Letton-Hall Group (Letton-Hall) has received a deep-water measurement research project designed to improve sustainable energy reserves for the nation. The project is sponsored by the nonprofit Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) and funded in part by the federal government along with a coalition of oil and gas concerns, including BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Shell, StatoilHydro and Total.

The project may help clear the way to more affordable and more realistic deep-water production, said RPSEA spokesman Jim Chitwood

At risk are significant revenues from oil and natural gas production, as well as possible impacts on royalty payments, said a Houston Business Journal report.

Both the Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy have called for advances in technology to address issues in measuring and monitoring deep-water production.

The RPSEA project will address those technology gaps and will add to its research team Houston-based Oceaneering International.

Funding for RPSEA projects is provided by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 through lease bonuses and royalties paid by industry to produce oil and gas on federal lands.