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Christian Hermanrud


I have worked with Statoil / Equinor since 1984, and has been an adjunct professor (Professor 2) at the UiB since 2009. My main geological research interests are fluid flow in the subsurface (including sealing / leakage of oil, gas and CO2), soft sediment deformation, and determination of pore pressure and temperature from subsurface data. I have supervised some 20 students, mainly within sealing / leakage / fluid contact controls and sand injections, but also within rock physics and formation temperature determination.The ongoing energy transition towards a low emission society will require massive storage of CO2 in the subsurface. Knowledge of how such fluids move and are sealed is vital for successful CO2 storage operations, and my research aims to improve our knowledge for safe and efficient CO2 storage. I also run the courses SDG607 'The energy transition-status, challenges and opportunities' with Prof. Atle Rotevatn and SDG207 Energy Transition with Prof. William Helland-Hansen. Publications: Filer (uib.no)

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2023). A new approach to investigate the effect of burial depth and clay content on fault permeabilities applied at the Njord Field. Petroleum Geoscience.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Resolution limits of fluid overpressures from mineralogy, porosity, and sonic velocity variations in North Sea mudrocks. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin. 2665-2695.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Effect of temperature and concentration of impurities in the fluid stream on CO2 migration in the Utsira formation . International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. 20-28.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Depth-dependent fault sealing in the greater Oseberg area. EarthDoc.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Relationships between bright amplitudes in overburden rocks and leakage from underlying reservoirs on the norwegian continental shelf. Petroleum Geoscience. 10-16.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Petroleum column-height controls in the western Hammerfest Basin, Barents Sea. Petroleum Geoscience. 227-240.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Evidence for large scale methane venting due to rapid drawdown of sea level during the Messinian Salinity Crisis. Geology. 371-374.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Consequences of water level drops for soft sediment deformation and vertical fluid leakage. Mathematical Geosciences. 1-30.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Membrane seal leakage in non-fractures caprocks by the formation of oil-wet flowpaths. Journal of Petroleum Geology. 45-52.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Lessons learned from 14 years of CCS operations: Sleipner, In Salah and Snøhvit. Energy Procedia. 5541-5548.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Field-case simulation of CO2-plume migration using vertical-equilibrium models. Energy Procedia. 3801-3808.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Injection, stockage et surveillance à Sleipner, (Norvège): une retrospective de 15 ans. Geologues. 69.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Storage Capability [FME SUCCESS Synthesis report Volume 1]. .
  • Show author(s) (2018). Potential leakage mechanisms and their relevance to CO2 storage site risk assessment and safe operations [FME SUCCESS Synthesis report Volume 2] . .
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2022). A new method of characterizing fault seals from subsurface data.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Modeled fault sealing at the Njord Field: dependence on shale model, and consistency with subsurface observations.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Fault sealing of hydrocarbons and fluid pressure differences at the Njord Field.
Masters thesis
  • Show author(s) (2012). CO2-injeksjon i Utsiraformasjonen - et studie av CO2/vann-kontakten og temperaturavhengige parametre.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2010). Differences between flow of injected CO2 and hydrocarbon migration. 6 pages.

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