WP2 Risk assessment

The word risk sitting on a wooden board
photo credit - patpitchaya

Unconventional hydrocarbon production and geological CO2 storage utilise deep geological formations, and both require safe and monitored deployment. Rigorous assessment of potential impacts and the development of mitigation strategies for the full lifecycle of any project is essential.

This work package will produce a risk assessment framework that project developers can use to assess hazards and the likelihood of specific risks in relation to protecting the environment. This framework can be used to underpin policymaking and develop effective remedial strategies.

Using a portfolio of existing European and North American facilities and field sites, our researchers will investigate leakage processes and impacts at laboratory and field-scale to enable them to characterise and quantify relevant risk factors. Ultimately, this will result in a set of guidelines for carrying out transparent and verifiable risk assessments.


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