Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) as represented by the British Geological Survey

United Kingdom

Description of the entity:

The British Geological Survey is a component organization of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), which is the UK's leading body for basic, strategic and applied research and monitoring in the environmental sciences. The British Geological Survey (BGS) itself was founded in 1835 and is the world’s longest established national geological survey. BGS carries out strategically important research including in the energy and natural resources sectors and assessing vulnerability to environmental change and hazards, often in collaboration with the national and international scientific academic community. BGS seeks to advance the understanding of the structure, properties and processes of the solid Earth system through interdisciplinary surveys, monitoring and research for the benefit of society. BGS is a public sector organization responsible for advising the UK government on all aspects of geosciences, as well as providing impartial geological advice to industry, academia and the public. It is the UK's premier provider of objective and authoritative geoscientific data, information and knowledge for sustainable use of natural resources, reducing risk and living with the impacts of environmental change. NERC has the UK's largest academic CO2 storage research group. ENOS will be staffed by the CO2 Storage Research Team within the BGS Energy Programme. BGS is an ISO 9001:2000 accredited organization (cert. FS 71346), with independently provided certification of its management systems. BGS is a leading player in the field of underground CO2 storage. We have a leading research role in a number of major EU/industry and government funded projects. Over the last few years BGS have carried out more than 40 CO2 storage projects for the EU, industry and the UK and overseas governments, with a current annual CCS budget of over 2 million Euros. The BGS CO2 storage team comprises 25 researchers with expertise in a wide variety of fields including advanced seismic monitoring, reservoir modelling, leakage detection, monitoring planning, technical risk assessments


Contribution to the Work Plan and expertise brought to ENOS:

BGS will be work package leader of WP3 (Managing leakage risks for protection of the environment and groundwater) and will also contribute strongly to WP2 bringing expertise in understanding storage site behaviour and assuring storage capacity. BGS will contribute to WP6 through established links with other CO2 storage pilot and test injection sites worldwide. BGS will contribute to WP7 and 8 utilising its extensive experience in capacity building, knowledge sharing and communicating on geological storage of CO2 to a wide range of audiences both in the UK and internationally.

BGS is involved in:

  • Task 2.1 and 2.2 in WP2 to provide expertise on geological factors relating to smart site characterisation and uncertainty in capacity estimates
  • all tasks in WP3 to undertake fieldwork to advance monitoring technologies and techniques and to improve understanding of the risks presented by faults. BGS is leading WP3 and leading on Task T3.4 (Integration into monitoring solution).
  • Tasks 6.1 – 6.4 in WP6 as leader of the ‘Shallow Migration Network’ and supporting the task to identify opportunities for new pilots/upscaling of pilots
  • Tasks 7.1 and 7.2 in WP7 as part of the Scientific Editor Committee and to provide input to best practice and dissemination outputs.
  • Tasks 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4 in WP8 to present at the training courses, support preparation of e-learning materials and to support the tasks for communication with journalists.
  • in WP9 Management as WP leader on the MB and as Site Contact (GeoEnergy Test Bed)