Roberto Bencini

Roberto Bencini
GA.I.A. srl

Geological Sciences, C.Geol - FGS
Industry decarbonization in Europe + worldwide. Innovative gas prospect generation in North Africa to generate Hydrogen.

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Introduction
Industry decarbonization specialist. International multidisciplinary subsurface expert, from 1981 with Chevron and with Lasmo-ENI, and from 2002 to 2017 with Echo Energy plc. Oil & gas exploration and production (North Africa, Europe, North Sea, SE Asia), underground storage of natural gas, CO2, Hydrogen. Unconventional gas. Expert in naturally fractured reservoirs. Chartered Petroleum Geologist since 1992. European Commission Expert for oil & gas, geothermal and CO2 storage since 1999. Age 66.
Additional affiliations
November 2018 - present
University of Bologna
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/roberto.bencini/en Applied and Environmental Geology @LoCaTe (CO2 Geological Storage)
October 2000 - March 2004
National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Weyburn CO2 geological storage International research project, Technical integrator
January 2000 - December 2015
Master MEA (Management dell'Energia e dell'Ambiente)
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • http://host.uniroma3.it/master/mastermea/ http://www.iaeeu.it/principale.asp?Titolo=MASTERENG&Lingua=EN http://www.aiee.it/documenti/MEAProg.pdf
Education
August 1981 - January 1982
GULF Research and Development Company (Houston Technical Services Center)
Field of study
  • Exploration and Production Geophysics
November 1974 - July 1978
Università di Pisa
Field of study
  • Earth Sciences

Publications

Publications (125)
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disrupted work globally causing a drastic shift from manual to electronic operations. The COVID-19 restrictions have affected Government functioning and service delivery, making e-Government the most viable solution. Several studies have shown how countries have embraced e-Government during the pandemic in the fight against COVID-19, in Government...
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The adsorption mechanism of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the coal matrix is significant in practical stability and migration process of CO2 into a coalbed seam. This study presents the kinetic investigation and the main controlling step of CO2 adsorption capacity onto Malaysian coals. The experimental data of CO2 adsorption were determined using a volum...
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Between 1859 and 1861, the discovery of the oil fields of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia influenced the birth and the development of industrial oil production all over the world. Since 1861, the know-how and innovation developed in the USA began to travel to Europe along together with millions of barrels of oil and the echoes of th...
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In this study, the CO2 adsorption capacity was measured on Malaysian sub-bituminous coals in dry and moisture equilibrated state using volumetric technique to understand its carbon sequestration and storage potential. The CO2 adsorption capacity onto dry and wet coal samples was performed at 300–348K and 6 MPa. Four coal specimens, namely S1, S2, S...
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Carbon dioxide sequestration in unminable coal bed seams has been proposed as an option to mitigate the excessive emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from burning fossil fuels (coal, crude oil fractions, and natural gas) and increase natural gas production. Through laboratory experiments on CO2 adsorption using a volumetric technique, the effects of...
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Excessive anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the use of fossil fuels are contributing to global warming and climate changes, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other leading experts. Anthropogenic CO2 is the single largest contributor to rising GHG levels and is responsible for about 64% of global w...
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In this article we present some episodes of history of the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Pescara Basin (Abruzzo region, Central Italy) during the 20th century. The Tocco da Casauria oil district of this basin have one of the the longest history of exploration and production of hydrocarbons in Italy. Also today this area, toget...
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In this article we present the history of the exploration and exploitation of solid hydrocarbons in what has been known for a long time as the Bacino Minerario Abruzzese (Abruzzo petroleum district), in Central Italy, in the first part of the 20th century. From the antiquity, bitumen and asphalt were locally collected from surface seeps. Industrial...
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While high enthalpy geothermal energy is available in restricted area of the Globe where particularly suitable geological conditions exist and where high temperature is recorded at relatively shallow depth (few hundred to a couple of thousand meters), middle and low enthalpy geothermal energy is available over most of the Earth surface. Italy is e...
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Presentation to the International Commission on Hydrocarbon Exploration and Seismicity (ICHESE) on June 20th, 2013, as part of the hearings of the Commission for the finalization of their Final Report.
Technical Report
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Technical memo to the International Commission on Hydrocarbon Exploration and Seismicity (ICHESE), to accompany the presentation done on June 20th, 2013 as part of the hearings for the finalization of the FINAL REPORT of the Commission.
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Con l’approvazione da parte del Parlamento del D.Lgs 14/09/2011, n.162, pubblicato sulla Gazzetta Ufficiale n.231 del 4/10/2011, l’Italia recepisce la Direttiva Europea 2009/31/CE concernente lo stoccaggio geologico del biossido di carbonio (carbon dioxide, anidride carbonica, CO2). Sono state così poste le premesse concrete per l’attuazione di pro...
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Allegato 1 - Limiti della Licenza di Esplorazione "Sibilla"
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Allegato 2 - Linee sismiche utilizzate per la definizione del progetto
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Allegato 3 - Pozzo Cornelia-1: Composite log (this file can be downloaded also from the link http://unmig.sviluppoeconomico.gov.it/deposito/pozzi/profili/pdf/cornelia_001.pdf)
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Allegato 4 - Pozzo Cornelia-1, Nuova interpretazione stratigrafica.
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Allegato 5 - Struttura di "Cornelia": Top Scaglia Calcarea, Carta in profondità (metri s.l.m.)
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Allegato 6 - Struttura di "Cornelia": Top Scaglia Calcarea. Carta in profondità (m s.l.m.) - Dettaglio
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Allegato 7 - Linea sismica SV167-13.83 con orizzonti interpretati. (Please note that the black and white version of this seismic line, with a vintage interpretation and other seismic lines spliced to it, can be downloaded at page http://unmig.sviluppoeconomico.gov.it/deposito/videpi/sismicatitoli/All_9_Linea_SV-167-02+SV-167-13+SV-167-22.pdf as pa...
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Allegato 8 - Rappresentazione 3D della struttura di "Cornelia" con limiti del permesso. (view from above)
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Allegato 9 - Sezione geo-sismica del complesso di stoccaggio "Cornelia".
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(this is the full text of the Abstract published by AAPG) Characterization of fracture patterns and quantification of their attributes are crucial in hydrocarbon exploration and production, particularly in the case of carbonate reservoirs. Understanding fracture arrays and evaluating the related contribution to rock permeability is also essential f...
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Storage of Methane (CH4) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in deep saline aquifers is a proven technique and a promising strategy to respectively address mitigation of climate change and energy security regarding additional Methane demand during cold weather. An innovative, multidisciplinary and integrated work flow has been identified to document the suita...
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Storage of Methane (CH4) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in deep saline aquifers is a proven technique and a promising strategy to respectively address mitigation of climate change and energy security regarding additional Methane demand during cold weather. These themes are attracting growing interest within both scientific and industrial communities. Acc...
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È stata messa a punto una metodologia integrata di valutazione dell’idoneità di siti di stoccaggio sotterraneo di gas naturale in acquifero salino profondo. La metodologia prevede due fasi successive: in primo luogo la sintesi dei dati e conoscenze disponibili per il sito proposto con esclusione dei dati acquisibili esclusivamente mediante nuove pr...
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Storage of CO2 and methane in deep saline aquifers is a proven technique and a promising strategy to respectively address mitigation of climate change and energy security regarding additional natural gas demand during cold weather. These themes are attracting growing interest within both scientific and industrial communities. According to one of t...
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Storage of Methane (CH4) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in deep saline aquifers is a proven technique and a promising strategy to respectively address mitigation of climate change and energy security regarding additional Methane demand during cold weather. These themes are attracting growing interest within both scientific and industrial communities. Ac...
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Naturally fractured carbonate reservoirs represent important deep saline aquifers in Italy, and can contribute to address two pressing issues for modern society: underground storage of methane for energy security and underground storage of CO2 to help mitigating climate change. The reservoirs most commonly considered for CO2 and methane storage ar...
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Carta dei pozzi preesistenti e delle linee sismiche usate per lo studio multidisciplinare
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Campo ad olio di "Cavone". Formazione dei Calcari Grigi di Noriglio. Carota del pozzo Cavone 1.
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Bignardi 1 dir - Analisi petrografica dei logs di pozzo.
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San Felice Sul Panaro 1 - Analisi petrografica dei logs di pozzo.
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Spada 1 - Analisi petrografica dei logs di pozzo.
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Sezione stratigrafica attraverso alcuni pozzi in prossimità della concessione Rivara
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Stratigrafia Schematica del Quaternario (Rivara, Prov. Modena)
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Campo ad olio di "Cavone" - Formazione dei Calcari Grigi di Noriglio - Carota del pozzo Cavone 2.
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Andamento 3D della base della formazione Marne del Cerro (top Reservoir) - Rivara (Modena province, Italy)
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Mappa di isoconcentrazione delle misure del flusso di CH4 (Rivara, Modena Province, Italy). Elaborazione grafica di dati acquisiti da INGV su incarico di ERG Rivara Storage (ora Rivara Gas Storage).
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Mappa di isoconcentrazione delle misure del flusso di CO2 (Rivara, Modena Province, Italy). Elaborazione grafica di dati acquisiti da INGV su incarico di ERG Rivara Storage (ora Rivara Gas Storage).
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Sezione stratigrafica attraverso alcuni pozzi del campo ad olio di Cavone e pozzi all'interno della concessione di Rivara (Modena province, Italy). L'aspetto di maggiore importanza di questa sezione stratigrafica è la presenza di una spessa zona dotata di sovrapressione di poro (zona in grigio nella sezione), che rappresenta una barriera insormonta...
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Andamento regionale 3D del top reservoir (Rivara, Modena province, Italy)
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Andamento regionale 3D del top della zona con sovrapressione (Rivara, Modena province, Italy)
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Le “Terre Calde” di Medolla non rappresentano una salsa, come postulato da Antonio Cuoghi Costantini nel 1893, ma semplicemente una concentrazione di cera naturale dovuta alla presenza nel sottosuolo alla profondità di alcune decine di metri di uno strato miocenico quasi verticalizzato che trasmette in superficie fluidi gassosi/oleosi. Vista la pre...
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La scomparsa di tutte le emissioni gassose citate da Scicli (1972) non è spiegabile sulla sola base di dati geochimici ottenuti in questo studio. L’ipotesi più semplice è quella di associare le emissioni gassose a metano biogenico superficiale, come quello del pozzo metanifero di Massa Finalese e della quasi totalità delle stazioni di misura effett...
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Questo Studio del sottosuolo della zona di Rivara comprende, oltre alla descrizione dei dati utilizzati e della metodologia geologica di selezione del sito del progetto di stoccaggio sotterraneo di gas naturale nella struttura profonda di Rivara, l’inquadramento della stratigrafia e della tettonica della zona, e una descrizione degli elementi che p...
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INTRODUCTION Storage of CO2 and methane in deep saline aquifers is a promising strategy to respectively address mitigation of climate change and energy security regarding additional natural gas demand during cold weather. These themes are attracting growing interest within both scientific and industrial communities. The reservoirs most commonly con...
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Il presente lavoro illustra lo studio di fattibilità per la pianificazione di un rilievo sismico a riflessione da eseguire nell'area della concessione " Fiume Bruna " in provincia di Grosseto. Obiet-tivo del rilievo è la definizione dell'assetto geologico-strutturale di un livello di lignite dal quale si vorrebbe estrarre del coal bed methane (CBM)...
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Nell'ambito del Progetto di Ricerca " Fiume Bruna " è stato eseguito un profilo sismico verticale (VSP) con l'obiettivo di caratterizzare dal punto di vista sismico l'orizzonte di lignite presente nell'area di Ribolla (Toscana). L'individuazione e la mappatura di questo orizzonte, già oggetto di coltivazione dal 1830 fino al 1954, è di interesse pe...
Technical Report
The top of the Carbonate Reservoir found by the Matilde-1 well has been mapped on the basis of the public domain Zone "E" reconnaissance 2D reflection seismic profiles.
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Enhanced coalbed methane recovery (ECBM) increases the recovery of the methane present in a coal seam by injecting CO2 at high pressure. It is attractive from two perspectives, the valuable methane recovered and the storage of the greenhouse gas CO2 for geological times. In the framework of a feasibility study for the Sulcis Coal Province in Italy,...
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An ECBM feasibility study started for the Sulcis Coal Province (SW Sardinia, Italy): available geochemical, structural-geology, stratigraphic and reservoir engineering considerations as well as the newly gathered experimental data are discussed, including: fluid geochemistry (major and minor elements, dissolved gases, C and He isotopic ratios) of d...
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L’Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) è l’istituzione italiana di riferimento per quello che riguarda il rischio sismico ed il rischio vulcanico e/o il rischio da processi di degassamento terrestri sia di origine naturale che antropogenica (stoccaggio gas CO2 e CH4), tramite reti di monitoraggio e sorveglianza, anche H24, su tutto...
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EnCana's CO2 injection EOR project at Weyburn Saskatchewan (Canada) is the focal point of a multi-faceted research program, sponsored by the IEA GHG R&D and numerous international industrial and government partners. More than yearly strontium isotope, trace element and dissolved gas surveys were conducted by INGV in conjunction with the thrice year...
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An ECBM (Enhanced Coal Bed Methane) feasibility study started for the Sulcis Coal Province (SW Sardinia, Italy) in December 2004: geochemical, structural-geology, stratigraphic and reservoir engineering considerations are discussed. The first newly gathered experimental data are discussed, including: fluid geochemistry (major and minor elements, di...
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An ECBM (Enhanced Coal Bed Methane as evolution of CBM techniques) pre-feasibility study started for the Sulcis Coal Province in December 2004 on the basis of the experience gathered: 1) by INGV, from ongoing and past projects dealing with CO2 geological storage, i.e., Weyburn test-field (Canada) by EOR techniques and from the studies of “CO2 analo...
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La memoria propone alcune considerazioni generali ed offre una panoramica sullo stato dell’arte nazionale ed internazionale dello stoccaggio geologico della CO2 industriale con particolare riferimento al caso “Progetto Weyburn”. Vengono presentate le tecniche di monitoraggio geochimiche e fatti alcuni cenni a quelle geofisiche per controllare l’ev...
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The structural architecture of peninsular Italy is dominated by the Apennine mountain belt thrust over the Adriatic-Apulia foreland. In the southern Apennines most of the major seismicity gathers into a narrow ribbon stretched along the axis of the chain (Gruppo di Lavoro CPTI, 1999; Boschi et al., 2000). Large NW-SE trending seismogenic faults aff...
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Oggi troppa anidride carbonica viene immessa in atmosfera da centrali elettriche, cementifici, raffinerie e altre industrie, ma anche e diffusamente dai mezzi di trasporto e dalle caldaie domestiche, distribuiti sul territorio. A lungo andare questo provoca, ed anzi ha già iniziato a provocare, scompensi climatici di portata globale. Ma come fare...
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Seismic imaging and geochemical sampling methods have been applied to monitor the Weyburn CO2 EOR flood within 19-patterns of the Phase 1A area. In each case, baseline surveys were acquired prior to the start of injection in order to establish a reference against which subsequent monitor surveys were applied. P-wave time-lapse travel time delay and...
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The paper discusses the correlation between the heating of shallow groundwater over a 10 × 20 km wide area close to the town of Nizza Monferrato (Piemonte Region, Northern Italy) and the concomitant local seismic sequences during the period August 2000 ? July 2001. The first seismic sequence started on 21 August 2000 with a M <sub>l</sub> = 5.2 ear...
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The paper discusses the correlation between the heating of shallow groundwater over a 10 × 20 km wide area close to the town of Nizza Monferrato (Piemonte Region, Northern Italy) and the concomitant local seismic sequences during the period August 2000 – July 2001. The first seis-mic sequence started on 21 August 2000 with a M l = 5.2 earthquake. W...
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This paper is the result of many years of hydrocarbon exploration in the Northern Apennines, and it is based on the interpretation of approximately 1500 km of reflection seismic lines and some 70 wells ranging in depth from few hundred metre to about 8000 metres. Hydrocarbons have been produced from some sectors of the Northern Apennines from the 1...
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I nuovi dati forniti dall’attività di esplorazione petrolifera nel settore dell’Appennino Tosco-Romagnolo compreso tra le valli dei torrenti Sillaro e Marecchia hanno consentito di definire meglio le caratteristiche dello stile deformativo della regione. In sintesi è stata confermata una deformazione causata dalla presenza di due livelli di scollam...
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The geological and geophysical interpretation of the Pietrabbondante area (Southern Apennines, Italy) is reported to the Italian Industry Ministry. The Pietrabbondante area includes the area of three adjacent Exploration Permits that were applied for by a Joint Venture composed of LASMO, TEXACO, BRITISH GAS and AMOCO. The three Exploration Permit w...
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This Geological Report is part of the documentation relative to the "Villa Badessa" Exploration Permit in the Adriatic foredeep (onshore Italy), filed with the Ministry of Industry. The stratigraphy and the tectonic evolution of the area are described on the basis of: 1) published scientific papers; 2) the results of previous exploration boreholes;...
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The Modigliana 1 well composite log includes unpublished new geologic data and shows the result of the drilling of the Modigliana 1 well (Northern Apennines, Italy), based on all the data gathered during and after drilling the well, and extensive correlation with other wells reaching the same stratigraphic units in the region. The composite log sho...