Friday, August 9, 2019

Netherlands: Opportunity to Research the Deep Geothermal Resources of the Westland Triassic Sandstones

PhD Position in Geothermal Energy Research (Delft University of Technology)

Location: Delft University of Technology, Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Netherlands
Salary: 2325 - 2972 euros monthly (full-time basis)

The objective of this project is to quantify the reservoir properties of Triassic sandstones in Southern Netherlands at depths beyond 1500m in order to assess uncertainty and reduce the risks for future deep geothermal operations. Many Westland geothermal projects at depths between 1500 and 2500m are successful. However, the Triassic reservoirs are geologically much older and therefore have a higher chance of complicating histories. The TRIAS Westland core (NLW-GT-01) analyses show that Triassic sandstone diagenesis is hampering water flow by a reduced permeability in layers at 4200m depth. It shows that to successfully predict heat production there is insufficient knowledge of these sediments, their mineralogy, local structural characteristics, spatial heterogeneity and diagenesis. We propose an innovative integrated sedimentary, structural and diagenetic study to assess, quantify and map their suitability for deep geothermal exploitation in the southern Netherlands. This work should substantiate if and where new deep geothermal projects in the Dutch Roer Valley Graben will be economically feasible.

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Dr. M.W. Martinius, e-mail: . To apply, please e-mail a letter of motivation, detailed CV, summary of academic record or research experience, abstract of your PhD thesis (1 page), list of any publications, grades list, proof of English language proficiency, and names of three references (in a single pdf file) before August 31 2019 to Prof. Dr. Martinius, .

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