Geomechanical Framework for Secure Carbon Dioxide CO2 Storage in Fractured Reservoirs and Caprocks for Sedimentary Basins in the Midwest United States


The methodology used for this project will gather<br/>laboratory test, geophysical and petrophysical data<br/>and use that to generate a reservoir model, perform<br/>simulations, and develop/refine a geomechanical Earth<br/>model for the Illinois and Michigan basins.
The methodology used for this project will gather
laboratory test, geophysical and petrophysical data
and use that to generate a reservoir model, perform
simulations, and develop/refine a geomechanical Earth
model for the Illinois and Michigan basins.
Battelle Memorial Institute
Website:  Battelle Memorial Institute
Award Number:  FE0023330
Project Duration:  10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017
Total Award Value:  $1,469,598
DOE Share:  $1,169,598
Performer Share:  $300,000
Technology Area:  Geologic Storage
Key Technology:  GS: Geomechanical Impacts
Location:  Columbus, Ohio

Project Description

The project is designed to leverage tools and technologies to improve methods for defining geomechanical risk factors (like geomechanical stress) at carbon dioxide (CO2) storage sites. Project research is utilizing regional geologic data collected from previous and ongoing projects. The methodologies developed under the project may have the potential to enable CO2 storage in many fractured reservoirs through risk reduction, therefore increasing overall CO2 storage capacity by enabling more storage options. In addition, the project has the potential to cut costs by reducing the need for additional expensive testing and logging. The research will benefit both enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and CO2 storage applications.

Project Benefits

This project is focused on analyzing geomechanical risk factors related to CO2 storage. It will generate a systematic inventory of site-specific geomechanical parameters for potential CO2 storage reservoirs, develop a methodology for characterizing deep rock formations, evaluate the effects of natural fracture systems on CO2 injectivity, and perform a comprehensive geomechanical evaluation of potential reservoirs. The project will improve the understanding of potential storage capacity and permanence by better understanding the geomechanical effects related to CO2 injection and storage. Specifically, this project is characterizing fractured reservoirs stress/strain setting in the Appalachain Basin region, assessing the CO2 storage processes based on rock core tests and geophysical logging, and evaluating the potential storage and effects of subsurface geomechanical deformation.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
William O'Dowd:
Technology Manager 
Traci Rodosta:
Principal Investigator 
Joel Sminchak:

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