Offshore energy resources research through NETL’s Office of Research & Development (ORD) is focused on developing a scientific base for reducing and quantifying potential risks associated with exploration and production in offshore environments. This includes:

  • Evaluating performance and integrity of key offshore materials for which data in environments are limited
  • Developing critical data for predicting in situ conditions required for assessing risk, borehole/drilling design, loss of control conditions in deepwater and ultra-deepwater settings
  • Developing a coordinated data and system for risk assessment to allow for independent, rapid-response and science-based predictions in support of oil spill prevention and response

The above research areas require a combination of laboratory-based experimental and characterization studies, integration and interpretation of field-based datasets, and development and application of numerical simulators. The work is performed by an interdisciplinary team comprised of Federal, contractor, and academic scientists and engineers.

Developing tools and information to evaluate and predict what happens
in engineered-natural systems
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NETL Automated Video Analysis of
Simulated Leak

 

The research includes building a general understanding of:

  • Spatial variations in key properties of the engineered-natural system that affect risk
  • Predicting in situ conditions required for assessing risk, borehole/drilling design, loss of control conditions in deepwater and ultra-deepwater settings
  • Wellbore integrity, both near-term and long-term in offshore settings
  • Improving safety through rapid detection and in situ characterization
  • Tools and techniques to monitor and quickly detect potential hazards for offshore hydrocarbon

The research in this portfolio builds on DOE’s core competencies to simulate and predict behavior of engineered-natural systems.  Ultimately, this work will result in key inputs and an integrated assessment modeling platform to allow for independent, rapid, science-based prediction of offshore hydrocarbon production risks and potential environmental impacts.

The Offshore portfolio is focused on reducing risks and environmental impacts from offshore hydrocarbon production

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