Project: Geological Analysis and Resource Assessment of selected Hydrocarbon systems

Acronym GARAH (Reference Number: GeoE.171.002)
Duration 01/07/2018 - 30/06/2021
Project Topic A harmonized, scientific based, geological analysis and assessment conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources will help member states to continue the transition to lower Carbon energy sources. This will contribute to climate commitments, and allow the planning for secure sources of affordable energy. The analysis and assessment of hydrocarbons will focus on two areas: 1) in Europe’s major petroleum province – the North Sea a “Geological analysis and resource assessment of North Sea petroleum systems”. This research includes the assessment of conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources in the most important hydrocarbon basin in Europe. This will enable the remaining resource to be better understood and managed, and identify options for multiple and alternative uses of the subsurface as producing fields come off-line. 2) with a pan-European view, “Hydrate assessment in the European continental margin and related risks”. The assessment of gas-hydrates resources in the European continental margin represents an information gap of pan-European interest. This will improve the understanding of the potential role that gas-hydrates may play in the future EU energy mix, as it will constitute a base-line for future projects pertaining the improvement of the European model of the GHSZ, related hazards and potential for geological storage of CO2. A catalogue evaluating the multiple-use of hydrocarbon reservoirs, as integrated or alternative use of the subsurface, together with an appraisal on risks and safety, will be produced. This study will provide and disseminate all the analytical data generated to a common EGDI database.
Project Results
(after finalisation)
- Resource assessment of the unconventional and conventional hydrocarbons in the North Sea basin utilizing the methodology developed in the “EUOGA” project. - 3D petroleum system model based assessment of conventional and unconventional resources in a cross border (DK-NL-GER) pilot study area in the North Sea. - Options for alternative uses for hydrocarbon reservoirs will be appraised and a catalogue of options will be produced - The principal hazards associated with hydrocarbon production will be compiled - Develop a harmonized model for a pan-European gas hydrate data infrastructure - Identify critical data gaps for understanding gas hydrates along European continental margins
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland Coordinator Denmark
2 Instituto Geológico y Minero de España Partner Spain
3 Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek Partner Netherlands
4 Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières Partner France
5 Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe Partner Germany
6 United Kingdom Research and Innovation (British Geological Survey) Partner United Kingdom
7 State Research and Development Enterprise – State Information Geological Fund of Ukraine Partner Ukraine
8 Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Partner Norway