|Prime Performer:||University of Illinois||Location:||Urbana, IL|
|Project Duration:||02/01/2019 – 03/31/2022||Agreement Number:||FE0031626|
|Technology:||Storage Infrastructure||Total Award Value:||$19,251,527|
|Key Technology:||Characterization Field Projects (Onshore & Offshore)||DOE Share:||$11,140,875|
This project will establish the feasibility of developing a commercial-scale (~50 million metric tons) geological carbon dioxide (CO2) storage complex at the Wabash Valley Resources facility near Terre Haute, Indiana. The former Wabash integrated gasification combined cycle plant at this location has been repurposed as an ammonia production facility and will serve as the primary source of CO2 for the storage complex. The Mt. Simon sandstone is expected to be the primary storage reservoir; this and other potential storage reservoir(s) and sealing units at the prospective site will be characterized by a two-year data acquisition program that includes drilling and testing a new stratigraphic test well, core and fluid sample collection/analysis, and a two-dimensional seismic survey over the area. The resulting datasets will be analyzed and the storage complex will be modeled to determine the site’s storage capacity, long-term storage security, and ability to receive CO2 at the required rate. The project team will prepare a detailed plan for future commercialization of the storage complex and evaluate options for utilization of CO2 from the Wabash facility for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the Illinois East Basin.
This project will address the development gap in upscaling carbon capture and storage (CCS) to commercial-scale (~50 million metric tons) as there are still are relatively few large carbon storage projects globally using deep saline reservoirs. It will allow improved storage capacity estimates to attain an industry standard of plus or minus 30 percent or better for investment decisions. The data from this study will be used within the National Risk Assessment Partnership Toolkits to move toward validating technologies to ensure storage permanence and to improve reservoir storage efficiency. The project will also determine the potential for transporting and utilizing CO2 for EOR in oil fields of the Illinois Basin and demonstrate the transfer of technology to ammonia production facilities, thereby broadening the portfolio of industries that may benefit from integrating CCS into their operations. The knowledge gained will contribute to greater development of regional CCS assets and address non-technical issues that will be useful to other sites and future commercialization efforts.
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