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Underground gas storage

Underground gas storage (UGS) is one of the important topics of the 21st century, in particular to ensure the security of energy supply in Europe. Two kinds of gas storage can be distinguished: UGS in salt caverns and storage of natural gas in the pore space of former hydrocarbon reservoir rocks, namely sandstone. In the latter case a tight caprock - shale, clay-, silt- or marlstone - has to prevent leakage of the UGS. Gesteinslabor is specialised in the investigation of the geomechanical properties of these rocks: their strength as well as permeability and threshold pressure. Together with information about the in situ stresses (gained by RACOS®) Gesteinslabor is able to develop a geomechanical model for the UGS.

So far Gesteinslabor did research about numerous pore space UGS in Europe's most important gas storage regions, namely the North German, the Molasse, the Vienna and the Pannonian basins. All our investigations supported the installation of save and secure UGS.

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Gesteinslabor holds now two Stanford certificates in geomechanics

Gesteinslabor has acquired high expertise in reservoir geomechanics, in particular of unconventional reservoirs. This has now also been certified by successful participation in the Stanford online course "Unconventional Reservoir Geomechanics" offered by Prof. Mark Zoback.

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GEO:N project SUBI holds status seminar at Gesteinslabor

The interdisciplinary academic-industry joint research project is concerned with the integrity and safety of underground gas storages. The participants met in May in Heiligenstadt to discuss the progress and future of the project.

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EAGE/DGMK H2 storage workshop: a resumee

EAGE and DGMK arranged for the very first time together a workshop about the underground storage of hydrogen and the lyceum was crowded.

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Gesteinslabor publishes its first webinar

Gesteinslabor is contributing to the educational program of AAPG and has just published a webinar about geothermal energy.

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