Composites proposal is finalist for deepwater program

A deepwater drilling program to introduce new technology in energy exploration has picked a Lincoln Composites risers proposal for potential funding.

The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA, Sugar Land, Texas) announced on July 28 that an additional nine proposals have been selected for negotiations leading to an award under the Ultra-Deepwater Program (UDW). This program is focused on increasing the supply of natural gas and other petroleum resources in the U.S. in an environmentally responsible way. One of the proposals involves the use of composites in risers for deepwater wells.

“The 2007 Ultra-Deepwater Program is designed to bring the resources of America’s leading universities, research institutions and technology innovators to bear on reducing costs, increasing efficiency, improving safety, and minimizing environmental impacts of domestic production,” said RPSEA President C. Michael Ming. “Accelerating the time to first production and building the intellectual capability in the research community for these strategically important resources is vital to meet the nation’s energy needs.”

The selected projects will address the specific technology and architecture needs required in water depths greater than 1,500m. These substantial but challenging resources require a complex and integrated systems approach, where the time from first discovery to first production can range from six to nine years, and individual well costs can exceed $100 million.

While awards under the RPSEA Ultra-Deepwater Program are open to any U.S.-based organization, most projects involve a team consisting of researchers along with producers or service companies that are in a position to evaluate and apply new technology. Each proposal must provide a minimum of 20 percent cost share, with up to 50 percent for field demonstration projects.

The selected projects are:

Composite Riser for Ultra-Deepwater High Pressure Wells
Project Leader: Lincoln Composites, Inc.
Additional Project Participant: Stress Engineering Services, Inc.
Wax Control
Project Leader: University of Utah
Additional Project Participants: SINTEF Petroleum Research; BP; StatoilHydro; University of Tulsa
Ultra-High Conductivity Umbilicals
Project Leader: Technip USA
Additional Project Participants: Duco, Inc.; NanoRidge Materials, Inc.; Rice UniversityImproved Recovery: Phase I
Project Leader: Knowledge Reservoir, LLC
Additional Project Participants: Louisiana State University; Anadarko Petroleum Corporation; Schlumberger Limited; Core Laboratories; CMG
Geophysical Modeling for Studying Acquisition and Processing Methods in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
Project Leader: SEAM Corporation, subsidiary of SEG
Additional Project Participants: 3DGeo Development, Inc.; Anadarko Petroleum Corporation; BHP Billiton; CGGV Veritas Services (USA); Chevron Corporation; ConocoPhillips Company; Devon Energy Corporation; EMGS ASA; Eni S.p.A; Exxon Mobile Upstream Research; Geotrace Technologies; Hess Corporation; ION; Landmark Graphics Corporation; Maersk Oil America; Marathon Oil Corporation; Petrobras America, Inc.; PGS Americas; Repsol Services, Inc.; Rock Solid Images, Inc.; StatoilHydro; TOTAL Exploration Production USA; WesternGeco; Nexen Petroleum USA, Inc.
Effect of Global Warming in Hurricane Activity
Project Leader: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Additional Project Participant: Georgia Institute of Technology
Subsea Systems Engineering Integration
Project Leader: GE Global Research
Additional Project Participant: GE/VetcoGray
Ultra-Deepwater Dry Tree System for Drilling and Production in Gulf of Mexico
Project Leaders: Floa TEC, LLC
Additional Project Participants: Seadrill Americas, Inc.; GE/VetcoGray; 2H Offshore
Ultra-Deepwater Dry Tree System for Drilling and Production in Gulf of Mexico
Project Leaders: Houston Offshore Engineering, LLC
Additional Project Participants: Keppel Fels; Kiewit Offshore Services, Ltd.

Funding for the projects is provided through the Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research and Development Program authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 with funding from lease bonus and royalties paid by industry to produce oil and gas on federal lands.

RPSEA is under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory to administer the program. RPSEA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit consortium with more than 130 members, including 25 of the nation's premier research universities, five national laboratories, other major research institutions, large and small energy producers and energy consumers. The mission of RPSEA is to provide a stewardship role in ensuring the focused research, development and deployment of safe and environmentally responsible technology that can effectively deliver hydrocarbons from domestic resources to the citizens of the United States.

For more information on RPSEA and the UDW Program, visit