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Performer: Illinois State Geological Survey
Figure 1: Area of proposed Feasibility study in Macon<br/>County, Illinois. Plume estimates for 50 Million tonnes<br/>into Mt Simon Complex are shown at the proposed well<br/>location (2.3 miles for P10; 1.8 miles P50; and 1.3 for<br/>P90). Major sources of CO<sub>2</sub> in the broad region are shown as circles, sized by relative emissions (NETL, 2012).
Figure 1: Area of proposed Feasibility study in Macon
County, Illinois. Plume estimates for 50 Million tonnes
into Mt Simon Complex are shown at the proposed well
location (2.3 miles for P10; 1.8 miles P50; and 1.3 for
P90). Major sources of CO2 in the broad region are shown as circles, sized by relative emissions (NETL, 2012).
Website: Illinois State Geological Survey
Award Number: FE0029381
Project Duration: 04/01/2017 – 03/31/2019
Total Award Value: $11,822,374
DOE Share: $9,209,104
Performer Share: $2,613,270
Technology Area: Storage Infrastructure
Key Technology:
Location: Champaign, Illinois

Project Description

The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, along with partners including Schlumberger Carbon Services, Indiana Geological Survey, Brigham Young University, and Richland Community College, will work to establish the feasibility of a commercial-scale CO2 geologic storage complex within the Mt. Simon sandstone formation located in Macon County, Illinois. The project is part of the Storage Complex Feasibility phase of the Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) Initiative which aims to perform initial characterization of carbon capture and storage (CCS) complexes with potential for 50 million tonnes or more of industrial-sourced CO2, and to establish feasibility of the complexes for commercial storage (Figure 1). The project team will conduct a commercial-scale initial characterization of a site within the Mt. Simon storage complex and develop datasets of formation parameters in order to evaluate the suitability of the site for CCS. A stratigraphic test well will be drilled in the Forsyth Oil Field to establish the potential capacity for this complex. Static and dynamic modeling will be used to examine the performance of the site and evaluate it for long-term security. The models will be used to identify improvements in storage capacity estimations. A detailed plan will be prepared for further characterization requirements to reduce subsurface uncertainty at this site and for continued work toward commercialization of storage complexes. Public outreach components and permitting requirements, legal issues, and contractual issues will be considered for the project. The project will work towards the DOE objective of producing a feasible CCS stacked storage complex in the Illinois Basin region.

Project Benefits

This project will establish the feasibility of a 50 million tonnes or greater commercial-scale CO2 geologic storage complex within the Mt. Simon sandstone formation, in proximity to several major carbon sources. The data and modeling work will be used to validate the Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP) Toolkit, which is being developed to better understand risks of CCS at the commercial scale. This project will support the DOE’s Carbon Storage Program goals to develop technologies to ensure 99 percent storage permanence, with the ability to predict storage capacity to within ±30 percent. The effort will also support the Carbon Storage Program mission to develop and advance CCS technologies for widespread commercial deployment in the 2025-2035 timeframe that will ensure safe, secure, efficient, and cost-effective CO2 containment in diverse geologic formations.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager William Aljoe: william.aljoe@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager Traci Rodosta: traci.rodosta@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator Steve Whittaker: sgwhit@illinois.edu

 

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