DOE and Shell Canada collaborate on CO2 storage tests

Feb 04 2015

The Department of Energy (DOE) and Shell Canada will collaborate on field tests to validate advanced monitoring, verification, and accounting (MVA) technologies for underground storage of CO2.

The tests will take place at Shell’s Quest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in Alberta, Canada. Details of the collaboration are expected to be finalized in early 2015.

The Shell Quest team and technology developers funded by the DOE and managed by DOE’s National Technology Laboratory (NETL), have been discussing opportunities to field test and validate advanced MVA technologies at the Quest CO2 underground storage site. 

The Quest project is significantly funded by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Province of Alberta. The Department of Energy is leveraging a federal investment of approximately $3 million in existing and ongoing projects in their research and development program by proposing roughly $500,000 for this collaborative effort to field test advanced MVA technologies. 

MVA technologies are critical throughout the lifecycle of large-scale CCS projects such as Quest.  They are needed to understand and track CO2 movement in the storage formation and to monitor and ensure safe, permanent CO2 injection and storage in geological formations. The technologies under consideration would be tested alongside the state-of-the-art, comprehensive monitoring program Shell has already put in place for the project. The results from the tests are expected to provide additional information that would benefit future large-scale CCS projects around the world.

U.S. Department of Energy
Shell Canada

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