Overview

Castor offshore platformGEoREST aims at developing a novel methodology to predict and mitigate induced seismicity. Fluid injection related to underground resources has become widespread, causing numerous cases of induced seismicity. If felt, induced seismicity has a negative effect on public perception and may jeopardise wellbore stability and infrastructure, which has led to the cancellation of several projects.

Víctor Vilarrasa has written a dissemination article at the Foundation Muy Interesante on the causes of the Castor earthquakes

 

The earthquakes induced by the underground gas storage (UGS) project of Castor, Spain, were very controversial because they represented the largest earthquakes ever induced by an UGS project, reaching magnitude 4.1. Citizens living close to the offshore platform could felt the earthquakes and the project ended up with its cancellation, implying a billionaire cost for the Spanish population to compensate the company. The causes of these earthquakes are now explained in layman terms in a recent dissemination article by Víctor Vilarrasa, published by Foundación Muy Interesante:

PhD thesis defence by Dario Sciandra next Friday, 9th February 2024 at the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Camins, Canals i Ports de Barcelona (ETSECCPB)

 

The PhD student Iman Dario Sciandra will defend his thesis.

 

Author: Dario Sciandra

Title: Multiscale subsurface characterization for geo-energy applications

Directors: Dr Víctor Vilarrasa, Silvia de Simone, Dr Iman Rahimzadeh Kivi, Dr Sebastià Olivella (tutor)

Date: Friday, 9th February 2024

Hora: 12:00 p.m.

PhD thesis defence by AUREGAN BOYET next Wednesday, 31st January 2024 at the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Camins, Canals i Ports de Barcelona (ETSECCPB)

 

The PhD student Iman Auregan Boyet will defend his thesis.

 

Author: Auregan Boyet

Title: Understanding and mitigating the post-injection seismicity induced by fluid injection in Enhanced Geothermal Systems

Directors: Dr Víctor Vilarrasa, Silvia de Simone, Dr Sebastià Olivella (tutor)

Date: Wednesday, 31st January 2024

Hora: 11:00 a.m.

Interviewed by David Oliver, IB3 Radio on the program Entre Avui i Demà, on geologic carbon storage as an option to reach carbon neutrality

 

2nd October Víctor Vilarrasa was interviewed by David Oliver on the program Entre Avui i Demà, about geologic carbon storage as an option to reach carbon neutrality.

Araceli Bosch directs Entre avui i demà (Between today and tomorrow), the evening of IB3 Ràdio, accompanied by David Oliver and Toni Frau. The program addresses the current events of the day from an analytical and reflective perspective. The news is treated with context, from different points of view and with the participation of experts.

 

Interviewed by David Oliver, IB3 Radio on the program Entre Avui i Demà, on how to minimize seismicity induced by low-carbon geo-energies.

 

29th November Víctor Vilarrasa was interviewed by Olivier and talks about the Castor platform, how to store CO2 and a database of earthquake concentrations.

Araceli Bosch directs Entre avui i demà (Between today and tomorrow), the evening of IB3 Ràdio, accompanied by David Oliver and Toni Frau. The program addresses the current events of the day from an analytical and reflective perspective. The news is treated with context, from different points of view and with the participation of experts.

 

The GEoREST team has presented the latest results at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2023

 

The latest results of the ERC-StG GEoREST have been presented this week at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2023:

 

Walter, L., Parisio, F., Kong, Q., Hanson-Hedgecock, S. and Vilarrasa, V., 2023. Modeling fluid pressure in fractured geothermal reservoirs via Physics Informed Neural Networks. 2023 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA, and Online everywhere, 11-15 December 2023 Tangirala, S.K., Parisio, F., Vaezi, I. and Vilarrasa, V., 2023.