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Petroleum Data Research
This page is designed to serve for the needs of sharing data with the public, and with private sponsors.
Contents on this platform include information related to petroleum and geological engineering projects and other research activities under federal, state and other funding sources. Recent efforts are on reservoir characterization, petroleum geomechanics, CO2 enhanced oil recovery and geologic sequestration, and underground coal gasification.
Current projects focus on the study of integrated reservoir characterization for improved oil recovery from the Bakken Formation in North Dakota's Williston Basin. It includes estimation of the in-situ stresses, measurement of geomechanical, petrophysical and geophysical properties, and optimized application of the results to increasing the success rate of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The ultimate goal is to improve the recovery factor of this 200-400 billions unconventional shale oil resource from the current 1% to a higher level, to be closer to the national average recovery factor of 30%.