Advanced Offshore Research Portfolio

Assessing Risk and Mitigating Deleterious Events Associated with Drilling and Production Increasingly, offshore domestic oil and natural gas activities are associated with remote and challenging regions, such as the ultra-deepwater (greater than 5,000 feet) Gulf of Mexico and the offshore Arctic. Development in these areas poses unique technical and operational challenges, as well as distinct environmental and societal concerns. Domestic resources of natural gas and oil will continue to play an increasingly critical role in meeting U.S. energy needs provided they can be produced with the confidence that environmental concerns (such as air, water, and species protection) are being addressed effectively, as noted in the President’s recent executive order on the safe and responsible development of natural gas. The science base necessary to support stakeholder decisions stems from the ability to understand the behavior of engineered-natural systems over a range of often offshore conditions.NETL has extensive expertise in characterizing engineered natural systems associated with oil and natural gas development. This expertise is being leveraged for offshore energy research through NETL’s in house research program.NETL’s Advanced Offshore Research portfolio aligns with key Federal-scale initiatives including the Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee (OESC), chartered February 8, 2011, to advise the Secretary of the Interior, on a variety of issues related to offshore energy safety. In particular, the findings and recommendations of the OESC’s Spill Prevention Subcommittee, a multi-entity committee that seeks to address safety and potential impacts of deep offshore hydrocarbon development in the U.S. and adjoining regions, are addressed by aspects of the Complementary Program research. NETL's Advanced Offshore Research portfolio is also aligned with some of the goals of the White House's National Strategy for the Arctic Region and the White House's National Ocean Implementation Plan.

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NETL's Offshore Research Portfolio is assessing risk and mitigating deleterious events associated with drilling and production

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