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PESA SA/NT March Luncheon- Hydrogen Gas Storage Prospects in South Australian Petroleum Basins

Thursday, 21 March @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Australia/Adelaide time)

$25.00 – $75.00

Guest Speaker(s): Dr Mark Bunch

Dr Mark Bunch is a Senior Lecturer in Energy Geoscience at the University of Adelaide.  He has expertise in advanced seismic interpretation, formation evaluation, static geological modelling and forward stratigraphic simulation.  Previously he worked for the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) in collaboration with its pan-regional network of industry, national labs and government.  His other prior role was as a part of the research team undertaking the North Sea Palaeolandscapes Project.

Hydrogen Gas Storage Prospects in South Australian Petroleum Basins

March Bunch,University of Adelaide



South Australia hosts two petroleum production basins that are also expected to play a role in Geological Carbon Sequestration (GCS).  Each hosts CO2 disposal operations at differing scales.  Previous studies have demonstrated sealing capacities bounding structural closures to viable reservoir beneath the threshold depth for sustaining supercritical CO2 sufficient to accommodate millions of tonnes of CO2 annually.  Another prospective use for these reservoir systems has emerged: Underground Hydrogen Storage (UHS).  UHS will provide a secure, scalable way to accommodate excess hydrogen production and fill temporary supply shortfall, thereby stabilising the price of energy as the transition unfolds.  Hydrogen is a gas under all viable subsurface conditions so is invasive, mobile and of low mass density.  Sealing capacity to hydrogen gas is approximately equivalent to that of methane meaning closures to natural gas fields should be viable for temporary hydrogen storage.  However, there are other considerations such as how prone a containment system would be to hydrogen losses by degraded integrity under injection-production stress, dissolution, chemical reactions or microbial consumption.  This study evaluates viable UHS fairways within each basin at the helicopter-view scale.  The following factors are considered: hydrodynamic modification of closure; sealing unit thickness and capacity; a threshold depth that is both as shallow as possible but deep enough to limit microbial hydrogen consumption whilst ensuring a competitive hydrogen mass density.  When these factors are considered together, the most prospective fairways are revealed that correspond with a subset of known petroleum field closures to proven reservoir intervals.



Event Details:

Thursday,  March 21st, 2024
Luncheon: 12 pm for a 12:30 pm start

Place: Ayer’s House, 288 North Tce, Adelaide

Includes a 2-course lunch and drinks

Bookings close 1 pm Monday, 18th March 2024

Any late bookings will incur an additional $20 fee. Strictly no walk-ins.


Thursday, 21 March
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
(Australia/Adelaide time)
$25.00 – $75.00
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