Starts: Mar 5, 2014 3:00:00 PM
Starts: Nov 21, 2013 9:00:00 AM
Title: Towards sustainable and risk free gas production from an unconventional source
Description: Shale gas is a new and unconventional source of energy that has raised hopes in the US and elsewhere of finding additional sources of energy. However, the extraction method proposes a potential hazard in the form of microseismicity as demonstrated in 2011 when recorded tremors were associated with a frack site near Blackpool. This incident caused fracking to be discussed prolifically in the UK media and a temporary ban on fracking in the UK (which has since been lifted). There is thus a need to better understand the extraction process and its potential risk. This project aims to find out more about the geological characterisation of shale gas reservoirs across various scales, specifically looking at porosity and gas storage mechanisms and investigate the societal impacts of extraction such as the seismic risk.
Prof. Jurgen Thurow (Earth Sciences)
Prof Phil Meredith (Earth Sciences) Dr Neal Skipper (London Centre for Nanotechnology) ,Dr. Joanna Faure Walker (IRDR)