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Fossil Energy’s Office of Oil and Natural Gas works to maximize the value of U.S. oil and gas resources to the public and ensure responsible development and delivery through policy, research, innovation, and outreach.


Oil and Gas Research and Development

Upstream: Onshore - Technological advances, many of which were supported by the Department of Energy (DOE), enabled the widespread production of natural gas and oil contained in shale formations, and have made the United States the world’s largest producer of both crude oil and natural gas. Today, DOE’s onshore research portfolio focuses on developing basin-specific technologies to maximize resource recovery and prudent environmental stewardship, accelerating the potential of emerging and untapped oil and gas resources, and treatment of produced water for reuse. 

Upstream: Offshore - Page Under Construction

Gas Hydrate R&D. –  Gas hydrates, the methane molecules trapped in ice-like structures, are potentially  the most plentiful supplies of natural gas throughout the world. DOE's research is helping to unlock the mysteries of hydrates and develop future ways to tap their massive energy potential.

Natural Gas Infrastructure - Page Under Construction 

Natural Gas/LNG Regulatory Activities

Natural Gas Regulation - The Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) Office of Regulation, Analysis and Engagement regulates natural gas imports and exports under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act of 1938; maintains statistics on North American natural gas trade; and oversees FE's international programs pertaining to natural gas and petroleum.  

About Liquefied Natural Gas – The United States has become one of the world’s top exporters of liquefied natural gas, or LNG. LNG is natural gas that has been cooled to a liquid state for shipping in containers and special tankers to places pipelines do not reach. Page under construction.

Engagement with International Partners

Fossil Energy’s Oil and Natural Gas Office actively participates in several global partnerships and initiatives:

U.S.-China Oil and Gas Industry Forum:  The Office of Fossil Energy and China’s National Energy Administration have held the annual U.S.-China Oil and Gas Industry Forum since 1998. The Forum is a public-private partnership involving government and industry representatives from the United States and China and focuses on the development of secure, reliable, and economic sources of oil and natural gas while facilitating investment in the energy industry.   

U.S.-India Gas Task Force (GTF):  The Office of Fossil Energy and India’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas are the lead government agencies for the U.S.-India Gas Task Force (GTF), an industry-focused forum that identifies innovative policy reforms to support India’s ambitions to transition to a natural gas economy, as well as lower market barriers in India for U.S. natural gas and related technologies. The GTF is an initiative under the U.S-India Strategic Energy Partnership launched in April 2018. 

Engagement to Promote Natural Gas Development in Africa: The Office of Fossil Energy works with DOE's International Affairs Office (IA), other U.S. government agencies, and stakeholders to promote gas development in Africa to ensure global energy security and open new energy markets. The focus is on capacity building in this sector for decision-makers, potential businesses, and the facilitation of LNG development.  

Understanding Natural Gas & LNG Options Handbook This comprehensive handbook serves a resource for African countries that are developing, or considering developing, natural gas and associated industries. It was prepared by the Office of Fossil Energy and IA with assistance from the U.S. Energy Association and funding from USAID/Power Africa. 

Oil and Gas News

President Requests $930.7 Million for Fossil Energy Programs
This is an overview of the Office of Fossil Energy's FY 2021 Budget Request.
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Department of Energy Invests $4.6M in Produced Water Treatment
The Office of Fossil Energy has selected four projects to receive $4.6M for produced water treatment research and development.
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INTERACTIVE MAP: U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Exports Breaking Records
The U.S. is now a net exporter of both natural gas and Liquefied Natural Gas, sending shipments to dozens of countries around the world.
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Energy Department Announces $5M for Produced Water Treatment Technologies
The Department of Energy has announced up to $5 million for produced water treatment projects.
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FE’s Bennett Announces U.S.-Israel Energy Center Funding Opportunity at 2019 Offshore Technology Conference
FE's Shawn Bennett announced a collaborative funding opportunity for the U.S.-Israel Energy Center at the Offshore Technology Conference.
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Department of Energy Announces $39 Million for Oil and Natural Gas R&D Projects
Projects aim to improve oil and natural gas technologies.
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In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)
Office of Fossil Energy Issues $176.3 in Funding Opportunities in First Three Months of 2019.
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Department of Energy Authorizes LNG Exports from Venture Global Calcasieu Pass Project
Under the order, Venture Global Calcasieu Pass will be able to export up to 1.7 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas as LNG.
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Chevron Technology Ventures Awards Winners in FE-Supported Produced Water Challenge
Today, Chevron Technology Ventures, LLC announced three winners of the FE-supported Chevron Tech Challenge for Produced Water.
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The U.S. Department of Energy, As Part of an International Team, Has Successfully Drilled a Gas Hydrate Test Well on Alaska North Slope
DOE has taken a significant leap forward in investigating the resource potential of natural gas hydrates on the Alaska North Slope.
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FE Press Releases and Techlines

Department of Energy to Provide $22 Million for Research on Capturing Carbon Dioxide from Air
Projects Will Range from Basic Research through Testing of Prototypes
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Department of Energy Executes On Direction Of President Trump, Announces Solicitation To Purchase Crude Oil For The SPR To Provide Relief...
At the direction of the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, the Department of Energy (DOE) will fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
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U.S. Department of Energy Selects Technology Project to Receive $1.5M for Near-Zero Water Consumption at Power Plants
The Office of Fossil Energy selected a project to receive $1.5M for near-zero water consumption at coal-fired power plants.
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U.S. And Australia Strengthen Fuel Security With New SPR Arrangement
Today, the United States and Australia have signed a milestone arrangement that lays the groundwork for Australia to lease space in the U.S. Strategic
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DOE Announces Notice of Sale of Crude Oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve
U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) announced a Notice of Sale of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum
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Department of Energy Issues Request for Information for Biomass Co-Firing Emission Profiles and Impacts on Carbon Capture
The Office of Fossil Energy has issued a request for information for coal/biomass co-firing emission profiles and their impacts on carbon capture.
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President Requests $930.7 Million for Fossil Energy Programs
This is an overview of the Office of Fossil Energy's FY 2021 Budget Request.
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U.S. Department of Energy Announces $64M for Components of Coal FIRST Power Plants
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $64 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects
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U.S. Department of Energy Plans to Issue $4M to Improve Coal Combustion Residuals Management
The Office of Fossil Energy to provide $4 million for projects to improve coal combustion residuals management.
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Energy Department Selects Advanced Turbine Technology Projects to Receive $9M
The Office of Fossil Energy has selected two projects to receive about $9M to develop advance, highly efficient, turbine-based technologies.
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Other Oil and Gas Links

  • The Risk-Based Data Management System. RBDMS is a suite of integrated, electronic data management tools that assist state regulatory agencies in the oversight of oil and natural gas drilling and production operations.
  • FracFocus.  FracFocus is a national hydraulic fracturing chemical registry, administered by the Groundwater Protection Council, with support from DOE.