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Salt Tectonics for the energy transition

Date:
23 - 24 September 2024
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Event type:
Conference
Organised by:
Geological Society Events, Energy Transition
Venue:
The Geological Society, Burlington House
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EVENT OPEN

This meeting aims to create a dynamic convergence of expertise, fostering collaboration, innovation, and a holistic understanding of how salt tectonics impacts mining, energy, and related industries. By bringing together a diverse audience of academia and industry, we aim to collectively advance our knowledge and contribute to sustainable solutions for the challenges posed by salt tectonics in the modern world.

Event details

The fundamental properties and deformation associated with salt have traditionally played a key role in hydrocarbon exploration. It was the discovery of giant hydrocarbon accumulations associated with salt-related structures related that triggered interest in understanding how salt deforms in different geological settings and its impact on the surrounding sediments. 

Traditionally, the hydrocarbon exploration targets are located within the sediments either surrounding or above the salt and, therefore, most of the efforts have been oriented to the salt-related deformation and distribution of syn-deformational deposits. Meanwhile, the salt (solution) mining industry has had a specific interest on the internal deformation of salt-related structures, due to the economic significance and potential mining resources associated, while for the hydrocarbon industry the internal structures of salt have remained enigmatic at best, and a drilling hazard at worst. Through integrating understanding derived from these different sectors as well as physical and numerical modelling, seismic processing and interpretation, laboratory experiments, microstructural observations and field studies of natural salt diapirs major breakthroughs have occurred over the last 40 years. These include the flow laws of salt, and how large-scale cavities in salt structures (galleries or caverns) deform after completion and abandonment.

At present and within the frame of the race to reduce the environmental impact and decarbonize the society, salt basins can play a significant role to achieve the energy transition objectives in the coming years. Salt bearing basins offer a vast potential for development throughout the energy transition, therefore advances in characterization of composition, internal salt deformation and internal salt structures evolution will be key in the near future to understand the opportunities and challenges for energy transition technologies. These include temporary, cyclic storage sites for hydrogen, compressed air energy storage (CAES), redox flow batteries, the long-term storage of CO2, and waste, as well as enhanced geothermal energy potential in and around salt bodies. Studies indicate a likely demand for thousands of new hydrogen storage caverns alone inside salt bodies by 2050, which implies imply a great effort in investigation, design, construction, operation and decommissioning of these facilities, as well as fundamental science to understand and mitigate risks.

In conclusion, salt basins will continue to plays a multifaceted role in the energy transition by impacting hydrocarbon reservoirs, enabling energy and waste storage, and influencing infrastructure development. Meeting the needs for the near future involves understanding the role of salt tectonics in the technological advancements and sustainable practices, collaboration, and mitigating risks and understanding regulatory frameworks to harness the potential of salt formations for a cleaner and more resilient energy landscape.

Key topics covered

Key topics covered: 
  • Salt Tectonics and Energy Transition 
  • Salt Tectonics Research
  • Salt imaging
  • Salt Tectonics and energy plays
  • Geological Storage and geomechanics in and around Salt Formations
  • Economics, Environmental and Sustainability Considerations for storage
  • Bridging Science and Industry

Target audience

The meeting will be designed to engage a diverse and dynamic audience of professionals, researchers, and experts from various sectors. It is intended to be a multidisciplinary event to provide a platform for knowledge exchange, collaborative discussions, and the exploration of innovative solutions within the realm of salt tectonics. 

Our target audience includes:

  • Geologists and Earth Scientists
  • Mining Industry Professionals
  • Energy Industry Experts
  • Academic Researchers
  • Environmental and Sustainability Practitioners
  • Government Representatives
  • Consultants and Advisors
  • Students and Early-Career Professionals

Convenors

Dr. Gonzalo Zamora (Repsol, Spain) – LinkedIn

Dr. Oliver Duffy (Chevron, Houston, USA) – LinkedIn

Dr. Oriol Ferrer (University of Barcelona, Spain) – LinkedIn

Dr. Sian Lianne Evans (University of Oslo, Norway) – LinkedIn

Dr. Lorena Moscardelli (Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, USA) – LinkedIn

Dr. Heijn van Gent (State Supervision of Mines, The Hague, Netherlands) – LinkedIn

Abstracts

The call for abstracts is now closed.

Programme

Programme to be announced July 2024.

Time & Location

This conference will take place in person at Burlington House, Piccadilly.

Fees

In Person

  2 Day Rate
 Fellow  £190
 Non-Fellow £325
 Student Non-Member
£45
 Student Member
£25
 Retired Fellow £190
 Speaker (Fellow) £190
 Speaker (Non-Fellow) £210
 Corporate Patron £200

Group Discounts

5–9 delegates: 10% off

10–14 delegates: 15% off

15 delegates or more: 20% off

Please contact conference@geolsoc.org.uk for any group bookings.

2 Day Rate 
Fellow  £50 £90
Non-Fellow
£80 £130
Student Non-Member £15 £25
Student Member* £0 £0
Retired Fellow £60 £110
Speaker (fellow) £50 £90
Speaker (non-fellow) £65 £115
Corporate Affiliate
£60 £110
1 Day Rate  2 Day Rate 
Fellow  £50 £90
Non-Fellow
£80 £130
Student Non-Member £15 £25
Student Member* £0 £0
Retired Fellow £60 £110
Speaker (fellow) £50 £90
Speaker (non-fellow) £65 £115
Corporate Affiliate
£60 £110
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Geolsoc Contact

Conference Office

The Geological Society
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London
W1J 0BG