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Environmentally best practices and optmisation in hydraulic fracturing for shale gas/oil development

Objective

This research brings together the complementary expertise of our consortium members to gain a better understanding of the physics in hydraulic fracturing (HF) with the final goal to optimize HF practices and to assess the environmental risks related to HF. This requires the development and implementation of reliable models for HF, scaled laboratory tests and available on-site data to validate these models. The key expertise in our consortium is on modelling and simulation of HF and all partners involved pursue different computational approaches. However, we have also some partners in our consortium which focus on scaled laboratory tests and one company which can provide on-site data. The choice of the best model for HF still remains an open question and this research promises to quantify uncertainties in each model and finally provide a guideline how to choose the best model with respect to a specific output parameter. The final objective is to employ these models in order to answer some pressing questions related to environmental risks of HF practices, including
1. How does HF interact with the natural fractures that intersect the shale seam?’
2. How does the fracture network from a previous stage of HF treatment affect the fracture network evolution in succeeding, adjacent stages?
3. What are the requirements to constrain fractures from propagating to the adjacent layers of confining rock?

The exchange and training objectives are to:
4. Enhance the intersectoral and interdisciplinary training of ERs and ESRs in Computational Science, Mining Geotechnics, Geomechanics, Modeling and Simulation
5. Strengthen, quantitatively and qualitatively, the human potential in research and technology in Europe
6. Advance the scientific contribution of women researchers in this area dominated by male
7. Create synergies with other EU projects
8. Enable and support all ESRs/ERs to keep contact with international community in the sense of training and transfer of knowledge

Coordinator

BAUHAUS-UNIVERSITAET WEIMAR
Net EU contribution
€ 311 085,00
Address
Geschwister Scholl Strasse 8
99423 Weimar
Germany

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Region
Thüringen Thüringen Weimar, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 80 550,00

Participants (5)

CISM-LAB SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 222 210,00
Address
Piazza Garibaldi 18
33100 Udine

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nord-Est Friuli-Venezia Giulia Udine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 18 000,00
inuTech GmbH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 215 235,00
Address
Fuerther Strasse 212
90429 Nuremberg

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Bayern Mittelfranken Nürnberg, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 45 000,00
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 284 850,00
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven

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Region
Noord-Brabant Zuidoost-Noord-Brabant
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 54 450,00
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 366 570,00
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover

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Region
Niedersachsen Hannover Region Hannover
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 63 000,00
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 269 550,00
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham

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Region
North East (England) Tees Valley and Durham Durham CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (4)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

TONGJI UNIVERSITY
China
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Siping Road 1239
200092 Shangai

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 189 000,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSIDAD DE CUENCA
Ecuador
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
12 Of April Avenue
01.01 Cuenca

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 288 000,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

TRUONG DAI HOC CONG NGHE TP HCM
Vietnam
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
475a Dien Bien Phu St Ward 25 Binh Thanh
Ho Chi Minh

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 252 000,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

SINOPEC EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION RESEARCH INSTITUTE
China
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
31 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District
100083 Beijing

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 72 000,00