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Fieldtrip for Wintershall

We organized a two-day fieldtrip jointly with Bastian Koehrer und Wolfgang Jelinek for geologists and engineers from Wintershall discussing Marius' and Simon's preliminary results on fractured Zechstein carbonates near the Harz mountains, Germany. The structure and diagenesis of Ca2 carbonate rocks enhosted in deformed anhydrites were explored in the field, evening discussions and exercises outlined the exploration strategies to reduce risk.



Paper Georesources accepted

Yasar's paper on combined hypersectral and Lidar technology to optimize well placement in mining (Kombinierte hyperspektrale und Lidar-Technik zur Optimierung der Platzierung von Bohrrastern im Abbau) has been accepted for publication and well be published in the following German issue. The English version will be published soon in the same journal. It is based on joint work with Tobias Vraetz (IME), Henning Buddenbaum (Trier), Bartnitzki (IME), Karl Nienhaus (IME) and me, who kicked off the idea.



Field trip S-England

Our annual field trip to S-England covered the Permian to Cretaceous of S-England. Starting at Kilve, we covered sicliclastic source and reservoir rocks as well as fractrued carbonates. As always the weather was full of sunshine during the long days. We were happy to have Otto with us, who contributed with his experience of his long lasting industrial carreer in E&P. Everybody returned home safely, just one minibus gave up on the home.



International DRT conference in Aachen

Together with Janos Urai, Klaus Reicherter and Florian Wellmann, Chris organized the DRT conference. International speakers from Asia, Australia, Europe, UK and US presented their innovative research on deformation, rheology and tectonics of rocks. Ivy presented a talk on fractures and faults in tight gas sandstones. Chris chaired the session on "Structural Diagenesis, Fluid flow, HTMC processes" and published a special issue in Geotectonic Research, Vol 97, edited by Christoph v. Hagke, Janos Urai, Klaus Reicherter, Florian Wellmann, Christoph Hilgers.



Field trip around Aachen

This weekend we offer a field trip for our students to study the geology around Aachen. First, we start with our bicycles in Aachen's Paleozoic city center, climb the steep Cretaceous Lousberg and continue north crossing the Wurm syncline, Aachen's former hardcoal area. On the second day we cycle from Cambrian Roetgen to Devonian Walheim and continue via Kornelimunster to Aachen.



Field trip to Scotland

Our field trip to Scotland returned home safely. After one week with Devonian clastics and Dalradian metamorphic rock being squeezed and cooked, and a lot of snow and rain, we are happy to be back home in the beautiful hot and dry Aachen region.



Energy Storage paper in press

Our paper "Economic Feasibility of Pipeline and Underground Reservoir Storage Options for Power-to-Gas Load Balancing" by Christoph Budny, Reinhard Madlner and Christoph Hilgers has been positively reviewed by Energy Conversion and Management. It is a follow up of our Energy Procedia paper.



Ankit's paper accepted

Ankit's paper entitled Phase-Field Modeling of Fracture Cementation Processes in 3-D by Kumar Ankit, Michael Selzer, Christoph Hilgers, Britta Nestler, submitted to the Journal of Petroleum Science Research (JPSR) has been accepted and will be out soon.



Fracman Software at RPR

We are thankful to explore the potentials of Fracman in our future research on structures and diagenesis and are thankful to Golder for the provision of a licence. Fractured reservoirs are are primary importance both for energy exploration and energy storage.



RPR-Course highlighted at company newsletter

Wintershall's April 2015 Newsletter published an article on the Reservoir-Modeling Course taught by Annett Hufe (WINZ) and Bastian Koehrer (WIDE) together with RWTH Reservoir-Petrology on campus, entitled "Reservoir modeling course at RWTH Aachen - the collaboration continued". This hands-on best practice course received an excellent feedback from our Master students in their final year, giving them a first-hand insight into excellent subsurface data and future work. We were happy to host Annett and Bastian and hope to see them back at RPR in March 2016.



Reservoir modeling course 2015

Annett Hufe and Bastian Koehrer from Wintershall are running a short course on reservoir modeling with Petrel. Emphasis is the geological hard data from cores and analogs, which enables geologists to develop 3D reservoir models of the subsurface. The course is integrated in the module's first part on core description of siliciclastics being integrated in WellCad, followed by an microscope course on diagenesis. In this final course of the module reservoir geology, students are requested to integrate such data in a Petrel model. Starting with a structural- and facies model, they finally come up with a poro-perm and saturation model. We thank our lecturers Annett and Bastian for delivering such a well designed state-of the art course to our students.



Geotag 2015 in Aachen

Friday, 19.06.2015
Super C, Ford-Saal & Foyer (6.OG), RWTH Aachen University, Templergraben 57

Der Aachener Tag der Geowissenschaften ist ein Tag von der Fachgruppe Geowissenschaften und Geographie (GuG) für und mit Studierenden und Alumni. Der Aachener Geotag mit thematisch jährlich wechselnden Themen gibt dabei Einblicke in aktuelle Forschungsarbeiten und Anwendungen. Alle Studierenden und Alumni der Fachgruppe GuG, wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter/-innen, nichtwissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter/-innen, Professoren und Professorinnen herzlich eingeladen, damit auch der diesjährige Geotag mit dem Rahmenthema ‚Energie-Reservoire Untertage‘ wieder zu einem interessanten Austausch führt.

Convenors: Reservoir-Petrologie, Prof. Dr. Christoph Hilgers & SPE RWTH Aachen Student Chapter  

09:00 – 09:15         Eröffnung und Begrüßung

09:15 – 09:45         Dieter Kaufmann, Wintershall
            Re-development alter Ölfelder

09:45 –  10:00       Johannes Böcker, RWTH, Geologie,
            Geochemie und Lagerstätten des Erdöls und der Kohle Kohlenwasserstoffsysteme im zentralen Oberrheingraben

10:00 – 10:15         Jan Niederau, RWTH, Angewandte Geophysik & geothermische Energie
            Untersuchung des thermischen Regimes in Sedimentbecken: Einfluss von Unsicherheiten und freier Konvektion

10:15 – 10:30        Bianca Biehl, RWTH, Geologisches Institut
            Reservoir-Eigenschaften des Zechstein 2 Karbonates im Niedersächsischen Becken

10:30 – 11:00        Kaffeepause

11:00 – 11:30      Dr. Christian Bücker, DEA Deutsche Erdöl AG
            Gashydrate als zukünftige Energieversorgung?
11:30 – 12:00        Dr. Axel Gillhaus, RWE Gasspeicher GmbH
            Die Rolle von Druckluft-, Gas- und Wasserstoffspeichern für konventionelle und  grüne Energie

12:00 – 12:15         Song Jie, RWTH, Ingenieurgeologie und Hydrogeologie
            Hydromechanik beim Betrieb von Pumpspeicherkraftwerken

12:15 – 12:30        Benjamin Busch, RWTH, Reservoir-Petrologie
            Reservoir-Heterogenitäten und deren Modellierungen zur RQ-Vorhersage
12:30 – 14:00        Mittagspause

14:00 – 14:30        Dr. Georg Bresser, Wintershall
            Exploration Portfolio-Management und Decision Making im E&P Geschäft

14:30 – 15:00         Timo Anders, Trianel
            Kommunale Energieversorgung: Marktnahe Bewirtschaftung von Erdgasspeichern

15:00 – 15:30         Verleihung Lehrpreises der Fachschaft

15:30 – 16:30        Posterpräsentation & SPE Tombola
            sowie Abstimmung der Besucher über den Posterpreis

16:30 – 17:00        Verleihung des Posterpreises der VAG e.V.

17:00 – 18:00         VAG e.V. Festvortrag
            Prof. Dr. Martin Melles, Universität zu Köln
            Das El´gygytgyn-Tiefbohrprojekt: 3,6 Millionen Jahre Klimageschichte der Arktis

18:00 – 20:00        VAG e.V. Mitgliederversammlung *

Ab 20:00        Fest der Fachschaft Geowissenschaften & Ressourcenmanagement
            Parkplatz Wüllnerstr. 2

Samstag, 20.6.2015

ab 10:00        VAG e.V. Exkursion
            Geologischer Spaziergang  bei Mützenich durch das Brack-Venn zu Kaiser Karls Bettstatt  (Führung: Prof. em. Dr. Roland Walter)
            Treffpunkt: wird über das VAG e.V. Sekretariat Fr Jennissen mitgeteilt.

* Veranstaltung der Studierenden während der Mitgliederversammlung am Freitag, 19.6.2015

18:00 – 19:30    Meet and Greet – Georessourcenmanager – Raum Be326
            Studierende treffen Alumni
            Programmleitung durch GRM Studierende: Lisa Gödde, Martin Reith,
            Fabian Stamm, Moriz Trautmann

18:00 – 19:30    Meet and Greet – Geowissenschaftler – Raum Be318
            Studierende treffen Alumni
            Programmleitung durch SPE Student Chapter: Daniel Bücken



First field trips 2015

This and coming week we start our first field season, which covers tight gas sandstone analogs (Ivy), red bed reservoir analogs (Tina), and fractured carbonates (Marius, Simon). Reservoir analogs well constrain the conditions of reservoirs in the subsurface. However, careful studies are required to indentify aspects which are not reflected at depth.



Fluid inclusion facility running

We are happy to have the fluid inclusion facility running. With our new Leica microscope the fluid inclusion stage of the neighboring department of mineralogy is back to operation and we hope to contribute to further innovation in our the joint investment.



BMBF fact finding mission

Together with Professors Edda Pulst and Abdel Kassem Chris filled the academic part of a two-week trip to Tunesia and Morocco, jointly with representatives from the ministry and industry. The fact finding mission funded be the German ministry of Higher Education (BMBF) explored the potential of academic-industry collaboration, resulting in better employability of young local graduates. The pleasant welcome and fruitful discussions with local representitives of any sector in both countries ended with a heartly welcome by the Moroccan minister of higher education, HE Lahcen Daoudi.



DGMK 2015 conference

We will present a poster on Upper Carboniferous tight gas and a presentation on reservoir quality prediction of red bed sediments at the annual DGMK conference in Celle, April 22nd to 23rd.



Geotag 2015

The Geotag 2015 hosted by the School of Geosciences at RWTH on June 19th 2015 is entitled "Energy reservoirs subsurface - exploration, storage, economics" ("Energiereservoir untertage - Exploration, Speicher, Ökonomie").



Paper on energy storage out

Our paper on the "Economic feasabilty of pipe storage and underground reservoir storage options for power-to-gas load balancing by Christoph Budny, Reinhard Madlener and Christoph Hilgers is now published in Energy Procedia, 61, 2201-2205.



Season's Greeting

The RPR-Team wishes merry christmas and all the best for 2015.



Heitfeld Prize

Today Nadja will be awarded the Heitfeld prize at RWTH main campus. Nadja's Master thesis at RPR jointly with BBK I delt with the risk analysis of a new machine from Caterpillar to be installed in an Indian hard coal mine. Congratulations! Since her work was for DMT and Caterpillar, Nadja was not able to present detailed results. The work was co-supervised by BBK I at RWTH Aachen.