An early career researcher in Paris

I am Mojtaba Moradi, a Research Fellow in Reservoir Flow Modelling at the GeoEnergy Research Centre (GERC) at the University of Nottingham. I contribute to the EU Horizon 2020 funded ‘Enabling Onshore CO2 Storage in Europe’ (ENOS) project. I will be performing dynamic reservoir simulations of various CO2 storage scenarios to gain a better understanding of the fluid flow behaviour for different sites including the GeoEnergy Test Bed (GTB).

I attended the annual event for the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) in Paris on 12-16th June with a great thanks to the support received through a Strategy and Steering Conference Fund from the University of Nottingham together with an Early Career Researchers Development Fund grant from GERC.

The event, jointly held by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), was a busy and multidisciplinary event providing a fully diverse range of geoscientific and reservoir engineering contributions to the 5200 participants who attended this year. The event includes the conference, a big exhibition with participants from more than 100 companies, institutes and organisations and several workshops, short courses and field trips.

The purpose of the trip was to extend my knowledge in the area of CO2 sequestration while presenting my paper. My paper focused on evaluating the impacts of inclusion of porous media properties on the performance of gas condensate reservoirs, a complex two phase flow system. In the paper, I discussed the effects of static (e.g. permeability, porosity and grid sizes) and dynamic (e.g production rate) parameters on the recovery of these reservoirs and why they should be considered carefully when evaluating the performance of these reservoirs. My presentation was successful in attracting a great deal of attention and I have received several excellent suggestions and recommendations for further studies in this area. The proceedings were provided to the delegates through free online access on the where mine is also published here. I and my co-author also presented another paper which was also related to the subject mentioned.

In brief, it was a very successful trip alongside being updated about ongoing activities in several CO2 storage projects all over the world. I have attended several talks mainly focusing on simulation and monitoring of the CO2 storage projects and listed many publications to read later, as they are useful and important in planning our future activities - especially in regards to the Energy Research Accelerator funded GeoEnergy Test Bed (GTB) run by GERC. In addition, I used the opportunity to initiate several contacts for some future collaborations with academia and the industry from different countries including Malaysia, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Europe and within the UK. I also discussed the PhD positions available at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham, particularly within GERC, with many students attending the conference and have already received some of their applications.

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