University of Texas at Austin

Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC)

 

Recent News

Tania Huerta of UNAM

September 11, 2018: During the weekly staff meeting, GCCC visiting scholar Tania Huerta of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) presented her research on inversion methods for well log interpretation, using data from the Rabasa oil field. Tania will be supervised by GCCC primary researcher Vanessa Nuñez-López during the 2018 fall semester. The GCCC proudly welcomes Tania and collaboration with Mexico's Ministry of Energy.

July 22-28, 2018: Sarah Prentice and Omar Ramirez attended the prestigious RECS CCS Summer School held in Birmingham, Alabama. RECS is an intensive CCUS education and training program. RECS has been recognized by the National Academy of Sciences as a key program in building the CCUS workforce to tackle carbon storage.

 

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About the Gulf Coast Carbon Center

Research, Technology, and Education for the Geological Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide

Burning fossil fuels (gas, oil, and coal) has measurably increased the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Although the long-term consequences of this accumulation are hotly debated, it is likely that it will have negative impacts on both the ocean and climate.

One possible response is to capture carbon dioxide after combustion in industrial settings and reinject it into deep geological reservoirs where it will be retained for long periods of time. This process is called geological sequestration, or carbon capture and storage (CCS).

The Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC) seeks to impact global levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide by

  • conducting studies on geological sequestration of CO2 in the deep subsurface, focusing on the Gulf Coast,
  • educating the public about risks that might limit deployment of geological sequestration and measuring the retention of CO2 in the subsurface, and
  • enabling the private sector to develop an economically viable industry to sequester CO2 in the Gulf Coast area.

Since 1998, GCCC has been a leader in research that facilitates a proactive response by energy-related businesses to reduce atmospheric release of CO2. GCCC has led or is in the process of conducting seven major field research projects to develop effective technologies to monitor retention of CO2 in the subsurface. In addition, GCCC has led a number of diverse projects including estimation of storage capacity, EOR screening and economic assessments, risk of leakage to water resources, assessment of pressure, and whole system integration. GCCC hosts STORE, a new training and education effort.

 

GCCC Staff

The GCCC is a multidisciplinary group that includes experts in geology, hydrology, petroleum engineering, chemistry, economics, and computer modelers. For more information about the researchers, post-docs, and students who comprise the Carbon Center, please see our staff page.

 

For a news story describing recent field efforts of the Gulf Coast Carbon Center, please click here

For a historical look at how the GCCC has addressed the carbon question, please click here.


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