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Technology Roadmap
Considers R&D Challenges
For The Next Decade
The Petroleum Technology Transfer Council and the Research
Partnership to Secure Energy for America have had a strong relationship for many years. RPSEA has been responsible for
helping fund and develop safe and environmentally sensitive
technologies that support the U.S. oil and gas industry, and
PTTC has been responsible for transferring that technology to
industry. Together, both organizations have been supporting the
U.S. oil and gas industry for more than 20 years. Now, with the
recent publication of the oil and gas technology roadmap,
Keeping it Going For the Long Haul-The Easy Stuff is Gone,
PTTC and RPSEA look forward to continuing to provide U.S.
operators with access to the latest technology and best practices
from some of the industry's best minds.
The RPSEA plan outlines the coming decade's challenges and
research needs in the U.S. on- and offshore oil and gas industry.
The authors take advantage of RPSEA's extensive network of
leading subject matter experts to look at challenges best addressed
through investments in research and development, providing value
in terms of energy security, jobs and the economy, while improving
safety and environmental performance for the next decade.
This plan was developed through member and key stakeholder
involvement. RPSEA conducted surveys, focused program advisory
meetings and meetings with industry leaders. RPSEA also asked
leaders to identify the grand technical challenges, then identify
the target enabling technology needs, and the R&D required to
develop those technologies. The plan also incorporates information
from publications, presentations and reports from technical organizations, government, science and industry associations.
The plan provides a roadmap for the R&D opportunities that
will allow the United States to continue to be the leading producer
of oil and gas and natural gas into the future. It includes:
* Technologies that will improve safety and environmental
performance;
* Onshore emerging and developing shale plays;
* Offshore satellite fields; and
* Improved recovery for onshore and offshore reservoirs.
"No one knows what the energy industry will look like in
the next 10 years, but we do know in order to maintain our leadership position, the United States must compete on a global
basis, take full advantage of rapidly evolving technology and
address the variety of challenges we will face," reflects RPSEA
President Tom Williams.
The technology roadmap is evolutionary and builds on the
foundation of RPSEA's successful program the past 10 years of
working with the industry, academia and the U.S. Department of
Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory. The rapid
transfer and application of new ideas and results will be facilitated
by the continuing involvement of producers and service companies
in planning and executing the research program. The emphasis
on safety and environmental sensitivity reflected in this plan
will require more direct involvement and communication with
the regulatory agencies and the environmental community.
"The safe and environmentally sensitive delivery of secure domestic hydrocarbon resources to the citizens of the United States

"The emphasis on safety and environmental
sensitivity reflected in this plan will require
more direct involvement and communication
with the regulatory agencies and the

"

environmental community.

is not the only outcome of the research conducted under this
program" Williams explains. "While the United States is currently
a leader in terms of the development of oil and gas (in particular,
the onshore unconventional shale resources), other nations are beginning to see these resources as an important component of a
plan to move toward a lower-carbon, sustainable energy mix.
While development of these resources in the United States directly
yields thousands of high-paying domestic jobs, research efforts
funded by RPSEA's program are helping to keep U.S. companies
and universities in the forefront of energy technology worldwide."
Organizations such as RPSEA and PTTC are key to the continued development of research and innovation that will be necessary as the U.S. oil and gas industry moves into the next
decade. Technological advances have allowed us to increase
production while decreasing dependence on foreign production.
Public/private partnerships have proven an effective way to
move technology forward; and while industry has been quick to
respond to technology development, some innovations will continue to require government investment. Ideally government
and industry investments yield some of the best results.
As RPSEA and PTTC continue their work in the U.S. oil and
gas industry, it is important to advocate both locally and federally
to seek support for these important programs. Since its inception,
RPSEA-working with NETL-successfully has managed more
than 170 projects utilizing $350 million including cost share.
The projects are already commercial, have improved safety,
reduced environmental risk and increased energy security. The
research has generated more than $150 billion in direct economic
value from jobs, royalties and revenue and has yielded more
than $40 billion in environmental damage mitigation. As evidence
of its successful technology transfer program, more than 5,000
articles have been published documenting their results.
Copies of the report can be found at rpsea.org.
r

JEREMY VISCOMI is vice pres-

ident of global marketing for
Premier Oilfield Group in Houston and Mid-Continent regional
lead for the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council. For
almost 20 years, he has played
an integral role in many oil
and gas industry technical conferences and special events.
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