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Internship | Assessment of the conditions of abandoned wells in potential CO2 storage reservoir

What will be your role?

Are you interested in subsurface applied science and would like to contribute to the energy transition? Do you want to contribute to a sustainable, safe and cost-efficient re-use of existing geo-energy infrastructure? Then, this (graduate) internship is for you.

This (graduate) internship will be part of a research project that aims to assess reusability of legacy wells as CO2 injectors. Existing legacy wells are considered as potential showstoppers for CO2 storage projects as they might not have been sealed considering the new application and could pose a risk to the containment of the injected gas. As part of this project, you will get a specific assignment, but you will also be invited to join the TNO project team in selected meetings and discussions to understand the broader perspective and to experience what it is like to work on applied science projects in TNO. Your assignment will be focused on:

  • Identifying the critical aspects of abandoned legacy wells penetrating the cap rock of candidate CCUS reservoirs and;
  • To evaluate challenges and opportunities associated with reusing them.

This may include developing an assessment framework for already abandoned wells including minimum requirements and critical considerations. The specific details of the assignment can be tuned in collaboration with the candidate and the University.

The project runs for three years and started in September 2019, preferably the (graduate) internship will run in the period September 2021 – April 2022.


What we expect from you?

You are (preferably) familiar with CCUS or sustainable geo-energy options and have a basic understanding of wells and well integrity, cap rock restoration (abandonment). Any experience with machine learning algorithms is an asset.


What you'll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.


TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world.


The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.


Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button on the website.