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National Strategic Unconventional Resource Model

This is the second revision to the National Strategic Unconventional Resources Model that was developed in 2005-2006 to support the Task Force mandated by Congress in subsection 369(h) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The primary function of the first Model was to evaluate varying economic scenarios for four technologies: Surface Mining, Underground Mining, Modified In-Situ, and True In-Situ. In 2009 the Model was revised to update the cost data in the first Model. This second revision of the Model adds a fifth Hybrid technology that can be evaluated economically; and it also adds the capability of determining water requirements, CO2 production, and energy efficiency for the first four technologies. Subject to the availability of funding and other circumstances, the capability of determining water, CO2 and energy efficiency for the Hybrid technology is planned to be addressed at a later date.