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Monitoring and verification of CO2 storage and ECBM in Poland

Objective

The greenhouse gas CO2 can be stored in underground coal seams. As a result of this, Coal Bed Methane (CBM) is released from the coal seams and can be produced. The objective of MOVECBM is to improve the understanding of CO2 injected in coal for a long-term reliable and safe storage because CO2 release to the atmosphere can be hazardous. The risk of CO2 release is lowest for CO2 adsorbed to the coal. Therefore, ad- and desorption processes and migration of free CO2 are investigated, also for CBM.

Applied laboratory work and modelling will be based on parameters of the previously investigated test site in Poland. The injection well, realised in the EC RECOPOL project, will be used to produce gas from the coal seams. This gas will consist of released CBM and C O2 that was injected. Besides investigating migration, adsorption and desorption, it also allows to test optimal storage and production regimes and optimal monitoring methodology. These monitoring techniques focus on the coal reservoir, the cap rock and the wells, but also the near surface. Research will be performed on the resolution, geometry and time-intervals of the applied monitoring techniques.

The combination of monitoring and modelling is essential for predicting long-term CO2 and CH4 behaviour and, subsequently, the long-term reliability and safety. A methodology is developed where, based on field test results, models are updated and used to predict future behaviour and to optimise the storage process. The models are calibrated with field and laboratory measurements to verify CO2 and CH4 behaviour, within acceptable ranges. Monitoring and verification guidelines for site certification are derived from modelling results and compared to broadly accepted standards. It is emphasised that the storage technology developed in this project can also be applied to third countries (e.g. China, Australia, USA), where major CO2 emitters are located near large coal resources. These are optimal conditions for ECBM.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-ENERGY-4
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK - TNO
Address
Schoemakerstraat 97
Delft
Netherlands

Participants (16)

GLOWNY INSTYTUT GORNICTWA
Poland
Address
Plac Gwarkow 1
Katowice
SHELL INTERNATIONAL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Carel Van Bylandtlaan 30
'S-gravenhage
ETUDES ET PRODUCTIONS SCHLUMBERGER
France
Address
42, Rue Saint Dominique
Paris
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA "LA SAPIENZA"
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
Roma
FACULTE POLYTECHNIQUE DE MONS
Belgium
Address
Rue De Houdain 9
Mons
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
Utrecht
INSTITUTE OF COAL CHEMISTRY, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
Address
27 South Taoyuan Road
Taiyuan, Shanxi
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
Address
Templergraben 55
Aachen
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE
Italy
Address
Borgo Grotta Gigante 42/C
Sgonico-trieste
IEA ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Stoke Orchard
Cheltenham
ERICO VELENJE, INSTITUT ZA EKOLOSKE RAZISKAVE
Slovenia
Address
Koroska 58
Velenje
ADVANCED RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
United States
Address
9801 Westheimer, Suite 805
Houston
COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION
Australia
Address
Limestone Avenue- Campbell
Canberra
OXAND
France
Address
36 Bis Avenue Franklin Roosevelt
Avon
RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF PETROLEUM EXP. & DEV. - PETROCHINA
China
Address
Wanzhuang
Langfang,hebei
CHINA UNITED COALBED METHANE CORPORATION, LTD.
China
Address
3 Anwai Avenue
Beijing