Dr Zhejun Pan visited Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics (IRSM) at Wuhan from 21 May to 21 June, 2017. During his visit, Dr Pan worked with Prof Qi Li and his team on CO2 storage in aquifers to enhance water recovery, which has significant environmental and economic implications in places such as Xinjiang, China and Cooper Basin, Australia. Specifically, they worked together studying the impact of fault permeability on the sealing capability of CO2 injected in saline aquifers, including numerical study and laboratory measurement.
As an important part of the visit, Dr Pan shared his research experiences to further establish collaboration. He gave two seminars on reservoir engineering and paper writing. More than 50 researchers attended the seminars leading to discussion on how to perform high quality research in areas related to CO2 storage and gas reservoirs. The visit has also provided an excellent opportunity for Dr Pan to discuss with other researchers in CCUS research area in IRSM, such as CO2 storage in coal seams. The visit further strengthened collaborative relationship between the two organisations and researchers.