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GL5572: SUBSURFACE STORAGE AND SEQUESTRATION (2023-2024)

Last modified: 31 Jan 2024 15:46


Course Overview

Lectures and practical exercises will provide you with the knowledge and skills to de-risk the subsurface for storage of energy (in the form of compressed air and hydrogen), and for the safe and long-term storage and sequestration of CO2. Seminars will introduce case-study examples of storage within porous rocks, evaporites and volcanics. The course concludes with a group project that is designed to emulate how a subsurface storage site would be evaluated by a technical team in industry.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Mr Joseph Armstrong

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will allow students with skills and knowledge to understand the geoscience aspects of subsurface for storage of energy (from renewable sources in the form of compressed air and hydrogen), and for the safe and long-term storage and sequestration of CO2. Lectures and Practical Exercises will provide students with the skills and knowledge to:

  • Recognise the role of CO2 for EOR (enhanced oil recovery);
  • Discuss the considerations required for safe abandonment of petroleum wells.
  • Evaluate the controls on fluid flow through porous media in the subsurface;
  • Recognise the geological requirements and limitations of different subsurface storage types (short-term intermittent, long-term storage, and sequestration).
  • Integrate geological observations to map the distribution of potential subsurface storage sites in the subsurface;
  • Perform a seal capacity review at a potential subsurface storage site;
  • Evaluate the capacity, and therefore economic feasibility, of a potential subsurface storage site;
  • Present a MMV (measurement, monitoring and verification) plan for a potential subsurface storage site;
  • Interpret 4D seismic data for its application in monitoring subsurface storage sites;

The first portion of the course uses a mix of lectures, practical exercises and seminars provided by both academic and industry experts and will provide students with an overview of the theory of safe and effective subsurface storage.

An independent research project will allow the student to familiarise themselves with the theories taught in lectures and apply them to a real example case study. The assessed short essay will prepare the student for the GL5907 Projects in Energy Geoscience through exposure to conducting a literature review and synthesising information.

The course concludes with an assessed group project which is designed to emulate how a subsurface storage site would be evaluated by a technical team in industry and allows students to apply the previous course learnings to a real-world data-set using industry standard softwares.

In addition to the technical skills and expertise developed through this course, additional transferrable skills to be developed on this course include:

  • Group work and interpersonal skills;
  • Project- and self-management skills;
  • Communication skills.

Associated Costs

DescriptionValue
Possible Fieldtrip: (subject to Venue availability) GBP 250.00

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks 35 Feedback Weeks 35

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateRecognise the geological requirements and limitations of different subsurface storage types (short-term intermittent, long-term storage, and sequestration).

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 39 Feedback Weeks 42

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Class Test

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseIntegrate geological observations to map the distribution of potential subsurface storage sites in the subsurface.
ConceptualAnalyseInterpret 4D seismic data for its application in monitoring subsurface storage sites.
ConceptualEvaluateEvaluate the controls on fluid flow through porous media in the subsurface.
ConceptualEvaluateRecognise the geological requirements and limitations of different subsurface storage types (short-term intermittent, long-term storage, and sequestration).
FactualUnderstandDiscuss the considerations required for safe abandonment of petroleum wells.
FactualUnderstandRecognise the role of CO2 for EOR (enhanced oil recovery)
ProceduralApplyPresent a MMV (measurement, monitoring and verification) plan for a potential subsurface storage site.
ProceduralEvaluateEvaluate the capacity, and therefore economic feasibility, of a potential subsurface storage site.

Oral Presentation: Group

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 36,37 Feedback Weeks 38

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseIntegrate geological observations to map the distribution of potential subsurface storage sites in the subsurface.
ProceduralApplyPresent a MMV (measurement, monitoring and verification) plan for a potential subsurface storage site.
ProceduralEvaluateEvaluate the capacity, and therefore economic feasibility, of a potential subsurface storage site.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseInterpret 4D seismic data for its application in monitoring subsurface storage sites.
ProceduralEvaluateEvaluate the capacity, and therefore economic feasibility, of a potential subsurface storage site.
ConceptualEvaluateRecognise the geological requirements and limitations of different subsurface storage types (short-term intermittent, long-term storage, and sequestration).
FactualUnderstandRecognise the role of CO2 for EOR (enhanced oil recovery)
ProceduralApplyPresent a MMV (measurement, monitoring and verification) plan for a potential subsurface storage site.
ConceptualAnalyseIntegrate geological observations to map the distribution of potential subsurface storage sites in the subsurface.
FactualUnderstandDiscuss the considerations required for safe abandonment of petroleum wells.
ProceduralEvaluatePerform a seal capacity review at a potential subsurface storage site.
ConceptualEvaluateEvaluate the controls on fluid flow through porous media in the subsurface.

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