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2014
July 14-16, 2014   The Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC) at the Bureau of Economic Geology hosted a CCS Training Course for a delegation from the Botswana Geological Survey and the Botswana Department of Environmental Affairs. The course was funded by the World Bank and organized by ERM, Carbon Counts, and Wellfields Geosciences with heavy involvement from International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Programme (IEAGHG).

The goal of the visit was to expose the Botswana delegation to all aspects of CCS as they consider implementing the technology to support clean development of their expanding coal power plant infrastructure. Botswana is economically and politically suitable for implementing CCS due to a stable and strong economy driven by its diamond industry.

The Training Course hosted at the GCCC followed the IEAGHG International Summer School and drew upon the GCCC's and the Summer School's international expertise to present information on all aspects of CCS including site characterization, modelling, monitoring, risk & safety, and policy and economic issues. Hands-on activities included a CCS design project, a look at the core of a real CO2 storage formation, a tour of The University of Texas at Austin's(TM) Separations Research Program CO2 capture pilot plant, and the Hastings CO2-EOR facility in south Houston operated by Denbury Resources.

In addition to the GCCC-hosted portion of the training course, the delegation from Botswana visited the South African CCS Center and learned about CCS from Sasol and the South African government. They also visited the UK where they met various government and industry officials and heard about Shell's CCS activities.

The GCCC is proud to have played a major role in this successful exercise in building the world's capacity for implementing the important technology of CCS.

Delegates from Botswana and BEG staff during the training course.
June 25, 2014   Ecopetrol joins GCCC

We are delighted to welcome Ecopetrol, Colombia's State oil company, as a new member of the Gulf Coast Carbon Center Industrial Associates.

GCCC Sponsor Liaison Hilary Olson says, "Ecopetrol's sponsorship for 2014 affirms the international recognition of the scientific creativity that goes on at the GCCC, and we look forward to productive collaboration with our first sponsor based in South America."

Ecopetrol is an oil and gas company focusing on exploration and production; refining and petrochemicals; transportation, including the largest network of oil pipelines in Columbia; and market and supply. Headquartered in Bogota, Ecopetrol also conducts operations in Peru, Brazil, and the Gulf of Mexico. It is one of the 25 largest oil and gas companies and one of the four largest in Latin America.
May 22, 2014   Stanford Center for Carbon Storage Annual Meeting. Susan Hovorka presented "Using EOR as Geologic Storage: Downsides and Benefits." Palo Alto, CA.
June 9, 2014   Determining the storage capacity of any given rock formation is vital to qualifying it for possible CO2 injection and storage. Seyyed Hosseini and GCCC colleagues have developed a novel analytical solution for determining the storage capacity of geological formations, taking into account their thickness, porosity, area, shape, and other factors. For more, please see BEG's news archive.
June 9, 2014   Three students are joining GCCC for the summer. Cristina Rivas is a graduate student at the California State University at Bakersfield. In collaboration with Pat Mickler, she is performing high-pressure, high-temperature autoclave experiments, to quantify the effects of water-rock- supercritical CO2 interactions on formation brine geochemistry. Masoud Alfi is visiting GCCC from Texas A&M at College Station. This summer, he will be working on CO2 injection and history mapping at Cranfield field with Seyyed Hosseini. Jack Jones has returned to his hometown of Austin for the summer after finishing his undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma. He is working with Katherine Romanak on carbon sequestration in marine sediments. He will also be running solvent extraction experiments with BEG researcher Tongwei Zhang.

Masoud Alfi, Cristina Rivas, and Jack Jones help study carbon sequestration at GCCC this summer.
June 10, 2014   United States Energy Association Technology Series. Tip Meckel was invited to present The Role of CCS in Diverse Energy Chain Developments & the Global Significance of Offshore Storage. Washington D.C.
May 11-16, 2014   China Australia Geological Storage of CO2 (CAGS) Project. Susan Hovorka attended a back-to-back workshop and training school. CAGS is a 5-year project funded by the Australian government, now in its final year, which allows staff at Geoscience Australia to interact with staff at the major academic research centers in China. GA works with China Geological survey and universities in various provinces, who report to themselves as well as the organizer in China ACCA21. ACCA21 provides technical support and has deep knowledge of policy. The training school engages academics by providing support for students to travel with their professors. Shanghai and Nanjing, China
May 12, 2014   GCCC staff have been awarded a grant from the World Bank to host five high-ranking officials from Botswana for a four-day workshop on CCS following the IEAGHG Summer School in July. The workshop will include two days of classroom teaching on all aspects of CCS by international experts, a one day hands-on mini course "Carbon Storage Design Project" lead by Hilary Olson, and a trip to the Hastings storage site. Austin, TX
Congratulations to Medhi Zeuiduni for two new papers recently accepted. Analytical model of well leakage pressure perturbations in a closed aquifer system has been published in the journal Advances in Water Resources.

Monitoring the above-zone temperature variations associated with CO2 and brine leakage from a storage aquifer with coauthors JP Nicot and Susan Hovorka is in press in the Journal of Environmental Earth Sciences.
April 28-May 1, 2014    13th Annual CCUS Conference. Medhi Zeidouni presented a poster, "Post-injection Tracer Test to Constrain CO2 Residual Trapping and Plume Evolution," with co-authors Susan Hovorka, Jiemin Lu, and JP Nicot. Seunghee Kim gave a talk, "Effect of Pore Pressure/Stress Coupling on Geological CO2 Storage." Pittsburgh, PA
April 11, 2014     The Bureau of Economic Geology hosted Industry Day 2014 at the Bureau's Austin Core Research Center. The theme for this year's event was "Discovering the Bureau: Energy, Economics and the Environment." Industry Day 2014 highlighted the Bureau's unique position among research institutions, investigating such key research areas as unconventional oil and gas exploration and production, energy economics, salt tectonics, natural fractures and structural diagenesis, subsurface micro- and nano-sensing, reservoir characterization in carbonates, mudrocks, and sandstones, carbon storage in geological reservoirs, and the increasingly important water-energy nexus.

The Gulf Coast Carbon Center hosted a booth giving a program overview and staff were be available to answer questions throughout the day. Cores from the injection zone and caprock from the Cranfield Field, Mississippi sequestration site were on display. During the morning environmental session (9:30-10:25) Katherine Romanak gave a talk "New process-based approach to gas leakage detection in groundwater and soils at geologically-engineered sites." In the afternoon session on energy (12:30-1:25pm), Mehdi Zeidouni presented "Thermal signal induced by CO2 leakage from injection zone." Austin, TX.

Susan Hovorka talks with Scott Anderson from EDF.
Jiemin Lu and Becky Smyth speak to Mark Nibbelink from DrillingInfo about capacity estimation at Cranfield, with cores from the confining interval in the background.
April 7, 2014    AAPG Annual Convention. Ramon Trevino presented "Integrating Fluid Migration Interpretation with High-Resolution 3-D Seismic: Application for Miocene CO2 Storage Prospects, Inner Texas Shelf." The talk summarized data acquisition of a high-resolution 3D (HR3D) seismic dataset in Texas State Waters offshore the southern end of Galveston Island and included a brief overview of the capabilities and advantages of HR3D data especially when used in conjunction with other available data including conventional 3D seismic. The objective of the data acquisition was to analyze the shallow geologic section over two salt bodies. Initial analysis of the data suggests that fluids may be actively migrating upward and laterally along structural and stratigraphic pathways. Such data can, therefore, be very useful for selection of sites for potential CO2 storage in deeper reservoirs. Houston, TX
March 2014   Visit to Capitol SkyMine capture and utilization project. Katherine Romanak accompanied international visitors on a tour of the world's first for-profit carbon mineralization plant, which is under construction and scheduled for completion in 2014. San Antonio, TX
Katherine Romanak, second from left, on a tour of SkyMine.
March 4-5, 2014   9th Annual SECARB Stakeholders' Briefing. GCCC staff are participating in a panel on Early Tests. Seunghee Kim discussed geomechanics at Cranfield; Jacob Anderson gave updates on near surface monitoring; and Susan Hovorka provided information on monitoring design best practices. Atlanta, GA
March 3, 2014    Austin Geological Society Monthly Meeting. Susan Hovorka presented "Using Geoscience to Predict the Future: Or how to assure what goes down stays down" Austin TX
March 1, 2014     Explore UT. GCCC staff presented "What to do with CO2?" an interactive exhibit in which students learned about carbon sequestration by manipulating physical models. Explore UT is "the largest open house in Texas," a day when the UT campus opens its doors to thousands of families, school children, and Texas citizens. GCCC's exhibit was staffed by Johnathon Osmond, Jiemin Lu, Michael Patson, Logan West, Sue Hovorka, Prisca Ogbuabuo, Seunghee Kim, Marc Hesse, and Toti Larson. Austin, TX
Logan West explains that CO2 is buoyant in brine reservoirs.
Marc Hesse uses a glass reservoir to demonstrate CO2 injection.
Feb 27, 2014   Third Annual Americas Forum: Moving CCS Forward - Actions and Opportunities. Susan Hovorka will be part of a technology roundtable: The CCS/CCUS Technology Horizon for 2020 and Beyond at the Embassy of Canada, Washington D.C.
February 19-20, 2014   UT Energy Forum. Rebecca Smyth attended. Austin, TX
January 28-30, 2014     The University of Texas 2nd Conference on Carbon Capture and Storage. Along with Texas Carbon Management Program (UT-TxCMP), Geological CO2 Joint Industry Project (UT-GCS JIP), and Carbon Sequestration Initiative (MIT-CSI), GCCC was co-host to more than 200 international guests. The event featured presentations by researchers and students on the technical and strategic issues of global carbon capture and storage. Austin, TX
Susan Hovorka welcomes attendees to UTCCS-2.
January 21, 2014     Visit by Tim Dixon of IEAGHG. Tim Dixon spoke with GCCC staff about a variety of offshore sequestration projects involved in developing monitoring technologies as well as efforts to develop offshore permitting and regulations. Austin, TX
January 14, 2014   2014 Underground Injection Control Conference, Groundwater Protection Council. Susan Hovorka presented "Reporting Storage Effectiveness for EOR." New Orleans, LA.
Vanessa NunezJanuary 14, 2014     Global CCS Institute Webinar on CCS in Venezuela. The Orinoco Belt located in southeastern Venezuela has the potential to be the largest essentially untapped oil accumulation in the world, with an estimated mean volume of 513 billion barrels of technically recoverable heavy oil, according to a US Geological Survey. A Venezuelan Technical Collective with an interest in limiting the impact of the country’s carbon intensive activities on climate change contacted the Global CCS Institute to explore the global status of carbon storage technologies and projects. In response, Vanessa Nunez presented a webinar in Spanish on the Global Status of Carbon Capture and Storage and EOR with a focus on CCS in Venezuela.
January, 2013     The Bureau congratulates J.P. Nicot who received the Jackson School of Geoscience's most prestigious award, the Joseph C. Walter Excellence Award, for excellence in areas including research, teaching service, professional activity, and administration. J.P. served as Principal Investigator on multiple projects during the past year and garnered special attention for his studies concerning water resource management and water use in shale production.
January, 2013     Congratulations Alex Sun, Seyyed Hosseini, and Jiemin Lu, who have received a substantial grant from the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory for a 3-year program to develop a pressure-based inversion and data assimilation system (PIDAS) for CO2 leakage detection. One of the current major hurdles to industrial-scale implementation of geological carbon sequestration projects is the potential migration of fluids from the storage formations and the resulting liabilities. The ability to accurately identify leakage pathways from the storage zone is crucial to site licensees and regulators. Pressure-based monitoring technology remains the most cost-efficient and reliable technique for early detection, and provides the greatest detection potential for broad areal coverage. The proposed PIDAS tool will expand and strengthen existing pressure-based techniques for leakage detection in GCS repositories, and research will employ advanced analysis, laboratory experiments, and field tests to develop more effective methods for identifying leakage pathways.
2013
Dec 11, 2013     CO2 Conference Week. Susan Hovorka presented "Monitoring for Storage (Assurance)" and Rebecca Smyth presented Monitoring CO2: The Quest for a Clean Signal (Case Studies) as part of a Short Course on Surveillance and Monitoring of CO2 Injection Projects. Midland, TX,
December 9, 2013.     CO2 Conference Week. Susan Hovorka presented "Demonstrating CO2 storage" at the 11th Annual EOR Carbon Management Workshop. Midland, TX,
November 19-21, 2013     CO2 for EOR as CCUS. Vanessa Nunez presented "CO2 Storage, Monitoring, Verification, and Accounting" at this collaborative symposium on CO2-EOR between universities in Texas and Norway, the oil industry in Texas and Norway, and other CO2-EOR stakeholders. The symposium is an initiative of the Petroleum Research School of Norway, NorTex Petroleum Cluster. It is sponsored by Norway's Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, the International Energy Agency, the US DOE, and the Norwegian Research Council and co-hosted by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General. Houston, TX
Petronio Nuñez, Hilary Olson, Norway’s Consul General Jostein Mykletun, and Vanessa Nuñez at the Consul General's residence.
November 5-6, 2013    British Geological Survey and University of Edinburgh. Tip Meckel participated in discussions related to a proposal for an IODP drilling leg in the North Sea being proposed jointly by researchers from Norway and the UK. The proposal will focus on the Quaternary glacial history and implications for CCS. These topics are linked via vertical isostacy related to deglaciations, resulting overpressure and seal integrity, and depositional systems related to both storage targets and the overburden. Meckel was hosted by Stuart Haszeldine of Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, as well as Gareth Johnson of the University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh, Scotland
November 4-6, 2013    CSLF Side Meeting. Ramon Trevino and Katherine Romanak hosted a side-meeting during the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum’s Ministerial to discuss an international collaboration on subsea CO2 geological sequestration. Topics included barriers to offshore GS implementation; advantages of sharing experience, cost, risk and technology; scaling-up issues; and variability in feasibility in different countries. Washington, DC.
October 29-30, 2013    IEAGHG-OPEC Workshop on CCS as CDM. GCCC was invited to participate in a workshop hosted by OPEC secretariat with the goal of introducing government and industrial participants from OPEC member countries to CCS. Topics included ways to developing Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects that use CCS. Since the adoption of CCS as a CDM, it has stimulated over 7000 low-carbon projects in developing countries, representing over 2,000 Mt of CO2 reductions. For more information, please click here. Vienna, Austria
October 29-30, 2013    IEAGHG-OPEC Workshop on CCs in the UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism. Katherine Romanak gave the lecture, “Monitoring and Environmental Aspects of CCS” and also served as an expert mentor for group work on how to develop CCS projects for the Clean Development Mechanism under the new rules and procedures. For more on the meeting, please see IEAGHG blog by Tim Dixon. Vienna, Australia
Katherine Romanak at IEAGHG-OPEC 2013
Katherine Romanak, front row, second from left, participated in CCS for CDM workshop.
October 28, 2013    International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Technologies. Alex Sun and JP Nicot, along with Xiaodong Zhang published new work on monitoring at CCS sites, "Optimal design of pressure-based, leakage detection monitoring networks for geologic carbon sequestration repositories." http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2013.09.005
October 2013    New High-Resolution Seismic Survey in Gulf of Mexico. A second 3D seismic survey using the new P-Cable acquisition system was successfully completed during ten days of data collection off the Texas coast in October. The system, which includes dense data collection from 12 streamers and 96 channels, is designed to provide extremely high-resolution 3D data for relatively shallow stratigraphic depths (<1500 m). The BEG is the only research institution in the United States currently operating such a P-Cable seismic acquisition system. GCCC's Tip Meckel led the survey and Ramon Trevino led the logistical coordination from shore. Participants included BEG's Dallas Dunlap, Nathan Bangs from the Institute for Geophysics, and Ben Phrampus, a graduate student from SMU.
A single-channel field record from the recent survey shows a salt dome approaching the seafloor in the center part of the survey.

During the October cruise over 400 line-km were shot in an area offshore southern Galveston Island adjacent to and including portions of the San Luis Pass shallow salt dome. The survey imaged subsurface stratigraphy and structure above a Miocene-age CO2 storage prospect at ~2,000 m depth. The data will be analyzed to understand geologic seal and fluid systems. Interest from industry in a subsea carbon storage repository has been building, and acquiring datasets such as those collected using the P-cable system are important for developing a variety of commercial applications of high-resolution 3D technologies.

The R/V Brooks-McCall, approximately 50 m in length, tows the P-cable system in October 2013 in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo courtesy of TDI-Brooks International.

The survey was performed from the R/V Brooks McCall based out of Freeport, TX, and operated by TDI-Brooks International, Inc. of College Station. NCS Subsea provided navigation support. The research cruise was funded through DOE-NETL's carbon sequestration research program and the Texas General Land Office as part of a multi-year effort to characterize potential CO2 storage sites in the near-offshore Gulf of Mexico.

BEG's first P-Cable survey in the San Luis Pass region was completed in July 2012. Data processing of both surveys is ongoing and one more GOM acquisition survey is planned for 2014.

Read more reporting on the survey. Learn about the BEG's first P-Cable acquisition cruise.

October 24, 2013   Special Issue on Cranfield Marks a Milestone

A special section of the October issue of the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control is dedicated to CCS work at Cranfield Field, Mississippi. The section comprises a mid-project overview and assessment of the CCS field work, dense data collection, and analysis that began a decade ago with the formation of the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership and that continues today at Cranfield Field. The section consists of sixteen papers authored by GCCC staff and their colleagues. It opens with a discussion of the Cranfield project design and covers risk assessment, characterization, injection and production activities, as well as monitoring techniques and modeling.

The publication of this collection of papers is a gratifying milestone for the GCCC. The volume was guest-edited by Susan Hovorka, Tip Meckel and JP Nicot. Nicot commented, "This is the first exhaustive document of the Partnership's projects, and it will be useful to the entire CCS community."

October 22, 2013   Visit to GCCC by Tim Dixon. Tim Dixon from the University of Miami spoke with GCCC staff about surface deformation as a tool to track pressure increase in the subsurface. Austin, TX
Seunghee Kim, Seyyed Hosseini, and Tim Dixon discuss using geodesy for CO2 monitoring.
October 11, 2013    Kit Caruthers from the University of Edinburgh presented, "Investigation of Environmental Impacts of UK Offshore CO2 Storage" at the GCCC weekly meeting. Austin, TX
PhD candidate Kit Caruthers from Scotland is working with GCCC staff on aspects of his research investigating natural analogs.
October 10, 2013    Congratulations to Seunghee Kim, Seyyed A. Hosseini, and Susan Hovorka for receiving the award for the Best Paper for, "Numerical simulation: Field scale fluid injection to a porous layer in relevance to CO2 geological storage" at the COMSOL conference. The meeting is the premier event for multiphysics modeling and simulation. Boston, MA
GCCC Post Doc Seunghee Kim presented award-winning work on CCS.
October 1, 2013   "Greensites and brownsites: Implications for CO2 sequestration characterization, risk assessment, and monitoring" was authored by Brad Wolaver, Susan Hovorka, and Becky Smyth and published in the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. The paper characterizes differences between sites lacking previous subsurface development, or greensites, and sites where the subsurface has been developed, or brownsites, as they pertain to CO2 injection for storage and for EOR. Greensites are typically more stable, and thus a simpler environment for characterization and monitoring, while at brownsites legacy infrastructure and contamination must be evaluated so that leakage signals are not mimicked or masked. These differences should be recognized in policies and regulations.
September 10, 2013   A new letter comparing several cases for understanding the economic viability of capturing large quantities of anthropogenic CO2 from coal-fired power generators within the ERCOT electric grid and using it for pure CO2 enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the onshore coastal region of Texas along the Gulf of Mexico has been authored by Cary King, Gürcan Gülen, Stuart Cohen, and Vanessa Nuñez-Lopez and published in Environmental Research Letters. The entire paper, titled "The system-wide economics of a carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and storage network: Texas Gulf Coast with pure CO2-EOR flood," may be found here: http://stacks.iop.org/1748-9326/8/034030
August 28-November 6, 2013    Global CCS Institute's Capacity Development Program for Mexico. Vanessa Nunez will present a series of webinars as a follow-up to a week-long ‘train-the-trainer’ course conducted in February for professors and lecturers from geology departments at four universities. The webinars will be given in Spanish and translated into English. Topics include: Methodologies and guidelines for selection of storage sites in saline aquifers; Fundamentals of modelling CO2 movement underground; and Fundamentals of monitoring CO2 injected underground. For recordings and browsable versions of the webinar, please click here.Austin, TX; Mexico City; and Canberra, Australia
August 26-30, 2013   IEAGHG Monitoring Network and Environmental Research Network Combined Meeting-Realistic Monitoring of CO2 Migration: From the Reservoir to the Surface. Katherine Romanak presented "Insights into CO2 migration from non-CCS perspectives" and "Detection of signal over hydrocarbon-induced noise at Cranfield." Romanak also chaired a session "Detection of Leakage into Shallow Groundwater." Susan Hovorka presented "Mapping the plume: What do regulators need to require?" "Value of airborne conductivity and magnetics for CCS: Test case at Cranfield," and "Site-specific tool sensitivity." Hovorka also chaired a session, "Monitoring migration from the reservoir." Sean Porse presented "Monitoring in the overburden: Is pressure or geochemistry a better indicator of leakage?" Canberra, Australia
Katherine Romanak Sue Hovorka and Sean Porse visit the Ginninderra controlled release site during the IEAGHG meeting.
August 20-22, 2013      Carbon Storage R&D Project Review Meeting. Ramon Trevino presented "Gulf of Mexico Miocene CO2 Site Characterization Mega Transect – 2013 Update." Alex Sun presented, "Enhanced Analytical Simulation Tool (EASiTool) for CO2 Storage Capacity Estimation and Uncertainty Quantification." Ian Duncan presented, "Developing a Comprehensive Risk Assessment Framework for Geological Storage of CO2." Susan Hovorka and Changbing Yang also attended. Pittsburgh, PA
August 14-16, 2013      Coal-Gen 2013. Carey King is part of a panel discussion, "Coal's Savior: Capture and Sequestration?" His presentation is, "System Economics of Texas CCUS Network and Internalizing CO2 Emissions." Charlotte, North Carolina
July 9, 2013     The Role of Computation in Protecting the Environment. The goal of the workshop for high school students was explore the emerging interdisciplinary role of mathematics and computational science in the simulation and solution of the Grand Challenge of carbon sequestration. It included discussions on laboratory and field experiments, mathematical modeling and large-scale parallel computation as applied to the environmentally important carbon storage problem. Ramon Treviño and Hilary Olson presented a talk on Core analysis and storage. Katherine Romanak discussed Monitoring CO2 injection by Skype from the field. The program was hosted by NSF, CDI, CSM, ICES, BEG, STORE, DOE, and GCCC. Austin, TX
Ramon Treviño talks about Core analysis and storage
Ramon Treviño leads a group of high school students on a tour of the core facility at BEG.
July 8-9, 2013      Tensleep III - ROZ & CO2. Logan West was invited to the discussion-based workshop, which included topics such as residual oil zone and enhanced oil recovery. Caspar, WY
Logan WestJuly 7, 2013      The West Texas Geological Society (WTGS) awarded the John Emery Adams Scholarship in the amount of $2000 to MS candidate Logan West. WTGS writes that through this scholarship they are delighted to continue to support and promote the geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Congratulations to Logan!
July 2, 2013      Accolades for GCCC from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Division of Environmental Geosciences!

At the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in May, Tip Meckel presented, “Determining Seal Effectiveness and Potential Buoyant Fluid Migration Pathways using Shallow High-resolution 3D Seimic Imaging: Application for CO2 Storage Assessment on the Inner Texas Shelf.” This oral presentation was selected as the Bernold M. “Bruno” Hanson AAPGDEG Excellence of Presentation award (best paper).

The poster Marlo Gawey presented, “Experimental Analysis and Modeling of PFT and SF6 Transport in Organic Rich Vadose Zones: Implications for Monitoring CO2 Leakage at CCS Sites” was selected as the as one of the two Division of Environmental Geosciences Best Poster Awards.

Both awards will be presented in a special ceremony during the DEG luncheon at the 2014 AAPG Annual Convention April 2014 in Houston, Texas. Congratulations to our winners!
June 24-28, 2013      Repetitive Pulse Monitoring Approach Tested. Seyyed Hosseini designed and tested a novel approach for monitoring the CO2 presence in above zone monitoring intervals in a Gulf Coast region CO2-EOR oil field south of Houston. This approach is based on repetitive pulse testing between two or more wells perforated in the monitoring sands to assess the change in compressibility of the formation over the time, a sign of possible CO2 leakage from deeper zones.
Seyyed Hosseini
Hosseini at the CO2 test site on the Gulf Coast
June 24-26, 2013      American Geophysical Union's Science Policy Conference Sean Porse presented "Using Analytical and Numerical Modeling to Assess Groundwater Monitoring Parameters at Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Sites." Workshop sessions focused on three major topics: Energy, Hazards, and the Arctic. The conference was an opportunity for Porse to present his own research and to collaborate with scientists from a broad range of backgrounds including government and academia, as well as with congressional representatives and staff. Washington D.C.
June 19-20, 2013      Strategic storage Resource management IEAGHG, GCCSI, and BGS Workshop. Susan Hovorka was invited to give a talk "Stacked Storage" at the meeting held at the British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, UK
June 13, 2013      EarthLabs, Confronting the Challenges of Climate Literacy. GCCC ran a workshop as part of an online course called Climate and the Carbon Cycle developed by Earthlabs. Thirty to forty participants had the opportunity to tour the pilot CO2 capture research facility, the core viewing room, and hear to presentations by GCCC staff on geologic site characterization, subsea geologic storage, enhanced oil recovery, environmental monitoring, and storage capacity. Tip Meckel and HiIlary Olson organized the workshop. Austin, TX
June 11-12, 2013     Workshop: Introduction to Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2-EOR). Susan Hovorka was invited to give a talk comparing green storage sites and brown sites during a session addressing CO2 storage through EOR. She compared green and brown sites. The workshop was organized by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Permian CCUS Center, and the Railroad Commission of Texas. Houston, TX
June 9-14, 2013      The 14th Water-Rock Interaction Conference. Katherine Romanak presented, "Potential for a process based monitoring method above geologic carbon storage sites using dissolved gases in freshwater aquifers." Avignon, France
June 7, 2013      Much research has addressed the flow of CO2 driven by pressure gradients such as occur near injection wells. Less attention has been paid to the flow conditions of CO2 far from injection wells where pressure gradients are reduced and flow is dominated by buoyancy and capillarity. A recent publication in the Journal of Sedimentary Research by GCCC researcher Tip Meckel addresses the complexities that small scale depositional heterogeneity of rock properties (permeability and capillary entry pressure) can have on flow migration pathways driven by buoyancy. The paper reinforces the importance of local capillary trapping. Flow moves in extremely narrow pathways with dense saturation, but bulk rock saturations remain low. Understanding this flow regime is important for appreciating CO2 migration potential, capacity, and also for monitoring aspects such as seismic imaging at plume margins. For a link to the paper, titled Digital Rendering of Sedimentary-Relief Peels: Implications for Clastic Facies Characterization and Fluid Flow, please see: http://jsedres.sepmonline.org/content/83/6/495

June 5, 2013      CCUS Conference Presentation Winner! Participants in the 12th Annual Conference on Carbon Capture Utilization & Sequestration held in Pittsburgh in May were asked to vote for presentations that they felt were the "most ground breaking, innovative and insightful." Many outstanding presentations were submitted, but the winner was Katherine Romanak for her talk, "“Protocol for Response to Claims of CO2 Leakage: Case Study at the Kerr Farm, Weyburn-Midale Oilfield." She claims and iPad for her outstanding work. Congratulations, Katherine!

June 4-6, 2013      7th Trondheim CCS Conference. Katherine Romanak presented "Protocol for Response to Claims of CO2 Leakage: Case Study at the Kerr Farm, Weyburn-Midale Oilfield” Trondheim, Norway
May 31, 2013      Pacific Northwest National Lab. Susan Hovorka visited and discussed a number of possible areas of collaboration. Redmond, WA
May 13 - 16, 2013      12th Annual Conference onCarbon Capture Utilization & Sequestration. Susan Hovorka presented: "SECARB Cranfield project: update after four years injections with four million metric tons stored" with co-authors JP NIcot and Katherine Romanak and "Role of Pre-injection Baseline for CCUS" with co-authors Ramon Trevino and Seyyed Hosseini. Brad Wolaver presented "Greensite vs. brownsite monitoring: implications for CCUS." Katherine Romanak presented "Protocol for response to claims of CO2 leakage: case study at the Kerr Farm, Weyburn-Midale oilfield." Mehdi Zeidouni presented a poster "Analytical model of leakage through fault to overlying formations.” Logan West attended. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
April 24-25, 2013      14th Annual MIT Carbon Sequestration Forum. Susan Hovorka gives a presentation in a session titled "Induced Seismicity and Leakage Risk in Large-scale CO2 Storage." Cambridge, MA
April 18, 2013      Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum CO2 Monitoring Interactive Workshop. Susan Hovorka attends, representing the CSLF-recognized SECARB Early Test at Cranfield. Rome, Italy
April 13, 2013      GirlTalk: Conversations on Energy, Climate and Water. Rebecca Smyth and Katherine Romanak facilitated a half-day workshop with 5th-8th grade girls from St. Gabriel's Catholic School. STORE Director Hilary Olson, who is the co-founder of GirlTalk, explains that “recent studies indicate that relevance, or the impression that a job is rewarding and ‘for me’, is a major motivating factor as girls consider science, technology, engineering and math careers. GirlTalk is an invitation to girls to consider the rewards of exciting careers that address some of the most important issues of this century: energy and water resources, and our changing climate.” The workshop features “Breakfast with a Pro,” hands-on workshop sessions, and a panel discussion. Austin, TX
April 9, 2013      Tip Meckel presented an overview of CCS to an undergraduate course in UT’s Petroleum Systems and Geoengineering program. A link to the video is here.
April 5, 2013.      South Central Section of the Geological Society of America Half-day Workshop for Educators. Teachers from across the US joined GCCC staff at the Pickle Campus for a field trip "Carbon Capture and Geologic Storage: Global Research Centered in Texas." Activities included tourd of the amine pilot plant capture facility. the core research center, and environmental monitoring lab. Discussion covered basics of CCS, subsea geologic storage and environmental monitoring. GCCC thanks Eric Chen, Tip Meckel, and Changbing Yang for providing fascinating and unique perspectives on CCS. Thanks also to Ramon Trevino and Zahid Kandakar, as well as CRC and Bureau support staff for making the field trip run so smoothly. Austin, TX.
GCCC staff cover a variety of CCS topics during half-day field trip for educators attending GSA.
April 1-4, 2013      1st Course Advanced Topics in Carbon Capture and Storage. Vanessa Nunez gave a lecture "CO2 monitoring in EOR projects" in the course, which was sponsored by The Center of Excellence in Research and Innovation in Petroleum, Mineral Resources and Carbon Storage (CEPAC) and the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF). Eighty students including both undergraduate and graduate university students, and also Petrobras employees and the public attended. Speakers included a variety of international researchers such as those from DOE and TNO, the largest research institute in The Netherlands. The course was held at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. Porto Alegre, Brazil
Vanessa Nunez discusses monitoring for EOR
March 15-16, 2013      3rd Annual Korean CCS conference. Susan Hovorka gave a talk, "Update on US geologic storage tests: defining a fit-to-purpose monitoring program." Jeju Island, Jeju city, Korea
Susan Hovorka provides a review of geologic storage sites.
March 6, 2013      Very Susanto, visiting researcher from Kyushu University in Japan presented results from his work on gas migration conducted at the Ito Natural Analogue Test Field Project for CO2 Geological Storage. Austin, TX
Very Susanto, nearest to screen, discusses possible tracers that could be used for monitoring with GCCC staff.
March 4-6, 2013      University of South Florida (USF) graduate student Makan Abdollahzadeh Karegar, who works with Tim Dixon and Rocco Malservisi in the Department of Geology, USF, visited GCCC to work with Seyyed Hosseini. Makan is investigating the surface deformation at the Hasting, Texas EOR site operated by Denbury Resources, associated with reservoir pressure changes due to variable rates of injection of CO2 and saline water, and extraction of oil. Preliminary results suggest a high degree of correlation between surface deformation, as measured by high precision GPS, and changes in reservoir pressure. Over the next year, the USF group hopes to develop a quantitative model that relates the two parameters, incorporating the known stratigraphy and rheology of the reservoir and overlying rocks. Austin, TX
March 4, 2013     8th Annual SECARB Stakeholders Briefing. Changbing Yang presented results of groundwater monitoring at Cranfield and implications for other CCUS sites. http://www.secarbon.org/ Atlanta, Georgia.
March 2, 2013      Explore UT. GCCC asked kids spending the day exploring The University of Texas at Austin to consider What To Do with CO2: Cures for the Feverish Earth. Interactive activities presented by staff and students included building models of carbon dioxide, floating balloons on a bed of invisible carbon dioxide, and exploring a magnified model of reservoir pore space.
Ramon Trevino, Jiemin Lu, Mary Hinst, Kerstan Wallace, Julie Ditkof, Wylie Walker, and Zahid Khandaker entertain and educate during Explore UT.
February 21-22, 2013      UT Energy Forum 2013 Texas Energy Research Challenge. Julie Ditkof took first place for her poster "Analysis of time lapse seismic signal for an EOR and CCS site,Cranfield, MS." Sean Porse presented, "Using Analytical and Numerical Modeling to Assess the Utility of Groundwater Monitoring Parameters at Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Sites." Austin, TX
February 19, 2013      Susan Hovorka and Tim Dixon have written a letter outlining the regulatory controls that limit risk of seismicity.
February 3-6, 2013      Society for Petroleum Engineers Applied Technology Workshop "Carbon Capture and Storage - Emphasis on Offshore Carbonate Reservoirs." Tip Meckel led discussion "Broader MMV Issues in Carbonates." Ian Duncan led discussions: "Site Selection for CCS in Carbonate Reservoirs," "Seabed Sensors and Shallow Sub-surface Marine Monitoring," and "Risks for Offshore Pipelines." Penang, Malaysia.
February 2, 2013      2nd Annual Jackson School Student Research Symposium. A number of GCCC students participated in this annual day-long poster competitition designed to provide cross-disciplinary collaboration among graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty/research scientists at the Jackson School. Congratulations to Kerstan Wallace for winning second place for late career masters student. He presented Use of 3-Dimensional Dynamic Modeling of CO2 Injection for Comparison toRegional Static Capacity Assessments of Miocene Sandstone Reservoirs in theTexas State Waters, Gulf of Mexico. Mary Hingst presented Effects of elevated CH4 and CO2 on the mobility of metals in near-surface sediments. Julie Ditkof presented Time lapse seismic signal analysis for Cranfield, MS, EOR and CCS site. Sean Porse presented Using Analytical and Numerical Modeling to Assess the Utility of Groundwater Monitoring Parameters at Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Sites. Logan West presented An investigation of the evolution and present distribution of residual oil zones (ROZ) in the Permian Basin, West Texas and its implications for carbon dioxide (CO2) storage. Javier Munoz Torres presented Production Patterns in Eagle Ford Shale (Decline Curve Analysis). Austin, TX
Sean Porse explains his research at the Jackson Student Symposium
Sean Porse explains his research at the Jackson Student Symposium.
January 23, 2012      Tip Meckel and GCCC staff hosted a group from Department of Energy Systems Engineering, Seoul National University to discuss offshore monitoring. Austin, TX
Katherine Romanak
Katherine Romanak speaking at the RITE CCS workshop in Tokyo.
January 20, 2013      RITE CCS Technical Workshop. Katherine Romanak gave invited talk, "Case study: a field survey in response to claims of CO2 leakage - Weyburn oil field." Tokyo, Japan
January 7-8, 2013      Progress Review of STAR Grant Research on Carbon Geosequestration. JP Nicot presented "Pressure-Anomaly Based Leakage Detection" and Susan Hovorka presented “Development of Site-specific Monitoring Approaches” at EPA Headquarters. Washington, DC

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