Developing and Validating Pressure Management and Plume Control Strategies in the Williston Basin Through a Brine Extraction and Storage Test (BEST)


Figure 1:  Characterized deep saline formations within the<br/>Williston Basin located in the PCOR Partnership region.
Figure 1: Characterized deep saline formations within the
Williston Basin located in the PCOR Partnership region.
University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC)
Website:  University of North Dakota
Award Number:  FE0026160
Project Duration:  09/01/2015 – 08/31/2020
Total Award Value:  $22,281,974
DOE Share:  $17,366,809
Performer Share:  $4,915,165
Technology Area:  Storage Infrastructure
Key Technology:  Fit-for-Purpose
Location:  Grand Forks, North Dakota

Project Description

The University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center, GE Global Research, Computer Modeling Group, and Schlumberger Carbon Services are working together to create a technical design package for a brine extraction and storage test. The test is focusing on validating approaches for active reservoir management and extracted water treatment. Concurrent with site selection activities, viable pilot-ready water treatment technologies will be screened for their potential to be deployed at the potential Phase II site located within the Williston Basin (Figure 1). Surface facilities will be designed for the selected site and will be flexible and modular, able to accommodate most pilot-ready water treatment technologies.

Project Benefits

This project is advancing the current state of the art by designing an active reservoir management (ARM) pilot test that includes water treatment facilities capable of serving as a test bed for other extracted-water treatment resources and a site-specific plan for monitoring. The research supports the advancement of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Carbon Storage Program’s goals to develop and validate technologies to ensure 99 percent storage permanence and to develop technologies to improve reservoir storage efficiency while ensuring containment effectiveness. This is being accomplished by designing and ultimately performing a field test that will test and validate the various engineering strategies/approaches for ARM, site-monitoring strategies to validate ARM approaches, and extracted-water treatment and management strategies appropriate for ARM at future commercial CCS sites. Additionally, the proposed project supports the Carbon Storage Program’s goal of the creation and updating of information in DOE best practices manuals.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Andrea McNemar:
Technology Manager 
Traci Rodosta:
Principal Investigator 
John Hamling:

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