NETL Atlas shows increase in CO2 storage potential

Sep 30 2015

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has released the fifth edition of the Carbon Storage Atlas (Atlas V).

The refined CO2 storage estimate of 2,600 billion metric tons reported in Atlas V represents an increase over the 2,380 billion metric tons reported in the previous edition, The United States 2012 Carbon Utilization and Storage Atlas (Atlas IV).  The increase is a result of improved accuracy and precision in storage resource calculations, additional information from formation studies, and refinement of storage efficiency.

Atlas V is a coordinated update of carbon storage resources, activities, and large-scale field projects in the United States. It highlights potential CO2 storage resources in saline formations, oil and natural gas reservoirs, and unmineable coal seams. The new edition also presents a detailed look at the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Initiative’s large-scale field projects.

For each large-scale field project, Atlas V provides a summary of approaches taken, technologies validated, and lessons learned in carrying out key aspects of a CCS project: site characterization; risk assessment; simulation and modeling; monitoring, verification, accounting, and assessment; site operations; and public outreach.These efforts collectively contribute to the development of regional carbon management plans. They also aid in regulatory development, as well as help determine appropriate infrastructure for CCS commercialization in each region.

NETL Carbon Storage Atlas

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