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TECHCONNECTIONS
RPSEA Progresses
Into A New Phase Of Helping
Small Operators
As the oil and gas conference season moved into full swing,
I found myself planning a trip to Galveston, Tx., at the end of August to attend the latest conference put on by the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America. When I mention RPSEA
of late, folks generally look a little perplexed and say things such
as, "I thought that project was complete."
They are partially correct. The funding for the 999 portion of
RPSEA officially ends this year. However, work continues to move
forward as the organization takes on new leadership for the next
phase of its work and showcases the last 10 years of successful
research for onshore and ultradeepwater operations.
As I began reading through the "Best of RPSEA 10 Years of
Research" conference material, it occurred to me just how much
impact this organization has had on the oil and gas industry, and
on independent operators in particular. I have highlighted many
RPSEA projects in this column for their technical solutions aimed
at small operators. I also was reminded that RPSEA's contributions to unconventional resources and ultradeepwater operations
have impacted our industry as well.
Many RPSEA-developed technologies have been commercialized and several more are on their way to market. RPSEA's
work includes advances in low-permeability resources, well completions, environmental impact, reducing safety risks, effective
use of reservoir and geoscience techniques, drilling and interventions, ultradeepwater floating systems and risers, subsea power systems, measurement and system integrity, and inspection,
maintenance and repairs.
RPSEA was formed to develop next-generation technology intended to tap ultradeepwater and unconventional onshore hydrocarbon resources in the United States that were inaccessible
or uneconomic using existing technology. Additionally, at
RPSEA's inception, there were few programs that addressed the
specific needs of small producers, such as produced water management, power generation and usage costs, and transportation
costs. With so many small producers managing stripper wells, it
was important that efficient and effective optimization be addressed.
Now, with the announcement that Tom Williams will be taking over the reins of the organization, it is time for the next chapter of RPSEA's contributions to industry. Williams' long career
includes holding management positions at the U.S. Department
of Energy and Interior from 1989 to 1993. He has worked to create programs whereby industry and government can work together.
In a RPSEA press release, Williams says, "This new role at
RPSEA is an exciting opportunity to make a contribution during
a very challenging time for the oil and gas industry and our country. It is a program whereby our members work together toward
common goals. I appreciate the RPSEA board's trust in me, and
believe I can utilize my energy and experiences to help RPSEA
as it prospers in the future."
In his new role, Williams will help RPSEA focus on expanding the opportunities to utilize its unique capabilities and find real
solutions that can be applied directly to solving the energy challenges of coming decades.

"It is time for the next chapter of
RPSEA's contributions to industry."
Returning to RPSEA's "best of" conference, one project report I found very interesting was titled, "Identifying and Developing Technology for Enabling Small Producers to Pursue the
Residual Oil Zone Fairways of the Permian Basin, San Andres,"
by Steve Melzer. Another interesting report is, "Reducing the Impacts of Deterioration of Cement Integrity on Small Producers,"
by Rouzbeh Shahsavari at Rice University. This can be an especially troubling issue for small operators.
"Petrophysics and Tight Rock Characterization for the Application of Improved Stimulation and Production Technology in
Shale," by James Puckett at Oklahoma State University offered
an unconventional perspective. And "Novel Engineered Osmosis Technology: A Comprehensive Approach to the Treatment and
Reuse of Produced Water and Drilling Wastewater," by Tzahi Cath
at the Colorado School of Mines addressed an emerging issue.
Finally, "Lowering Drilling Cost, Improving Operational Safety, and Reducing Environmental Impact through Zonal Isolation
Improvements for Horizontal Wells Drilled in the Marcellus and
Haynesville Shales," by Paul Sonnier with CSI Technologies LLC
held the promise of opportunities for operators working in those
shales.
In my experience, RPSEA has been a great organization to work
with and I am excited to be a part of its next chapter. Mentioned
here are but a few of the presentations at the best of RPSEA event,
showcasing a history of solid contributions to industry and a move
into the future while keeping innovation and technology development for America top of mind. Keep an eye on this group as
it moves forward.
❒

JEREMY VISCOMI is the di-

rector of technology transfer
for the University of Kansas
Tertiary Oil Recovery Program and the PTTC Midcontinent Region office. He has
more than a decade of experience in developing and organizing technical conferences
and special events.
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