Carbon Storage


  Sleipner Project (Norway)

Carbon dioxide (CO2) storage is currently happening across the United States and around the world. Large, commercial-scale projects, like the Sleipner CO2 Storage Site in Norway, the Weyburn-Midale CO2 Project in Canada, and the In Salah project in Algeria, have been injecting CO2 for many years. Each of these projects stores more than 1 million metric tons of CO2 per year. Large-scale efforts are also currently underway in China, Australia, and Europe. These commercial-scale projects are demonstrating that large volumes of CO2 can be safely and permanently stored.

Additionally, a multitude of other CCS efforts are underway in different parts of the world to demonstrate the capability of geologic storage and technologies for future long-term CO2 storage. To date, more than 200 CO2 capture and/or storage operations (including in-development and completed) have been carried out worldwide (see NETL Carbon Capture and Storage Database for more information).

Image of NETL Carbon Capture and Storage Database Google layer with the North American CCS projects locations identified.

Myth: There is little to no international work being done to actively validate the concept of long term carbon storage.
Reality: There are many projects within the United States and around the world where geologic storage of CO2 is being successfully performed.

Will any of this work make a difference in CO2 emitted to the atmosphere?