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MRCSP Annual Meeting 2015 – RECAP

November 10, 2015

MRCSP held its Annual Meeting October 20-21, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. More than 80 research partners, project supporters, and other interested stakeholders participated in the meeting. The group met to review MRCSP's accomplishments and discuss how they relate to the current policy context and future challenges for CCS. The group also reviewed several other emerging research developments and heard from the US Department of Energy about the overall carbon storage program.

Battelle's Principal Investigator Dr. Neeraj Gupta provided an overview presentation that highlighted the recent progress on the large-scale Development Phase project in Michigan, efforts to further improve the geologic characterization of the ten-state MRCSP region, joint "piggyback" research being conducted in third party well bores, and research to further characterize the potential CO₂ storage resources and role of CCS in helping to enhance oil recovery with concurrent CO₂ storage in the region. The MRCSP large-scale project in Michigan has now exceeded 400,000 tonnes in net CO₂ injection across multiple EOR fields. The project team summarized the current findings on storage capacity, characterization, accounting and monitoring protocols, and reservoir modeling strategies. Plans for the coming year to add new fields to the research were presented to the audience.
Other presentations highlighted related policies, projects, and reports of importance to CCS stakeholders. These include:
  • US EPA's Clean Power Plan and the role of CCS in its implementation was presented by Ms. Dina Kruger in a keynote speech. The discussion included GHG limits for new and existing electricity generating units and a federal plan and model rule for emissions trading under the program.
  • An update to the Coal Technology Roadmap issued jointly by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Coal Utilization Research Council (CURC). This document presents ideas on research and development needs to further advance CCS in this critical stage of development. Additional presentations on policy included role of CCS in international climate negotiations and the incentives available to encourage for CO₂ storage and CO₂-EOR development.
  • The National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP) is developing a series of tools for risk assessment to assist with CCS project evaluation. Several of those tools have been released for review and NRAP is actively seeking input to improve them.
Other presentations focused on topical issues for CCS, including risk assessment, wellbore integrity assessment, interplay between brine disposal and CO₂ storage, induced seismicity, and exploration strategies for mapping storage potential. Reports on brine disposal and well integrity are scheduled to be issued this fall – look to this website for announcements later in the fall.
MRCSP was also pleased to introduce the newest partnership member: the State of Delaware. Representatives from the Delaware Geological Survey attended the meeting and also participated in the pre-meeting of the all of the geologic teams from the member states that took place the day before the annual meeting. This meeting gives the geologic teams a chance to meet face-to-face to coordinate the mapping efforts.

The annual meeting is an important opportunity for those involved in CCS in the region to meet, share information, and further working relationships. The MRCSP convenes these discussions as part of its mission to build a core competency in the region.
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