A scientific basis for production and reinjection strategies to minimise induced seismicity in Dutch gas fields

'The methods we develop could provide a basis for making decisions in the Netherlands in the future regarding the safe injection and production for the storage of natural gas or hydrogen, for example.'

What happens to the Dutch subsurface when used for the production, injection or storage of fluids? Does suddenly stopping production from a gas well in Groningen also stop earthquakes or may it provoke new ones? What are the effects of production and injection during underground gas storage? How does reservoir rock behave under fluctuating stresses?

Our Science4Steer research addresses these questions with laboratory experiments and computer models to help society make better decisions. Many aspects are important in such decisions and many factors contribute. The role of science is to provide understanding how we can steer subsurface activities safely.