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Geological Storage Theme. BGS progress. Web-enabled GIS. Now up and running BGS datasets are available to all partners for the project duration. Geology of UK north Sea & onshore, seabed sediments

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Geological storage theme

Geological Storage Theme

BGS progress

Web enabled gis

Web-enabled GIS

  • Now up and running


  • BGS datasets are available to all partners for the project duration.

    • Geology of UK north Sea & onshore, seabed sediments

  • Esmond Field model has been given to Leeds for reservoir simulation to model fault influences on CO2 migration and Heriot Watt for an MSc thesis.

Fluid rock interactions

Fluid-rock interactions

  • BGS support (Chris Rochelle) of studies at Leeds on fluid rock experiments

  • Provision of petrographic specimens and materials from US analogues (Jonathan Pearce) to Edinburgh

Bgs advice to policy makers

BGS advice to policy-makers

  • April 06: Discussions with Coal Authority (Jonathan Pearce)

  • September 06: UKERC Energy in Eastern Europe workshop  (Sam Holloway & Jonathan Pearce).

  • December 06: Anglo-Italian workshop: Clean Coal Technologies: A UK-Italy perspective towards a successful zero emission strategy (Nick Riley & Jonathan Pearce).

  • Advice to the DTI and DEFRA re CCS for negotiations within OSPAR and the London Convention (Sam Holloway).

  • April 07: Presentations and discussions on CCS with UK Minister of Transport (Andy Chadwick Sam Holloway).

Analytical modelling

Analytical modelling

  • Joint paper (Andy Chadwick) with Cambridge (Mike Bickle) on analytical modelling of CO2 flow in the Sleipner plume.

Bgs plans

BGS plans

  • Add estimates of storage capacity of North Sea oilfields and gas fields to GIS.

  • Will be crude estimates based:

    • for oilfields on the storage space vacated by the additional oil that could be recovered by EOR (say 7% of OIIP)

    • For gas fields on the storage space vacated by the URR, discounted to take account of water invasion and other factors

Bgs plans1

BGS plans

  • Ongoing discussions to build upon current CO2-water-rock investigations (e.g. with Leeds and Cambridge Universities), and explore ways to take them further.

Bgs plans2

BGS plans

  • Bunter Sandstone study of storage processes: reservoir simulations and reservoir quality study.

    • Petrology

    • Porosity/permeability from core and logs

    • Compare seismic surveys over producing Bunter Sst fields and prospective storage structures re leakage

  • Further develop analytical modelling of Sleipner plume and compare with numerical simulations

Bgs plans3

BGS plans

  • Investigations of fault-controlled CO2 migration in fine-grained rocks, based on analogues in central Italy.

    • Recently discovered quarry outcrops reveal fractures and faults that are actively allowing volcanic CO2 to migrate to the surface.

    • Quarry is thought to be an inactive kaolinite quarry, though history of development is still being researched.

    • Outcrops may therefore provide information on CO2 migration through fracture-controlled permeability in fine grained rocks.

    • Petrographic and geochemical investigations of fracture controls on permeability will be combined with ongoing fluid geochemistry and structural investigations at University La Sapienza Roma.

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