Centre for Sustainable Subsurface Resources (CSSR)
The new centre is led by NORCE with UiB as a major partner, together with a range of international institutions, industry and technology providers. Within UiB, GEO, Maths and Physics and Technology are the main departments involved in the centre.
The Centre for Sustainable Subsurface Resources (CSSR) is a new centre funded by NFR that aims to develop knowledge and technology applicable to the Norwegian continental shelf as we face a more sustainable future – a future that will including reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, electrification, and CO2 and hydrogen storage. The centre is led by NORCE with UiB as a major partner, together with a range of international institutions, industry and technology providers. Within UiB, GEO, Maths and Physics and Technology are the main departments involved in the centre.
CSSR will undertake subsurface-focused research that enables responsible and efficient management of remaining Norwegian petroleum resources and facilitates future CO2 and hydrogen storage. It will combine new geological and petrophysical knowledge, advanced multi-physics models and retooled digital work methods to collaboratively tackle the broader challenges related to achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. CSSR will run for eight years and has a strong educational component, supporting over ten PhDs/postdocs as well as a number of researchers.
The Centre is built around seven work packages that address knowledge needs related to subsurface understanding, digital reservoir management, sustainable re-use of depleted fields and data/workflow integration. GEO's input is mainly in the centre's Work Packages 1 and 2 which focus on increased sub-surface understanding of sedimentological and structural heterogeneity and their impact on fluid flow and in H2/CO2 storage. Rob Gawthorpe, Atle Rotevatn and Casey Nixon from GEO are involved in the centre which will fund several PhDs and a researcher over the first 5 years of operation.
GEO has been engaged in subsurface petroleum-related research for several decades, In the future, cutting-edge subsurface research will be behind CO2 and hydrogen storage - research on geology and energy in the subsurface is therefore more important than ever. CSSR has precisely this as its focus, and will give a powerful boost to research that will take us from the petroleum age into a new era.