Geo-Energy Scholarship Programme
This is unique in the UK. It was launched in May 2006 and has grown to now include 25 PhD and Masters students. The aim has been simple - to give PhD students in the energy field (oil and gas, coal, geothermal, carbon capture and storage) more breadth in their PhD programme. For example, research students working on petroleum have lectures, short courses and seminars from a range of external experts, they do internships in petroleum companies, field trips and social events. The first cohort of were offerred roles in Exploration and Production in companies such as Statoil, ENI, BP, Hess, and Total.
Many of the research projects are in the area of petroleum geoscience, although there are also some PhD students working on CCS, Geothermal Energy and Unconventional hydrocarbons.
Volcanic Margins Consortium
The Volcanic Margins Research Consortium (VMRC) is a new consortium with Statoil, OMV, Hess, Chevron and DONG.The consortium comprises academic staff at the universities of Durham, Glasgow and Aberdeen, and industry partners involved in the development of hydrocarbon prospects in the North Atlantic Igneous Province and the Faroes-Shetland Basin.
There are currently 6 PhD students working on volcanic margins at Durham: Kirstie Wright, Samantha Clark, Clayton Grove, Tim Watton, Bansri Rainthaha and Peter Reynolds.
More information on the consortium can be found at the consortium website.
GeoPOP3 is an industry consortium funded for three years from 2012 by BG, BP, ConocoPhillips, DONG Energy, E.ON Ruhrgas, ENI, Petrobras, Petronas, Statoil and Tullow to investigate pore pressure and its prediction in clastic sedimentary rocks.
Drilling hydrocarbon exploration wells is a costly and potentially hazardous activity because subsurface fluid pressures at target depths can greatly exceed hydrostatic pressure. This project aims to improve pore pressure prediction and estimation in mudrocks, reduce uncertainty in those predictions, and improve reservoir quality prediction in sandstones.
PI's are Prof Neil Goulty, Dr Stuart Jones, Dr Richard Hobbs (Earth Sciences), Dr David Wooff (Mathematics), Prof Andy Aplin, Dr Mo Rouainia (Newcastle University) and Prof Richard Swarbrick (Ikon GeoPressure).