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Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources, Research and Development Program 2012 Annual Plan

AGENCY: Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy.
ACTION: Notice of report availability.
SUMMARY: The Office of Fossil Energy announces the availability of the2012 Annual Planfor the Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research and Development Program on the DOE Web site in print form (see "Contact" below).

The2012 Annual Planis in compliance with theEnergy Policy Act of 2005, Subtitle J, Section 999B(e)(3)which requires the publication of this plan and all written comments in theFederal Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elena Melchert, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Oil and Natural Gas, Mail Stop FE-30, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585 or phone: (202) 586-5600 or email

Executive Summary [Excerpted From the 2012 Annual Plan p. iv]

This2012 Annual Planis the sixth research plan for theUltra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research Programsince the launch of the program in 2007.

This plan continues the important shift in priorities towards safety and environmental sustainability that was initiated in the last plan, and is consistent with the President's Office of Management and Budget directive for research that has significant potential public benefits.

Onshore, research on Unconventional Resources will focus on protecting groundwater and air quality, understanding rock and fluid interactions, and integrated environmental protection, including water treatment technologies and water management. For Small Producers, the Program will focus on extending the life of mature fields in an environmentally sustainable way.

Offshore, research on Ultra-Deepwater will focus on improved understanding of systems risk, reducing risk through the acquisition of real-time informationthroughout the various systems, and reducing risk through the development of advanced technologies.

The research activities will be administered by the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), which operates under the guidance of the Secretary of Energy. RPSEA is a consortium which includes representatives from industry, academia, and research institutions. The expertise of RPSEA's members in all areas of the exploration and production value chain ensure that the Department of Energy's research program leverages relevant emerging technologies and processes, and that project results will have a direct impact on practices in the field.

Issued in Washington, DC on August 16, 2012. Christopher A. Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Oil and Natural Gas, Office of Fossil Energy.