Geomechanical Properties of Mesozoic Rift Basins: Applications for Geosequestration


Location of the project basin (Newark) and other<br/>east coast rift basins where project results may be applicable.
Location of the project basin (Newark) and other
east coast rift basins where project results may be applicable.
Geostock Sandia, LLC
Website:  Sandia Technologies LLC
Award Number:  FE0023334
Project Duration:  10/01/2014 – 04/30/2017
Total Award Value:  $1,825,204
DOE Share:  $1,375,773
Performer Share:  $449,431
Technology Area:  Geologic Storage
Key Technology:  GS: Geomechanical Impacts
Location:  Houston, Texas

Project Description

This project is combining laboratory core testing with a novel wireline tool to perform evaluation of in-situ stress and mechanical formation properties at a candidate carbon dioxide (CO2)-storage site in the Newark Basin area. This area was chosed because the possible impacts of seismic hazards and CO2 leakage are particularly important due to a high population density. The approach is expected to be applicable for evaluating geomechanical properties for similar basins, both onshore and offshore.

Project Benefits

This project is focused on understanding the seismic and leakage risks associated with injecting CO2 at potential geological carbon storage sites. Increased understanding of these risks will increase the storage security of injected fluids and reduce the uncertainty, risk, and potential damages due to the injection process. Specifically, this project is studying the potential effects that fluid injection would have on the in-situ stresses and faults of the northern Newark Basin and help to determine the ability of the target formation to accommodate the increase in pore pressure.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Joshua Hull:
Technology Manager 
Traci Rodosta:
Principal Investigator 
Daniel Collins:

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