Dr Sam Holloway

Dr Sam HollowaySenior Principal Geologist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3190

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  • 1990–present, BGS CCS team, Keyworth
  • 1986–1990: Geologist, BGS Hydrocarbons Group, Edinburgh
  • 1981–1986: Geologist, BGS Deep Geology Group, Keyworth
  • 1980–1981: Geologist, BGS Hydrocarbons Group, Edinburgh
  • 1976–1980 PhD, University of Keele, Geology, UK
  • 1972–1976 BA (Hons) University of Keele, Geology, UK

Research interests

  • Energy Science
  • Carbon dioxide capture and geological storage
  • Petroleum geology


  • CCS geoscience
  • Hydrocarbon prospect evaluation
  • Subsurface geology

Current projects and collaboration

  • Energy Technologies Institute, UK CO2 Storage Capacity Appraisal
  • Adviser on storage to DECC Competition for support to build a full chain demonstration of CCS in the UK
  • Editorial Board member, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control

Professional association

  • Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Geological Society, London

Published outputs

Key Papers

BENSON, S.L., P. J. COOK, J.  ANDERSON, S. BACHU, H. B. NIMIR, B. BASU, J. BRADSHAW, G. DEGUCHI, J. GALE, G. VON GOERNE, W. HEIDUG, S. HOLLOWAY, R. KAMAL, D. KEITH, P. LLOYD, P. ROCHA, W. SENIOR, J. THOMSON, T. TORP, A. WILDENBORG, M. WILSON, F. ZARLENGA, D. ZHOU. 2005. Chapter 5: Underground Geological Storage. In: IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), 2005: Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage [Metz, B., O. Davidson, L. Meyer and H.C. de Coninck (eds.)] Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 440 pp.

HOLLOWAY, S., KARIMJEE, A., AKAI, M., PIPATTI, R. & RYPDAL K. 2006. Chapter 5: Carbon Dioxide Transport and Storage. In: 2006 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, Volume 2 Energy, IPCC, Geneva.

BACHU, S., BONIJOLY, D., BRADSHAW, J., BURRUSS, R., HOLLOWAY, S., CHRISTENSEN, N-P. & MATHIASSEN, O-M. 2007. CO2 storage capacity estimation: Methodology and gaps. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 1, 430-443.

Holloway, S. 2007. Carbon Dioxide Capture and Geological Storage. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 365, 1095-1107.

CHADWICK, R.A., NOY, D.J.  & HOLLOWAY, S. 2009. Flow processes and pressure evolution in aquifers during the injection of supercritical CO2 as a greenhouse gas mitigation measure. Petroleum Geoscience. 15(1): 59-73.

HOLLOWAY, S. 2009. Storage capacity and containment issues for carbon dioxide capture and geological storage on the UK continental shelf. Proc. IMechE, Part A: J. Power and Energy, 2009, 223(A3), 239-248. DOI 10.1243/09576509JPE65.