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Energy Group - Tectonic Stress: from the lithosphere to the wellbore

21 - 22 May 2024
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Event type:
Conference, Hybrid, Specialist Group
Organised by:
Geological Society Events, Energy Group
Hybrid In person at Burlington House and Virtual via Zoom
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Understanding Tectonic stress, and associated strain, is of fundamental importance to many areas of the energy sector. Integrating tectonics and associated stresses is of key importance at all scales of and across all aspects of the value chain from early exploration, through development and production, as well as long term subsurface containment. From optimized reservoir management for fluid recovery, CCUS and waste disposal; geothermal reservoir performance; wellbore stability during drilling; or geoengineering for mining and surface hazard assessments; each require an understanding of the tectonic stresses and their implications for the viability and integrity (both near and long-term) of the project. From an academic perspective, tectonic stresses are a central component of understanding plate tectonics, basin geodynamics, and earthquake dynamics, linking plate diving forces with the resulting strain in the crust/ lithosphere.

This two-day event will bring together industry and academic groups to present and discuss the latest understanding of Tectonic Stress and how it applies to the energy sector. The organisers welcomes papers on the following themes: Plate tectonic driving forces; lithospheric stress and deformation; Measuring, monitoring and modelling stress; Reservoir geomechanics and fluid flow (inc. geothermal); Pore pressure, Operations and Wellbore stability; Seismicity (tectonic & induced) and earthquake hazards; Subsurface storage and the energy transition. 

Call for abstracts

Please submit abstracts for contributions to [email protected] by 16 February 2023. See downloads section on the right to view abstract guidelines.

Field Trips

The meeting will also be followed by an optional one-and-a-half-day field excursion to the South coast of England to look at the effects of far field stress in the Wessex Basin.

More information to follow


Mark Zoback (Stamford University)

Oliver Heidbach (GFZ Potsdam)

Adriana Paluszny (Imperial College London)

Mike Kendall (Oxford University)

Mark Tingay (Petronas)


Woody Wilson – bp

Mark Ireland – Newcastle University

David McNamara – University of Liverpool

Myra Keep – UWA

Steve Dee – bp