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1. Marginal & Stripper Wells Re-vitalization programme (USA)

Stripper wells < 10 bpd (o), 60 MCF/d (g).

Abandonment results in:

Loss of production/reserves.

Re-access cost prohibitive

USA stripper well position.

Oil wells    :  393,000           0.86 mmbpd (15%)

Gas wells  :   260,000           1.5 TCF/Y (8%)

P&A during 1994-2003 : 142,000 wells

Estimated loss, oil revenue  -  $3.8 billion (at 2004 avg price)

                         oil reserves – 110 million bbls

US initiatives to keep stripper wells on production .

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Industry driven Stripper Well Consortium (SWC) – 100 members.

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Projects chosen by industry for improving production & extending reservoir life.

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Collaboration with Pennsylvania State University.

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DoE assisted programmes – 30% funding from participants.

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