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ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) and the University of Kansas (KU) today announced a three-year collaborative nanotechnology research program which will focus on the development and testing of new technologies for oilfield stimulation to enhance recovery to help meet growing energy demand. ConocoPhillips will contribute $400,000 per year to the program.
Nanotechnology - engineering on the scale of atoms and molecules - is commonly used in a number of industries, and its application in the oil and gas industry represents a major prospect for substantial and sustained benefits. KU is not only viewed as an innovation leader in nanotechnology research, but the University also has been examining and developing enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques through its Tertiary Oil Recovery Project since 1974. While EOR techniques that use injected fluids to stimulate hydrocarbon recovery have been employed for decades, inclusion of nanoparticles may lead to more efficient and environmentally sensitive technologies.
"KU's extensive experience in enhanced oil recovery and nanotechnology provides an ideal foundation for our collaborative research focused on developing promising new oilfield applications," said Stephen Brand, ConocoPhillips senior vice president, Technology. "ConocoPhillips is pleased to be working with KU to discover some of the next generation of solutions to the world's energy challenges."
"KU has a terrific team of researchers working with ConocoPhillips," said Steve Warren, vice provost for research and graduate studies, University of Kansas. "Energy research in all its forms is a major area of strength for KU. We're pleased to be working with ConocoPhillips to foster innovation, support additional research, and increase the productivity of an important sector of the economy."
Under the agreement, KU researchers will use nanotechnology to generate polymer type products and will conduct initial screening and testing. ConocoPhillips will provide additional evaluation and field testing to determine the products' practical application.
At ConocoPhillips, responsibly delivering energy to the world is just the beginning. As an international, integrated energy company, ConocoPhillips realizes the extent of its global impact, which is why the company conducts its business in a safe, environmentally responsible and ethical manner. The people at ConocoPhillips are the driving force behind the company’s success. From the company’s beginning in 1875, its people have been the catalyst for innovation in all aspects of the business.
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