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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

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/geotechnics
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/computational science

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

BAUHAUS-UNIVERSITAET WEIMAR
Address
Geschwister Scholl Strasse 8
99423 Weimar
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 301 500

Participants (5)

CISM-LAB SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 189 000
Address
Piazza Garibaldi 18
33100 Udine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
inuTech GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 243 000
Address
Fuerther Strasse 212
90429 Nuremberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 292 500
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 328 500
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 315 000
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (4)

TONGJI UNIVERSITY
China
Address
Siping Road 1239
200092 Shangai
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE CUENCA
Ecuador
Address
12 Of April Avenue
01.01 Cuenca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TRUONG DAI HOC CONG NGHE TP HCM
Vietnam
Address
475A Dien Bien Phu St Ward 25 Binh Thanh
Ho Chi Minh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SINOPEC EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION RESEARCH INSTITUTE
China
Address
31 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District
100083 Beijing
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)