The Hydrocarbon Science Program focuses on developing the understanding of the basic concepts and methodologies governing the coupled processes and associated phenomena involved in resource development and production. EESA scientists work to develop improved understanding of the basic concepts and processes governing multiphase non-isothermal flow in subsurface porous/fractured media during hydrocarbon production under challenging conditions.
Key to this work is understanding the associated coupled hydrological, thermal, geomechanical, geophysical, chemical, and biological processes. EESA translates this fundamental knowledge into production methods and strategies that industry could adopt to optimize production and minimize environmental impacts. Our primary focus is on unconventional resources including tight/shale gas, shale oil, and gas from methane hydrate. Efficient, clean production of hydrocarbon resources is critical, as these resources are expected to provide a majority of the nation’s energy supply for the foreseeable future.
Support for the Hydrocarbon Science Program comes from the DOE’s Fossil Energy and Hydrate Research Programs, international research organizations such as the Korean Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources, and from national and international energy companies.