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There are no quick fixes to long-term energy challenges. To find solutions, governments and industry benefit from sharing resources and accelerating results. For this reason the IEA enables independent groups of experts - the Energy Technology Initiatives, or ETIs1.

Gas and Oil Technologies

Created in 2013, the GOT will examine safety and environmental aspects of gas and oil supplies and other issues.

Policy context
Technology is a key factor needed to respond to the changing energy landscape of oil and gas supply, and is at the same time a major driver for strategic change in this major energy segment. In the wake of the Montara and Deepwater Horizon incidents as well as the most recent challenges of the Elgin Franklin field, there is a need to broaden the dialogue between government and industry, as well as an urgent need to enhance information exchange and improve knowledge of technology needs and trends, and their impact on the environment. Oil and gas are expected to remain the dominant fuels in the primary energy mix in the long term.

With progress in recovery methods and related technologies, oil and natural gas may moreover provide a new energy future for many countries. The nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, underlines the importance of oil and gas in a global energy security context and the need to ensure availability of hydrocarbons.

Stronger international attention on "social licence to operate" issues and the role of oil and gas in a low-carbon energy future means the exploration and production activities need to be safe and environmentally sustainable, where research, development and deployment (RD&D) is a key enabling factor.

The ETI focusing on gas and oil technologies (GOT) was created 22 March 2013.

The aims of GOT are to:

  • enhance safety and environmental aspects of oil and gas supply (“social licence-to-operate”);
  • reduce the carbon footprint of oil and gas supply;
  • improve the security of conventional and unconventional oil and gas supply; and
  • examine the role of technology innovation in determining the future of gas in the energy mix.

There are four Contracting Parties. 

As with all IEA ETIs, participants may represent industries, the private sector, governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations. Participants in GOT may choose to take part in one, several or all of the planned research projects depending on their relevant areas of expertise, technical and strategic interests.

Current projects

  • Subsurface exploration and enhanced recovery
  • Cost-effective drilling and well intervention
  • Production, processing and transportation
  • Clean and safe hydrocarbons
  • The role of technology in determining the role of gas in the future energy mix

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