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 storage, CO2 EOR, or renewable energy options. We invite university teams of three to five students to apply from  20 February to 15 April 2020, to take part in this innovative challenge,which has also received generous support from EAGE Green Fund

Every team that applies will receive a dataset, which will be supplied  by 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



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 the application is accepted, we will notify you in a period of few days  and the first assignment from Equinor 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,  and the rules and procedures of the challenge are available here,  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.

Application is open