QCCSRC is organised and delivered through four projects, which are developing the underpinning science and engineering and have the aim to be ultimately linked into field-scale demonstrations. Founders of the QCCSRC, Profs. Geoff Maitland and Martin Blunt, both play a role in all the management and development of all the projects. Each project has a more in-depth page that includes the research staff (Post-Docs and PhD students) as well as details about its current status.
Fundamental research applied to carbonate reservoirs
The first project will address fundamental research questions and issues related to the geology of carbonate reservoirs, in order to optimise long-term oil and gas production and carbon dioxide storage in Qatar. This project takes advantages of the facilities developed in the Qatar Stable Isotope Laboratory and extension fieldwork undertaken in Oman, the UAE, Spain and the UK.
Carbonate reservoir pore/fracturescale physics and chemistry
This project aims to improve our understanding of the detailed physics and chemistry of rock-fluid interactions at the pore and fracture scale in carbonate reservoirs during water and gas injection production processes, including carbon dioxide mediated processes for reservoir sequestration and possible enhanced production. This project takes advantages of the facilities developed in the Qatar Thermophysical Properties Laboratory and the Qatar Complex Fluids Laboratory.
Integrated Flow in Porous Media Experiments and Modelling
The fourth project makes substantial use of the Qatar CCS Multiscale Imaging Laboratory that houses our dedicated medical and micro X-ray CT imaging equipment and the reservoir conditions flow loops allowing both core and pore scale investigations. In addition, visits to the Diamond synchrotron allows greater temporal definition. Furthermore, collaboration with Imanova has allowed positron emission tomograpghy (PET-CT) tracer studies involving carbonates for the first time. These activities are complimented by our development of lattice Boltzmann pore-scale modelling.