Work Package 1: Management

Carry out administrative management. Coordinate the scientific management of the project. Manage the collaboration and interaction with international partners and advisors, scientific industrial regulatory advisory board (SIRAB). Coordinate the dissemination plan.

Work Package 2: Data Collection and Analysis

experimental work

Identify and collect key baseline data for a number of sites in the EU and USA. Includes baseline carbon isotope data, stress field data, fluid composition data, seismic data, dynamic fracking data, water production data and experimental data. Provide hydro-geo-chemo-mechanical facies analysis of different sites, provide common data storage and access.

Work Package 3: Features, Events and Processes


Characterise main geological features, define key events and level of understanding of main processes occurring during the exploration and exploitation of shale gas, produce a Features Events Processes (FEP) risk register. Use a source-pathway-target conceptual approach. Identify high uncertainty risks and carry out fundamental research in these areas to improve understanding and reduce uncertainty.

Work Package 4: Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment

Identify key events, develop multi-level environmental impact and risk assessment site screening tool. Rank key risk FEPs associated with lack of understanding or uncertainty identified in the FEP risk register.

Work Package 5: Model Development and Modelling

Review standard industry modelling capabilities, develop scenario specific model capabilities, model scenarios including key processes and key events, validate with real data, identify optimal data density for cost effective uncertainty quantification and reduction. Develop new model concepts and codes for improved understanding of the thermo-hydro-mechanical- and chemical processes involved in hydraulic fracturing.

Work Package 6: Monitoring and Mitigation of Key Events

Provide optimal monitoring and mitigation strategies associated with key events (FEP’s) that can potentially arise from shale gas production and wastewater injection. Investigate the monitoring and mitigation possibilities and develops new concepts to increase the certainty around the FEP’s and reduce the impact of events. Providing technological enhancements for monitoring.  Testing mitigation strategies based on the sealing potential of slurries.  Formulating specific monitoring and mitigation strategies, using the focussed scenarios

Work Package 7: Dissemination

Provide scientific recommendations for best practices, knowledge base and legislative review.   Maintain and develop a knowledge data base to augment the EU member states regulatory practise, undertake a review of EU legislation and member states regulatory practices. Best practise guide. Disseminate data and scientific recommendations for wide range of stake holders. Undertake a dissemination programme to promote the project so that its findings reach a broad audience.