News Release

Release Date: July 17, 2017

NETL Releases Latest Best Practice Manuals for Geological Storage


The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has announced the release of the first three of five 2017 revised edition best practice manuals for geologic storage projects, with the final two manuals scheduled for release by the end of the year. Together, the five interconnected manuals provide a holistic approach to carrying out a geologic storage project, from inception to completion.

Carbon capture and storage involves capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) at large power generation or other industrial facilities, transporting the captured CO2 by pipeline or other means, and injecting the CO2 into the deep subsurface for permanent storage, usually in conjunction with enhanced oil recovery operations or into saline reservoirs.

Locations of the seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships showing the regions they cover.

In 2003, DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and NETL launched the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (RCSP) Initiative, which selected seven regional partnerships across the United States to develop and test the best technologies for safe and permanent storage of CO2 in their respective regions. Experts from DOE and RCSPs worked together on the latest update to the best practice manuals, which incorporate knowledge gained through each of the partnership projects.

The 2017 revisions include new information learned as the RCSPs progressed to large-scale Development Phase field projects. The latest manuals include a variety of carbon storage scenarios at different geologic and geographic settings across the United States. Along with updated content, the manuals have a fresh look and feel, with integrated and color-coded case studies from the RCSPs on various topics.

The three 2017 revised edition best practice manuals which have been released for use are—

In addition to producing best practice manuals and other resources, the RCSPs also develop human capital, encourage stakeholder networking, develop carbon mitigation plans, and enhance public outreach and education. Sharing of lessons learned and best practices is critical for the deployment of carbon capture and storage.