international

DOE enters into partnerships with many international organizations to advance research in carbon storage. The efforts under the Global Collaboration Element benefit from technology solutions developed through the Carbon Storage Program's Core R&D and Infrastructure Elements. These collaborative learning opportunities will help to advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies at a lower cost and on a shorter timeframe. The benefits of U.S. scientists' participation range from opportunities to field test innovative technologies at commercial and large-scale CCS operations around the world to representing U.S. expertise on multinational CCS investigative R&D teams. Supporting these projects directly enhances U.S. efforts to develop technologies and tools to meet the strategic goals of the Carbon Storage Program's Core R&D Element. The figure below displays the location of each DOE-supported international demonstration project.

DOE-Supported International CO2 Injection Projects
DOE-Supported International CO2 Injection Projects (click to enlarge)

In addition, these collaborations provide a means to encourage the transfer of technical lessons learned between industry and academia to facilitate the adoption of these technologies in the field. It will train personnel in the United States and abroad for future careers in the CCS industry. The table below details DOE-supported international CCS projects.

Project No. Project Injection Amount Reservoir Storage Type Operator/Partner DOE Contribution
1 Weyburn-Midale Project 2.8 MMt CO2/yr Oil Field Carbonate Enhanced Oil Recovery Cenovus, Apache, Petroleum Technology Research Center DOE is supporting scientists to test multiple monitoring and simulation technologies.
2 Zama Oil Field 25,000 Mt CO2/yr Oil Field Carbonate Enhanced Oil Recovery Apache, PCOR Supporting PCOR to conduct monitoring and reservoir modeling of CO2 injection into pinnacle reefs.
3 Fort Nelson >1 MMt CO2/yr Saline Carbonate Formation Spectra Energy, PCOR Supporting PCOR to conduct monitoring and reservoir modeling studies.
4 Sleipner Project 1 MMt CO2/yr Saline Marine Sandstone StatoilHydro Supporting Scripps Institute of Oceanography, which is conducting time-lapse gravity surveys.
5 Snøhvit CO2 Storage 700,000 Mt CO2/yr Saline Marine Sandstone StatoilHydro Supporting Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL) to simulate geo-mechanical conditions of the reservoir and caprock.
6 CO2SINK 60,000 Mt CO2 Saline Sandstone GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam (GFZ) Supporting LBNL to deploy downhole monitoring technology based on thermal perturbation sensors.
7 CarbFix CO2 stream from Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant Saline Basalt Reykjavik Energy Supporting Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory to test tracer methods to assess trapping mechanisms in basalt formation.
8 In Salah Gas Field 1 MMt CO2/yr Gas Field Sandstone BP, Sonatrach, StatoilHydro Supporting the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and LBNL to test field and remote sensing monitoring technologies and modeling geomechanical and geochemical reservoir processes.
9 Otway Basin 65,000 Mt CO2 Gas Field and Saline Sandstone CO2CRC Supporting scientists at LBNL to test multiple monitoring technologies at depleted gas field and saline formations.
10 Ordos Basin 100,000 Mt CO2/yr Ordos Basin Shenhua Coal Supporting West Virginia University and LLNL to assess capacity for storage, and simulating hydrogeologic and geochemical reservoir conditions.

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