Bergermeer talk online

Friday 20 March 2015

Please remember you can find all abstracts of previous lectures in the archive. And where possible we ask the presenter to make the slides available for download, like the for the recent talk on the Bergermeer Gas Storage.

2015 membership dues

Thursday 29 January 2015

Please remember to pay your 2015 membership dues! Payment details are in the newsletter or can be found here. Thank you!

Website update

Tuesday 20 January 2015

The website has been updated with the addition of a new page dedicated to announcements of our Young Professionals! To make space for the YP menu item the link to the Homepage has been moved up: please click on the header/logo to go back to the regular announcements.


Upcoming Events



Thursday 30 April 2015 - Sunday 3 May 2015  

Spring Field Trip Freiburg and Kaiserstuhl (S Germany)

Organiser: Mart Zijp and Renaud Bouroullec
Guide: Matthias Geyer (Lehrbeauftragter Universität und PH Freiburg)

When: Thursday 30 April (noon) – Sunday 3 May (evening)

Travel: touring car from the Netherlands

Where: Freiburg region in Southern Germany

Objective: Understand the geological setting of south-western Germany including a visit to the Eastern Main Thrust of the Upper Rhine Graben, the volcanic massif of the Kaiserstuhl (limburgitic lava streams) and the Tuniberg area and attention for the regional gastronomy.

On the outbound journey we will make a stop at the Speyer oil field at GdF’s Römerberg site.

Price: excursion € 316 (including double room lodging, guide, lunch and dinners), transportation € 133, total: € 449. Extra charge for single room € 90,-.

The subscription to this trip has now closed.



lecture · drinks

Wednesday 20 May 2015  17:00 - 19:00

2 PhD talks

Lecturer: Cees Willems (TUD) and Inge van Gelder (UU)


17:00 - 18:00 Social hour
18:00 - 19:00 Lectures

This month we will have 2 PhD candidates talking about their research:

Influence of fluvial sandstone architecture on geothermal energy production

by Cees J. L. Willems (TU Delft) and Hamidreza M. Nick, Gert Jan Weltje, M.E(Rick). Donselaar, David. F. Bruhn

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Alps-Adria interactions and their implications for the evolution of the Alpine lithosphere

by Inge van Gelder (Utrecht University)



Influence of fluvial sandstone architecture on geothermal energy production

Fluvial sandstone reservoirs composed of stacked meander belts are considered as potential geothermal resources in the Netherlands. Net-to-gross, orientation and stacking pattern of the channel belts is of major importance for the connectivity between the injection and production well in such reservoirs. Understanding the influence of the fluvial sandstone architecture on the heat recovery is necessary for designing geothermal doublet projects in fluvial reservoirs. A detailed outcrop study of the Huesca fluvial fan is used as an analogue for fluvial reservoir architecture. The study shows meandering fluvial sandstone bodies, laterally amalgamated and vertically stacked within the meander belts. Meander belts in the outcrop have a width of 1 to 1.5 km and are up to 4 km long. Sandstone bodies are surrounded by impermeable floodplain deposits and poorly permeable crevasse splay sandstones. The floodplain deposits decrease the net-to-gross and connectivity in the meander belt.

In order to identify geothermal doublet life-time and doublet interference risks, several realizations of reservoir models are constructed of the De Lier and Honselersdijk geothermal doublets. Detailed sequence stratigraphic well log correlation methods will form the framework of the models. The facies will be distributed utilizing process-based facies modelling software. In this way realistic models with sedimentologically based spatial relations between the geobodies will be obtained. A finite-element approach is utilized to study the geothermal energy production. The effects of architectural complexity on the geothermal energy production, by conducting several accurate numerical simulations, will be discussed. The results show that utilizing simplified reservoir models can lead to a significant error in predictability of the heat recovery from deep fluvial sandstone formations.

Alps-Adria interactions and their implications for the evolution of the Alpine lithosphere

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KIVI building
Prinsessegracht 23
2514 AP
Den Haag
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lecture · dinner · drinks

Monday 8 June 2015  17:00 - 21:00

Joint SPE event: Mini-symposium and BBQ

Organiser: PGK and SPE

Details will follow nearer the time.


Carlton Beach Hotel
Gevers Deynootweg 201
2586 HZ
Den Haag
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Friday 19 June 2015

Day excursion: North Holland (De Beemster) and a visit to the Taqa Bergermeer site

Details will follow