Research opportunities Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site (GGERFS)

The UKGEOS Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site is open to researchers from the UK and internationally. Researchers both from academia and from industry are welcome.

Borehole compounds

Each set of boreholes will be within an accessible research compound that also contains environmental baseline monitoring equipment. Access to the boreholes for sampling and experimentation will be managed by a research steering committee and operated by BGS.

Samples and related data acquisition

A range of core, cuttings, water and other fluid samples will be collected by BGS. BGS is working with the research community to identify additional sample opportunities. In addition, wireline logging data and drilling data will be available.

Core viewing and core scanning facilities

XYZ core scanner

Core examination laboratories are available to use at BGS Keyworth, near Nottingham.

A new, state-of-the-art, core scanning facility is available as part of the National Geological Repository (NGR) at BGS Keyworth. The NGR Core Scanning Facility hosts several high-resolution core scanners that allow whole, split, or slabbed rock and sediment cores to be continuously and non-destructively scanned before being further processed. Core scanning provides detailed information on the geophysical, mineralogical, and geochemical characteristics of the core, records core quality and fundamental variations downcore, and allows high-definition optical, near-infrared (NIR), ultraviolet (UV), and X-radiographic images to be taken.

MSCL-S core scanner

The following core scanning facilities are available:

  • X-ray tomography – Rotating X-ray computed tomography visualises and records internal structures present within the core to determine core quality, heterogeneity and fracture networks.
  • Geophysics– Multi-sensor core logging providing geophysical analyses, including gamma density, magnetic susceptibility, P-wave velocity, electrical resistivity, and natural gamma activity, to establish:
    • bulk density, porosity, and/or P-wave velocity profiles
    • core quality, heterogeneity, and lithology variations (e.g., grain-size, texture, colour)
    • compositional changes etc.
    • core-to-core and/or core-to-log correlations
  • X-ray fluorescence scanners – These acquire elemental abundances and variations downcore, and produce 2D XRF maps. XRF scanning is a well-established, non-destructive method that allows:
    • characterisation of rock and sediment provenances
    • interpretation of mineralogy and matrix properties etc.

XRF scanners also provide high-definition linescan, NIR, and UV image capabilities.

Environmental baseline characterisation and monitoring data

A range of soil chemistry, soil/ground gas, surface water, groundwater and seismic monitoring data will be available for research.


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