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Phone: 02031081101

Ext: 51101

Office location: Rm 38, 2nd floor, South Wing, UCL Main Quadrangle

Jabraan Ahmed

PhD student


Towards sustainable and risk free gas production from an unconventional source


Prof Juergen Thurow, Prof Phil Meredith (Earth Sciences) 

Dr Neal Skipper (London Centre for Nanotechnology) ,Dr. Joanna Faure Walker (IRDR)

Source(s) of funding:

Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR)


Research Room 1

Kathleen Lonsdale Building

UCL Earth Sciences

Gower Street



Phone No:

020 7679 7698  




Jabran Ahmed

Project description

The United States has shown the incredible potential in the extraction of gas from shales, however their success has yet to be replicated elsewhere. One of the reasons for this is the relatively poor understanding of shales in comparison to conventional reservoir systems. This project begins to bridge the gap by addressing the issue from a classical sedimentology perspective by examining a transect through the Bowland Basin which contains organic rich shales.

We have chosen the Bowland/Edale basin for study given the current interest and extraction operations currently underway.  After obtaining core and outcrop material, the shales will be put through a suite of analyses both quantitative and qualitative. Quantitative analyses will tell us the physical properties such as porosity, permeability and geochemistry. Meanwhile qualitative analyses, through high resolution imaging, on the micro/nano scale which will shed light on the distribution and orientation of minerals and kerogen. By repeating these experiments across the basin and at varying stratigraphic depths across the basin, we hope the gain a better understanding on the factors controlling shale deposition, its mechanical properties and gas generation. It is knowledge of these factors which is vital for safe and sustainable production as they ultimately influence how the shales behave during the extraction process.

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