As part of the Integrated CCS Pre-Feasibility phase of the Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) Initiative, Battelle Memorial Institute, partnered with the DOE, will perform pre-feasibility studies for an integrated commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) site that will utilize deep geologic strata in the Central Appalachian Basin (Figure 1). The project will identify and review major sources of CO2, conduct a sub-basinal geologic storage assessment, and will determine the parameters for a potential integrated storage facility. A major emphasis of the work will be to develop an effective team capable of addressing the technical, economic, legal, engineering, surface, and public acceptance issues related to implementation of a real-world CO2 storage project in the Central Appalachian Basin. Additionally, testing of selected National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP) tools will be incorporated into several steps of a geological assessment.
This project will locate potential sites for a CCS facility in the Central Appalachian Basin, specifically in proximity to several major carbon sources and will further the understanding of reservoir types in the region that are conducive to carbon storage. In support of DOE Carbon Storage Program goals, the project will work towards the development of technologies to ensure 99 percent storage permanence while developing the ability to predict storage capacity to within ±30 percent. The Central Appalachian effort will 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.