Grant Success for Liz Atar
(26 May 2017) » More about Grant Success for Liz Atar
AAPG Geothermal Cross Over Technology Workshop
(24 May 2017) » More about AAPG Geothermal Cross Over Technology Workshop
Drilling for Shale Gas in Lancashire
Andy Aplin commented on Cuadrilla's current drilling activities in Lancashire in Big Issue North. The article can be found here.
(15 May 2017)
CeREES director presents at CIBSE and AAPG Student Chapter
CeREES Director, Professor Andy Aplin has recently presented two talks on shale resources. The first, “Shale Gas and Oil: Reality, Hope or Hype?”, was to to the Chartered Institution of Building Services North East in Newcastle on January 24th. Then on the 30th January, Andy presented the Inaugural Lecture of the AAPG Student Chapter at Heriot Watt University. His talk was entitled “A Fossil Fuel Future: Assessing the Role of Shale Resources”. More information about the Student Chapter can be found here.
(16 Feb 2017)
Fully Funded PhDs through NERC CDT in Oil and Gas
CeREES is again offering three fully funded PhD opportunites though the NERC CDT Oil and Gas programme. This is an excellent opportunity to not only study for an Earth Science PhD in Durham but also receive ten weeks of free training from industry and universities across the country.
Deadline: 31st January 2017
(26 Jan 2017)
Geothermal energy is the nearest we can get to a silver bullet in terms of sustainable, renewable energy
Prof Jon Gluyas of CeREES has been quoted in a BBC 'Future Now' article on geothermal energy in Iceland. The report details Iceland’s Deep Drilling Project (IDDP), which plans to drill the 'hottest borehole ever', currently at a depth of 4090m beneath Iceland's surface.
(13 Jan 2017) » More about Prof Jon Gluyas comments on Geothermal Energy
'It’s Not Just Fracking: New Database of Human-Induced Quakes'
Prof Gillian Foulger's research on human induced earthquakes has been described in an article in Earth & Science Space News. The article, which can be read here in full, highlights the links between human activity and ground movement. Recent controversy over fracking in the UK has highlighted our potential impact, but Prof. Foulger's work shows that many processes can induce earthquakes, including gas exploration, mining and dams.
(1 Jan 2017)
Success for CeREES at PETEX 2016
Fifteen of our postgraduate students joined CeREES staff at the PETEX 2016 conference in London in November. As well as hosting an exhibition stand we had 6 students and 2 academics speaking or presenting posters at the event. Students James Schofield and Laongun Tang gave talks in the Collaboration Showcase and Xe Ge, Jack lee (on behalf of Stephan Stricker), Ang Li and Tom Utley presented in Poster Sessions.
The highlight of the event was CeREES’ Prof Bob Holdsworth winning the award for the ‘Best Presentation in the North West Europe Theme’, for the talk, “Cracked and full of sand: microstructural insights into how oil gets into the fractured Precambrian basement of the Rona Ridge, West of Shetland”, by Bob Holdsworth (speaker), Ken McCaffrey, Eddie Dempsey (in collaboration with the Clair Joint Venture Group). It was judged on ‘Originality, Relevance, Technical Content, Clarity and Structure, and Presentation Style and Delivery’.
(1 Dec 2016)
EAGE Best Paper Award
The EAGE's 2016 Norman Falcon Award for the best paper published in Petroleum Geoscience during 2015 has been given to Alex M.P. Cicchino, posthumously, and to his co-authors, Colin Sargent, Neil R. Goulty and Agus M. Ramdhan, for their paper "Regional variation in Cretaceous mudstone compaction trends across Haltenbanken, offshore mid-Norway", published in Petroleum Geoscience, volume 21, issue 1, February 2015, pp. 17-34.
(7 Jun 2016)
Durham-Saudi Aramco Project Success
The Durham University – Saudi Aramco project “Developing Environmentally Friendly Drilling Fluid Additives”, led by Prof. Chris Greenwell & Prof. Andy Whiting, has resulted in Dr John Hall, Environmental Specialist at Saudi Aramco, receiving a commendation and prize for the success of the project in generating a number of patents.
(26 Feb 2016) » More about Durham-Saudi Aramco Project Success
Award for CeREES student
Congratulations to CeREES PhD student, Cat Hirst who has been voted winner of the Professor William R Dearman QJEGH (Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology) Young Author of the Year 2015 for the paper titled, "The late field life of the East Midlands Petroleum Province; a new geothermal prosepct?".
(5 Feb 2016) » More about Cat Hirst receives Young Author of the Year award
ReFINe Research in national news
Findings from the ReFINE project on methane emmissions from decomissioned oil and gas wells, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, have been reported in the press, including the BBC.
CeREES researchers quoted in British Science Festival article
(21 Sep 2015) » More about British Science Festival
Prof. Andy Aplin speaks to the BBC about Lancashire County Council's debate on Fracking
CeREES' Director, Professor Andy Aplin, was interviewed twice by the BBC yesterday about Lnacashire County Council's debate on whether to allow fracking at two sites in Lancashire.
NERC Oil and Gas Centre for Doctoral Training - Update
The first students started training with the Oil and Gas CDT in September/October 2014 so are now settled into their studies. The centre is based at Herriot Watt and is supported by a number of UK universities, including Durham. We currently have 3 CDT students at Durham: Elizabeth Atar, Sean O'Neil and Thomas Snell.
So far, training courses have taken place in Edinburgh and Manchester and at the end of June Durham will host a two-week programme on Unconventionals, which will combine a fieldtrip to the East Yorkshire coast with a residential teaching week in Durham. The course will be hosted by Andy Aplin, director of CeREES, with additional teaching from Jonathon Imber (Durham University, Richard Swarbrick (Independent Consultant), Joe Cartright (Oxford University), Kevin Taylor (Manchester University), Steve Hesselbo (Exeter University), Susie Daniels (Geospatial Research Limited) and Ian Head (Newcastle University).
Local interest in Geothermal Energy Potential
The Teesdale Mercury ran a report on the work being carried out by Dr Charlotte Adams investigating the geothermal potential in the North Pennines.
The report quotes Dr Adams, saying “We are researching the geothermal potential of the North Pennines and this includes looking at whether the Butterknowle Fault is acting as a plumbing system, taking warm geothermal fluids from the North Pennines though our area right out to the coast at Hartlepool. This means some of the larger centres of population along the fault, for example Spennymoor and Bishop Auckland, could access geothermal energy in future.”
(8 May 2015) » More about Local interest in Geothermal Energy Potential
Sparking the debate on fracking Potential in National Parks
CeREES Liam Herringshaw’s briefing paper on fracking potential in National Parks hit the headlines and was reported by ITV among others:
Women in Energy Conference
Charlotte Adams (BritGeothermal) and Theresa Jezierski attended the ‘Women in Energy’ hosted by the BGS in partnership with the Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC).
(30 Apr 2015) » More about Women in Energy Conference
Prof. Jon Gluyas joins the Divestment in Fossil Fuels Debate
Prof Gluyas appeared at a Cafe Politique event hosted by Ustinov college to discuss the benefits or otherwise of disinvesting in fossil fuels.
His argument has also been published in University World News, where he states: “Targeting Big (Bad) Oil in the way 350.org advocates might make us feel good, but it is intellectually lazy and unlikely to curb emissions”
(29 Apr 2015)
Professor Bob Holdsworth appointed as NERC Anniversary Ambassador
Professor Bob Holdsworth, from the Department of Earth Sciences, has been appointed as an ‘Anniversary Ambassador’ by the Natural Environment Research Council.
Honorary Professorship Renewed
Tony Dore, a member of the CeREES board has had his honorary professorship of Petroleum Geoscience within the Department of Earth Science at Durham University renewed for a further three terms from January 2015.
(24 Apr 2015) » More about Honorary Professorship Renewed
Geopressure2015 - A huge success for Durham
In April CeREES (and the Department of Earth Science) hosted an international conference at Durham University, entitled, “Geopresssure2015 – The Life Cycle of a Well’. The Conference, which ran from 14th – 16th April 2015 in the University’s Calman Learning Centre, focused on pore fluid and fracture pressure in hydrocarbon exploration.
(18 Apr 2015) » More about Geopressure2015 - A huge success for Durham
CCS technology ripe for debate among UK geologists
Prof Jon Gluyas (CeREES) opened a Question Time style debate at Edinburgh University, with an overview of CCS progress and an analysis of its strengths and weaknesses as a climate change technology.
MPs call for a suspension on fracking in the UK – CeREES response
Today the Environmental Audit Committee will call for a moratorium on shale gas fracking and an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill. They cite climate targets as well as ‘huge uncertainties around the impact that fracking could have on water supplies, air quality and public health’.
Prof Andy Aplin on BBC Science in Action
On Thursday 8th January 2015 CeREES director Professor Andy Aplin spoke to BBC World Service Science in Action programme about the proportions of coal, oil and gas which need to be left unburnt to in order to achieve the goal to limit global warming to no more than 2C.
You can listen to the discussion via the BBC World Service Website
(12 Jan 2015)
CeREES inform public debate on Fracking
Members of the CeREES Centre for Geoenergy at Durham University are getting involved in informing the public debate on Fracking.
(6 Jan 2015) » More about CeREES inform public debate on Fracking
PETEX Success for CeREES Students
Three CeREES students received prizes at last week’s PETEX Conference held in London on 18th – 20th November.
(17 Dec 2014) » More about PETEX Success for CeREES Students
CeREES at PETEX 2014
CeREES will be exhibiting at the PETEX 2014 conference at the ExCEL in London from 18th – 20th November.
(17 Nov 2014) » More about CeREES at PETEX 2014
NERC Oil and GAS CDT Scholarships announced
NERC have released the list of awards and projects for the 2015 Oil and Gas Scholarships, awarding Durham University three PhD Scholarships.
(7 Nov 2014) » More about NERC Oil and GAS CDT Scholarships announced
Professor Andy Aplin takes over as CeREES Director
After three and a half years leading CeREES Professor Ken McCaffery has handed over the reins to Professor Andy Aplin.
Energy Minister visits Durham University project to combat climate change
Energy Minister Michael Fallon has visited the innovative Muon Tomography project at Durham University.
The project is aimed at cutting the cost of fighting climate change and radically reducing carbon emissions.
Prof Andy Aplin warns extracting shale gas in North West will mean massive increase in wells
Andy Aplin, Professor of Unconventional Petroleum in the Department of Earth Sciences at CeREES and DEI, spoke to the Shale UK conference on 4 to 5 March. A number of news outlets reported on his comments in response to the recent increase in Cuadrilla estimates of shale gas resources in the North West.
Prof Jon Gluyas Response to DECC blog 'CCS – a great opportunity for the UK'
Professor Jon Gluyas, CeREES academic who is a member of Durham Energy Institute's Policy Futures Group, responded to the DECC blog in which Edward Davey highlighted the great opportunity presented by CCS for the UK.
New Oil and Gas training centre supports growth with responsible environmental management in energy sector
Durham University is a core partner in a new £8m training centre aimed at helping the oil and gas sector put environmental science at the heart of responsible management of the planet. The new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), funded by NERC and led by Heriot-Watt University, will focus on creating a highly skilled workforce with expertise that can be used across the wider energy and environmental sectors, as well as filling skills gaps in the oil and gas sector. Prof Aplin of CeREES is Durham’s academic lead for the CDT.
IAPETUS: DTP funded by NERC
The Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, announced £100m of new NERC investment in fifteen Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), which specialise in training environmental science PhD students. Durham is one of the partners in the IAPETUS DTP.
(12 Nov 2013) » More about IAPETUS: DTP funded by NERC
ReFINE research consortium into shale gas and oil exploitation is launched
ReFINE (Researching Fracking in Europe), an independent research consortium focusing on the issue of shale gas and oil exploitation using fracking methods, has had its official launch event.
CeREES Student wins Neftex Award
CeREES student Jordan Phethean has won 3rd prize in the Earth Model Award Competition.
(22 Oct 2013) » More about CeREES Student wins Neftex Award
NERC Oil & Gas catalyst success
Earth Scientists were awarded funding for 4 projects in the recent NERC Oil & Gas catalyst competiton.
(10 Oct 2013) » More about NERC Oil & Gas catalyst success
Muon Tomography project at British Science Festival
BBC News discusses the promising potential of a technology being developed to use cosmic rays to monitor CO2 storage sites in a project led by CeREES.
(16 Sep 2013) » More about Muon Tomography project at British Science Festival
Jon Gluyas discusses EOR on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme
Prof Jon Gluyas discusses the opportunities presented by Enhanced Oil Recovery.
CeREES Open Day
CeREES held an industry Open Day on 25th June
(2 Jul 2013) » More about CeREES Open Day
Andrew Aplin awarded Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award for Second Time
Andy Aplin and Joe Macquaker (ExxonMobil) were awarded the 2013 Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh.
Chris Greenwell and Jonny Imber awarded Royal Society Industry Fellowships
Professor Andy Aplin joins CeREES
(8 Mar 2013) » More about Professor Andy Aplin joins CeREES
Future of UK Energy
CeREES involved in roundtable discussion with ministers and scientists to debate the options.
(20 Feb 2013) » More about Future of UK Energy
CeREES and CDT Students visit Ferrybridge Power Station and CCPilot100+
CeREES and CDT students had the opportunity to visit Ferrybridge Power Station and CCPilot100+ Carbon Capture pilot project.
DECC announces £647,441 funding to Durham-led consortium on ‘Carbon Storage Monitoring using Muon technology’
A Durham-led research consortium has won government and industry funding of over £1.4m to develop a novel and more cost effective technique for the continuous monitoring of future carbon capture and storage (CCS) sites for carbon dioxide (CO2) by using cosmic rays.The team comprises Durham University, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, University of Sheffield, University of Bath, Newcastle University and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech supported by Premier Oil & Gas and Cleveland Potash Limited.
CeREES Prizes at Petex 2012
Around 20 CeREES staff and students attended Petex 2012. CeREES had a stand in the Exhibition, and staff and students gave presentations and presented posters. Four CeREES students were awarded prizes at the event.
(30 Nov 2012) » More about Petex 2012
Durham hosts UKCCSRC Biannual Meeting
Durham hosted the UK CCS Research Centre Biannual meeting on 19-20th September 2012.
(25 Sep 2012) » More about Durham hosts UKCCSRC Biannual meeting
Next Generation Coal Conference
GeoPop 3 - £2.25m Research Project
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.
(30 May 2012) » More about New £2.25m Project
Jonny Imber to represent CeREES at 2012 AAPG
See Conference Programme (AAPG Annual Conventional & Exhibition 2012, Long Beach, CA)
(9 Mar 2012) » More about Jonny Imber to represent CeREES at 2012 AAPG
Jonny Imber to represent CeREES at ITF Technology Road Map
ITF Technology Road Map: Unconventional Reservoir Characterization, http://www.oil-itf.com/index/event-diary
(9 Mar 2012)
Indonesia Overpressure Study
Professor Neil Goulty is co-investigator on the Indonesia Overpressure Study, which started in 2012.
(20 Feb 2012) » More about Indonesia Overpressure Study
Richard Walker wins Ramsay Medal
Dr Richard Walker has been awarded the Ramsay Medal by the Tectonic Studies Group at their Annual Meeting.
(13 Jan 2012) » More about Richard Walker wins Ramsay Medal
European Shale Gas: Risks, Regulation and Research Challenges
Conference to be held at Durham University, 27-29th March 2012, organised by IGEM and the N8 group.
Ricahrd Davies Featured Speaker at AAPG Conference
Professor Richard Davies recently gave a presentation at the Featured Speaker Luncheon at the APPG 2011 Conference in Milan.
(14 Dec 2011) » More about Ricahrd Davies Featured Speaker at AAPG Conference
CeREES academics visit prestigious Indian University
Professor Jon Gluyas and Dr Ken McCaffrey visited the Indian School of Mines (ISM) in Dhanbad, India earlier this month.
(23 Nov 2011) » More about CeREES academics visit prestigious Indian University
CeREES Researchers invited to attend ITF Showcase
CeREES was invited to attend this year's ITF Technology showcase at the AECC in Aberdeen, held on 8 November 2011..
(18 Nov 2011) » More about CeREES Researchers invited to attend ITF Showcase
CeREES Students Visit Boulby Mine
A group of CeREES PhD students have visited Boulby mine and dark matter lab.
(1 Jul 2011) » More about CeREES Students Visit Boulby Mine
Geology graduate speaks to BBC after working as part of Newcastle geothermal borehole
Laura Armstrong, who graduates this Summer with a first class degree in Geology, spoke to the BBC's Fiona Trott.
Carbon Capture and Storage - Do We Need It?
(22 Mar 2011) » More about Carbon Capture and Storage - Do We Need It?
Life After Oil
Is Britain prepared for a Life After Oil? This was the question that will be asked by environmentalist Jonathon Porritt and other experts at a free public debate at Durham University on Wednesday March 16th
(17 Mar 2011) » More about Life After Oil