Oil and gas funded projects

NERC has invested over £1·5m in 23 oil and gas pump priming projects to develop new partnerships and collaborations between researchers and the oil and gas industry. These projects will build on existing partnerships and collaborations and explore potential themes and opportunities for the development of an oil and gas innovation programme. A list of the projects funded is available (innovation calls run in 2013 and 2014).

NERC also provided a contribution towards four projects under the Innovate UK-led call: 'Developing technologies for safe and responsible exploitation of shale gas'. Please see our media release for more information.

Three Knowledge Exchange fellowships have been funded under this priority area:

  • A directed fellowship in oil and gas is currently being undertaken by Dr Kate Gormley, Heriot-Watt University, looking at the challenges currently facing the offshore oil and gas industry and how environmental data generated by both academia and industry can be managed effectively.
  • 'Exploiting NERC-funded research to beneficially impact upstream workflows in the petroleum industry' by Professor W McCaffrey, University of Leeds. Completed 2014.
  • 'Development of opportunities for co-financed research with industry, and Knowledge Networks/Clubs within area of hazard and Risk, and Energy' by Professor RE Holdsworth, Durham University. Completed 2013.

Research Fracking in Europe (ReFINE)

NERC has invested in Phase 1 of ReFINE - external link - an independent research consortium led by Durham University, in conjunction with Newcastle, Heriot-Watt and Keele universities. The consortium focuses on the issue of shale gas and oil exploitation using fracking methods and its potential risks. Phase 1 of the consortium is funded by NERC, Shell, Total and Chevron with the Environment Agency, DECC and the European Commission Joint Research Centre participating in an advisory-stakeholder capacity.