Energy and Natural Resources

Carbon Storage Project Logs 1m Tons in the Ground

13 March 2018

The Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) says it has successfully stored 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) as part of its decade-old, large-scale demonstration project.

The demonstration is one of eight U.S. Department of Energy projects aimed at developing and deploying carbon capture, utilization and storage.

Battelle, which is leading the MRCSP team, began the third phase of injection in 2013 and, along with Core Energy, is monitoring, verifying and accounting for the CO2 that is being used for enhanced oil recovery in oil fields of Michigan’s Northern Reef Trend. The practice of using carbon dioxide to recover oil uses a closed-loop process to access the fossil fuel that would otherwise be left behind.

Battelle says that the project developed novel approaches for using CO2 in fields that were in different stages of their production life-cycles, from initial flooding to late-stage. The MRCSP tested techniques to track the CO2 and quantify the amount that is retained in the formation after the oil is removed. These data can be used to further optimize CO2 storage and energy production in other areas, Battelle says.

MRCSP will continue to collect field operational data and deploy advanced monitoring technologies to characterize and simulate the CO2 storage, retention and enhanced oil recovery processes across the test locations. The MRCSP is one of seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships in the United States established by the Energy Department's National Energy Technology Laboratory, based in Pittsburgh.

Battelle is based in Columbus, Ohio, and serves the national security, health and life sciences, energy and environmental industries. Core Energy is based in Traverse City, Michigan, and is involved in oil and gas exploration and production technologies in Michigan.

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