Improvements Needed in the Federal Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery Research, Development, and Demonstration Program

EMD-77-3: Published: Jan 28, 1977. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 1977.

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Improvements are needed in the Federal enhanced oil and gas recovery research, development, and demonstration program.

Advanced methods to recover currently nonrecoverable oil and gas could contribute to reducing United States dependence on imported energy resources. Commercialization of many of these techniques will require more technology development. Other obstacles, primarily economic, also stand in the way of commercialization. The Energy Research and Development Administration has a risk-sharing cooperative demonstration program to stimulate industry commercialization of advanced recovery technologies. However, the program has not been based on adequate planning and has been moving along at a slow pace. Although the agency is attempting to improve the program, it is unlikely to have a major effect on increasing domestic oil and gas supplies before the late 1980s or early 1990s.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Administrator of the Energy Research and Development Administration should give continued and increased emphasis to developing and putting into operation a management plan for enhanced gas recovery. The plan should focus on developing a balanced research program to include laboratory research, demonstration tests, and the gathering of geological data on the types of deposits the agency plans to test. The Administrator should also reassess annually the Federal role and level of effort in enhanced oil and gas recovery research and development in the light of increased oil and gas prices and industry's willingness to promote new technology.

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