|Illinois Basin CO2 sources (red) and sinks (green). Click to enlarge. Source: MGSC|
Air Liquide is joining Phase II of a carbon sequestration research project of the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) and sponsored by the US Department of Energy and the Illinois Office of Coal Development. The project is being led by the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS).
Air Liquide, a world leader in industrial and medical gases, is already a partner in several CO2 sequestration research projects including those in Canada and Poland. Its R&D center in Countryside, Illinois has been working on a CO2 sequestration project since 2003.
Phase II of the MGSC project involves six real-scale CO2 injection tests which will last until 2009. Air Liquide will provide 19,000 tons of liquid CO2 to be injected during these tests as well as storage tanks for the CO2. Air Liquide will also provide its expertise in the design of the injection skid and assistance in analyzing the results to ensure that the buried CO2 will remain trapped in the deep geological layers.
Among the technical goals of the basin monitoring, mitigation, and verification (MMV) project are:
To establish baseline conditions to assess impacts of CO2 storage;
To identify the location of the CO2 plume; and
To detect and to quantify CO2 seepage to the biosphere.
Other industry partners in the project include: Aventine Renewable Energy, British Petroleum, Drummond Coal, LincolnLand Agri-Energy, Peabody Energy, Power Holdings, and Schlumberger.