Commercial Scale CO2 Injection and Optimization of Storage Capacity in the Southeastern United States


A storage reservoir model, utilizing<br/>the reservoir architecture approach,<br/>depicting the CO<sub>2</sub> plume at the<br/>SECARB Anthropogenic Test Site<br/>10 years after the end of injection operations.
A storage reservoir model, utilizing
the reservoir architecture approach,
depicting the CO2 plume at the
SECARB Anthropogenic Test Site
10 years after the end of injection operations.
Advanced Resources International, Inc.
Website:  Advanced Resources International, Inc.
Award Number:  FE0010554
Project Duration:  10/01/2012 – 03/31/2017
Total Award Value:  $1,007,796
DOE Share:  $798,857
Performer Share:  $208,939
Technology Area:  Geologic Storage
Key Technology:  GS: Fluid Flow, Pressure & Water Management
Location:  Arlington, Virginia

Project Description

The project objective is to explore the optimization of commercial CO2 injection and storage within the vertical geologic continuum from depth to surface by employing enhanced reservoir simulation methods to simulate plume(s) migration within the many possible storage layers comprising the massive clastic wedge that spans the Gulf Coast. Further, new storage efficiency factors are being generated that take into account regional injection and its impact on neighboring formations. The effort is creating new simplified screening models and developing a Best Practices Manual.

Project Benefits

This project is focused on addressing knowledge gaps specific to the design and implementation of commercial-scale CO2 storage projects. Resolution of such issues allows project developers to more confidently predict storage capacity and ensure storage efficiency and permanence, contributing to better storage technology and thus reducing CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. Specifically, this project is developing a detailed commercial-scale geologic model; simulating CO2 injection operations in multiple reservoir scenarios; developing optimized costing scenarios; completing supplemental cap rock core analysis; developing new storage efficiency factors that account for geomechanics; and developing simplified screening models capable of rapidly approximating project results.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
William O'Dowd:
Technology Manager 
Traci Rodosta:
Principal Investigator 
George Koperna:

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