Managing the RPSEA Unconventional Natural Gas Research Program and Leading Field-Based Research

Under contract to the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), GTI managed the unconventional natural gas research program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy from 2006-2011. GTI continues to serve as a major technical performer in the program, leading field-based research projects in shale plays to advance technology and best practices. The program focus is on developing shales in an environmentally acceptable manner, including the development and deployment of technology to mitigate the impact to land, air, and water resources.

GTI led a project on New Albany Shale gas wells for RPSEA, developing techniques and methodologies for increasing the success rate and productivity of unconventional gas resources. GTI researchers on this project were recognized with a best paper award at the 24th World Gas Conference (WGC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina in late 2009. The conference was attended by over 3,500 industry participants from 83 countries.

GTI is now working on characterization of the Marcellus Shale and development of advanced well completion technologies and best practices that address technical and environmental challenges for this resource. The project is focusing on identifying the optimum techniques for enhanced fracture stimulation and reliable reservoir assessment.

In 2012, GTI was awarded RPSEA funding to develop advanced methods and techniques for design and execution of environmentally safe and economically efficient hydraulic fracturing operations. The two-year project will develop a real-time hydraulic fracturing control methodology through coupled analysis of geophysical fracture diagnostic data and pumping pressure, rate, and fluid density; and verification of results by detailed production testing.

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