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ABSTRACT: Program Priorities for Interdisciplinary Oil and Gas Recovery Research

M. E. Milling, F. J. Lucia, C. R. Hocott, M. A. Miller, E. B. Neitzel

The decline in domestic oil production threatens the national and economic security of the United States. In the first seven months of 1989

domestic production dropped to an average of 7.7 million bbl per day, and in July 1989 foreign oil imports accounted for over 50% of daily consumption. This trend is continuing despite a huge untapped United States oil resource base in existing fields. It is estimated that United States fields contain over 300 billion bbl of unrecovered mobile and immobile oil resources. A focused interdisciplinary geoscience oil and gas recovery research effort can play a major role in providing cost-effective advanced technology to recover these resources. The Geoscience Institute's study identifies the highest priority technology needs and research priorities required for development of improved recovery efficiencies. The Institute's study addresses six major program elements and identifies 166 res arch activities associated with 41 research areas. Chief among these are improved reservoir description methods to better delineate and model heterogeneities at an interwell scale. High-resolution three-dimensional reservoir models must be able to be quickly developed and integrated with engineering data controls to accurately evaluate interwell areas. Such a capability requires development of interdisciplinary programs that provide for the integration of geological, geophysical, and engineering components.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #91003©1990 AAPG Annual Convention, San Francisco, California, June 3-6, 1990