FME SUCCESS: Subsurface CO2 storage – Critical Elements and Superior Strategy

Unless our understanding of CO2 subsurface behavior is strongly improved, international regulations for annual worldwide deposits of 15-20 Gt CO2/y may never come into operation. The SUCCESS centre for Subsurface CO2 storage was awarded FME status in 2009 and was formally inaugurated on 1 January 2010. It addressed several important areas for CO2 storage in the subsurface: storage performance, seal properties, injectivity , monitoring and consequences for the marine environment. The following objectives were defined in the FME SUCCESS application:

  • To improve our understanding and ability to quantify chemical reactions and CO2 flow in the reservoir.
  • To develop advanced modeling tools for multiphase flow of CO2 and brine and geochemical reactions.
  • To investigate the integrity of sealing rocks, and test their retention capacity.
  • To improve our understanding and develop new models for the relationship between CO2 saturation, flow and geomechanical response.
  • To improve our understanding and develop new models for geochemical and geome­chanical interactions.
  • To improve our understanding and modeling tools for flow and reaction in faults and frac­tures.
  • To test, calibrate and develop new monitoring techniques and instrumentation.
  • To improve the understanding of shallow marine processes and the ecological impact of CO2 exposure, and develop marine monitoring methods.
  • To reduce risk and uncertainties in subsurface CO2 storage.
  • To facilitate extensive and high-quality education on CO2 storage.

One of the strengths of the FME SUCCESS center is its expertise within fundamental, theoretical research, which is internationally recognized; the center hence focuses on basic research, interpreting the results of field and laboratory experiments in order to predict the long-term effects of CO2 storage. In particular, the center has used the theoretical platform to address critical and relevant scientific issues related to CO2 storage.

Start: 2008 – End: 2017

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