The University of Wyoming (UW) has announced that FEI will provide state-of-the-art imaging equipment, software and support for digital rock research that will have far-reaching impacts for Wyoming’s oil and gas industry -- and its economy.
Through this public-private partnership, UW and FEI intend to focus on advancing digital rock technology to gain better insight into flow and transport behavior in unconventional and conventional oil and gas reservoirs.
“We are excited to collaborate with UW in our common pursuit to further develop and commercialize digital rock technology,” says Rudy Kellner, FEI’s Industry Group vice president. “We look forward to working with the university in providing valuable insight into the nano- and micro-scale mechanisms that govern hydrocarbon flow in the oil and gas industry.”
The Wyoming Legislature’s state matching program will contribute an amount equal to the equipment and support provided by FEI -- for a total impact of US$24 million.
The investment will create the new Center of Innovation for Flow in Porous Media, which will fund research to improve understanding of how to maximize recovery from conventional and unconventional oil and gas reservoirs -- part of UW’s Tier-1 Engineering Initiative and the School of Energy Resources’ Strategic Areas of Concentration. Specifically, the center will continue to advance scientific understanding of subsurface flows. It will develop the tools and knowledge necessary to predict the behavior of these flows -- an essential component of both carbon recovery and storage. The center’s fundamental research -- resulting in published experimental data and predictive modeling software -- provides key insight into energy problems that are globally significant.
Image: Pore model/ FEI