Research Projects (Current and Past)
Southwest Regional Partnership for CO2 Sequestration:
The SWP was developed as a part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to respond to global climate change. The SWP has been challenged to evaluate available technologies that capture and store CO2 in the southwest region. The SWP includes portions of: Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. The SWP’s Phase III Project is focused on a commercial scale demonstration of CO2 injection at Farnsworth field in North Texas. The project has $93 million in DOE funds and Phase III began in 2013 and will last for ten years. Co-Principal Investigators include Dr. Robert Balch and Dr. Brian McPherson. Co- Lead in Simulation working group. Primary duties are to report project progress on simulation to PI’s. Other responsibilities include conducting reservoir simulation models such as history matching and numerical optimization processes of active CO2 –EOR field.
“Advancing the integration of Geophysical and Reservoir Simulation tools to Monitor CO2 movement and storage permanence” is a Subter project sponsored by Department of Energy. It is collaboration between New Mexico Tech, University of Utah and Colorado School of Mines. This project has a total of $1 million in DOE funds began in 2016 and ends in 2019. Dr. Yaoguo Li is the Principal Investigator from CSM. Primary duties include revisiting history matching efforts on the subject field with electrical conductivity constraints. Traditional reservoir field data together with geophysical models would be utilized in history matching efforts.
Viper Drill Project:
This project entails the use of advanced simulation tools to conduct performance analysis on radial jet drilling tools developed by Viper Drill. This project has a minimum of $25,000 funds from Viper Drill and began in 2016 and open until 2022. Primary duties include construction of numerical reservoir models to optimize radial jet drilling technology to improve oil and gas recovery process.
Waterflood Design Project
This project involves the design of waterflood for a small oil producing company in New Mexico. This project entails conducting numerical simulations and analytical analysis to assist with design of economical viable water flood project within the Yates formation at SEC. 20,21&29-19S- 32E, Lea County, New Mexico.
Impact of Injection on State of Subsurface Stress
“Boosting Reliability of the State of Stress Characterization and Prediction in CO2 Storage Reservoirs Using Machine Learning and Integrated Geomechanics and Geophysical Methods” is a newly sponsored by Department of Energy (DOE). It is collaboration between New Mexico Tech, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). This project has a total of 1.8 Million funding beginning in 2018 to 2021. I am the Principal Investigator (PI) leading efforts in numerical simulation, history matching and coupled geomechanics modeling. I am responsible for the administrative aspect of the project.