Geomechanics of HT-HP Process on Underground Coal Gasification and In Situ Combustion Processes

Direct Applicability to Industry:

Costs of accessing coal at a greater depth is too costly to mine.  An alternative method of utilizing the coal stores is desirable for industry.

Nature of Problem:

In situ combustion is complex and requires a multidisciplinary effort.  An understanding of the evolution of geomechanical and hydraulic transport properties of clay shales under high temperature is critical.

Financial and Environmental Impact:

The economic benefits of accessing massive stores of Alberta coal are substantial.  Potential reservoir-geomechanical impacts to bounding seal systems and any subsequent environmental impacts must be assessed.

Lead PI: Rick Chalaturnyk

Students: Hossein Akbarzadeh