Australia’s shale gas reserves are expected to be sizeable, but many Australian shales have different characteristics from North American ones – meaning that their successful shale gas development experience cannot be directly applied to Australian reservoirs. The main objectives of this Ph.D. project are to conduct systematic microstructural, geomechanical and geochemical characterization of shale samples using cutting edge facilities, to develop novel experimental methods to quantify the response of shale permeability to a number of key parameters such as in-situ stress and water, and to visualize fluid flow in nanopores validated by direct experimental observations. An assessment of the potential shale gas production in areas like Cooper Basin will also be carried out using the in-house reservoir simulator with the integration of available field data collected at the exploration wells.
Opportunity focus areas:
Chemical and Materials Engineering
Computer Science and IT
Mining and Oil & Gas Operations