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The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) has received notices of two competitive awards from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) totaling more than $4.5 million:

  • Improved Characterization and Modeling of Tight Oil Formations for CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Potential and Storage Capacity Estimation. The DOE award is valued at $2,000,000, with additional cost share of $500,000 from the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The project manager is Jim Sorensen, Senior Research Manager.
    • The project will determine the viability of tight (<10 mD), unconventional fractured oil and gas reservoirs to store CO2 during enhanced oil production and develop methods to better detect and characterize small pores and fracture networks within them.

  • Identification of Residual Oil Zones (ROZs) in the Williston and Powder River Basins. The DOE award is $2,499,671, with in-kind cost share from Schlumberger valued at $4,006,327—for a project total of $6,505,998. The project manager is Charlie Gorecki, Senior Research Manager.
    • The project aims to identify the presence, extent, and oil saturation of ROZs, estimate the oil in place and the CO2 storage potential, determine the feasibility of EOR, and develop a robust and repeatable method for identification of ROZs in other sedimentary basins.