October 4, 2005
The Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) was formed in 2003 to develop robust solutions that will help reduce CO₂ emissions while simultaneously protecting the industrial economy of the Midwest. Today the MRCSP includes over 30 partners representing the public, private, and research sectors of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The MRCSP is the Region’s premier resource for identifying the technical, economic, and social considerations associated with terrestrial and geologic CO₂ sequestration and creating viable pathways for its deployment.
In Phase I, the MRCSP focused on mapping the Region’s existing sources of CO₂, geological and terrestrial reservoirs, potential options for transporting CO₂, regulatory frameworks, and other relevant data. This mapping activity defines the theoretical potential for carbon sequestration in the region and begins to highlight some potentially attractive approaches. In addition, the MRCSP began a major effort to inform and engage stakeholders in the project.
The MRCSP’s Phase II four-year, research program, which was announced by DOE on June 9 and commenced in the fall of 2005, will last through 2009. During that time, the work will build on the Phase I effort by using a series of field validation tests to determine how Region’s large, well-distributed and competitively priced sequestration potential can be used to simultaneously advance economic growth and environmental protection. Specifically, the MRCSP will:
- Conduct two or more small-scale CO₂ injection field tests in the Region’s deep geologic reservoirs to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of geologic sequestration systems.
- Conduct small-scale field validation tests of terrestrial sequestration to show how the stored carbon can be measured and monitored and how carbon credits could be traded in voluntary greenhouse gas markets.
- Implement an innovative “piggyback drilling” program pioneered by Battelle that will allow the Partnership to leverage the ongoing and extensive investments made by local oil and gas drilling companies to gather “real world” sequestration-related data, such as core samples from deep geologic formations.
- Continue crucial work initiated in Phase I to further map and define the sequestration potential of the Region.
- Continue to develop an understanding of key regulatory issues.
- Launch the first systematic attempt to engage and inform stakeholders in the Region about this important class of technologies.
Battelle will continue to lead the MRCSP’s world-class research team in Phase II. Today, the MRCSP team
includes over 30 partners representing the public, private, and research sectors in the seven state area covered by the partnership. The research team is comprised state geological surveys in the region, a number of leading universities, and other organizations specializing in various key disciplines such as regulatory analysis and outreach. In addition to the research team, the MRCSP has an advisory team that includes most of the major energy companies operating in the region, key agricultural associations and companies with interests in the region, and various state government offices focused on energy and environmental issues in the region. In Phase II, we welcome new industry partners, namely Schlumberger and Chicago Climate Exchange, and a new member of our research team, Stanford University’s Department of Geophysics.