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.
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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.