Workshop 17

Fault and Top Seal Essentials

Sunday 4 June 2023 | Room Lehar 3



  • David Misch (Montanuniversitaet Leoben)
  • Andras Zamolyi (OMV E&P)



Top and fault seal assessment will play a pivotal role not only in the development of new oil and gas prospects in mature hydrocarbon provinces, but also in numerous emerging low carbon geoenergy and subsurface storage applications such as hydrogen storage, CO2 sequestration, geothermal energy recovery, etc. This workshop aims at providing a broad overview of fault and top seal research trends in industry and academia and facilitating a discussion about future development needs based on keynotes and invited talks delivered by leading experts in the field. These will be selected based on cornerstone presentations and contributions of the latest major events and key journal publications, complemented by experience sharing from practical examples of the industry. The workshop should be highly interactive, and topics should be developed along the way based on the input of the speakers and participants.


Participant Profile

Participants from the hydrocarbon, subsurface storage and geothermal industries, related consulting businesses, and academia (universities, research institutions).
Researchers/experts at all levels.
Keynotes and invited speakers will be senior experts in the field.


Workshop Programme

09:30Intro morning session
09:40De-risking the integrity of a Paleogene–Neogene top seal complex using a multidisciplinary approach: The Nini CCS storage site, Danish North Sea – F.W.H. Smit (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland – GEUS)
10:05Laboratory investigations of seal rocks for the energy transition – J. Bensing (Montanuniversitaet Leoben – Department for Applied Geosciences and Geophysics)
10:30Coffee Break
11:00Hydrogen geo-storage in rock salt: Petrophysical and geomechanical testing of a potential host formation in Western Australia – J. Sarout (CSIRO Energy)
11:25Open discussion
13:30Intro afternoon session
13:35Challenges of fault characterization – A. Torabi (University of Oslo)
14:00A reflection on common fault seal practice within the oil and gas industry: methodology, learnings and challenges – R. Worthington (Equinor ASA)
14:25Coffee Break
14:50Fault Slip, Seal Breach? Experimental Review and Operational Approach – J. Busson (TotalEnergies)
15:15The role of fault seals in geological hydrogen storage – J. Miocic (University of Groningen)
15:40Plenary discussion with the invited speakers
16:30Open discussion and wrap-up
17:30End of the Workshop