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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.

Our full list of projects is here and you can find out more information about the programme on the CDT website.

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.

The Saudi Aramco team receiving the award

(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?".

For more information on Cat's project please see here, or access the winning paper here.

(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.

(5 Feb 2016) » More about Monitoring methane leaks from decommissioned oil and gas wells


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.

(25 Jun 2015) » More about Prof. Andy Aplin speaks to the BBC about Lancashire County Council's debate on Fracking


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).

(1 Jun 2015) » More about NERC Oil and Gas Centre for Doctoral Training - Update


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:

http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/update/2015-04-30/north-york-moors-peak-district-and-yorkshire-dales-suitable-for-fracking/

(30 Apr 2015) » More about Sparking the debate on fracking Potential in National Parks


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”

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20150505172301237

(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. 

(27 Apr 2015) » More about Professor Bob Holdsworth appointed as NERC Anniversary Ambassador


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.

 

(9 Feb 2015) » More about CCS technology ripe for debate among UK geologists


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’.

 

(26 Jan 2015) » More about MPs call for a suspension on fracking in the UK – CeREES response


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

Petex Success

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.

(1 Oct 2014) » More about Professor Andy Aplin takes over as CeREES Director


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.

(16 Jun 2014) » More about Energy Minister visits Durham University project to combat climate change


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.

(6 Mar 2014) » More about Prof Andy Aplin warns extracting shale gas in North West will mean massive increase in wells


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.

(25 Feb 2014) » More about Prof Jon Gluyas Response to DECC blog 'CCS – a great opportunity 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.

(2 Dec 2013) » More about New Oil and Gas training centre supports growth with responsible environmental management in energy sector


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.

(7 Nov 2013) » More about ReFINE research consortium into shale gas and oil exploitation is launched


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.

(28 Aug 2013) » More about Jon Gluyas discusses EOR on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme


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.

(27 May 2013) » More about Andrew Aplin awarded Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award for Second Time


Chris Greenwell and Jonny Imber awarded Royal Society Industry Fellowships

(21 Apr 2013) » More about Chris Greenwell and Jonny Imber awarded Royal Society Industry Fellowships


Professor Andy Aplin joins CeREES

Welcome to Andy Aplin, who has joined CeREES as Professor in Unconventional Hydrocarbons.

(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.

(9 Jan 2013) » More about CeREES and CDT Students visit Ferrybridge Power Station and CCPilot100+


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.

(10 Dec 2012) » More about Carbon Storage Monitoring using Muon technology’


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

The Next Generation Coal conference workshop was held on 12-13th July 2012 at the North of England Institute for Mining and Mechanical Engineers, and was organised by Durham University and Newcastle University.

(31 Jul 2012) » More about Next Generation Coal Conference held by Durham University and Newcastle University


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.
Conference Website

(15 Dec 2011) » More about European Shale Gas: Risks, Regulation and Research Challenges


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.

(1 Jul 2011) » More about Geology graduate speaks to BBC after working as part of Newcastle geothermal borehole


Carbon Capture and Storage - Do We Need It?

A public debate on carbon capture storage (CCS) was be staged as part of Newcastle ScienceFest:

(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