national risk assessment partnership

U.S. DOE's NRAP Risk Assessment Tools Workshop


In conjunction with the 2016 Mastering the Subsurface through Technology Innovation and Collaboration: Carbon Storage and Oil and Natural Gas Technologies Review Meeting, there will be a workshop to showcase risk assessment tools developed for the National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP) project. This workshop will be held on Monday August 15, 2016, from 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm ET at the Sheraton Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA. The final version of the workshop agenda is attached for your planning purposes.

The workshop will focus on the functionality of the tools and how to exercise them to generate results – with presentations of an example case for illustration. Feel free to bring a laptop with tool(s) installed so that you can work with the tools as they are being demonstrated by the developers.

Please note: Unfortunately, due to fairness issues while there is an open CarbonSAFE FOA, we will be unable to work with datasets that you might bring from specific field sites, or discuss site-specific application of the NRAP tools outside of the examples data sets that we have prepared.

Also note, NRAP personnel will not be able to discuss technical or procurement aspects of funding opportunity announcements at the workshop or at any time prior to the closing of the application process. All questions related to such announcements should be directed to FedConnect website.

If you have any questions about the agenda, the workshop, or NRAP, please contact us at

Deep underground geologic formations are promising repositories for storing CO2, but subsurface complexity can make it difficult to guarantee safe, permanent storage at every site. However, if industry is to scale-up storage sites around the world, those assurances are necessary. Science-based assurances are needed to build confidence that injected CO2 will stay below the surface and remain separated from drinking water despite high uncertainty in geologic parameters.

The National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP) develops defensible, science-based methodologies and platforms for quantifying risk profiles for most types of CO2 storage sites to guide decision making and risk management. Several NRAP tools have been developed to simulate behavior of all components of the subsurface system—reservoir, wellbores, seals, overburden, groundwater aquifers, and the atmosphere—as well as for induced seismicity and for monitoring design, and are currently available online for beta testing at NRAP is also developing monitoring and mitigation protocols to reduce uncertainty in the predicted long-term behavior of sites. To accomplish these goals, researchers listen to industry and regional partnerships to ensure NRAP research is relevant to market needs and solves real-world problems associated with the risk assessment of carbon storage.

NRAP members include five national DOE laboratories that have been conducting collaborative research for the Office of Fossil Energy’s Carbon Storage Program for many years: NETL, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.