Grant Funding Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Lab for UL

About 7 billion barrels of light, sweet crude oil is estimated to reside in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, a geological formation that covers 28 parishes in central and south Louisiana, and several southwestern Mississippi counties.

That’s a lot of black gold – and a $9.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and several energy companies will enable researchers from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and four other institutions to better understand how the significant energy reserve can be recovered.

The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale has confounded the oil and gas industry for decades. Its unstable clay formations don’t respond well to traditional extraction methods, said Dr. Mehdi Mokhtari, an assistant professor in UL Lafayette’s Department of Petroleum Engineering.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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$9.7 million grant fuels creation of oil and gas consortium at UL Lafayette
The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale has confounded the oil and gas industry for decades. The consortium…
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