Recovery Act: Site Characterization for CO2 Storage from Coal-Fired Power Facilities in the Black Warrior Basin of Alabama


Location map of the study area in<br/>the Black Warrior Basin of Alabama
Location map of the study area in
the Black Warrior Basin of Alabama
University of Alabama
Website:  University of Alabama
Award Number:  FE0001910
Project Duration:  12/08/2009 – 08/31/2013
Total Award Value:  $17,267,793
DOE Share:  $9,849,923
Performer Share:  $7,417,870
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Location:  Parrish, Alabama

Project Description

The University of Alabama, Geological Survey of Alabama, and Rice University have assessed the CO2 storage potential in the Black Warrior Basin. Roughly 28 million metric tons of CO2 are released into the atmosphere annually by two pulverized coal power plants located in the basin, providing a need to determine the geological storage resources for potential CCS in the Black Warrior Basin. The project team has characterized a test site located near one of those power plants, the Alabama Power Company’s William C. Gorgas plant. The effort included designing and developing a geologic test wellbore, determining the suitability of the site for storage, and performing a computational simulation of the reservoir. As part of the characterization activities, the team is evaluating a formation stratigraphic, dissolution, and mineralization containment analysis that defines the ability of the formation to contain CO2. The project team also analyzed geophysical well logs, seismic surveys, and core data to define the CO2 acceptance and storage capability of the stacked saline reservoirs.

Project Benefits

The overall effort provides greater insight into the potential for geologic formations across the United States to safely and permanently store CO2. The information gained from this endeavor is furthering DOE efforts to refine a national assessment of CO2 storage resources in deep geologic formations. Particularly, the study is helping to characterize the ability of the Black Warrior Basin saline formations and hydrocarbon reservoirs to accept and retain significant volumes of CO2 from point emission sources in the region.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Karen Kluger:
Technology Manager 
Traci Rodosta:
Principal Investigator 
Peter Clark:

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