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You are here:  State-by-State Project Profiles > Mississippi

DOE Fossil Energy R&D Projects in Mississippi


Number of Projects

Total Value*
(Million $)

DOE Share
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Job Benefits**

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*Includes DOE and private sector cost-sharing

**An average of 28.5 direct and indirect jobs per $1 million in R&D funding is used based on the Department of Commerce's Regional Input-Output Modeling System formula.

Mississippi Universities Slate One Coal Project, Four Oil and Gas Projects
  • Combining CO2 Flooding with EOR for CO2 Sequestration - Mississippi State University will determine the extent to which microorganisms isolated from oil-bearing geologic formations can convert CO2 into methane or cellular components. DOE is fully funding this $200,000 project.

  • Improving CO2 Sweep Efficiency - One of the major challenges to improving oil recovery by carbon dioxide flooding is to reduce the amount of oil bypassed due to poor sweep efficiency.  As much as two thirds of the oil discovered in the U.S. is economically unrecoverable with current enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technology.  After thermal procedures, carbon dioxide flooding is the most used EOR technique in the United States, responsible for almost 200 MBPOD in 1998. Even so, the recovery efficiency using CO2 in oil reservoirs is low.  Researchers at Mississippi State University will investigate a potential solution to this problem by combining carbon dioxide flooding, specifically the WAG (water after gas) procedure with the microbial permeability profile modification (MPPM) procedure previously developed at Mississippi State University under DOE support, wherein the pathway of the WAG fluids are redirected to unswept areas of the reservoir, thereby increasing the sweep efficiency of the procedure.  DOE is contributing $1.03 million to this $1.77 million project.

  • Heterogeneous Reburning by Mixed Fuels - University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, will use carefully designed, multifunctional, cost-effective mixing of fuels at selected reburning conditions to achieve higher nitrogen oxide (NO) reduction. Reburning is a three state combustion technology where nitrogen oxide is chemically reduced to molecular nitrogen above the primary flame by introducing a small amount of reburning fuel. Research in the last three decades has suggested a 60% NO reduction floor. Researchers at the University of Mississippi believe they can achieve a 85% or greater reduction in NO. DOE is contributing $200,000 to this $270,800 project.

  • Hydrate Research Activities - University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, will continue technological development aimed at the establishment of a monitoring station/sea-floor observatory (MS/SFO) to monitor and investigate the hydrocarbon system within the hydrate stability zone (HSZ) of the northern Gulf of Mexico.  The intention of this and past efforts is to consolidate research effort and to equip the MS/SFO with a variety of sensors that will enable the determination of a steady-state description of physical, chemical and thermal conditions in its local environment as well as to detect temporal changes of those conditions.  DOE is contributing $961,000 to this $1.2 million project.

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