BGS Energy Systems and Basin Analysis

Lead Research Organisation: NERC British Geological Survey

Abstract

The BGS Energy Systems and Basin Analysis programme assesses the evolution and geology of UK sedimentary basins, and develops a supporting international programme. Security of energy supply and reduction of carbon emissions is central to the UK Government's energy policy, as is maintaining a suitable mix of future energy resources.

Publications

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Description Advancing the UK's ability to develop Carbon Capture and Storage and to exploit Geothermal Energy resources in the UK
Exploitation Route A new programme in BGS has grown out of the existing one in the area of Decarbonisation
Sectors Energy,Environment

 
Description Yes, have helped developed publically available datasets and informed government officials
First Year Of Impact 2000
Sector Energy,Environment
Impact Types Policy & public services

 
Description Isle of Man hydrocarbon licensing round 2018
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact BGS advice on hydrocarbon potential for the Isle of Man has led to a successful licensing round and significant financial investment
 
Description Oil and Gas Authority Reserves and Resources
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Our advice and analysis has led to an important update on the oil and gas resources and reserves estimations for the UKCS. This has direct impact on investment, planning and licensing for the UK.
URL https://www.ogauthority.co.uk/news-publications/publications/2018/uk-oil-and-gas-reserves-and-resour...
 
Description An integrated assessment of UK Shale resource distribution based on fundamental analysis of shale mechanical and fluid properties
Amount £1,500,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/R017964/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2019 
End 07/2022
 
Description British Geological Survey University Funding Initiative (BUFI) - GW4+ PhD studentship
Amount £3,075 (GBP)
Funding ID S373 
Organisation British Geological Survey 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 03/2021
 
Description Commercial contract
Amount £178,000 (GBP)
Organisation Network Rail Ltd 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 06/2018
 
Description EU Horizon 2020 LCE-27
Amount € 9,000,000 (EUR)
Funding ID 764531 
Organisation European Union 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 06/2018 
End 05/2021
 
Description European Unconventional Oil and Gas Assessment (EUOGA)
Amount € 750,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Union 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2017
 
Description External Income
Amount £39,000 (GBP)
Organisation Network Rail Ltd 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 12/2016
 
Description GARAH
Amount € 800,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Union 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 07/2018 
End 06/2021
 
Description Horizon 2020
Amount € 3,000,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Union 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 04/2014 
End 11/2017
 
Description NERC Innovatrion Grant
Amount £120,000 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2014 
End 02/2015
 
Description NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities Steering Committee
Amount £20,850 (GBP)
Funding ID IP16671116 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Department NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Scoping barriers to shale gas development in China
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Organisation Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 02/2018
 
Description Falklands Island Government - hydrocarbon advice 
Organisation Falkland Islands Government
Country Falkland Islands (Malvinas) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We provide geoscience advice to FIG and carry out a research programme to support this work
Collaborator Contribution FIG provide financial support and guidance
Impact Numerous reports, papers, promotional materials
 
Description Isle of Man hydrocarbon advice 
Organisation Isle of Man Government
Country Isle of Man 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We provide advice to the government relating to their oil and gas exploration, and we pursue research using data made available to us
Collaborator Contribution Financial support/contract
Impact Reports, data room services run by BGS, advice on license applications
Start Year 2015
 
Description New Producers Group - Geoscience Exchange - Chatham House 
Organisation Chatham House
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution New producers group includes: Ghana, Sierra Leone, Guyana, Suriname and is run by Chatham House. Helps to support collaboration between countries and strengthening of geoscience relating to hydrocarbon exploration and production.
Collaborator Contribution Chatham house arranged the exchange and facilitated the meetings.
Impact Meeting minutes Geoscience Exchange in Accra Project proposals
Start Year 2018
 
Description Palaeozic 5 
Organisation Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)
Country Netherlands 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Working together with industry sponsors to better understand the Carboniferous geology of the North Sea
Collaborator Contribution TNO are running the project and carried out most of the fieldwork
Impact Sampling, analysis, fieldwork, and interpretation are underway.
Start Year 2018
 
Description CO2GeoNet ExCo participation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact As part of the CO2GeoNet ExCo, BGS helped organise the CO2GeoNet Open Forum and workshops (8 - 11 May 2017). Ceri Vincent also presented on the ERA GeoEnergy Test Bed on the second day of the event. This presentation sparked a request from CO2CRC to discuss a potential future collaboration at the Otway pilot site utilising BGS expertise. Discussions comparing outcomes from studies on the impact of damage zones around faults on flow are ongoing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://conference2017.co2geonet.com/
 
Description 21st Century Exploration Roadmap Palaeozoic Project released for underexplored petroleum systems 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The British Geological Survey (BGS) and the UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) are
pleased to announce the release of the 21st Century Exploration Roadmap (21CXRM)
Palaeozoic Project, aiming to improve the knowledge and data from the
underexplored Palaeozoic petroleum systems of the North Sea and Greater Irish Sea.
The Project is part of the UK Government's endeavour to maximise the economic recovery of
hydrocarbons on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), in response to the Wood Review. The work
was undertaken as a joint-industry project by BGS with the then Department of Energy and
Climate Change (DECC) then OGA, Oil and Gas UK and 49 oil company sponsors between
November 2014 and May 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/docs/2017/21CXRM-Press-Release.pdf
 
Description Alberta Energy Regulator shale gas workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion of collaborative opportunities with Alberta Energy Regulator.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description BGS hosted part of the ERA Student 'Skill' event (16-17 May 201 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact BGS hosted part of the ERA Student 'Skill' event (16-17 May 2017). The aim of the event was to demonstrate the importance of post graduate researchers in ERA. BGS talked about the science being carried out that is relevant to the ERA GeoEnergy Test Bed and gave a tour of the BGS laboratory and 3D visualisation facilities. The BGS presentations were requested afterwards by the event organiser as they gave a 'clear overview' of the GTB activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CCS stand at BGS Open Day July 1st 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BGS Keyworth hosted its third biennial Open Day on Saturday 01 July 2017. Well over 2000 people attended this year. The CCS stand itself received numerous visitors of all ages. Ceri Vincent and Helen Taylor explained how CCS works, what happens to the CO2 underground and where CCS can be carried out with the help of the now famous 'CC fishtank'. Helped make science interesting for school children and explained how CCS is important for a low carbon future to their parents.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) annual conference in Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In November 2016, BGS's Chris Rochelle attended the first European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) annual conference in Birmingham, and presented a poster entitled 'Combined Heat, Power and Metal extraction from ultra-deep ore bodies. Introduction to the CHPM2030 project'. Chris also acted as a discussion panel member within the 'Earth Underground Energies' session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Global taskforce tackling climate change head-on in a bid to 'Pre-ACT' to protect our planet 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Key players from Europe, Australia and the USA are joining forces to tackle the
challenge of removing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it underground in a bid to
make a real difference to our future climate.
The 'Pressure control and conformance management for safe and efficient CO2 storage' or 'PreACT'
project, aims to improve the cost effectiveness of safe CO2 storage. This will be done by
developing a pressure-based monitoring and verification workflow. Great work on this has
already taken place at several sites around the world and now those teams are joining forces to
accelerate the technology and move towards large-scale deployment.
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has recently published a UK
Clean Growth Plan. As part of this, CO2 capture and storage is identified as a key part of the
UK's decarbonisation strategy, being linked directly to our industrial hubs and to future
expansion of the hydrogen economy.
The main challenges to CO2 storage are capacity, confidence and cost. Five European
Governments: Norway, Germany, The Netherlands, UK and France, with co-operation from the
US and Australia, make up the team bringing together both researchers and industry to tackle
these challenges through a number of applied research projects.
For the UK, the research team is a joint group from British Geological Survey (BGS) and
Plymouth Marine Laboratory, funded by BEIS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/docs/PreACT_Press_Release.pdf
 
Description Invited talk (Dave Jones) on near surface monitoring in CCS in the ENOS project at the IEAGHG Monitoring network meeting, Traverse City, Michigan, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk on near surface monitoring in the ENOS project at the IEAGHG Monitoring network meeting, Traverse City, Michigan, USA. Part of a session on this topic with discussion following.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Lecture and palaeontology display at BGS Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lecture and palaeontology display at BGS Open Day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Mentoring a school student with exceptional potential over several consecutive years 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Providing 2 weeks work experience per year for a talented student, leading to them getting a place at a top university and, subsequently, winning the science faculty prize for best undergraduate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017,2018
 
Description New research using hydrogen aims to take the carbon out of heating 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The British Geological Survey (BGS) will lead the case study to support the decarbonisation of heating for large UK cities using novel hydrogen-based technology
in the recently funded ELEGANCY research project. This project is one of five supported by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
with co-funding from the EU. The need to reduce emissions is vital to enable the UK to meet the greenhouse gas targets agreed at the COP21 Paris climate change meeting: to keep global temperature increase below 2°C. The recently published BEIS UK Clean Growth Strategy also recognises carbon (CO2) capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) as a key part of the UK's decarbonisation plans, linked directly to our industrial hubs and to future expansion of the hydrogen economy. Since 2015, the UK industry and research sectors have achieved much to demonstrate the UK's capability and capacity for CCUS. The objective of ELEGANCY is development of cost-effective technologies to reduce CO2 emissions from domestic heating currently released into the atmosphere, by use of hydrogen and CCUS. The ELEGANCY project will provide cutting-edge practical solutions to key research and technical challenges to support the low-carbon economy through hydrogen production with CCUS in the UK. It will consider the systems and technologies needed to decarbonise power, heating and transport using molecular hydrogen (H2) as a low-carbon fuel for heating, cooling, transport and industrial processes. The hydrogen is generated by the reformation of natural gas with offshore geological storage of the produced CO2.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/docs/ELEGANCY_PressRelease.pdf
 
Description Opening and success of Isle of Man Licensing round 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Opening and award of licensing round in Isle of Man
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.gov.im/news/2017/sep/11/hydrocarbon-licensing-round-opened-in-isle-of-mans-territorial-w...
 
Description Oral presentation at BSRG 57th Annual Meeting, Edinburgh, December 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The geochemistry of Carboniferous Marine Bane E1b1 in the Bowland Shale Formation, Bowland Basin
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Oral presentation, Geological Society of America 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk on Organic Matter, Geological Society of America
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Oral presentation] AAPG Datapages/Search and Discovery Article #90323 ©2018 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 20-23, 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UK Shale Gas: Using Geochemistry and Biostratigraphy to Correlate Wells in the Upper Bowland Shale Formation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Petroleum Geology - Participation in BGS Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Team participated in petroleum geology related activites as part of BGS open day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Plans for monitoring at the GeoEnergy Test Bed 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact BGS presented plans for monitoring at the GeoEnergy Test Bed at the IEAGHG Network Monitoring Workshop in Traverse City, Michigan (13 - 15 June 2017). Ceri Vincent presented the deep monitoring strategy and Dave Jones presented soil gas monitoring work that will be carried out through the H2020 ENOS project at the GTB. The talks prompted enquiries about future collaboration with the BGS team and a proposal is in progress with the University of Utah and the BGS ERT team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at ISECT2017 meeting, St Johns, Newfoundland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dunn, F.S., Liu, A.G., Wilby, P.R., Hoekzema, R.S., Grazhdankin, D.V., Kenchington, C.G., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2017. The chronicles of Charnia: morphology and morphogenesis in an iconic Ediacaran taxon. [Talk]
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at ISECT2017 meeting, St Johns, Newfoundland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hearing, T.W., Harvey, T.H.P., Williams, M., Gabbott, S., Wilby, P.R., Leng, M.J., and Lamb, A. Can the phosphate oxygen palaeothermometer constrain Cambrian climates? ISECT2017, St John's, Newfoundland, 2017. [Talk].
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presented at the 100th AAPG annual exhibition, Houston (Texas, USA), April 2-5. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hennissen, J.A.I., Hough, E., Vane, C. H., Wilby, P. R., Stephenson, M. H. Geochemical (Rock Eval, d13C and Pyrolysis GC) and Textural Characterization of Amorphous Organic Matter (AOM) in Carboniferous Mudstones From the Pennine Basin (UK). Presented at the 100th AAPG annual exhibition, Houston (Texas, USA), April 2-5 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk to Worshipful Company of Fuelers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 30 members of the Worshipful Company of Fuelers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Talk to the Yorkshire Geological Society indoor meeting on 8th October 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Jon Busby of the BGS gave a talk to the the Yorkshire Geological Society indoor meeting on 8th October about 'Provision of thermal properties data for ground collector loop design'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Talks at 55th British Sedimentological Research Group meeting, December 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Following talks at 55th BSRG conference, Cambridge, December:

Newport, SM, Taylor, KG, Hough, E, Jerrett, RM & Worden, RH. 2016. Sedimentology and microfacies development within a slope- to basin-floor mudstone succession: Carboniferous Bowland Shale Formation, NW England (UK).

Emmings, J, Davies, SJ, Stephenson, M H, Vane, C & Leng, M. Through highs and lows: burial of organic matter in the Mississippian Bowland Shale.

Walker, J, van der Land, C, Jones, DM, Vane, CH, Hough, E, Hennissen, JAI & Wagner, T. 2016. Geochemical signals associated with 'marine band' formation in the Lower Carboniferous Bowland Shale Formation, northwest England.

Hough, E & Evans, DJ. 2016. Primary sedimentary structures in bedded halite- indicators of depositional conditions from the mid-Triassic of the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Western China Oil and Gas Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presented on oil and gas regulation and policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Workshop, KIGAM, shale gas 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Advised researchers from Korean Institute of Geology and Mining on shale gas resource evaluation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description [Oral presentation] AAPG Datapages/Search and Discovery Article #90291 ©2018 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 20-23, 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Comparing the Potential Bowland Shale Play (Pennine Basin, UK) to the Established Barnett Shale Play (Fort Worth Basin, USA): A Geochemical and Palynological Analysis of Mississippian (Carboniferous) Mudstones
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018