Researching Candidate Sites for a Carbon Storage Complex in the Central Appalachian Basin, USA

3 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2020

Date Written: October 21, 2018

Abstract

The Central Appalachian Basin-Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) (CAB-CS) Integrated Prefeasibility Project identified several selected areas in eastern Ohio where the Cambrian-Ordovician age sandstones and carbonates show the most promising reservoir potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS). These selected areas are collocated near depleted oil and gas fields where oil recovery could be improved with enhanced oil recovery. This region has many large carbon dioxide (CO2) point sources that represent a diverse array of industries, including coal-fired power plants, natural gas processing, refineries, chemical plants, and natural gas power. In a carbon-constrained future, one of the most promising ways to make coal a viable fuel option for power generation or industrial processes is to capture and geologically store CO2 emissions. The project is a pre-feasibility study to mitigate the emissions from 1.67 million metric tons of CO2 per year by developing a storage complex capable of storing 50 million metric tons. The project team analyzed six source-sink scenarios in the CAB-CS study area with analysis of capture and transport; defined infrastructure needs for a CCS project; and conducted an economic, liability, and social assessment. Major accomplishments include experience in investigating CCS projects in the area (learning by doing), adding to National Energy Technology Laboratory best practices tools and tool sets, and building the elements of the CCS road map for the region.

Keywords: Site characterisation and selection, GHGT-14, CO2 storage; site characterization; site screening; CCS; feasibility study

Suggested Citation

Cumming, Lydia and Hawkins, Jared and Sminchak, Joel and Valluri, Manoj and Gupta, Neeraj, Researching Candidate Sites for a Carbon Storage Complex in the Central Appalachian Basin, USA (October 21, 2018). 14th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference Melbourne 21-26 October 2018 (GHGT-14) , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3365862 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3365862

Lydia Cumming (Contact Author)

Battelle ( email )

505 Kng Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
United States

Jared Hawkins

Battelle Memorial Institute

4000 NE 41st St.
Seattle, WA 98105
United States

Joel Sminchak

Battelle

505 Kng Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
United States

Manoj Valluri

Battelle

505 Kng Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
United States

Neeraj Gupta

Battelle

505 Kng Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
United States

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