Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded two grants totaling $16 million to the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota. The funds come from the DOE’s Advanced Technologies for Enhanced Oil Recovery program, which Hoeven has worked to secure strong funding for through his role on the Appropriations Committee.
“North Dakota has been able to emerge as an energy powerhouse due to the constant innovation of our energy industry,” Hoeven said. “The EERC’s work makes vital contributions toward ensuring the Bakken remains a viable oil play. These funds will help EERC to better develop enhanced oil recovery techniques, using captured CO2 and other means to improve the efficiency of our energy production, extend the productivity of wells throughout the region and ensure a stronger economy for years to come.”