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Reference Number NER/T/S/2001/01153
Title Developing hydropyrolysis to generate molecular biomarker signals for solving key problems in oil exploration where conventional biomarker approaches fail.
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Other oil and gas) 75%;
Not Energy Related 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 25%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 75%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor C (Colin ) Snape
No email address given
Chemical and Environmental Engineering
University of Nottingham
Award Type R&D
Funding Source NERC
Start Date 01 October 2002
End Date 30 September 2004
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £84,029
Industrial Sectors Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region East Midlands
Programme Ocean Margins (LINK)
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor C (Colin ) Snape , Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr G (Gordon ) Love , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
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Abstract The aim is to realise the potential of hydropyrolysis (pyrolysis assisted by high hydrogen gas pressures) as a means to provide reliable molecular fingerprints for severely biodegraded oils, contaminated cores, oil-field solids (tar mats and pyrobitumens) and to provide novel information on basin filling history where the conventional free biomarker approach fails. This will then facilitate rapidand accurate oil-source and oil-oil correlationsto be determined for the first time in Ocean Margin regions. The study will establish a firm base to exploit the commercial potential of hydropyrolysis, both in terms of oil exploration through the new correlations with bound biomarker profiles and of characterising sedimentary organic matter as a far superior technique to py-GC-MS. Indeed, innovative experimental protocols for conducting hydropyrolysis will continue to be developed to have aproto-type system ready for future exploitation.
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