Release Date: September 12, 2006
|Critical Carbon Sequestration Assessment Begins:
Midwest Partnership Looks at Appalachian Basin for Safe Storage Sites
Seismic Surveys to Determine Viability of Rock Formations for CO2 Storage
WASHINGTON, DC - Tapping into rock formations at sites thousands of feet deep, a government-industry team is using seismic testing to help determine whether those sites can serve as reservoirs to safely store carbon dioxide (CO2), a major greenhouse gas.
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory is sponsoring the tests in a program to develop carbon sequestration technology as part of the President's Global Climate Change Initiative. The initiative is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas intensity?the ratio of greenhouse gas emissions to economic output?by 18 percent by 2012.
The surveys are focused on the area adjacent to the Burger plant but extending about 10 miles in length, including areas directly across the Ohio River near Moundsville, WV. Three shorter routes, about a mile long along the Ohio River, are also being surveyed. All of this survey data is expected to provide ?quasi three-dimensional? data at much lower cost than a full three-dimensional survey.
Based on the survey results, the partnership may begin the permitting process to drill a well into a brine field beneath the Burger plant property. The test well will reach a depth of 4,000 to 7,000 feet—well below drinking water supplies, which are about 100 feet deep in this region. If further testing determines it can be done safely, the partnership hopes to eventually inject CO2 into the brine field to test the feasibility of geologic sequestration in this type of setting.
The Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership is one of seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships created by the Energy Department in 2002. The partnership program exists so that each partnership can assess the CO2 sequestration option best suited to its specific region. Currently, the seven regional partnerships include more than 300 organizations within 40 states, three Indian nations, and four Canadian provinces.
Battelle of Columbus, Ohio, leads the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, which includes 38 partners in seven states: Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. In addition to this geologic project, the Battelle-led partnership will later conduct two additional geologic and three terrestrial projects throughout its multistate region.
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