PhD Studentship: Developing Vertical Equilibrium Models for Simulating CO2 Storage in Depleted Gas Reservoirs

The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University are offering a fully funded PhD project in Developing Vertical Equilibrium Models for Simulating CO2 Storage in Depleted Gas Reservoirs (Students Worldwide).

The goal of this fellowship is to develop and establish vertical equilibrium (VE) models as a computationally efficient alternative for simulating CO2 storage in depleted gas reservoirs. The geological storage of captured CO2 in depleted gas reservoirs (storage potential of 500-1000Gt) offers a promising avenue for mitigating climate change. These reservoirs remain attractive options due to the potential to repurpose existing infrastructure and leverage geological knowledge gained during production. However, accurately predicting the fate of injected CO2 within these complex subsurface systems is essential for ensuring safe and effective storage. While full-physics reservoir simulators provide detailed insights, their computational demands can be prohibitive for large-scale assessments, uncertainty quantification or early-stage feasibility studies. This research will pave the way for wider adoption of VE models in large-scale CCS feasibility assessments, optimization studies, and risk mitigation strategies for depleted reservoirs.

Further information and details on how to apply can be found here