RPSEA Launches Program to Leverage Investments in Onshore Research

The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), a consortium of premier U.S. energy companies, research universities, independent research organizations and foundations collaborating with state and federal agencies, announced it is dedicating its research expertise and academic resources to launch a national collaborative research program focused on providing information to the global energy industry to help leverage investments in onshore research through RPSEA’s Onshore Resources (ROR) Program.

The ROR Program will identify and develop economically viable, low-risk methods to produce and transport hydrocarbons from onshore areas. Onshore development assets, especially unconventional energy developments, contain significant reserves and are one of the best exploration and development opportunities for oil and gas companies. Producing and transporting hydrocarbons from unconventional reservoirs, however, can present commercial and technical challenges.

“RPSEA has tremendous resources throughout the industry, academia and other stakeholders,” said John O’Brien, Chevron’s Research & Development Portfolio Manager and RPSEA Board Member. “As a successful public-private partnership with a long track record, RPSEA can provide a unique management and research function to ensure focused research, development and deployment of safe and environmentally sensitive technology that will effectively deliver hydrocarbons to the citizens of the United States.”

The ROR Program enables members to leverage their research investment to meet their global onshore business needs, specifically in the upstream and midstream business, including carbon capture, use, and storage; produced water management, use, and disposal as well as other needed actions. By addressing and filling a long-standing gap in collaborative onshore upstream and midstream energy technology research, RPSEA’s ROR Program will facilitate the ability of the energy industry to use innovative and cost-effective technologies.

Through the ROR Program, RPSEA members and collaborators will work together to develop standard technology to use within the onshore area focused on production and transport from unconventional reservoirs. In doing so, each party minimizes their cost and risk of developing the technology while at the same time making the most of technology achievements.

“RPSEA and our Board are very excited about the long-overdue and much needed effort. Members, through a majority vote by the Management Committee, make all decisions regarding the scope, cost, and performance of the work to be performed under the core projects,” said Rich Haut, President of RPSEA. “It is also up to the Management Committee to decide whether an Associate Member or group thereof may participate in a certain core project.”

The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) is a consortium of premier U.S. energy research universities, industry, independent research organizations, and foundations collaborating with state and federal agencies to meet the nation's growing need for hydrocarbon resources produced from reservoirs in the United States.