Geology have a new member of staff
Abdullah Awdal joined us this week fresh from a PhD in structural geology and fracture characterisation. He is from Kurdistan so adds to our international flavour! His Zagros petroleum geology background will be invaluable to our projects
We have provided training services to Roxar for some years and now we have access to their RMS software in house. We will use this to develop training course material for fractured reservoir analogs (see training pages) and for projects as appropriate.
GeoScience geologists join a PESGB fieldtrip in Bude
Geologists from GeoScience joined in with the turbidite
reservoir sedimentology workshop organized by the PESGB that took place in
Bude, Cornwall. To see some photographs, click here.
Pyrenees 2014 training courses are a success!
We have just completed a series
of four open and private training courses in the Pyrenees which
covered reservoir analogs in formations ranging from Lower Palaeozoic to
Mesozoic and Tertiary in age. Around 55 delegates from around the world have
enjoyed the geology and culture of the Catalonian Pyrenees while learning about
characterisation of fractured reservoirs. To see some images click here
'Banksy' inspired artwork installed on the garage door of our new office
"Onwards and Upwards (or downwards?)", a presentation
Robin Curtis of GeoScience delivered a presentation at the 2014 AGM and seminar at the Building Centre, London on the 10th July. " Ground Source Energy: Empowered by the RHI" was the focus of the day for the UK Ground Source Heat Pump Association's meeting. Copies of the presentation are online at http://www.gshp.org.uk/GSHPAconference2014.html.
GeoScience have moved into our new building!
We have moved into a larger unit on the same business park (same address), which has had a large refurbishment inside. Click here to see our new entrance.
Second Petroleum Geology Workshop planned for 2015
In September 2013 GeoScience Limited in association with Geoplay Pyrenees organised a Zagros Petroleum Geology workshop that was very successful. Some of the photos of the previous event here. Due to popular demand we are holding another workshop in September 2015, see training pages for more information.
Pyrenees and Andorra field courses 2015
Our next open courses in "Outcrop Analogs for Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs" will be held in May and September in Tremp, Catalonia. Our new open course on "Palaeozoic and Basement Analogs"will be held in the Pyrenees of Andorra in September. Please see our training pages for more information.
Recent Technical Presentations
GeoScience presented 'Application of Pyrenean fractured carbonate outcrops for reservoir characterisation' as a poster at the Royal Geological Society Petroleum Group meeting on Field studies for reducing sub-surface uncertainty (London, March) and as a talk at the AAPG European conference and exhibition (13th-15th May), in Barcelona. Click here to see the poster
Consultation on induced seismicity from ‘fracking’
In April and May 2011 two minor seismic events were induced by hydraulic fracturing operations undertaken by Cuadrilla in the Blackpool area. A government - appointed panel of experts has reported on these events and their report has been the subject of a six week consultation period, following which the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will issue regulations for the monitoring and control of induced seismicity in the UK for shale gas fracturing. These regulations will also have a significant impact on potential deep geothermal developments.
The DECC report can be found here
GeoScience comments to the consultation process can be found on our downloads page
Another Busy Year for Geology
In 2014 our geology team have been flat out on fractured carbonates in Kurdistan, working on reservoir characterisation and geomechanics, and also on the thorny issue of fracture porosity estimation for reserve calculations. Currently we are also expanding our work on carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis there. Other projects have involved carbonates in Italy and Russia, clastics in North Africa, and reservoirs in our long-established niche of fractured basements. We have also delivered fractured carbonate training courses in the Pyrenees for over 50 people.
Deep Geothermal Drilling - A Cornish EGS Projectwww.geothermalengineering.co.uk
Engineered Geothermal Systems (EGS) are the current manifestation of technology that GeoScience worked on in the 1980’s (then known as ‘Hot Dry Rocks’ geothermal). We are now involved in a project led by Geothermal Engineering Ltd to build an EGS near Truro in Cornwall. This will involve drilling to approximately 5km depth in a region of high heat flow and natural fracture permeability, to develop a reservoir system and recover hot water to surface for electricity generation. GeoScience has done the feasibility and design for GEL and a drilling site is in preparation.