This paper will describe how the Oil and Gas Industry can become involved in shaping a new national program to aid in the transfer of technology from a variety of sources to the hands of the local independents.
Technology Transfer has been a "buzzword" in the Oil & Gas Industry for some time now. Most of us might admit that it has been more of a "buzzword" and less of an activity than we would like. While most of the operators in the Appalachian Basin want to apply the latest in technology to their exploration and production activities is has quite often been difficult to find the appropriate technology. The Department of Energy, realizing that much of the technology which exists involving Oil and Gas is seldom applied by those who work so hard to produce it efficiently, has instigated the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC). The PTTC will be a national "umbrella" organization formed by the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), in cooperation with the state and regional oil and gas producer associations, the Gas Research Institute (GRI), the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGGCC), and other groups. The mission of the PTTC is to foster the effective transfer of exploration and production technology to domestic producers in all regions of the country. One of the most important functions of the program will be to provide a feedback loop so that the needs and concerns of producers can be communicated effectively to the entire research community and to the Department of Energy.
The PTTC program has three main components:
Problem Identification Workshops
Focused Technology Workshops
Regional Resource Centers
The PTTC has the potential to aid producers in the Appalachian Basin if they understand the program and become involved in directing it to serve their needs. 1994 will be the formative year, ultimately deciding its acceptance by regional producers.