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Doing Business As Name:University of Utah
  • John D McLennan
  • (801) 587-7925
  • Sidney Green Prof
  • Peter Smeallie
Award Date:05/16/2019
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 49,105
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 49,105
  • FY 2019=$49,105
Start Date:05/15/2019
End Date:10/31/2019
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Reducing the Environmental Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing by Improved Effectiveness of Pumped Fluid and Proppant
Federal Award ID Number:1934183
DUNS ID:009095365
Parent DUNS ID:009095365
Program:EnvS-Environmtl Sustainability
Program Officer:
  • Bruce Hamilton
  • (703) 292-7066

Awardee Location

Street:75 S 2000 E
County:Salt Lake City
Awardee Cong. District:02

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:The University of Utah
Street:50 South Central Campus Dr. Rm 3
City:Salt Lake City
County:Salt Lake City
Cong. District:02

Abstract at Time of Award

Unconventional, low and ultra-low permeability oil/gas formations require well stimulation to allow practical and economical production. This process of well stimulation has become known as "hydraulic fracturing" or "fracking." The recovery factor, as the percent of the oil or gas in place that is being recovered, is relatively low. Most of the oil or gas in place is left unrecovered and thus requiring larger and larger operations and creating larger environmental impact of the large-scale operations. Although industry desires to improve the recovery factor for both economic and environmental reasons, this has not been possible. This Workshop is intended to develop a vision for major breakthrough. A major breakthrough would reduce the wasted hydraulic fracturing effort and reduce the associated environmental impact. Focusing more directly on reducing the wasted hydraulic fracturing effort to increase the recovery factor and reduce the environmental impact requires visionary innovative thinking. The current operating mode of near-term cost reductions for producers and improving margins for services companies may not facilitate visionary, innovative thought. This Workshop is to be a rallying of university, industry, and National Laboratories engineers and scientists to define what understandings are adequate and what unknowns require further research, engineering, and field testing. The potential eventual impacts could result in very significant reduction of environmental consequences of fracking. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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