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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Collaborative studies for mercury characterization in coal and coal combustion products, Republic of South Africa

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2014-1153
Mercury (Hg) analyses were obtained in USGS laboratories for 42 new samples of feed coal provided by Eskom, representing all 13 coal-fired power stations operated by Eskom in South Africa. This sampling includes results for three older power stations—Camden, Grootvlei, and Komati—returned to service starting in the late 2000s...


Monday, December 15, 2014

Geological controls on the occurrence of gas hydrate from core, downhole log, and seismic data in the Shenhu area, South China Sea

Outside Publication: Marine Geology

Multi-channel seismic reflection data, well logs, and recovered sediment cores have been used in this study to characterize the geologic controls on the occurrence of gas hydrate in the Shenhu area of the South China Sea. The concept of the “gas hydrate petroleum system” has allowed for the systematic analysis of the impact of gas source, geologic controls...


Friday, December 12, 2014

Scientific Results of the India National Gas Hydrate Program Expedition 01

Outside Publication: Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology
Geologic implications of gas hydrates in the offshore of India: Results of the National Gas Hydrate Program Expedition 01 have been published as a special issue of the Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology (Volume 58, Part B).


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fate of injected CO2 in the Wilcox Group, Louisiana, Gulf Coast Basin

Chemical and isotopic tracers of microbial–brine–rock–CO2 interactions

Outside Publication: Applied Geochemistry
The “2800’ sandstone” of the Olla oil field is an oil and gas-producing reservoir in a coal-bearing interval of the Paleocene–Eocene Wilcox Group in north-central Louisiana, USA. In the 1980s, this producing unit was flooded with CO2 in an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project, leaving ∼30% of the injected CO2 in the 2800’ sandstone post-injection...


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

USGS Investigations of Water Produced During Hydrocarbon Reservoir Development

USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2014-3104
Significant quantities of water are present in hydrocarbon reservoirs. When brought to the land surface during oil, gas, and coalbed methane production, the water—either naturally occurring or injected as a method to enhance production—is termed produced water. Produced water is currently managed through processes such as recycling, treatment and discharge, spreading on roads, evaporation or infiltration, and deep well injection.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Geologic Framework for the National Assessment of Carbon Dioxide Storage Resources—Williston Basin, Central Montana Basins, and Montana Thrust Belt Study Areas

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2012-1024-J
Chapter J - The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act directs the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to conduct a national assessment of potential geologic storage resources for carbon dioxide (CO2). The methodology used by the USGS for the national CO2 assessment follows that of previous USGS work. This methodology is non-economic and is intended to be used at regional to sub-basinal scales.


Monday, October 20, 2014

USGS Updates the National Produced Waters Geochemical Database and Map Viewer!

Technical Announcement
The USGS has updated the National Produced Waters Geochemical Database and Map Viewer to include trace elements, isotopes, and time-series data, as well as nearly 100,000 new samples with greater spatial coverage and from both conventional and unconventional well types.


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Evidence for a palaeo-oil column and alteration of residual oil in a gas-condensate field: Integrated oil inclusion and experimental results

Outside Publication: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
In the Phuong Dong gas condensate field, Cuu Long Basin, Vietnam, hydrocarbon inclusions in quartz trapped a variety of petroleum fluids in the gas zone. Based on the attributes of the oil inclusion assemblages (fluorescence colour of the oil, bubble size, presence of bitumen), the presence of a palaeo-oil column is inferred prior to migration of gas into the reservoir. When a palaeo-oil column is displaced by gas, a residual volume fraction of oil remains in pores....


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Energy Map of Southwestern Wyoming, Part B—Oil and Gas, Oil Shale, Uranium, and Solar

USGS has compiled Part B of the Energy Map of Southwestern Wyoming for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI). Part B consists of oil and gas, oil shale, uranium, and solar energy resource information in support of the WLCI. The WLCI represents the USGS partnership with other Department of the Interior Bureaus, State and local agencies, industry, academia, and private landowners, all of whom collaborate to maintain healthy landscapes, sustain wildlife, and preserve recreational and grazing uses while developing energy resources in southwestern Wyoming. This product is the second and final part of the Energy Map of Southwestern Wyoming series.


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