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Durham University

Centre for Resources and Earth Energy Systems (CeREES)



Geothermal Energy Debate in Parliament

Research being undertaken by Dr Charlotte Adams and Prof Jon Gluyas was the subject of a debate held in Westminster recently. This research considers the potential of abandoned coal mines in the UK for decarbonising heat demand.

(13 Jul 2018) » More about CeREES staff work with local MP to investigate the potential of using abandoned coal mines to heat homes

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)