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Montserrat Recasens     PhD Student

School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Institute of Mechanical, Process & Energy Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, UK


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    Email:   mr25@hw.ac.uk





Montserrat Recasens obtained a Bachelor degree in Geology and the Master of Geophysics, both at University of Barcelona (Spain). Her final BSc project was focused on the petrophysical characterization of a set of sand bodies located in the Ebro basin and in the determination of the percentage of the porosity loss by compaction and/or cementation. The objective of her MSc dissertation was to determine which geological formations of the Amiran sedimentary basin (NW Zagros, Iran) reached the necessary conditions to produce oil and gas.

This background was subsequently improved with an Erasmus stay in Bergen (Norway), where she learned to model hydrocarbon reservoirs and simulate the involved processes using the ECLIPSE software, and two specialized postgraduate courses, the “CCS Technologies: Capture, transport and geological storage of CO2”, organized by the CIUDEN Foundation, the leading public developer of CCS technologies in Spain, and the "Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics with OpenFoam", at University of Leon (Spain).

With these skills and her genuine motivation for issues related to CO2 capture and storage, a fascinating scientific subject as well as one of the tools to mitigate the serious consequences of the climatic change in the future, she joins the CICCS team to conduct her PhD research project with the aim to improve our understanding of CO2-brine-well cement system under conditions representative of CO2 geological storage processes. In addition, due to her outstanding academic credentials and research potential she was offered a highly competitive James Watt scholarship at Heriot-Watt University.

For her experimental tests, API Class G cement samples have been prepared by following the same industrial cementing process conditions used in the depleted Goldeneye gas condensate reservoir (North Sea). Results from the experiments procedure will allow us to obtain information on changes in permeability, and other parameters as porosity, caused by CO2-brine-well cement interactions. These data, together with 3D geomechanical modelling can then be used to determine if the well cement will provide zonal isolation throughout its lifetime and therefore to ascertain integrity of the wellbore.

Research Interest:

CO2 geological storage. Determining the long-term integrity of oil and gas wells though a combination of laboratory experiments, together with geochemical and geomechanical modelling.



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