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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences


Prof Jon Gluyas, BSc (Hons), PhD

Ørsted/Ikon Chair in Geoenergy, Carbon Capture & Storage in the Department of Earth Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42302
Room number: Rm 329
Executive Director in the Durham Energy Institute

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2017 – present — Executive Director Durham Energy Institute, member of Senate

2014 – present — Dean of Knowledge Exchange, member of Senate

2011 – 2014 — Head of Department, member of Senate

2010 – 2011 — Director, CeREES

2009 – present — Professor of Geoenergy, Carbon Capture and Storage

2009 – present — ERC Equipoise Ltd., Non-executive Director

2005 – 2009 — Fairfield Energy Ltd., Founder and Head of Business Development/Head of Geoscience

2001 – 2005 — Acorn Oil & Gas, Founder and Geoscience director

1996 – 2001 — Oil industry, independent sector.

1981 – 1996 — BP Exploration

1978 – 1981 — PhD, University of Liverpool

Career Research Highlights

Commercial quantities of helium have always been found by accident when searching for petroleum gas. That was true until December 2015 when following a research programme sponsored by Statoil Jon Gluyas, Chris Ballentine (Oxford University) and team confirmed a major discovery of helium in Tanzania’s East African Rift Valley. This followed a programme designed to understand the source, maturation, migration and accumulation of helium in the Earth’s crust.

Geothermal energy is little developed in the UK and yet the resource base could supply heat to the nation for at least 100 years. Our current research examines the utility of abandoned and late-life petroleum fields for supplying geothermal energy as well as the possibility that deep karst in Carboniferous limestones could also make major contribution the UK’s heating requirements as well as reducing the national carbon footprint. 

Other current research includes work on UK energy security and the potential for developing enhanced oil and gas recovery and tight gas sandstones.

Committee and Society Service

2012 – 2016 — Remuneration Committee; The Geological Society of London

2012 – 2016 — Awards Committee; The Geological Society of London

2011 – 2011 — Chairman; EPSRC/NERC/TSB/DECC UK CCS Research Centre Development Board

2010 – 2012 — President; Earth Science Teachers Association

2010 – 2011 — Chairman of the Board; British Geological Survey

2010 — Advisory board; National Grid Carbon

2009 – 2009 — President; Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain

2003 – 2007 — Council; The Geological Society of London

2000 – 2006 — Publications Committee; The Geological Society of London

Conferences and Workshops

Chair and organiser for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists workshop on Geothermal/Petroleum Crossover Technology an international meeting in Durham UK 2017

Chair of organising committee – Late Field Life reservoirs Geological Society London, 2014

Co-convenor Himalaya confeerence Ladakh India 2014

Chair of organizing committee - The Geological Society of London/American Association of Petroleum Geologists Conference on Carbon Capture and Storage; 2011

Chairman and organiser - Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain PETEX; 2010

Co-convenor - The Geological Society of London Petroleum Group Meeting; 2009

Chairman and organiser - Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain 'Prospex' conference; 2009

Convenor: 'Better Recovery' theme - The Geological Society of London Petroleum Group Meeting; 2008

Chairman and organiser - Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain 'Prospex' conference; 2008

Editorial Roles

2015 – present – Editor UK oil and Gas Fields – Geological Society Memoir 2nd edition

2012- 2013 – Editor Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide – Woodhead Publications

1997 – 2006 — Associate Editor, Terra Nova

1999- 2003 - Editor UK oil and Gas Fields – Geological Society Memoir

1994-1997 – Editor, AAPG Memoir Reservoir Quality Prediction

2006 – 2011 — Editor, Petroleum Geoscience, Geological Society Publication

Invited Keynotes

"Deep Basinal Pore Fluids – An Underused Resource?" - The Geological Society of London Water Futures Meeting, 2012

"The king is dead, long live the king" - Durham University/Newcastle University Next Generation Coal Conference, 2012

"Carbon Storage – the subsurface how, where and now – How to choose a subsurface storage site for carbon dioxide" - Society of Petroleum Engineers Aberdeen Section, 2011

"An Overview of Current Research Activity in Carbon Storage at the University of Durham UK" - CATO Research meeting , 2011

"Industrial and academic collaboration, the key to a clean future from geoenergy " - Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain PETEX Conference, 2010

Membership of Organisations and Societies

1978 – present — Fellow, The Geological Society of London

1995 – present — Member, Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain

2003 – present — Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Earth Sciences

Prizes and Awards

2000 — Aberconway Medal - The Geological Society of London

Research Groups

Department of Earth Sciences

Durham Energy Institute

  • Energy Policy Group

Research Interests

  • Sediment Diagenesis and Reservoir Quality Prediction
  • Petroleum Production Geosciences
  • Carbon Capture and Geostorage
  • Geothermal Energy


Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Gluyas, Jon, Auld, Alison, Adams, Charlotte, Hirst, Catherine, Hogg, Simon & Craig, Jonathan (2019). Geothermal Potential of the Global Oil Industry. In Renewable Geothermal Energy Explorations. Ismail, Basel I. InTechOpen. 1-11.
  • Gluyas, Jon, Tang, Longxun & Jones, Stuart (2018). Argyll Field: the first oil field to be developed on the UK Continental Shelf. In History of the European Oil and Gas Industry. Craig, J., Gerali, F., Macaulay, F. & Sorkhabi, R. London: Geological Society. 465: 77-93.
  • Gluyas, J. (2012). Chapter 8. In The Technical and Legal Guide to Global Hydrocarbons Volume 1. Neilson, E.C. & Wills, J. Aberlour Press, Aberdeen. 327-424.

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