DOE Continues its Commitment to Independent Oil Producers
Tulsa, OK - Independent producers drill 85% of the wells in
the United States, producing over 40% of the nation's crude oil
(60% in the lower 48 states). They produce 65% of the nation's
natural gas and operate 77% of the wells drilled in the federal
Gulf of Mexico waters in 2000.
DOE's commitment to protecting, maintaining and encouraging
a steady supply of domestic oil is evident in their special focus
and support to Independent producers. In the latest round of
solicitations, six projects were selected from twelve submissions.
These six independent oil producers will share a combined total
of $433,300 from the Department's Technology Development with
The following six projects were selected due to their technical
merit, and potential to be applied by many other oil producers.
- Oil Well Remediation
in Clay & Wayne Counties, Illinois - DAKFAM, Inc. (St.
Charles, IL) - plans to demonstrate that oil can be recovered
efficiently and economically from abandoned oil wells that should
contain, but have not been drilled to the depth of naturally
fractured lower Mississippian Salem limestone formation in Southeastern
Illinois. They will deepen two idle wells through the Salem formation
where recent finds indicate oil is available and plentiful. The
well completion will incorporate the use gas gun technology to
stimulate the limestone in the Salem formation. DAKFAM
will enhance GasGun stimulation by acidizing the
newly fractured network to dissolve limestone around the fractures.
Should this strategy prove effective, this process can be deployed
in similar areas across the nation.
- Oil Production Solutions
- Driver Production (Okmulgee, OK) - will conduct a gas re-pressurization/well
stimulation project on a six well, 80 acre portion of the Dutcher
Sand of the East Edna Field, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma.
The objective is to produce additional oil by repressurizing
the reservoir with excess natural gas that cannot be economically
delivered to local gas gathering systems.
- Improved Recovery
by Relocating Steamflood Injectors - Macpherson Oil Co (Santa
Monica, CA) - will use improved thermal and numerical simulation techniques
to better position steam injectors and producers in an existing
steam injection operation. This study should extend
the economic life of the field by reducing costs and improving
- Marginal Expense
Oil Well Wireless Surveillance - Vaquero Energy Inc. (Edison,
CA) - this work is a follow on effort by the operator to establish
low cost producing well monitoring equipment. It involves
additional testing of pumping unit vibration/frequency monitoring
devices, plus the investigation and testing of other low cost
wireless devices which may be appropriate for stripper oil well
production monitoring. The effective monitoring of
stripper and marginal well production is critical for many independent
oil operators. This proposal intends to find and test wireless
surveillance equipment suitable and economical for use on these
low volume producing wells.
- Use of Bio-Stratigraphy
to Reduce Risks, Increase Production & Reduce Environmental
Concerns in Oil Well Drilling - Marks & Associate (Cypress,
CA) - Geophysics and geochemistry have been used to a great
extent in recent years to pinpoint reservoirs. Stratigraphy,
the study of the definition and description of natural divisions
of rock, established the fundamentals for finding oil and gas
around the world in highly disturbed geologic areas. Biostratigraphy
has not been pursued in recent years. However, the effective
employment of this science in oil well drilling, particularly
in these highly disturbed areas will lead to increased production,
reduced risk and costs, and reduced environmental concerns.
- CavaChem Remediation
of Eight San Andres Wells - SED Energy Inc. - (Midland, TX)
- will stimulate eight wells in the San Andres formation with
an alkaline chemical in an effort to increase production.
A successful test of this chemical treatment and a demonstrated
increase in the current 12 barrels of oil per day of production
will defer the economic need to shut in several marginal wells
producing in this formation.
The Department's Fossil Energy Oil Technology Program provides
matching grants of up to $75,000 to companies willing to apply
innovative approaches that can lower operating costs and extend
the life of marginally producing fields. The Department of Energy
is encouraging other small companies to apply for future rounds
of technical assistance grants.
Details of the Technology Development With Independents program
are available at http://www.npto.doe.gov/