MRCSP Partners Meeting and Site Tour

October 11, 2013

MRCSP held its annual review meeting October 3 in Traverse City, MI. More than 50 industry and research team members participated in a review of current research and information related to carbon storage, capture and utilization. This year marks the tenth year of the RCSP program so the review started with an overview of the MRCSP program and a recap of its ten-years research history. Another segment focused on strategies for CCUS implementation including reservoir testing, large-scale project design, regional deployment, and monitoring. The photo to the left shows the group listening to a presentation on monitoring techniques evaluated for the MRCSP Development Phase project.
The afternoon provided an opportunity for industry and regulatory updates, additional review of reservoir modeling results, technology developments, and a review of other projects in the region. The MRCSP was pleased to have Adam Wygant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality present Michigan’s oil and gas history and latest regulatory advances in his keynote address.

The following day, MRCSP hosted a tour of the MRCSP Development Phase project. The photo below shows the group involved in the tour.
The tour included three stops. First the group traveled to the Chester 10 Compression Facility where CO₂ from natural gas processing is captured, processed, and compressed for transport to the injection sites. Second, the group then moved to the Dover 33 Injection site where they could observe CO₂ injection in progress. This CO₂ is being injected into a deep (~1 mile) geologic formation known as the Niagaran Reef Trend in Northern Michigan. The injection is taking place in a late stage oil field that has undergone extensive primary, secondary, and tertiary recovery. Since beginning in April 2013, the MRCSP has been able to inject more than 127,600 metric tons of CO2. 

And third, the group traveled to the Dover 36 Central Production Facility where Core Energy’s oil production and CO₂ recycling facilities are located. Produced fluids from the wells are piped to this facility and separated, through a closed loop process, into different components including oil, gas, and CO₂. The CO₂ is recycled back into the oil field. The photo to the right shows the tour group receiving information about this stage. The white pipe in the middle of the picture is actually coated in an icy layer that forms when CO2 in the produced fluids decompresses as it reaches the surface in the pipeline.
In addition to the topics related to CCUS, the partners also received some information on the related topics of brine disposal and hydraulic fracturing related to shale gas development in the region. Researchers from Battelle who are involved in both the MRCSP and in research related to shale gas developments have been in the press lately. In September the Columbus Dispatch featured two articles that described Battelle’s research in brine disposal (see link and link), and Neeraj Gupta was featured on a radio story about CSS and the new EPA regulations on NPR (see link).
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