The potential environmental impacts of geoenergy projects are always a consideration. These impacts relate to leakage from wells including CO2 and methane, or naturally occurring permeable pathways, or the potential for induced seismicity.
We will make use of a network of commercial, pilot and research-scale sites in Europe and internationally in order to demonstrate best practice and investigate new methods for predicting, avoiding or reversing environmental impacts.
Our research will be underpinned by laboratory measurements, which will be used to model field-scale scenarios. We will look at pipeline integrity and resilience, and ways to minimise damage to wells and rock, as part of geoenergy operations. The use of sealants and other remediation strategies will also be considered.