Australia will officially launch its first demonstration of carbon dioxide geosequestration on 2 April. The Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) Otway Project is situated near Warrnambool in south-western Victoria. CO2CRC is a collaborative research organization focused on carbon dioxide capture and geological storage.
|Conceptual representation of the Otway carbon dioxide geosequestration project. Click to enlarge.|
The A$40-million Otway Project simulates the capture of CO2 from a power stations by extracting naturally trapped CO2 from the Otway (sedimentary) Basin; transports the CO2 several kilometers by pipeline; and stores it about two kilometers beneath the Earth’s surface in a depleted gas field. The project is intended eventually to store 100,000 tonnes of CO2.
Researchers will monitor the behavior of the injected and stored CO2 using a combination of sub-surface, in-well instruments and surface instruments to track the horizontal movement of CO2 through the reservoir, and to measure CO2 levels in the surrounding groundwater, soil and air. The researchers began baseline monitoring of the storage site in 2006.
In February, CO2TECH, the commercial arm of CO2CRC, and Schlumberger established a Joint Consulting Services Agreement aimed at providing carbon dioxide storage solutions to companies seeking to manage and control greenhouse gas emissions. Schlumberger has been providing leading-edge technology to CO2CRC during the development and deployment of the Otway Project.