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Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (RCSP) Initiative


For the BSCSP Kevin Dome project, two characterization wells were drilled. Photo courtesy of Montana State University DE-FC26-05NT42587.

RCSP Overview:

The United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE) created a nationwide network of Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSPs) in 2003 to help determine and implement the technology, infrastructure, and regulations most appropriate to promote carbon storage in different regions of the U.S. and portions of Canada. The RCSP Initiative, as it is/was known, made major contributions to the science and technology of subsurface characterization, design, operation, and monitoring for geologic storage. More than 11 million metric tons (MMT) of carbon dioxide (CO2) were stored in geologic formations via RCSP large-scale field projects, with no indications of negative impacts to either human health or the environment.

Map of RCSPs

For more information on the RCSPs, download the partnership-specific Carbon Storage Atlas Perspectives reports:


The RCSPs’ efforts and accomplishments from almost 20 years of carbon storage research can be reviewed in DOE’s Carbon Storage Atlas, 2015 Interactive Edition.

The RCSP Initiative was implemented in three phases:

RCSP Infographic (Click to enlarge)
The Characterization Phase (2003–2005) collected data on CO2 stationary sources and geologic formations and develop the human capital to support and enable future carbon storage field tests.
The Validation Phase (2005–2013) evaluated promising CO2 storage opportunities through a series of small-scale (each less than 1 MMT CO2) field tests.
The Development Phase (2008–2021) involved the injection of 1 MMT or more of CO2 by the RCSPs into regionally significant geologic formations.

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