Optimizing and Quantifying CO2 Storage Resource in Saline Formations and Hydrocarbon Reservoirs Email Page
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Performer:  University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC) Location:  Grand Forks, North Dakota
Project Duration:  10/01/2012 – 06/30/2017 Award Number:  FE0009114
Technology Area:  Geologic Storage Total Award Value:  $1,600,000
Key Technology:  GS: Fluid Flow, Pressure & Water Management DOE Share:  $800,000
Performer Share:  $800,000

Stuttgart formation structural map (left) and<br/>modeled surfaced produced from data (right).<br/>(From: IEAGHG, “Extraction of Formation Water<br/>from CO<sub>2</sub> Storage”, November 2012)
Stuttgart formation structural map (left) and
modeled surfaced produced from data (right).
(From: IEAGHG, “Extraction of Formation Water
from CO2 Storage”, November 2012)

Project Description

The project is seeking to optimize CO2 storage capacity and containment in critical geologic formations by establishing field methodologies focused on (1) the quantification and enhancement of CO2 storage capacity in saline formations and (2) the optimization and quantification of CO2 storage in hydrocarbon reservoirs in association with CO2 enhanced oil recovery (EOR). The goal of the saline formation activities is to refine, as necessary, the equations to develop CO2 storage capacity/resource estimates and the storage coefficients used to calculate those estimates based on regional-scale models.

Project Benefits

This project focuses on the development and refinement of the field methods used to quantify and optimize CO2 storage resources in all major storage reservoir classes. This project is improving understanding of carbon storage capacity estimation by building geologic models based on field data, performing simulations in different reservoir classes, and refining the storage coefficients and terms used to estimate storage resource in both saline formations and hydrocarbon reservoirs thereby contributing to better storage technology thus reducing CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. Specifically, these efforts improve the current methods and storage coefficients used to calculate storage resource by addressing local and regional pressure effects as well as expanding on the effects that heterogeneity has on the storage resource.

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Contact Information

Federal Project Manager Andrea McNemar: andrea.mcnemar@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager Traci Rodosta: traci.rodosta@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator Charles Gorecki: cgorecki@undeerc.edu