4C Panel Discussion

Technology Challenges Realized and Accomplishments Gained:  U.S. Department of Energy’s Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships Large-Scale Projects

The Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (RCSP) Initiative, a major component of the United States Department of Energy’s Carbon Storage Program, is unique in taking a regional perspective in the development and validation of technologies, infrastructure, and human capital through small- and large-scale field projects throughout the U.S. The RCSPs aim to improve understanding of CO2 injection, fluid flow and pressure migration, and geomechanical and geochemical impacts from CO2 injection. The partnerships communicate lessons learned from field projects to industry, regulators, and the public through Best Practice Manuals, and are working to develop a “commercial toolbox” for cost-effective monitoring in all storage types. The RCSP Initiative began in 2003 with initial characterization to assess CO2 storage potential in various geologic formations throughout the seven partnerships. In 2005, validation of the most promising regional storage opportunities was initiated through a series of 19 small-scale field projects. Currently, the RCSPs are conducting large-scale field projects involving the injection of up to one million metric tons of CO2 per project, and in a couple cases exceeding one million metric tons.  
This panel discussion will focus on the experience and knowledge gained from the RCSP large-scale field projects - comparing and contrasting technologies that address key geologic storage questions, including: 
  • What role does pressure data play in site characterization and monitoring?
  • What insights can be gained from application of seismic technologies to site characterization and monitoring?
  • What other site characterization and monitoring techniques show promise?

Dr. Julio Friedmann, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Lee Spangler, Big Sky Sequestration Partnership –Kevin Dome Project
Robert Finley, Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium—Illinois Basin Decatur Project
Neeraj Gupta,  Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership—Michigan Basin Project                            
Charlie Gorecki, Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership—Bell Creek Field Project 
Susan Hovorka, Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership—Cranfield Project                        
Robert Trautz, Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership—Citronelle Projects
Reid Grigg, Southwest Regional Partnership on Carbon Sequestration—Farnsworth Unit- Ochiltree Project
  • Tuesday, 21 July 2015