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Development of a monitoring system for inspection of soil and aquifer contamination by shalegas and fracking chemicals

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "ShaleSafe" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙990˙102 €
 EC max contribution 2˙620˙143 € (88%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3. (PRIORITY 'Societal challenges)
2. H2020-EU.2. (PRIORITY 'Industrial leadership')
 Code Call H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1
 Funding Scheme IA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2019-06-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TWI LIMITED UK (CAMBRIDGE) coordinator 936˙312.00
2    TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT DK (TAASTRUP) participant 820˙592.00
3    HGL DYNAMICS LIMITED UK (GODALMING) participant 358˙380.00
5    META GROUP SRL IT (ROMA) participant 240˙187.00


 Project objective

In the United States, shale gas rose from less than 1% of domestic gas production in 2000 to over 20% by 2010. It is projected that it will account for 46% of United States gas supply by 2035. It has revolutionized the US economy by creating 600,000 direct and indirect jobs and contributed $49 billion annually to government revenues. With only a handful of well rigs (72 in Europe compared to over 2000 in the US as of 2012); Europe is 8-10 years behind the USA. The most imminent challenge for oil and gas industry in Europe (and the rest of the world) is therefore being able to demonstrate/guarantee safe exploration and extraction techniques in order to address the associated environmental concerns. The ideal way to do this will be by continuously monitoring environmental conditions and effects (including in the long term) of the underground soil and water in-situ during exploration to be able to effectively mitigate for the soil and aquifer contamination by methane gas and fracking chemicals in the possible event that they occur. With reports in the U.S. of cases where mistakes were made, this is a possibility. This problem has led to a fragmented political landscape regarding shale gas, with Poland being a main backer; the U.K., Lithuania and Romania moving cautiously ahead and others being hesitant. Currently, soil and water inspection is done by testing samples in the lab which is expensive and time consuming. In the FP7 SOIMON project, a soil monitoring system embedded in a sonic drilling pipe has been developed and tested in the field. The system allows soil monitoring while drilling a hole in the soil. This system, used in ShaleSafe, allows monitoring of the soil and groundwater above the shale gas reservoir and around the shale gas well by performing monitoring in hydrogeological wells. This method is quick, cost effective and allows for long term monitoring.


List of deliverables.
Final report Documents, reports 2020-03-06 18:01:12
Marketing plan and list research Documents, reports 2020-03-06 18:01:12
Sales Brochure, including a commercial presentation of the project’s outcomes Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-03-06 18:01:11
Events Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-03-06 18:01:11
Communication and dissemination strategy Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-03-06 18:01:11
White paper for Shalesafe exploitation Documents, reports 2020-03-06 18:01:11

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of ShaleSafe deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Anders Tuxen, Amina Boughrara Salman, John Davis, Poul L. Pedersen, Casper L. Byg, Maj Frederiksen, Jacob A. Hansen, Søren N. Skov, Kasper T. Kjeldsen, Jim Hone, Andrew Wood, Bernadette T. Craster, Jason Shillam
Aquifer Monitoring Technology for Safe Shale Oil and Gas Exploration and Extraction
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.2118/191678-ms
SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 2020-03-06

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