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Field Laboratory for Emerging Stacked Unconventional Plays
The goal of ESUP is to investigate and characterize the resource potential for multi-play production of emerging unconventional gas reservoirs in Central Appalachia.


DOE Award Announcement:

Department of Energy to Invest $30 Million to Boost Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Recovery


Technology Leads The 2019 SWVA Economic Forum

May 15, 2019 – The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Wise, VA

VCCER SWVA sponsor
The VCCER is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the 2019 SWVA Economic Forum at The University Virginia’s College at Wise on May 15.
Nino Ripepi
Nino Ripepi, ESUP project principal investigator discusses the project with an attendee.
Interested stakeholders picked up ESUP Info sheets and signed up for the ESUP newsletter

Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance 40th Annual Meeting

May 20-21, 2019 – Kinsgport, TN
Visit the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research booth to learn more about ESUP


Virginia Oil and Gas Association Meeting

June 19-21, 2019 – Virginia Beach, VA
Presentation to members on the ESUP project


Project Description

The goal of this project is to investigate and characterize the resource potential for multi-play production of emerging unconventional reservoirs in the Nora Gas Field of southwest Virginia and evaluate and quantify the benefits of novel completion strategies for lateral wells in the unconventional Lower Huron Shale. A major research objective of the project is to characterize the geology and potential deep pay zones of Cambrian-age formations in Central Appalachia by drilling, logging, and coring a deep vertical test well up to 15,000 feet. A second major research objective is to evaluate and quantify the potential benefits of novel well completion strategies by monitoring the drilling and completion of at least one multi-stage lateral well in the emerging (and technologically accessible) Lower Huron Shale.

ESUP well-graph

Project Benefits

This research will improve understanding of the geology and resource potential of the Cambrian Rogersville Shale and produce research-driven and industry-proven best practices to prudently develop these resources. The geology and extent of the Rogersville shale south of the Rome Trough is poorly understood and requires a characterization effort that is best accomplished through a deep vertical stratigraphic test in southwest Virginia. This research well of opportunity will provide a wealth of insight into the geologic history of the Central Appalachian region and particularly the ESUPs that comprise the Nora and Big Sandy fields of Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

Project Timeline

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