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

Climate change from CO2 emissions is one of the most important challenges in this century. Reduced emissions require the development and deployment of carbon capture and storage technology (CCS).

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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