Deep Controlled Source Electro-Magnetic Sensing: A Cost Effective, Long-Term Tool for Sequestration Monitoring

 

Overview of the proposed CSEM configuration<br/>showing (a) the borehole electrodes; (b) electric<br/>field/ current flow lines; (c) transmitter/current<br/>source; (d) mobile surface electric and magnetic<br/>field receivers; and (e) the CO<sub>2</sub> reservoir.
Overview of the proposed CSEM configuration
showing (a) the borehole electrodes; (b) electric
field/ current flow lines; (c) transmitter/current
source; (d) mobile surface electric and magnetic
field receivers; and (e) the CO2 reservoir.
Performer: 
Multi Phase Technologies LLC
Website:  Multi Phase Technologies LLC
Award Number:  FE0012266
Project Duration:  10/01/2013 – 12/31/2016
Total Award Value:  $641,074
DOE Share:  $466,496
Performer Share:  $174,578
Technology Area:  Monitoring, Verification, Accounting, and Assessment
Key Technology:  MVAA: Subsurface Monitoring
Location:  Sparks, Nevada

Project Description

The research is developing and testing a robust, cost-effective sensor array for long-term monitoring of CO2 inventories in deep geologic formations using controlled source electromagnetic methods (CSEM) to measure the electrical properties of CO2 reservoirs. The CSEM system will be field deployed to the Ketzin, Germany pilot injection site in a three phase testing program.

Project Benefits

This project focuses on developing and demonstrating a permanent, autonomous, electrical geophysics monitoring system for tracking the CO2 plume in the subsurface. A permanent, autonomous monitoring system will allow project developers to more confidently, and cost effectively ensure that CO2 is permanently stored and improved monitoring will contribute to better storage technology thus reducing CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. Specifically, this project will develop and field test CSEM with a borehole source to measure the electrical properties of CO2 in the subsurface.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Jerry Carr: jerry.carr@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager 
Traci Rodosta: traci.rodosta@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator 
Douglas Labrecque: dlabrecque@mpt3d.com
 

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