The goal of the Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory (MSEEL) is to provide a long-term field site to develop and validate new knowledge and technology to improve recovery efficiency and minimize environmental implications of unconventional resource development.
West Virginia University (WVU), Morgantown, WV 26506
Northeast Natural Energy (NNE), Morgantown, WV 26501
The Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, OH 43210
WVU and OSU have formed a consortium of university researchers to develop a research program focused on a dedicated field site and laboratory at the Northeast Natural Energy (NNE) production site in the center of the Marcellus Shale unconventional production region of north-central West Virginia.
The MSEEL project will provide a long-term field site at NNE’s Morgantown Industrial Park (MIP) just outside of Morgantown, West Virginia. The site provides a well-documented baseline of production and environmental characterization from two previous wells. A dedicated scientific observation well will be used to collect detailed subsurface data and to monitor and test technologies in additional production wells that may be drilled at the site. In August 2018, a second MSEEL site was approved and in December 2018, six wells at the Boggess site near Core, WV, were spud and conductor casing was installed. MSEEL will use the latest information technology to enable a broad, integrated program of open, collaborative science and technology development and testing. The initial project plan provides for the collection of samples and data and/or the testing and demonstration of advanced technologies, but the phased approach is flexible enough to incorporate new technology and science.
Research anticipated at the MSEEL site includes:
The MSEEL site will provide a well-documented baseline of reservoir and environmental characterization. Access to multiple Marcellus wells separated by time-periods sufficient to analyze data will allow for both the collection of samples and data and the testing and demonstration of advanced technologies. The project’s phased approach has the flexibility to identify and incorporate new, cost-effective technology and science focused on increasing recovery efficiency and reducing environmental and societal impacts.
Production logging of the Boggess wells continues in order to evaluate the effectiveness of engineered design completions. WVU is continuing to work with Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) to understand the influence of a discrete fracture network on the growth of hydraulic fractures using numerical modeling. WVU has provided synthetic modeling results to LANL for their machine learning initiative.
Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory (Aug 2017)
Presented by Timothy Carr, West Virginia University, 2017 Carbon Storage and Oil and Natural Gas Technologies Review Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA