Free access to UK CO2Stored database

Aug 21 2015

The Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey now offer free, licenced access to the CO2 Stored database for subscribers via a more user-friendly website.

The new web-enabled database, hosted and managed by The Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey (BGS) under licence from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), is now free to access to all subscribers, a saving on a typical licence of up to £4,000 per year on an individual basis.

In addition, the website has been enhanced to help users navigate the wealth of complex data and to set out more clearly information on how key attributes such as storage capacity of geological units have been calculated.

The website and database contain geological data, storage estimates and risk assessments of nearly 600 potential CO2 storage units of depleted oil and gas reservoirs, and saline aquifers around the UK. The Crown Estate manages the CO2 geological storage rights on the UK continental shelf. The UK is potentially well served by offshore CO2 storage and this database enables interested stakeholders to access information enabling more informed decisions related to the roll out of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) infrastructure in the UK as well as to reduce the early stage cost of offshore storage site selection.

"As an active manager of the UK seabed, we’re committed to unlocking value from this natural asset, including working with industry to develop the emerging carbon capture storage sector on the path to commercialisation," Dr Ward Goldthorpe, Programme Manager CCS and Gas Storage. "As part of this, we’re investing alongside the British Geological Survey to ensure the CO2 stored website and database provides researchers, industry and other interested bodies with the best available knowledge and support the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy over the long term."

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