CO2 storage in the offshore UK Bunter Sandstone Formation

Niklas Heinemann, Mark Wilkinson, Gillian E. Pickup, R. Stuart Haszeldine, Nick A. Cutler

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Abstract

The Bunter Sandstone Formation, UK southern North Sea has previously been identified as having the potential to store a very large amount of CO2. Because there are few producing fields in the formation, information about the potential reservoir and seal are sparse, but can be studied from legacy borehole records which were usually targeting deeper horizons. The seal, largely unproven due to a lack of hydrocarbon fields in the area, has been studied to assess effectiveness. The potential of the seal to retain CO2, at least where not faulted, appears to be very good. A novel, unit cell technique is used to assess the storage capacity in a multi-well injection scenario, using the ECLIPSE compositional simulation package. After an injection period of 30 years with an injection rate of 1 Mt of CO2 per year per well, approximately 3.8–7.8 Gt of CO2 could be stored in the formation depending upon the maximum safe pressure increase. This storage capacity estimate is smaller than a previous estimate, but only by a factor of ca. 0.3–0.5.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-219
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control
Volume6
Issue numbern/a
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2012

Keywords

  • Seal lithology
  • Storage capacity
  • Injection pressure
  • North Sea
  • Bunter Sandstone

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