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MRCSP Partners Meeting – Program Review

September 27, 2011

MRCSP held a review meeting on September 8 - 9 in Baltimore, Maryland. More than 50 stakeholders participated in a review of current research and information related to carbon storage, capture, and utilization. In addition to overview of work performed under the MRCSP program, presentations were invited from representatives of industry and research organizations, both nearby and overseas. The review meeting provided a chance for information sharing, obtaining partner feedback, and reflecting on lessons learned and accomplishments made. Meeting highlights included the following:
  • MRCSP’s technical and project management activities related to development of a large-scale project under Phase III were described. The discussion included assessment of site geologic features, preliminary site characterization, and field activities. Important project development aspects such as ensuring the carbon dioxide supply, understanding pore space ownership and access issues, and developing project risk assessment and mitigation plans were presented. The discussion also focused on key aspects of the recently finalized Underground Injection Control (UIC) Class VI guidelines and their implications on injection in deep saline formations. Some important considerations include the duration of post-injection monitoring, the development of financial assurance strategies, and well design and monitoring system layout. MRCSP strategies for meeting project goals of assessing carbon dioxide storage, retention, capacity estimation, and monitoring technologies, while leveraging existing infrastructure in the region, were discussed with the participants.
  • MRCSP research activities conducted during the past year were presented. Significant progress was made for the St. Peter Sandstone evaluation in Michigan Basin, including regional geologic framework, assessment of seismic survey data, reservoir modeling, development of system design and characterization well design. In addition, opportunity for carbon dioxide utilization/storage testing in other parts of the Midwest, such as the eastern Ohio oil fields, was presented.
  • MRCSP’s Michigan Basin team members presented an overview of the requirements for utilizing carbon dioxide for EOR including past carbon dioxide floods in the U.S.; significant carbon dioxide suppliers, transporters, and flood operators; miscibility, formation, and oil characteristics needed for EOR; and the potential of the Michigan Niagaran Reef Trend for EOR and carbon dioxide storage.
  • Several speakers described new technologies for reservoir modeling and monitoring. For example, The Ohio State University School of Earth Sciences (David Cole) presented an overview of various geochemical tools used in the past for monitoring geologic carbon sequestration including using different types of tracers in brines and gases; the strategies and benefits of various methodologies; and several examples and lessons learned.
  • Participants were provided with an overview of potential air quality regulations facing the electric sector, a discussion of the new and proposed rules relating to carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas reporting, and a review of discussions taking place in Congress. Guest speaker Robert Van Voorhees (Carbon Sequestration Council) provided a comprehensive review of the Class VI rule, keys to permitting success, state primacy status, and other regulatory aspects. Guest speaker Allyson Anderson (professional staff for Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee) provided the latest information on pending legislation and budget numbers impacting carbon capture and sequestration.
  • Sinotech Engineering Consultants, Inc. (Chi-wen Yu) described the processes Sinotech and Taiwan Power are following to develop and implement carbon capture and sequestration in Taiwan.
  • Phase II technical activities of MRCSP were completed during 2011. Key lessons learned and accomplishments from six field tests on terrestrial and geologic storage and regional mapping efforts were provided. The collective evidence from these characterization, injection, and monitoring efforts substantiates previous assessments that the region has significant storage capacity potential. The final Phase II reports will be posted on the MRCSP Web site soon.
  • A brief overview of other regional projects relevant to carbon capture utilization and storage were presented. An overview of the AEP Mountaineer project, including lessons learned from the first of a kind carbon dioxide capture and storage project at a coal-fired power plant, were presented. Highlighted projects also included the Arches Province Simulation Project and the Upper Ohio Valley River Project. The Arches Province Simulation Project is designed to build a geologic model for the Mt. Simon Sandstone and to develop advanced reservoir simulations to determine the infrastructure necessary to implement large-scale carbon dioxide storage in the Arches Province. The Upper Ohio Valley River Project will define geologic carbon dioxide storage options in the Upper Ohio River Valley.
  • Representatives from the Geological Surveys of each member state also provided a brief overview of carbon capture, utilization, and storage and other activities in their respective state. MRCSP is working with the organizations to summarize this information and post it on this Web site soon.
  • Finally, a brief reception celebrated the last 6 years of MRCSP program management by David Ball, who recently retired as the MRCSP program manager.

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