Developing and Validating Pressure Management and Plume Control Strategies in the Williston Basin Through a Brine Extraction and Storage Test (BEST) Email Page
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Performer:  University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC) Location:  Grand Forks, North Dakota
Project Duration:  09/01/2015 – 08/31/2020 Award Number:  FE0026160
Technology Area:  Storage Infrastructure Total Award Value:  $22,281,974
Key Technology:  Fit-for-Purpose DOE Share:  $17,366,809
Performer Share:  $4,915,165

Figure 1:  Characterized deep saline formations within the<br/>Williston Basin located in the PCOR Partnership region.
Figure 1: Characterized deep saline formations within the
Williston Basin located in the PCOR Partnership region.

Project Description

The University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center, GE Global Research, Computer Modeling Group, and Schlumberger Carbon Services are working together to create a technical design package for a brine extraction and storage test. The test is focusing on validating approaches for active reservoir management and extracted water treatment. Concurrent with site selection activities, viable pilot-ready water treatment technologies will be screened for their potential to be deployed at the potential Phase II site located within the Williston Basin (Figure 1). Surface facilities will be designed for the selected site and will be flexible and modular, able to accommodate most pilot-ready water treatment technologies.

Project Benefits

This project is advancing the current state of the art by designing an active reservoir management (ARM) pilot test that includes water treatment facilities capable of serving as a test bed for other extracted-water treatment resources and a site-specific plan for monitoring. The research supports the advancement of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Carbon Storage Program’s goals to develop and validate technologies to ensure 99 percent storage permanence and to develop technologies to improve reservoir storage efficiency while ensuring containment effectiveness. This is being accomplished by designing and ultimately performing a field test that will test and validate the various engineering strategies/approaches for ARM, site-monitoring strategies to validate ARM approaches, and extracted-water treatment and management strategies appropriate for ARM at future commercial CCS sites. Additionally, the proposed project supports the Carbon Storage Program’s goal of the creation and updating of information in DOE best practices manuals.

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Contact Information

Federal Project Manager Andrea McNemar:
Technology Manager Traci Rodosta:
Principal Investigator John Hamling: