Tech Alert

April 27, 2010

Industry Highlight: What’s New In Artificial Lift (World Oil)

Continuing a popular tradition, James Lea and Herald Winkler discuss new developments in artificial lift. Part I (March issue) covers recent developments in gas well dewatering, coiled tubing conveyance, hydraulic pump and surface units. Part II (April issue) presents advances in ESPs, PCPs, beam or rod pump systems and gaslift technology.

DOE Highlight:

DOE Seeks Comments on “Unconventional Fossil Energy: Domestic Resource Opportunities and Technology Applications” Report

This report was requested under the legislation appropriating funds for the FY2010 DOE Fossil Energy R&D program, and directs the Department to ". develop a report outlining the domestic resource opportunities as well as technology applications . [and] include input from academia and industry in the report. DOE/FE is seeking comments from industry and academia. Interested parties are encouraged to review the report and provide written comments within the next 30 days (basically, May 21) to Karl Lang ( Your input counts, respond and make a difference.

DOE-E&P Focus Newsletter: Spring 2010 Issue Now Available

Articles cover technologies supported by the Stripper Well Consortium, including among others:

  • Pump-off controls (

  • Identifying where Kansas producers should try chemical EOR (KU TORP)

  • ASP Flooding in the Illinois Basin (Illinois State Geological Survey, Rex Energy)

  • Charting the Growth of CO2 EOR in the U.S. (an interesting extension of prior analyses by DOE and Advanced Resources International)

Stripper Well Consortium (SWC) News: Still time for a SWC 2010 Proposal (Due June 3)

The 2010 SWC Request for Proposal seeks proposals in the areas of:

  • Reservoir remediation, characterization and operations

  • Wellbore clean-up

  • Surface and collection optimization

  • Environmental/energy efficiency

Four to five awards at a SWC funding level of $75,000 to $100,000 are anticipated, however higher valued projects will be considered based upon available funding. In addition to the proposal itself, proposers must also make a presentation at the SWC Summer Meeting that will be held in New York on June 23-24. Award winners will be selected soon thereafter. The period of performance for the 2010 funding cycle is Sep. 1, 2010 to Aug. 31, 2011.

PTTC Highlight: 

PTTC To Provide Selected Tech Transfer Support to RPSEA

PTTC was recently notified by the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) that it had been selected, through a competitive solicitation, to provide selected technology transfer services to RPSEA supporting its Deepwater, Unconventional and Small Producer programs. This work will augment the work that PTTC already does providing exposure to RPSEA programs in its ongoing tech transfer of results from all DOE-supported research.

PTTC Tech Talk

Check out our new blog—it’s a place to be a little less formal in our tech transfer. And a place to hear from you about your new technologies, or your success applying new technologies. Give it a whirl. If many participate, it could be a really good thing.

AAPG Highlight:

AAPG Short Course: June 7-9, Wichita, KS – Exploring for Bypassed Pay in Old Wells Using DST Data

Many of the mature wells in Kansas have old DSTs. With proper interpretation, old DSTs can be a primary tool for identifying bypassed oil. The course focuses on pattern recognition and practical “quick look” techniques. Numerous field examples & case histories are used and theory is kept to a minimum. The course is designed to provide participants with information not normally encountered in routine service company training. PTTC’s Operations Manager Lance Cole personally heard an individual who recently attended the course acclaim the value of the course to him. Have lots of old wells with DST? Consider attending.

AAPG GTW: Nov. 8-9, Houston: New Ways to Look at Old Data: New Pay Zones, Increased Production, Expanded Regional Plays

Yes, November is a long ways away – but never too early to plan and you get a discount for early registration. This GTW is ideal for geologists, engineers, geo-techs, geophysicists, geochemists, and other members of exploration and production teams and companies who want to become familiar with cross-disciplinary perspectives on how to look at old data in a new way in order to achieve economic success in old fields and plays. The event will be a great place for experienced geoscientists to discuss examples, and for young geologists to become familiar with the key issues.

Trivia Question: On October 23, 1970, at Utah’s famed Bonneville’s Salt Flats, a rocket-propelled vehicle set a land speed record of more than 622 m.p.h.—a record that would stand for 13 years. What was the name of this historic vehicle—and what fuel did it use?

Trivia Answer: The 38-foot-long, 6,500-pound "Blue Flame," powered by liquefied natural gas and sponsored by the American Gas Association. See the Blue Flame article, courtesy of the American Oil & Gas Historical Society, The article also features one of the world's first hybrid automobiles: Ferdinand Porsche’s 1902 gasoline-electric "Mixte."