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Sub-seabed CO2 Storage: Impact on Marine Ecosystems (ECO2)

Objective

The ECO2 project sets out to assess the risks associated with the storage of CO2 below the seabed. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is regarded as a key technology for the reduction of CO2 emissions from power plants and other sources at the European and international level. The EU will hence support a selected portfolio of demonstration projects to promote, at industrial scale, the implementation of CCS in Europe. Several of these projects aim to store CO2 below the seabed. However, little is known about the short-term and long-term impacts of CO2 storage on marine ecosystems even though CO2 has been stored sub-seabed in the North Sea (Sleipner) for over 13 years and for one year in the Barents Sea (Snøhvit). Against this background, the proposed ECO2 project will assess the likelihood of leakage and impact of leakage on marine ecosystems. In order to do so ECO2 will study a sub-seabed storage site in operation since 1996 (Sleipner, 90 m water depth), a recently opened site (Snøhvit, 2008, 330 m water depth), and a potential storage site located in the Polish sector of the Baltic Sea (B3 field site, 80 m water depth) covering the major geological settings to be used for the storage of CO2. Novel monitoring techniques will be applied to detect and quantify the fluxes of formation fluids, natural gas, and CO2 from storage sites and to develop appropriate and effective monitoring strategies. Field work at storage sites will be supported by modelling and laboratory experiments and complemented by process and monitoring studies at natural CO2 seeps that serve as analogues for potential CO2 leaks at storage sites. ECO2 will also investigate the perception of marine CCS in the public and develop effective means to disseminate the project results to stakeholders and policymakers. Finally, a best practice guide for the management of sub-seabed CO2 storage sites will be developed applying the precautionary principle and valuing the costs for monitoring and remediation.
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Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL

Address

Wischhofstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 2 290 519,28

Administrative Contact

Ursula Frank-Scholz (Mrs.)

Participants (28)

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INSTITUT FUER OSTSEEFORSCHUNG WARNEMUENDE AN DER UNIVERSITAET ROSTOCK

Germany

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER MEERESWISSENSCHAFTEN AN DER UNIVERSITAET KIEL

Germany

PLYMOUTH MARINE LABORATORY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 691 911

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR VANNFORSKNING

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 891 370,50

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 826 660,50

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 1 065 036

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 811 376,32

UNIVERSITAT TRIER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 58 480,20

UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 368 390,40

KONSORTIUM DEUTSCHE MEERESFORSCHUNG e.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 95 582,40

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 39 871,25

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR OSTSEEFORSCHUNG WARNEMUNDE STIFTUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 110 870,40

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 391 911,60

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 356 426,25

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 177 000

EQUINOR ENERGY AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 21 000

DNV GL AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 333 361

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 457 278

INSTITUT FUER WELTWIRTSCHAFT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 61 479,60

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 174 900

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 200 000,40

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 291 730,40

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 155 000,40

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 202 858,50

STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 113 976

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

EU Contribution

€ 69 349,60

UNIWERSYTET GDANSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 243 660

GRUPA LOTOS Spolka Akcyjna

Poland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265847

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2011

  • End date

    30 April 2015

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 13 978 174,12

  • EU contribution

    € 10 500 000

Coordinated by:

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL

Germany