Fei Ren's PhD project will develop and validate an alternative stimulation method to replace conventional fracturing techniques (such as hydraulic fracturing) to crack the thick but malleable mudstone layers without importing any outside chemical fluids into the subsurface and improve gas recovery from the coalbed methane (CBM) wells. Considering the existing number of resources and facilities from the CBM industry, if the new technical stimulation technique is feasible, the outcomes of this project will be a promising economic and environmental achievement to unlock the added value of Australia’s coal seam basins.

Advisors: Prof. Victor Rudolph, Dr. Huilin Xing, Dr. Tom Rufford

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PhD candidate - Awarded February 2019