Good news! Distributed Strain Sensing (DSS) data from the Groningen gas field are now published at Yoda data services. On request from the Dutch research community DeepNL, EPOS-NL approached the Groningen field operator (NAM) to publish these data. These are unique data, describing compaction of the reservoir system during production of the seismogenic Groningen gas field. The Groningen gas field is the largest gas field in Europe. Gas production in this field has led to seismicity and surface subsidence, both believed to be caused by compaction of the underlying reservoir sandstone. In 2015, the field operator (Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij – NAM) installed a fibre-optic cable in the Zeerijp-3a well, at a true vertical depth of about 2900 to 3200 m, i.e. in and around the gas reservoir. The Zeerijp-3a well is situated in the center of the field, where seismicity (<3.4 M) and subsidence (34 cm) are both greatest. This cable
Recently, NWO developed a series of clips of currently operating, national programs within the roadmap for large-scale infrastructure programs, including EPOS-NL. Watch them now on Youtube! The NWO national roadmap for large-scale research infrastructure aims to strengthen the scientific position of the Netherlands by encouraging the development and construction of large-scale research facilities.
The 2nd call for Facility Access was open from 9 June to 16 July 2021, for proposals to get access to the ESL High Pressure and Temperature (HPT) and Tectonic modelling labs at Utrecht University, the CT scanners of the Multi-scale Imaging and Tomography (MINT) facility at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and/or the Delft Petrophysics Lab at TU Delft. In this 2nd call we received 13 applications, bringing the 2021 total to 31 applications, from all over the world. Successful applicants receive(d) the following services free of charge: lab/equipment use, technical support and scientific support for analyzing data for the duration of the access period. EPOS-NL expects to grant 22 to 25 out of the total 31 applications, fully in the spirit of sharing research facilities and open science! The next call for EPOS-NL Facility Access will be open in Q1 2022. To stay informed about future calls, subscribe to our newsletter here: Stay
Another call is open from 9 June to 16 July to get free of charge access to top EPOS-NL research facilities in the Netherlands, notably: the ESL High Pressure and Temperature lab at Utrecht University the ESL Tectonic modelling lab at Utrecht University the CT scanners of the Multi-scale Imaging and Tomography (MINT) facility at Delft University of Technology the Petrophysics Lab at Delft University of Technology Capabilities include CT scanning, triaxial compression testing, ring shear (friction) testing and analogue modelling of tectonic processes, including a wide range of surface scanners and cameras. Access can be remote (send in sample analysis) or physical (personal visit), depending on developments in corona restrictions, the requirements of the facility to be accessed and/or your wishes. Click here for more information.