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Department of Earth Sciences

GeoPOP3: £2.25m of industry funding

(1 June 2012)

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.  The GeoPOP3 research aims are to improve pore pressure prediction and estimation in mudrocks, reduce uncertainty in those predictions, and improve reservoir quality prediction in sandstones.
PI’s for individual projects 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).