative for the Phase 7 of the Joint Chalk Research program, which started in 1982.
Oil companies participating in Phase 7 are BP, ConocoPhillips, the Danish North Sea Fund, DONG, Eni, Hess, Mærsk, Statoil, Shell and Total. They will contribute up to $367 million/yr from 2012, initially for three years. There are not time restrictions on the cooperation.
The Danish North Sea Fund will handle the administrative tasks, previously undertaken by Amoco and ConocoPhillips in previous phases.
“We will initiate a number of research projects,” said NPD Chief Engineer Leif Hinderaker. “For each project, one of the companies will be responsible for implementation and for entering into contracts with the environments that will conduct the research.”
Research will be conducted on:
• How to maximize efficiency in the use of water injection in chalk fields
• Weakening and compaction of chalk rocks when injecting water and/or CO2
• Modeling the effect on the reservoir of injecting CO2 for improved recovery
• Production from marginal chalk reservoirs
• Establishing a digital library to store the reports from all previous Joint Chalk Research phases.
NPD is responsible for this project.