The MINUS CO2 Application

The world is changing – and the challenge of climate change is impacting the oil and gas business in many ways. As with other EAGE field challenges, we focus on a real oilfield dataset bringing practical experience to help students with successful careers in the applied geosciences. The MINUS CO2 CHALLENGE is the same but different – we challenge teams to use a subsurface hydrocarbon resource but with zero net emissions of CO2 to the atmosphere. Any form of CO2 management may be used in association with the hydrocarbon resource model (e.g. CO2 capture, CO2 strorage, CO2 EOR, or renewable energy options. We invite university teams of three to five students to apply from 11 June until 30 September 2018, to take part in this innovative challenge,which has also received generous support from Total.

Every team that applies will receive a dataset, which will be supplied Equinor, to work with. They will have the opportunity to analyze the dataset and propose a low-carbon field development plan of a discovered hydrocarbon resource. Out of all teams, the best will be selected to present their development plan at the 81st EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2019, held on 3 June 2019 in London, UK, with their flights, accommodation and registration for the event covered by EAGE.

The winning team will receive the prestigious opportunity to present their field development plan findings the following September at EAGE's flagship Near Surface Geoscience Conference and Exhibition 2019 in the Netherlands, with accommodation, flights and registration covered by the EAGE Green Fund.

To ensure a successful application you should be aware about the rules and procedures of the MINUS-CO2 challenge and a signed ‘Declaration of Academic Integrity’ should be attached in application.

If your application is accepted, we will notify you after a period of 48 hours and the first assignment from Equinor will be provided.

You will have more chance to prepare the submission of the assignment as soon as you apply to the challenge.

Submissions must be completed by 30 September and if you have any further question do not hesitate to contact us at

The competition includes three selection rounds that are further explained below. There’s more valuable guidance in an article published in the October 2017 issue of First Break (pp. 12) which is related to the Laurie Dake Challenge and can provide you an overview judges reveal the secrets to being a winning team.

Selection round 1assignment

Every team that applies will receive an assignment, which is sponsored by Equinor, to work with. Your team will have the opportunity to propose a novel way of utilizing this resource with zero-net emissions.

The first assignment should  be submitted  by 30 September 2018. 

In this first round,  the best ten teams will be selected for the next round of selection.

Please complete the submission  of the assignment and if you have any further question do not  hesitate to contact  Rosmery Gonzalez 

Selection round 2 assignment

The 9 still standing teams are required to start working with the data they received and ;pitch your development plans in a 5-minute video.To select the best three teams that we will invite to the finals on Monday 3 June in London, the judges have decided to organize an interim review:

The video should be submitted  no later than Thursday 28 February (12:00 UTC +1)

The pitch interim review will result in the selection of the 3 finalist teams that will receive travel grants and free tickets to 81st EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2019 !

Requirements of the video:

- Acceptable quality visual and sound Landscape orientation

- The duration of the video should NOT be longer than 5 minutes

-The video content should be supported by a written report, which  should be readable, informative, interesting and succinct. Authors are encouraged to keep their articles to around 3000 words in length plus illustrations, with a maximum of 4500 words including the list of references and text in figure captions.

Please follow the available guideline to submit a technical article online

Remember that you pitch your project development plan to  Equinor Company!

Based on the submission, the Minus CO2 Challenge  jury will select the  three finalist teams that will be invited to present their findings during  81st EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2019

 Teams selected in the second round are:

University of Manchester (UK)

Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil)

Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Russia)

Dalhousie University (Canada),

Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia),

State University of Northern Rio de Janeiro (Brazil),

Sharif University (Iran)

Shiraz University (Iran) and rounding out the top nine would be the African University of Science and Technology (Nigeria) Team 1

Second  assignment submission here
Selection Final

Teams selected in the final round :

EAGE invites three team members of each of the three finalist university teams to come to the EAGE Conference & Exhibition in London to present their findings in front of an expert Minus CO2 Challenge jury. Therefore, each team will receive three travel grants (including free registration as a full student delegate during the conference)fully supported by the EAGE Green Fund.

The goal of this project is to create a Project Execution Plan for the Norne Oil field, with zero net emissions and a positive NPV (with uncertainty ranges estimated). The project is assumed to start in 2020 and should assume initial conditions at the site. The judges will be looking for a well-structured, neatly written, intelligently illustrated plan. Innovative ideas will be rewarded as will evidence that different development options have been considered, with the risks analyzed and contingencies planned for. Very importantly, the development must have as small an environmental footprint as possible.The best thee teams consider greenhouse gas emissions during operations and well as the emissions related to the exported products. Reservoir simulations and sound engineering are essential, but teams must also evaluate the geological risks and uncertainties. We do not expect a conventional oilfield development – we are looking for novel ways to use an offshore hydrocarbon resource with zero net emissions of CO2.

Minus CO2 Challenge will present their findings to an expert jury, after months of working on a dataset (provided by Equinor). Universities and industry are invited to attend the presentations and witness the competition between the most excellent multi-disciplinary student teams on a global scale. The final will be on Monday 3rd June in the the EAGE Conference & Exhibition in London.


The University of Manchester

Dalhousie University

Universidade Federal Fluminense

Congratulations to the selected teams!