The SECURe project (Subsurface Evaluation of CCS and Unconventional Risks) will gather scientific evidence relating to monitoring the environment and mitigating risk in order to guide subsurface geoenergy development.
The three-year project will produce a set of best practice recommendations for establishing environmental baseline conditions for unconventional hydrocarbon production and the geological storage of anthropogenic CO2, including outputs addressing how to develop effective communications strategies with different stakeholder groups. The two technologies have different applications and end results while sharing some similarities in approach, which necessitate safe and monitored deployment.
Our research partners will develop monitoring and mitigation strategies for the full geoenergy project lifecycle, carrying out experimental research and innovative technology development that will be demonstrated at research and commercial facilities. We will also develop communication and community engagement strategies to provide a greater level of understanding of both subsurface technologies.
Collaboration with leading groups in the USA, Canada and Australia will be a key part of the project, and the final results will be of relevance and use to a variety of stakeholders, from project operators and regulators to policy makers and the wider public.
The SECURe partnership includes major research and commercial organisations from seven European countries (Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland and United Kingdom), who will share results from the project more widely.
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SECURe will provide a legacy of:
- A network of experimental and industrial field sites as a proving ground for cutting-edge technologies and to enable knowledge transfer between sectors;
- A platform for international cooperation;
- A scientifically sound, unbiased and independent best practice for baselining, monitoring, mitigation and remediation – within a risk-assessment framework;
- Models and best practice guidelines for engaging different stakeholders including citizens through participatory monitoring;
- A formal continuous training programme for researchers and students.
The project, which is funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 764531), runs from June 2018 until May 2021.
Although the UK has now left the EU and has entered the transition period, which will continue until 31 December 2020, the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement ensure that the UK remains a full participating country for the remainder of Horizon 2020 (H2020). All successful projects are funded for their entire duration.