Mines institute to lead nation in natural gas research
GOLDEN, Colo., Aug. 24, 2009 – Colorado School of Mines has announced the establishment of the Unconventional Natural Gas Institute (UNGI) for the upstream research and development of natural gas, which is clean-burning, helps minimize greenhouse gas emissions, and is in great supply in the United States.
“This lower carbon alternative will contribute to the diversification of our domestic energy supplies. It’s a critical piece in the nation’s energy puzzle,” said Mines President M.W. Scoggins. “Mines is the ideal hub to lead innovative developments in this vital energy arena.”
The UNGI draws from Mines’ unique, specialized expertise in all areas of upstream natural gas research – including petroleum engineering, geology, geophysics, petrophysics, chemical engineering and engineering. And it builds on the school’s already significant research in the area of unconventional natural gas resources, as well as its strong partnerships with industry and government. The institute’s interdisciplinary efforts are directed by Jennifer Miskimins of the Mines Petroleum Engineering Department.
Natural gas is an abundant domestic resource. Based on work directed out of Mines, the Potential Gas Committee recently reported estimates of gas resources increasing from 1,300 trillion cubic feet in 2006 to 1,800 trillion cubic feet in 2008 – with the majority of the increase from unconventional resources such as shale gas.
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