Geologic Sequestration Training and Research (GSTR) -
Recovery Act: A Modular Curriculum for Training University Students in Industry Standard CO2 Sequestration and Enhanced Oil Recovery Methodologies
Performer: University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Project No: FE0002111
NETL is partnering with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) to create training modules for senior-level undergraduate and graduate students to prepare them to participate in future industry-level CO2 injection projects. CO2 relevant training of this scope and state-of-the-art detail is not currently available at the university level. Industry CO2 storage experts endorse this training as a way to improve students’ awareness and understanding of the different aspects of CO2 storage and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) prior to employment. This curriculum is designed to introduce students to various CO2-EOR professionals as well as to expose them to relevant technical data, and will aid in developing a new generation of experts in the field of CO2 engineering and geosciences.
The project’s educational module consists of an introductory manual for the faculty, and numerous handouts—such as real-world examples of well log sets, production data sets, core photos and core reports, and water chemistry data—that are available to students studying geosciences, engineering, and land management. Field trips to analogs of CO2 storage, EOR, and residual oil zone (ROZ) EOR targets have occurred, and carbon storage reservoir core study sets and related special topic modules will be used to supplement classroom modules to document how outcrop data is combined with industry exploration and production techniques to provide a multi-disciplinary perspective (Figure 1). Students will also be exposed to case studies of Permian Basin reservoirs presently under CO2-EOR in both the main productive intervals and the ROZ. UTPB has also developed &"road logs” that serve as comprehensive road maps detailing what to expect along a driving route for students taking field trips on their own time. The road logs point out areas of interest to investigate along the driving route, like major sources of CO2, geologic formation outcrops, EOR field operations taking place, or proposed carbon storage sites.