Gulf Coast Field Demonstration at a Flagship Power Plant to Assess Optimal Reservoir Pressure Control, Plume Management and Produced Water Strategies 
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Performer:  Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
Figure 1: Brine injection, extraction and treatment
setup for the development of water management
and produced water strategies.
Website:  Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
Award Number:  FE0026140
Project Duration:  09/01/2015 – 08/31/2020
Total Award Value:  $17,764,301
DOE Share:  $13,296,023
Performer Share:  $4,468,278
Technology Area:  Storage Infrastructure 
Key Technology:  Fit-for-Purpose
Location:  Palo Alto, California

Project Description

Electric Power Research Institute is evaluating cost effective CO2 injection and brine production/treatment strategies to control subsurface pressures, plume migration and manage produced waters. Phase I includes the development of optimal water injection and extraction strategies using reservoir models to control subsurface pressures and plume movement. These strategies are being used to identify factors and demonstrate management practices associated with produced waters that site operators should consider during initial site-screening processes. A life-cycle analysis is being conducted to estimate the cost and technical feasibility of producing, treating and transporting high salinity produced water for a variety of end-uses, including supplemental cooling water at a power station. If selected, Phase II will focus on the implementation of a field demonstration project and validation of injection and produced water strategies developed during Phase I.

Project Benefits

This project is addressing the technical, economic, and logistical challenges that CO2 storage operators will face when implementing a pressure control and plume management program at a power station in addition to increasing knowledge of potential storage opportunities in the southeast region of the United States (Figure 1). The project is contributing to the development of cost effective pressure control, plume management and produced water strategies that can be used to improve reservoir storage efficiency and storage capacity, and demonstrate safe, reliable containment of CO2 in deep geologic formations. The project will contribute towards the DOE’s Carbon Storage Program goal of 99 percent storage permanence.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager Brian Dressel:
Technology Manager Traci Rodosta:
Principal Investigator Robert Trautz:
Program Manager
Darin Damiani:
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