Field Validation of MVA Technology for Offshore CCS: Novel Ultra-High-Resolution 3D Marine Seismic Technology (P-Cable)


Comparison of UHR3D seismic data with conventional 3D seismic data.
Comparison of UHR3D seismic data with conventional 3D seismic data.
University of Texas at Austin
Website:  University of Texas at Austin
Award Number:  FE0028193
Project Duration:  10/01/2016 – 09/30/2019
Total Award Value:  $3,123,320
DOE Share:  $2,498,654
Performer Share:  $624,666
Technology Area:  Monitoring, Verification, Accounting, and Assessment
Key Technology:  MVAA: Near Surface Monitoring
Location:  Austin, Texas

Project Description

This project is designed to validate a technology to enhance the monitoring, verification, and accounting (MVA) of CO2 injected underground for the purpose of long-term geologic storage and enhanced oil and gas recovery. Specifically, the effort is deploying, validating, and integrating an ultra-high-resolution 3D marine seismic (UHR3D) technology appropriate for large-demonstration and commercial-scale offshore CCS sites. Researchers are acquiring and validating at least one ultra-high-resolution 3D seismic dataset at an operational carbon capture and storage demonstration site. The study will use this data acquisition to validate the innovative, dynamic acoustic-positioning techniques. Subsequently, they will use this information to define the extent and boundaries of the CO2 plume, and track and quantify the uncertainty of spatial and temporal movement of CO2 through the reservoir.

Project Benefits

The technology that this project will demonstrate has the advantage of more accurate, cost-effective spatial resolution over a commercially meaningful area. It stands to decrease the cost and uncertainty in measurements needed to satisfy regulations for tracking the subsurface fate of CO2. The proposed research supports the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Carbon Storage Program’s goal to develop and validate technologies to ensure 99 percent storage permanence.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Jerry Carr:
Technology Manager 
Traci Rodosta:
Principal Investigator 
Tip Meckel:

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