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Furthering the Knowledge Base For Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Shale Gas Development (FracRisk)

Objective

FrakRisk further develops the knowledge base for understanding, preventing and mitigating the potential impact of the exploration and exploitation of shale gas reserves found throughout Europe. This will include international experience, state of the art process understanding, state of the art modelling techniques and the further development of fully accepted risk assessment tools for site screening, selection and management specifically for shale gas exploitation. FracRisk focuses on key knowledge gaps identified from the literature, research and industrial experience. Central to the project is the modelling of six exemplary scenarios selected to represent the highest risk environmental impact scenarios identified as generally of most concern. The modelling of the scenarios is directed by the aim to reduce the uncertainty and assess the risk of different events during shale gas exploration and exploitation. Using an iterative modelling and risk reduction approach, cost effective data density requirements to limit uncertainty will be evaluated. The modelled scenarios will be validated against existing data from several sites within the EU and in the USA. Effective monitoring procedures and applicable mitigation techniques will be determined and evaluated. Scientific recommendations will be formulated and legislative refinement suggested. Public concerns about the management of risk related to fracking operations will be addressed. A firm scientific basis and demonstrable data to validate recommendations will be provided. The technological readiness level from a number of multidisciplinary approaches and applications will be noticeably improved. FrakRisk will lead to a more focused, coherent and scientifically founded approach that can be useful to member states willing to enable and regulate the shale gas industry.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /humanities/languages and literature/literature - general

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 685 119,25

Participants (11)

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 79 713,75
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGENSTIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 352 450
Address
Wilhelmsplatz 1
37073 Gottingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 130 250
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 238 500
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 248 500
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 308 082,50
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 253 000
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
E.W.R.E. LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 261 356,25
Address
Po Box 6770
31067 Haifa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
JUNG-GEOTHERM UG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 90 000
Address
Gottfried Buhr Weg 19
30916 Isernhagen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BUNDESANSTALT FUER GEOWISSENSCHAFTEN UND ROHSTOFFE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 30 000
Address
Stilleweg 2
30655 Hannover
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 263 026,25
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations