LANL-Sequestration Activities FY17
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Performer:  Los Alamos National Laboratory
Figure 1: Extrapolation of shale fracture information
from lab based experiments
Website:  Los Alamos National Laboratory
Award Number:  FE-819-17-FY17
Project Duration:  10/01/2016 – 09/30/2017
Total Award Value:  $1,250,000
DOE Share:  $1,250,000
Performer Share:  $0
Technology Area:  Geologic Storage (GS)/ Monitoring, Verification, Assessment, and Accounting (MVAA)
Key Technology:  Task 1: GS: Atmospheric Monitoring
Task 2: MVAA: Subsurface Monitoring
Task 3: GS: Fluid Flow, Pressure, and Brine Management
Task 4: MVAA: Subsurface
Location:  Los Alamos, New Mexico 

Project Description

This field work proposal consists of a portfolio of research addressing four topics that Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is conducting in support of the Carbon Storage Program:

Task 1 – Long-term wellbore and seal integrity (read more)
Task 2 – Novel methods to detect small leaks over large areas (read more)
Task 3 – Unconventional utilization of CO2 (read more)
Task 4 – Monitoring for faults at a critical state of stress (read more)

Project Benefits

Benefits include (a) furthering the state of understanding for the long-term chemical integrity of wellbores and geomechanical integrity of shale seals on developing a new strategy for rapid detection of potential leaks, (b) possible detection of low magnitude signals at a distance comparable to a leaking well at depth (c) development of a model for estimating CO2 storage potential in residual oil zones, perhaps as part of a reservoir management strategy to control pressures, and (d) identification of regional zones of potential concern where additional fault monitoring may be warranted.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager Joshua Hull: 
Technology Manager Traci Rodosta:
Principal Investigator William Carey:
Youzuo Lin:
Ting Chen:
Rajesh Pawar:


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