- The Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies
- Improved Business Performance Group
- Stress, Structure and Seismic Group
- Reservoir Analogues Research Group (RARG)
- Reservoir Characterisation at Pore Level
- Seals Research Group
- Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Group
- Water Flooding & IOR & Formation Damage Group
- Adelaide University Number 1 Test Well
Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions to the Atmosphere
Michael Gray and Angie Qu
The Australian School of Petroleum is a part of the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC), one of the world's leading collaborative research organisations focused on carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and geological storage (geosequestration).
More than 100 researchers from Australia and New Zealand are collaborating to develop safe and economical CO2 geosequestration technologies that will make deep cuts in Australia's greenhouse gas emissions and, therefore, reduce the potential impact of climate change. The CRC commenced in October 2003, building on an extensive program of geological storage research undertaken by the APCRC GEODISC Program.
CO2CRC staff at the Australian School of Petroleum (ASP), University of Adelaide, are predominantly involved in storage research projects comprising both fundamental and applied areas of research. The prime focus of the research is the selection of storage sites, their adequate characterisation with respect of storage capacity, and an understanding of the physical and chemical processess which will take place during and after injection. In addition, an understanding and selection of the technologies available for monitoring the movement of the stored CO2 and an assessment of the riskes associated with all phases of the process from major components of the research activites.
Key Research Projects, Regional Studies and Demonstration Projects
At the Australian School of Petroleum Researchers are focusing on the following areas
- RESERVOIR AND SEALS CHARACTERISATION AND STRATIGRAPHY
- GEOMECHANICS AND PETROPHSICS
- RESERVOIR MODELLING
- HYDRODYNAMICS AND GEOCHEMISTRY
- COAL SYSTEMS
Researchers based at the Australian School of Petroleum are currently or have recently been involved in a number of regional studies
More information about CO2CRC and its projects, including the Otway Geosequestration Research Project in south-western Victoria, is available at www.co2crc.com.au
The Improved Business Performance Group (IBPG) is a research group within the Australian School of Petroleum at the University of Adelaide, dedicated to improving economic outcomes in industries such as Oil and Gas that operate under conditions of uncertainty. Our expertise is in the application of economic, psychological and management theory to real world problems faced by industry managers and technical specialists.
Our research is funded by a combination of government grants programs and linkages with industry partners, either through funding for specific programs or generally through their support of our "research club" the Centre for Improved Business Performance (CIBP). We conduct our research in association with staff from the University of Adelaide's Graduate School of Business and School of Psychology and international collaborators from the University of Stavanger in Norway and UC Irvine in the United States.
Information about our current online research projects is available on our Questionnaire and Survey site, along with contact details for the responsible researchers.
The stress, structure and seismic group within the Australian School of Petroleum consists of petroleum geoscientists and engineers with expertise on petroleum geomechanics, tectonics and neotectonics, and seismic interpretation. The group has research funding from the ARC, the petroleum and geothermal industries, state government and the CO2 CRC. Major projects include the 'The Australian Stress Map', 'Compressional Deformation and Uplift of the Passive Southern Australian Margin', 'Present-Day Stress and Tectonics of Delta-Deepwater Fold-Thrust Belts', 'SE Asian Stress Map' and 'Geomechanics and Structure of CO2 Sequestration'. The group also provides consulting and training on in-situ stress determination, wellbore stability, fracture stimulation and seal integrity, seismic interpretation, 2D and 3D structural modeling (using Move and Dynel)
- Petroleum Geomechanics
- Tectonics of Australian Provinces
- Seismic Interpretation
- Structural Modelling
Boyan Vakarelov, Steve Hasiotis
The main focus of RARG is the documentation of modern and ancient reservoir analogues across a range of depositional environments (dryland, marginal marine, deep water) with the aim of improving hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation techniques. Definition and prediction of stratigraphic architectures and ranges of potential reservoir and heterogeneity geometries are core components of the group's work. The sedimentology and stratigraphy expertise in the group is complimented by seismic and 3D reservoir modelling expertise which permits the direct application of outcrop and subsurface data to hydrocarbon extraction issues.
RARG is the largest sedimentology/stratigraphy research group in the southern hemisphere (15+ active members). Two major company funded research consortiums are run by the group: Lake Eyre Basin Research Group (LEBARG) - focussed on dryland reservoirs; and the WAVE Consortium - focussed on the prediction of reservoir geometries and heterogeneities in wave-influenced marginal marine systems. The group also conducts research into the impacts of depositional architecture on CO2 migration and sequestration.
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The ASP has staff investigating the petrology and diagenesis of reservoirs associated with petroleum and CO2 sequestration. A mixture of research and consulting work is carried out in the Petrology Lab at ASP.
Investigating CO2-related diagenesis in the Otway, Gippsland and Cooper Basins.
Seals research at the Australian School of Petroleum (ASP) consist of a group of petroleum sedimentologists characterising fine grained sediments in terms of mercury injection capillary pressure (MICP) seal capacity , scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-Ray mineralogy and Gamma logs. Research in present day seal analogues are also incorporated into the characterisation to gain a fuller understanding of seal thickness, areal extent and depositional environments.
The principal analytical tool used is an Autopore 9410 mercury injection capillary pressure porosimeter, which is housed at the ASP, is used in the evaluation of reservoir lithologies, cap seals, intra-formational seals and fault seals. MICP measurements may be integrated with seismic to microstructural data to provide a robust basis for interpretation of the reservoir potential, sealing capacity and stability/strength of individual strata.
The EOR group at ASP is involved in different Enhanced Oil & Gas Recovery Projects both in conventional and unconventional resources.
- Flow Visualisation of Miscible CO2 Flooding under Gravity Domination (GAGD Process)
- Automatic History Matching of Reservoir Simulation using Genetic Algorithm
- Experimental and Modelling of Thermal Recovery of Coal Seam gas Reservoirs
- Petrophysical Evaluation of Shale Gas Reservoirs
The EOR group have access to the following ASP lab facilities, such as:
- High-pressure high-temperature automated coreflood apparatus
- Porosimeter, Permeameter, Viscometer, Densitometer
- Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometer
- High pressure automated PVT apparatus
- Full suite of CMG reservoir simulators
- Full suite of Neotec software for production engineering and multiphase flow
- Others (Petroleum Experts, Roxar, Schlumberger)
- Suspension and emulsion flow in porous media. Applications in aquifer contamination by bacteria, virus and oil droplets propagation, in productivity of artesian wells, in brain stroke prediction, in design of cancer blocking methods, in industrial filtering of fluids, in potable water treatment, and in nono-technologies.
- Improved Waterflooding by using nano-particles.
- Improved Waterflooding by water salinity alteration and induced fines migration.
- Improved Waterflooding by injection of poorly treated water.
- Polymer flooding.
- Gas-based EOR (WAG, CO2-flooding).
- Effects of fines migration on well productivity/injectivity.
- Injectivity damage during seawater injection and PWRI.
- Formation damage due to oilfield scaling.
- Design of new technologies for Unconventional Resources and their math modelling.
- Characterisation of pore space geometry from coreflooding.
- Multiphase flow in pipe and annuli
- Liquid loading of gas wells
- Validation of vertical lift computer models
- Gas flow metering (2 phase)/SCADA
- Artificial Lift
- Smart Completions/ Telemetry
- Surface processing / separation
- Downhole separation
- Well pressure control
- Well perfomance
- Nodal analysis
- Formation evaluation
- Rock properties
- Wireline operations
- Logging operations
- Well killing procedures
- Well unloading procedures
- Artificial lift
- Flow metering
- SCADA applications