Quantitative Characterization of Impacts of Coupled Geomechanics and Flow on Safe Permanent Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in Fractured Reservoirs Email Page
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Performer:  Colorado School of Mines Location:  Golden, Colorado
Project Duration:  10/01/2014 – 09/30/2018 Award Number:  FE0023305
Technology Area:  Geologic Storage Total Award Value:  $1,301,520
Key Technology:  GS: Geomechanical Impacts DOE Share:  $899,408
Performer Share:  $402,112

X-ray CT scan of a rock sample.
X-ray CT scan of a rock sample.

Project Description

Under this project the Colorado School of Mines is developing a quantitative approach for understanding and predicting geomechanical effects from large-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) injection, including rock deformation and fracturing. Through laboratory analysis and numerical modeling, the project is assessing and validating CO2 flow, storage potential, and the risk of leakage in porous and fractured reservoirs.

Project Benefits

The project is developing an understanding of injection pressure to induce geomechanical effects, including rock deformation and fracturing processes, on CO2 storage systems. This will help end users to evaluate improving reservoir utilization by understanding how faults and fractures affect the flow of CO2; and ensuring CO2 storage permanence. Specifically, the study is performing laboratory fracture and mechanical deformation studies and using that data to model CO2-injection induced rock mechanical processes to quantify flow, storage, and potential leakage pathways as well as remediation measures.

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Contact Information

Federal Project Manager Mary Underwood: mary.underwood@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager Traci Rodosta: traci.rodosta@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator Yu-Shu Wu: ywu@mines.edu