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CO2 geological storage: research into monitoring and verification technology

CO2 geological storage: research into monitoring and verification technology

Objective

The geological storage of CO2 provides a significant option to mitigate CO2 emissions, contributing to the achievement of Kyoto (and successor) targets in a world where economic growth will depend on fossil fuels for the next several decades.

The first step towards Europe's goal of becoming a hydrogen economy requires the manufacture of hydrogen from fossil fuels. This can be done cost-effectively on a large scale without GHG emissions, if the resultant CO2 can be securely geologically stored. Europe has in vested large research efforts in CO2 geological storage monitoring in several storage types, gaining experience with industrial-scale projects (Sleipner, Weyburn), and smaller "subsurface laboratories" (Ketzin, K12B and Tarnow). A new project (In Salah) now provides the opportunity to build on this work with a new industrial-scale geological storage project. For CO2 storage to qualify in Emission Trading Schemes, R&D efforts are required to develop a sound basis for monitoring and verification. This will provide assurance of long-term storage security and establish standardized site certification guidelines for policy makers, regulators and industry. CChReMoVe is a consortium of industrial, research and service organizations with experience in CO2 geological storage.

The consortium proposes a range of monitoring techniques, applied over an integrated portfolio of storage sites (including natural analogues), which will develop:
1) Methods for base-line site evaluation
2) New tools to monitor storage and po ssible well and surface leakage
3) New tolls to predict and model long term storage behaviour and risks
4) A rigorous risk assessment methodology for a variety of sites and time-scales
5) Guidelines for best practice for the industry, policy makers and regulators.

This will encourage wide-spread application of CO2 geological storage in Europe and neighbouring countries.

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Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK - TNO

Address

Schoemakerstraat 97
Delft

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Ton WILDENBORG (Drs.)

Participants (26)

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BP INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

United Kingdom

STATOIL ASA

Norway

GEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM POTSDAM

Germany

TOTAL S.A.

France

WINTERSHALL HOLDING AG

Germany

VATTENFALL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AB

Sweden

WESTERNGECO A/S

Norway

ETUDES ET PRODUCTIONS SCHLUMBERGER

France

GLOWNY INSTYTUT GORNICTWA

Poland

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

DANMARKS OG GROENLANDS GEOLOGISKE UNDERSOEGELSE

Denmark

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DU PETROLE

France

SINTEF PETROLEUMSFORSKNING AS

Norway

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

DET NORSKE VERITAS AS

Norway

QUINTESSA LTD

United Kingdom

MINERAL AND ENERGY ECONOMY RESEARCH INSTITUTE - POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Poland

BUNDESANSTALT FUER GEOWISSENSCHAFTEN UND ROHSTOFFE

Germany

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE

Italy

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA "LA SAPIENZA"

Italy

ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND

Netherlands

IEA ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS LTD

United Kingdom

FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS ASTRONOMICAS Y GEOFISICAS, UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE LA PLATA

Argentina

COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

South Africa

INDIAN SCHOOL OF MINES

India

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 518350

  • Start date

    1 March 2006

  • End date

    29 February 2012

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 15 465 663

  • EU contribution

    € 8 299 852

Coordinated by:

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK - TNO

Netherlands