UNSW is at the forefront of research in the next generation of reservoir engineering. We combine multiscale experiments and modelling of rock behaviour under high-temperature and high-pressure conditions with applications to:  

  • Unconventional reservoirs 
  • Geothermal energy 
  • Thermal storage 
  • Blue hydrogen 
  • CO2 sequestration 
  • Unconventional gas/oil 

Our Competitive Advantage 

  • Advanced physical model for rock characterisation at high temperature and high pressure capable of tackling problems from the laboratory to reservoir scales 
  • Unique physics-based approach aiming at forward predicting instabilities such as fracture network formation, fault reactivation and sand production 
  • Tightly coupled parallelised numerical framework on supercomputers 
  • Next generation geomechanical modelling and analysis 

Recent Research Projects 

  • UNSW strategic funding on this unique advanced capability in Australia through a 5-year SPF01 funding to Prof. Klaus Regenauer-Lieb. 
  • Three Australian research centre discovery projects starting in 2017 and 2020 to further develop the technology.  

Successful Applications 

  • Modelling sand production at reservoir scale in collaboration with OilSearch to optimise production and minimise sand production risk in Papua New Guinea. 
  • Improved models of rock behaviour at high temperatures and pressures for deep drilling and understanding of reservoir formation and production. 
  • Controlled Coupled Cracking protocol for soft stimulation of geothermal reservoirs  

Facilities & Infrastructure 

  • 4D X-Ray microscopy and NMR research laboratory 
  • Multiscale GeoEngineering laboratory 
  • Machine learning laboratory 
  • Future energy and minerals laboratory 
  • Exploration & basin dynamics 

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