The commercially-driven Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Earth Science and Resource Engineering division reveals that ‘fracking’ is now considered mainstream mining technology which it supports:
* Hydraulic fracturing is a core technology in conventional petroleum production and in fast growing areas of unconventional gas, geothermal energy and carbon capture and storage.
It is also a cornerstone of innovative new methods in mining.
The CSIRO hydraulic fracture group combines theoretical development and experimental investigations with application-ready capabilities to provide basic research and novel technologies aligned with the needs of an expanding range of industries.
* Outcomes from our fundamental mechanics studies provide building blocks for a new generation of commercial and research hydraulic fracturing simulators that account for multi-scale processes in hydraulic fracturing and the interaction of hydraulic fractures with natural fractures in the reservoir rock.
We are actively pioneering new applications of hydraulic fracturing to:
· pre-condition ore bodies for caving-type mining operations
· enhanced gas drainage from coal seams
· geothermal reservoir development
· carbon capture and storage operations.