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February 28, 1995

Mr. Reginal W. Spiller

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Gas and Petroleum Technologies

U.S. Department of Energy

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Dear Mr. Spiller:

The National Research Council formed the Panel on the Review of the Oil Recovery Demonstration Program of the Department of Energy to respond to your request to assess the effectiveness of the Reservoir Class Field Demonstration Program 1 and to recommend improvements. The panel has been charged with addressing the following two questions:

  1. Has the Field Demonstration Program proven effective in demonstrating the application of new and existing technologies to prolong production in marginal fields?

  2. How should this program be modified to improve its effectiveness in meeting this goal?

This letter report presents the panel’s findings on the first question concerning the effectiveness of the program. This report reflects a consensus of the panel and is a formal, fully reviewed report of the National Research Council. The second question will be addressed in the panel’s final report, which we hope to complete in November 1995.

Members of the panel were selected to provide perspective and expertise in the areas of petroleum geology, geophysics, petroleum and reservoir engineering, and energy policy. A list of panel members is given at the end of this letter report.

The panel met for two days in December 1994 and for three days in January 1995 ( Appendix A ) in the course of developing this report. During these meetings, the panel received progress reports from contractors on 12 DOE-supported demonstration projects (see Appendix B ). The contractors also provided the panel with copies of publications and reports and answered questions. In addition, DOE representatives provided briefings on the program, copies of recent quarterly project reports, and other program documents. The panel also read


Hereafter referred to as the Field Demonstration Program.

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