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Performer: The University of Texas at Austin
Figure 1. Near-offshore northwest Gulf of Mexico<br/>planned project area is completely covered by<br/>available 3-D seismic lines as well as an array of<br/>2-D lines. Refinery and chemical sources (blue)<br/>and electricity generators (green; from the<br/>NATCARB database) and existing pipeline networks<br/>are key elements of project readiness.
Figure 1. Near-offshore northwest Gulf of Mexico
planned project area is completely covered by
available 3-D seismic lines as well as an array of
2-D lines. Refinery and chemical sources (blue)
and electricity generators (green; from the
NATCARB database) and existing pipeline networks
are key elements of project readiness.
Website: University of Texas at Austin
Award Number: FE0029487
Project Duration: 02/01/2017 – 07/30/2018
Total Award Value: $1,393,179
DOE Share: $1,094,583
Performer Share: $298,596
Technology Area: Storage Infrastructure
Key Technology:
Location: Austin, Texas

Project Description

As part of the Integrated CCS Pre-Feasibility phase of the Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) Initiative, the University of Texas at Austin, partnered with the DOE, will aim to demonstrate that saline and depleted hydrocarbon storage reservoirs within a storage complex can store industrial CO2 emissions safely, permanently, and economically. This study seeks to identify near-offshore storage resource on the inner shelf of the Gulf of Mexico (Figure 1) in the range of 50+ million metric tons of CO2. The study will further identify specific injection reservoirs and evaluate the change from CO2 use for enhanced oil recovery to large-volume storage in saline formations. Tasks will include subsurface geologic characterization, modeling and simulation, management strategy, risk assessment, regulatory compliance, public outreach, and site development planning.

Project Benefits

The researchers will locate a number of viable reservoirs capable of storing CO2 in the range of 50+ million metric tons on the inner shelf of the Northwest Gulf of Mexico. This project will support the DOE’s Carbon Storage Program goals to develop and validate technologies that will ensure 99% storage permanence, improve storage efficiency while maintaining containment effectiveness, improve industry’s ability to predict CO2 storage capacity to within ±30 percent, and develop Best Practice Manuals for key activities in developing and operating storage projects. The University of Texas at Austin effort will also support the Carbon Storage Program mission to develop and advance CCS technologies, for widespread commercial deployment in the 2025-2035 timeframe, that will ensure safe, secure, efficient, and cost effective CO2 containment in diverse geologic formations.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager Jerry Carr: jerry.carr@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager Traci Rodosta: traci.rodosta@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator Tip Meckel: tip.meckel@beg.utexas.edu

 

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