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Arctic Potential: Realizing the Promise of U.S. Arctic Oil and Gas Resources (2015)

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This report was prepared in response to Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz’s request and provides a comprehensive study that considers research and technology opportunities to enable prudent development of U.S. Arctic offshore oil and natural gas resources.  Today, there is both increasing interest in the Arctic for economic opportunity, and concern about the future of the culture of the Arctic peoples and the environment in the face of changing climate and increased human activity.  Other nations, such as Russia and China, are moving forward with Arctic economic development.  Facilitating exploration and development in the U.S. Arctic would enhance national, economic, and energy security, benefit the people of the north and the U.S. as a whole, and position the U.S. to exercise global leadership.  Despite these benefits, there are diverse views on how to balance this opportunity with environmental stewardship.  The National Petroleum Council considered these diverse views in generating the report Arctic Potential: Realizing the Promise of U.S. Arctic Oil and Gas Resources.

The report assessments were conducted around two key themes:

  • Prudent Development in the Arctic.  This theme provides context on Arctic development experience, resource potential, regulatory practices, and the ice and sea environment in general.  The Prudent Development section is broad and its four chapters include discussions of global and domestic ice environments, experience, practices, and development potential and challenges.  This section also provides insight as the federal government takes on global leadership roles in the Arctic.
  • Offshore Arctic Research and Technology.  This theme’s analyses focus on two important areas:
    • The Technology and Operations section addresses the needs for exploration and development of conventional offshore resources.  This section includes four chapters discussing the characterization and measurement of the ice environment; offshore Arctic exploration and development technology; logistics and infrastructure; and oil spill prevention, control, and response.
    • The Ecological and Human Environment section includes two chapters characterizing these two areas of significant importance in the Arctic.

 The NPC study assessments led to seven key findings addressing:

  • Estimates of Arctic oil and gas resources
  • Challenges posed by the Arctic environment
  • History of Arctic oil and gas operations and technology advances
  • Capability of developing U.S. Arctic oil and gas resources using existing technology
  • Challenges to economic viability of U.S. Arctic oil and gas development
  • Role of securing public confidence in realizing the promise of U.S. Arctic oil and gas resources
  • Technology and regulatory advancements to reduce the potential for and consequences of a spill.

Based on these findings, the report proposes recommendations, grouped into three broad themes:

  • Environmental Stewardship
    • Oil spill prevention and source control
    • Oil spill response in ice
    • Increasing knowledge of Arctic ecology and human environment
  • Economic Viability
    • Technologies to safely extend the drilling season
    • Lease terms appropriate to Arctic conditions
    • Effective policies and regulations
    • Enabling infrastructure
  • Government Leadership and Policy Coordination
    • Domestic leadership and policy coordination
    • U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

The NPC is making the study results and many of the documents developed by the study groups available to all interested parties as follows:

  • Executive Summary Volume: Report Transmittal Letter, Full Report Outline, Preface, and Executive Summary via printed report and the NPC website
  • Full Report Volume: Report Transmittal Letter, Table of Contents, Preface, Executive Summary, 10 Chapters, and Appendices via printed report and the NPC website
  • Topic Papers via the NPC website: These formed the basis for the Technology and Operations section’s analyses that led to the development of the summary results presented in the report’s Executive Summary and Chapters.  The Council believes that these materials will be of interest to the readers of the report and will help them better understand the results.
  • Materials related to March 27, 2015, meeting at which the NPC reviewed and approved this report via the NPC website:
    • Report Video (5 minutes)
    • Study Slide Presentation by NPC Committee on Arctic Research
    • Webcast Archive of the Meeting.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY VOLUME - includes Preface and Executive Summary (84 pages)

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FULL REPORT VOLUME - includes Preface, Executive Summary, Chapters, and Appendices (588 pages)

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FULL REPORT VOLUME BY SECTION – PDF

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Research, Development, and Demonstration Needs of the Oil and Gas Industry (1995)

This report makes specific recommendations on collaborative research and development and on ways that the national labs can become more user-driven in their response to the technology needs of the oil and gas industry. The study analyzes the needs of the industry, considering the near- and long-term needs of both the upstream and downstream sectors. The scope encompasses natural resource identification through the output of the refineries and gas processing facilities. In addition, the study examines the relevant capabilities of the nine Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories and the National Institute for Petroleum and Energy Research (NIPER) as well as the role they could play in providing technical and scientific support to the industry. The role of other public and private labs is also discussed.

This study is intended to be the starting point for establishing an improved process of focused oil and gas RD&D. The theme of the recommendations in the report is for the Secretary of Energy to establish a process that embodies the “new paradigm” in oil and gas RD&D-user-driven technology development.

The report is presented in three volumes. Volume I contains the Council’s recommendations and the analyses supporting them. Volume II presents the summary data from the NPC’s 1995 Survey of Research and Development Needs. Volume III contains detailed information on the capabilities of the nine DOE national laboratories and NIPER.

Volume I - Summary and Discussion
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Volume II - Industry Survey Appendix
(200 pages) Price: $75.00

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Volume III - Laboratory Capabilities Appendix
(500 pages) Price: $75.00

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Set of all of the above
(800 pages) Price: $150.00


Integrating R&D Efforts (1988)

The report provides the Council’s views on improving oil and gas recovery through improved coordination and cooperation in research and development (R&D) efforts. The study includes results of an industry survey of current and historical levels of oil and gas exploration and production research and development. In addition, the survey provides the current industry assessment of the importance of specific research topics in enhanced oil recovery and geoscience identified in earlier reports by the NPC, the Energy Research Advisory Board, and the National Research Council. The report also reviews current government-funded geoscience R&D programs that can be considered broadly related to oil and gas exploration and production.

(120 pages) Price: $10.00

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Updated 12/3/15